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SpaceX Botched Its Landing Thanks to a Broken Sea Leg

Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket as it lifts off from space launch complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida June 28, 2015 with a Dragon CRS7 spacecraft. BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images Three weeks ago, on its seventh scheduled launch to resupply the International Space Station, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket inexplicably burst into ...

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Gregarious chimps harbor richer gut microbiomes

Spending time in close contact with others often means risking catching germs and getting sick. But being sociable may also help transmit ‘good’ microbes, finds a multi-institutional study of gut microbiomes in chimpanzees. Researchers monitored changes in the gut microbes and social behavior of wild chimpanzees over eight years in ...

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Signs of second largest black hole in the Milky Way

Astronomers using the Nobeyama 45-m Radio Telescope have detected signs of an invisible black hole with a mass of 100 thousand times the mass of the Sun around the center of the Milky Way. The team assumes that this possible “intermediate mass” black hole is a key to understanding the ...

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Napa’s Fermenting Your Wine With Submarine Technology

In a traditional wine fermentation tank, if the yeasts start acting weird, it might be days before anyone smells or tastes the damage. But at Palmaz Vineyards in Napa, California, staff can detect risk factors before they develop into wine-spoiling problems. That’s thanks to the Fermentation Intelligence Logic Control System, ...

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Astrophysicists May Have Found Gravitational Waves. Or Not

All it took to get the physics community riled up was one tweet, from an Arizona State University astrophysicist named Lawrence Krauss: My earlier rumor about LIGO has been confirmed by independent sources. Stay tuned! Gravitational waves may have been discovered!! Exciting. — Lawrence M. Krauss (@LKrauss1) January 11, 2016 ...

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Singing in the brain: Songbirds sing like humans

A songbirds’ vocal muscles work like those of human speakers and singers, finds a study recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience. The research on Bengalese finches showed that each of their vocal muscles can change its function to help produce different parameters of sounds, in a manner similar to ...

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Decision making in action

The brain prepares multiple available movements before deciding between them, according to findings from Queen’s researchers Jason Gallivan and Randy Flanagan. The research helps explain how the brain initially represents and decides between competing action options. “Although there is an increasing appreciation among neuroscientists and psychologists of how processes involved ...

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A New Hope for a Perplexing Mathematical Proof

Earlier this month the math world turned toward the University of Oxford, looking for signs of progress on a mystery that has gripped the community for three years. The occasion was a conference on the work of Shinichi Mochizuki, a brilliant mathematician at Kyoto University who in August 2012 released ...

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