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SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule May Be Contaminating the ISS

In February 2017, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted through low clouds, pushing a Dragon capsule toward orbit. Among the spare parts and food, an important piece of scientific cargo, called SAGE III, rumbled upward. Once installed on the International Space Station, SAGE would peer back and measure ozone molecules ...

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Tadashi Tokieda Finds Startling Objects in Plain Sight

Tadashi Tokieda lives in a world in which ordinary objects do extraordinary things. Jars of rice refuse to roll down ramps. Strips of paper slip past solid obstacles. Balls swirling inside a bowl switch direction when more balls join them. Quanta Magazine About Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta ...

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Force Push VR brings Jedi powers to life

Fans of the Star Wars franchise will have to wait more than a year from now to get their fix of Jedi-laden telekinetic spectacles on the big screen. The as-of-yet-to-be-titled Episode IX, the last installment of the space saga as was envisioned in 1977, won’t be released until December 2019. ...

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Scientists reveal substantial water loss in global landlocked regions

Along with a warming climate and intensified human activities, recent water storage in global landlocked basins has undergone a widespread decline. A new study reveals this decline has aggravated local water stress and caused potential sea level rise. The study, “Recent Global Decline in Endorheic Basin Water Storage,” was carried ...

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Toolbox for studying the existence of animal cultures

Researchers from the CNRS and université Toulouse III — Paul Sabatier (UT3) show that fruit flies possess all of the cognitive capacities needed to culturally transmit their sexual preferences across generations. The study, published on November 30, 2018 in Science, provides the first experimental toolbox for studying the existence of ...

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A new way to create Saturn’s radiation belts

A team of international scientists from BAS, University of Iowa and GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences has discovered a new method to explain how radiation belts are formed around the planet Saturn. Around Saturn, and other planets including the Earth, energetic charged particles are trapped in the magnetic field. ...

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What’s the Fastest 100 Meter Dash a Human Can Run?

More than 130 years ago, at the first Olympic Games in Athens, Boston University law student Thomas Burke took his mark at the 100-meter dash not in a standing position, but a crouch—what was then considered an unusual starting stance. But far more unusual, by today’s standards, was his gold-medal ...

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Scientist Who Crispr’d Babies Bucked His Own Ethics Policy

We said “don’t freak out,” when scientists first used Crispr to edit DNA in non-viable human embryos. When they tried it in embryos that could theoretically produce babies, we said “don’t panic.” Many years and years of boring bench science remain before anyone could even think about putting it near ...

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