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Could Scientists Use Silver Iodide to Make Snow for the Olympics?

As the glam metal band Cinderella once said, you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. I’m relatively certain they weren’t talking about snow, but let’s pretend they were anyway: Global warming threatens to wreak havoc on snowpack. The American west in particular already has a snowpack problem, which ...

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Citizen scientists discover five-planet system

In its search for exoplanets — planets outside of our solar system — NASA’s Kepler telescope trails behind Earth, measuring the brightness of stars that may potentially host planets. The instrument identifies potential planets around other stars by looking for dips in the brightness of the stars that occur when ...

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Scientists identify mechanism that helps us inhibit unwanted thoughts

Scientists have identified a key chemical within the ‘memory’ region of the brain that allows us to suppress unwanted thoughts, helping explain why people who suffer from disorders such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and schizophrenia often experience persistent intrusive thoughts when these circuits go awry. We are ...

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How Scientists Predict If a Spacecraft Will Fall and Kill You

Maybe you’ve heard that Tiangong-1, China’s 19,000-pound prototype space station, is scheduled to rain down on Earth … eventually. As in, some time between now and next April. Most of the spacecraft will burn up in orbit—but sizable chunks (up to 220 pounds, by one estimate) could end up making ...

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Scientists dig into the origin of organics on dwarf planet Ceres

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Since NASA’s Dawn spacecraft detected localized organic-rich material on Ceres, scientists have been digging into the data to explore different scenarios for its origin. After considering the viability of comet or asteroid delivery, the preponderance of evidence suggests the organics are most likely native to ...

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