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Libya’s Dunes Look Like a Rusty Steel Plate From Space

It’s only a month since the the European Space Agency lofted its Sentinel-2A satellite started beaming back images from space —but it’s already producing some amazing images, like this one of Libya.

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Jamie Condliffe

July 31st

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New WikiLeaks Cache Reveals a Decade of U.S. Spying on Japan

A new series of documents released by WikiLeaks reveals a list of 35 high-profile targets in Japan that the NSA has spied on since 2006.

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Jamie Condliffe

July 31st

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Scientists Calculate From Just How Far You Can See a Candle Flame

Your eyes a re good—but how good? There’s a long-standing argument about the distance from which humans can observe a burning candle, but now a pair of astronomers has calculated an answer based on the science of how we see the stars.

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Jamie Condliffe

July 31st

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A New Kind of Masking Tape Will Save the Aerospace Industry Millions

When engineers build planes, they use heavy aluminum masking tape to cover up surfaces during production. Now, engineers at BAE Systems have created a new kind of tape that leaves the surface clean when it’s peeled away—and it’s reckoned it will save them $70 million.

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Jamie Condliffe

July 31st

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This Earth-Like View Is Actually on Mars

Rugged rock, naturally carved gullies and even a dusting of frost. This could almost be a satellite of a particularly remote part of Earth—but in fact you’re looking at the surface of Mars.

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Jamie Condliffe

July 31st

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Germany Has Ordered Facebook to Allow Fake Names

The issue of using fake names on Facebook has been long-raging. But for Germany, the case seems pretty clear: a national privacy watchdog has told Facebook that it may not prevent the use of fake names.

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Jamie Condliffe

July 30th

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Amazon Announces New Car Show Featuring the Old Top Gear Presenters

Amazon has announced that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will be reuniting to create “an all-new car show” that will be exclusively on Amazon Prime.

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Jamie Condliffe

July 30th

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Scientists Finally Created a White Laser—and It Could Light Your Home

Lasers have been advancing science and threatening move characters since the 1960s, but you may have noticed they always have a distinct color. Now, a team of scientists has developed the world’s first white laser.

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Jamie Condliffe

July 30th

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Astronomers Found a Million-Times-Brighter Aurora—18 Light Years Away

A team of astronomers has discovered the most powerful aurora ever observed. But unlike our own Northern Lights, this astronomical phenomenon can be found 18 light years away in the skies above the brown dwarf LSR J1835+3259.

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Jamie Condliffe

July 30th

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Beautiful Video Explains How Light’s Been Harnessed For Communication

Whether you have fiber supplying Internet access to your home or not, you use optical systems to send and receive information every single day. This stunning video takes a look at the scientists and engineers that have enabled light to be used for human communication.

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Jamie Condliffe

July 30th

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