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Watch a tiny virus take a constitutional under a laser-powered 3D microscope

 If you’re anything like me, you spend a significant portion of the day wondering about the paths viruses take when they’re cruising around your internals. Luckily for us, a newly developed microscope from Duke researchers can show the exact path taken by the little critters (?), down to the micrometer. Read More
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Devin Coldewey

June 23rd

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Watch SpaceX’s first rocket launch this weekend right here

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This afternoon marks the beginning of a real hold-your-butts weekend for SpaceX fans. Two launches are planned over the next 48 hours, and thanks to the magic of the internet, you can watch the launch (and hopeful landing!) right here.

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Chris Mills

June 23rd

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Yale archaeologists make amazing ancient Egyptian ‘billboard’ discovery

Archaeologists from Yale and the Royal Museum of Art and History in Belgium have discovered the earliest-known ‘billboard-sized’ hieroglyphs in the ancient Egyptian city of Elkab.

The hieroglyphs, which are around 21.7 inches in height, date back around 5,200 years. Archaeologists discovered a panel of four signs, written right to left – portraying animal images of a bull’s head on a short pole followed by two back-to-back saddlebill storks with a bald iris bird above and between them. The total tableau of images is about 27.5 inches in height.

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June 23rd

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Can you spot the Curiosity rover in this photo of Mars?

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NASA's Curiosity rover has delivered some seriously stellar views of Mars to us back on Earth, but it's easy to forget that the dusty, durable vehicle spends a lot of its time driving to various locations of scientific importance. Crawling over rocks and navigating never-before-seen peaks and valleys, the trusty bot just keeps on truckin'. This week, NASA delivered a photo that perfectly encapsulates Curiosity's tiresome journey, but you might miss the rover at first glance.

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Mike Wehner

June 22nd

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An asteroid is definitely going to hit the Earth, expert warns

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Space is a dangerous place to be, and since the Earth is in space, every living thing on the planet is at risk of eventually feeling its wrath. Asteroids are the most clear and present threat that our Solar System poses to us, and you only need to look at the scars on the Earth, our moon, and other planets in our neighborhood to see exactly how real that danger is. Now, a Queen's University Belfast researcher is warning that the Earth is definitely going to be hit, it's just a matter of when.

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Mike Wehner

June 21st

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NASA just found 10 new Earth-like planets

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NASA's Kepler space telescope has been floating in space since early 2009, and it's already outlived its planned mission window by a handful of years, but that's not stopping it from continuing to find some seriously awesome objects outside of our Solar System. The team that runs the powerful stargazer just released a new rundown of over 200 brand new planets that the telescope has managed to detect, and ten of them are very, very exciting for anyone hoping to one day hear about the discovery of life outside of Earth.

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Mike Wehner

June 21st

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You can neither run nor hide from drones with x-ray vision

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Scientific researchers (and hopefully not wannabe arms dealers) at the University of California have worked out how to use a pair of drones and Wi-Fi to create an instant 3-D map of a building, contents and all. This is good for emergency workers and architects, and probably terrible for humanity when the machines rise up to kill us all.

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Chris Mills

June 21st

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Scientists finally figured out where your cat came from

where do cats come from

When you consider the sheer number of domestic cats prowling living rooms, back yards, and barns around the world — estimated to be in the hundreds of millions — it's pretty wild to think that scientists still aren't completely positive how they came to be, or exactly where they came from. A new large-scale study published in Nature, and led by Eva-Maria Geigl of the Institut Jacques Monod in Paris, attempts to draw the history of the modern cat in more detail than has been possible before. 

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Mike Wehner

June 19th

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China sends unhackable message nearly 750 miles using quantum satellite

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Hacking as it relates to cyber warfare and espionage is as hot a topic as it's ever been, and everyone from the government to major tech firms like Apple and Google are working on locking down communications so as to make them as hack-proof as possible. Now, it seems China is taking the lead, and the country just used a quantum satellite launched last year to send what researches suggest is an unhackable communication, made possible by a branch of physics once pioneered by Albert Einstein.

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Mike Wehner

June 17th

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It’s summer on Saturn’s moon Titan, but you wouldn’t want to visit

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been hanging out around Saturn and its moons for over a decade and a half now, and it's seen a lot of really awesome sights during its visit. The planet's moon of Titan has gotten its fair share of attention along the way, and a new photograph captured by Cassini shows the hostile world in detail that we're rarely afforded. It may look like a pretty neat place to go sight-seeing, but you definitely wouldn't want to burn any of your vacation time there.

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Mike Wehner

June 17th

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