What is a Starfish?
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What is a Starfish?

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You probably already know this, but starfish aren’t actually fish. They don’t have gills or any other organ that specializes in extracting oxygen from the water. And their surface area to volume ratio is so low that they can easily diffuse gases in and out via their skin. So what exactly is a starfish?  Echinoderms…

How Astronauts Readjust to Earth Life
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How Astronauts Readjust to Earth Life

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If you’ve been in space for a year, adjusting to life on Earth can be a painful, slow, and difficult process. Microgravity (meaning very little gravity) on the International Space Station means that the human body goes through changes that can be arduous to recover from. We evolved on Earth, not in space, so our…

NASA Data Using AI Identify 50 Potentially New Planets
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NASA Data Using AI Identify 50 Potentially New Planets

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Recently, a team of researchers led by David Armstrong at the University of Warwick created a AI breakthrough. The team trained a machine-learning algorithm to identify planets outside our solar system called “exoplanets.” The algorithm quickly discovered 50 potential planets. “Our models can validate thousands of unseen candidates in seconds,” the study’s authors wrote in the abstract…

Drones to Deliver Medicine
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Drones to Deliver Medicine

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Having a drone deliver medicine seems like something out of a sci-fi movie, but believe it or not, it’s already happening today. Given the demand for delivery drivers in densely populated areas, remote and rural communities that need medical supplies are suffering, which has caused a demand for non-human delivery methods. In October 2019, the…

Christie’s Puts a Chunk of the Moon Up For Sale
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Christie’s Puts a Chunk of the Moon Up For Sale

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British auction house Christie’s is known for making some pretty astronomical sales, but their latest artifact is pretty reasonably-priced, considering how out-of-this-world it is. On April 30th, Christie’s announced it would be privately selling the fifth-largest chunk of the moon ever found on Earth. It was priced at a reasonable $2.5 million. “I’ve been lucky…

A “Robo-Dog” Is Reminding Singapore to Keep Its Distance
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A “Robo-Dog” Is Reminding Singapore to Keep Its Distance

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There’s a new device barking orders at Singapore’s park-goers. A robotic dog is reminding residents of Singapore to keep their distance from one another while out for their daily exercise. The four-legged, remote-controlled droid has a polite, female voice that alerts runners and cyclists in one central park to abide by the city-state’s social-distancing regulations….

Quantum Supremacy: How Supercomputers will Enhance Everyday Life
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Quantum Supremacy: How Supercomputers will Enhance Everyday Life

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While it sounds like the stuff of dystopian science-fiction, quantum supremacy is actually a very real milestone for a super-computer. It’s achieved when such a processor can perform a calculation in a matter of seconds that would take a normal computer several years. Google recently claimed that its 54-qubit Sycamore processor achieved quantum supremacy when…

Archeologists Unearth Ancient Roman Mosaic Beneath Row of Vines
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Archeologists Unearth Ancient Roman Mosaic Beneath Row of Vines

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In a vineyard within the commune of Negrar di Valpolicella, near the northern Italian city of Verona, Archaeologists uncovered a pristinely preserved mosaic floor beneath a row of vines. The floor dates to the 3rd Century AD and was the product of Ancient Roman artisans. Remains from an Ancient Roman villa were discovered nearly a…

Space Startup Wants Humans To Travel the Atmosphere from a Hydrogen Balloon
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Space Startup Wants Humans To Travel the Atmosphere from a Hydrogen Balloon

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With the recent launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon to the International Space Station, everyone seems to be talking about commercial space travel. After all, hopping a bus to the stars for an intergalactic vacation is the stuff of science fiction! Now, the newest entrant into the competitive space travel market could be a hydrogen…

What to Know About the SpaceX Launch
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What to Know About the SpaceX Launch

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Space Exploration Technologies Corp., more commonly known as SpaceX, will perform an historic feat today, launching two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. The mission, called Demo-2, will be a first for the space exploration industry, and could help skyrocket the prestige of SpaceX, the space travel company founded by Elon Musk. What Makes…