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Historic NASA flight director Christopher Columbus Kraft, Jr. dies at age 95

Historic NASA flight director Christopher Columbus Kraft, Jr. dies at age 95

Christopher Columbus Kraft, Jr., a legendary figure who was on-duty during some of the most important milestones in NASA's history, has died at the age of 95.
Businesses are racing to cash in on the ‘Storm Area 51’ event

Businesses are racing to cash in on the ‘Storm Area 51’ event

There's a lot of alien merch on sale right now

The Dam Truth: The 91,000 Dams in the US Earned a “D” for Safety

This story was originally published by Yale Environment 360 and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. It is a telling illustration of the precarious state of United States dams that
Yo dawg, I heard you like eclipsing binaries, so I put an eclipsing binary around your eclipsing binary

Yo dawg, I heard you like eclipsing binaries, so I put an eclipsing binary around your eclipsing binary

When you look at the stars in the sky, they appear alone, each separate from the other. But that’s an illusion brought by distance; in fact as many as half of all the stars in the sky are members of
Elon Musk: Starship, Super Heavy Will Have 41 Total Engines

Elon Musk: Starship, Super Heavy Will Have 41 Total Engines

During his daily Twitter ramblings, Musk revealed that the Starship launch platform is now up to a total of 41 Raptor engines. Although, he jokes that the design is begging for just one more. The
How to stroke a cat, according to science

How to stroke a cat, according to science

Many of us will have experienced that super friendly cat who seems to love being stroked one minute, only to bite or swipe at us the next.
Many Animals Can’t Adapt to Climate Change Fast Enough

Many Animals Can’t Adapt to Climate Change Fast Enough

Researchers find some species seem to be able to cope with global warming, but are still running out of time.
Satellites play chase to measure gravity, achieve picometer accuracy

Satellites play chase to measure gravity, achieve picometer accuracy

Satellites tracked to the picometer, test tech for gravitational wave detector.

Scientists control mouse neurons so the rodents "see" things that aren't there

Scientists have used laser light to activate neurons in a mouse's brain so the rodents "sees" non-existent lines. The technique, called optogenetics, switches on and off neurons that have been
New Green Roof Bus Stops in Utrecht Cater to Commuting Bees

New Green Roof Bus Stops in Utrecht Cater to Commuting Bees

Commuters in Utrecht may notice a new green tinge to their neighborhood bus stop. Local authorities in the Dutch city have added 316 green-roofed, bee-friendly bus stops to public transit routes. More
U.S. Beaches Are So Full of Sewage Pollution, They're Often Unsafe for Swimming, New Report Finds

U.S. Beaches Are So Full of Sewage Pollution, They're Often Unsafe for Swimming, New Report Finds

I don’t go to the beach for the sand or the sun. I go for the waves. There’s nothing like splashing in the water after lugging your cooler, chair, and beach umbrella to your designated spot.
Historic Indian Moon Mission Underway After Successful Launch of Chandrayaan-2 Lander and Rover

Historic Indian Moon Mission Underway After Successful Launch of Chandrayaan-2 Lander and Rover

The Chandrayaan-2 mission is officially off to a promising start, as India vies to become the fourth nation to land on the Moon.Read more...
Why striving for happiness makes people miserable

Why striving for happiness makes people miserable

A huge wellness industry, estimated to be worth $11 billion a year, has helped to create the fantasy that happiness is a realistic goal.

Watch crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 unfurl its solar sail live

The Planetary Society’s pioneering spacecraft LightSail 2 is getting ready for its big moment — deploying the solar sail it carries on board, which should be able to propel the spacecraft using only
Alphabet’s Loon balloons developed clever strategies to pass 1M hours flying in Earth’s stratosphere

Alphabet’s Loon balloons developed clever strategies to pass 1M hours flying in Earth’s stratosphere

Alphabet’s Loon subsidiary, which aims to blanket the Earth in high-speed broadband internet connectivity, has passed the 1 million-hour mark in terms of total time spent in Earth’s stratosphere
Geek Road Trip: A private tour of Roswell with a UFO expert looking for the truth

Geek Road Trip: A private tour of Roswell with a UFO expert looking for the truth

The city of Roswell, New Mexico, knows exactly why you're here. From the International UFO Museum and Research Center to the enormous "little green man" holding up a Dunkin' Donuts sign to the
Real-life Voltron? Scientists develop mini robots that combine anime-style

Real-life Voltron? Scientists develop mini robots that combine anime-style

Little robots that work together to form a bigger, better robot are pop culture standbys. Voltron, Power Rangers' Zords - even if they have pilots inside them, these robotic vehicles made some epic
Brain scans of US embassy staff to Cuba may show abnormalities

Brain scans of US embassy staff to Cuba may show abnormalities

Diplomats had reported falling ill after what was thought to be ‘acoustic attack’Brain scans of US embassy staff who became ill in mysterious circumstances while serving in Cuba have found potential

MIT develops a new sensor that could help diagnose sepsis in mere minutes

Researchers at MIT have developed a new type of sensor that could make diagnosing sepsis much quicker, easier and more affordable than ever before. This could have a huge potential impact, as sepsis

The Planetary Society’s crowdfunded LightSail 2 deploys its solar sail in orbit

Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 is making good on its name, after successfully unfurling its solar sail in orbit so that it can begin propelling itself using the force of light alone. The sail’s