Category Archives: science

How a new era of astronomy will ride on gravitational waves

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics went to a trio of physicists who detected subtle ripples in spacetime, ushering in an entirely new way of observing cosmic events.

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SpaceX designs smaller rocket in continued effort to put humans on Mars

To keep his deadline of humans on Mars by 2024, Elon Musk has announced a sleeker rocket design. NASA, Blue Origin, and Lockheed Martin are also part of the growing effort to colonize the red planet in the next decade. 

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Mars simulation ends after eight months of isolation

Six astronauts have emerged after living more than half a year isolated in a Mars simulation laboratory at the base of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii. The data will help NASA select the best candidates for the planned mission to Mars in 2030. 

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How the Cassini mission led a 'paradigm shift' in search for alien life

In 13 years at Saturn, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft collected a lot of data that broadened the hunt for extra terrestrial life in our own solar system.

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Ringing success: How Cassini spacecraft has altered knowledge of enigmatic Saturn

Cassini embarked on an auspicious quest to increase our knowledge of enigmatic Saturn. Today, 13 years later, the craft is about to end its mission as one of the most successful planetary probes in the history of space exploration.

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Meritocracy and the history of the science of biological differences

From the ‘Google manifesto’ to white-nationalist rallies, some scholars are concerned that fringe ideas of inherent superiority and inferiority may be making a comeback.

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Everyone's eclipse: America comes together in the moon's shadow

Americans rarely come together to share a single event anymore, and when they do political divisions often take center stage. But on Monday, millions of Americans set aside their differences to share in the wonder of a celestial event.

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How the Great American Eclipse will bring solar science to Earth

The Aug. 21 eclipse promises Americans a rare window into our nearest star.

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The Great American Eclipse brings solar science to down to Earth

The Aug. 21 eclipse promises Americans a rare window into our nearest star.

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Lightning injuries dwindle with more time spent indoors, safety education

Scientists have seen a decrease in lightning-related injuries with farming and other outdoor occupations becoming less prevalent. But perhaps the biggest reason deaths are down is because of efforts to teach people not to get hit in the first place.

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