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12 Amazing Photos of the Smithsonian's Secret Collections
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12 Amazing Photos of the Smithsonian's Secret Collections

April 13, 2016The Smithsonian Institution has a seemingly endless collection of artifacts and museum pieces on display, but you may not know that they have huge warehouses filled with everything from rocks to boxes of mice. This large percentage of the Institution& 39;s collection is meticulously organized in warehouses cared for by hundred of staff that work around the clock.

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This Startup is Creating a Man-made Meteor Shower for the 2020 Olympics

May 19, 2016 Image Source: Sky Canvas Yes, you read that right. A startup called Star-ALE is working to create a man-made meteor shower for the 2020 Olympics, and they are going to use pyrotechnics that rain down from space to do it. Yes, you read that right again. They are planning on sending a satellite into space, loaded with pyrotechnic balls, which will then shoot them down through the Earth& 39;s atmosphere creating an artificial meteor shower.
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Deepest 3-D Map of the Universe Ever Encompasses 13.4 Billion Years

May 18, 2016 Image Source: Subaru Telescope NAO Einstein& 39;s theory of special relativity states that the speed of light in a vacuum is the same for all observers, regardless of the source. He later created the theory of general relativity which asserts that the effect of gravity on the universe creates a warping effect on space-time.
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NASA Releases New Incredible Mars Photos

May 22, 2016On May 12, 2016 NASA& 39;s Hubble Space Telescope captured this new and amazing photograph of Mars when the planet was just 50 million miles from Earth. On May 30, Mars will be the closest it has been to Earth in 11 years, at a distance of 46.8 million miles.There& 39;s a considerable amount of buzz floating around planet Mars because of SpaceX& 39;s announcement that it will send a mission to Mars by 2018.
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All American Alcohol Has to Be Radioactive

May 18, 2016You read that right, all alcohol that is made legally in the United States must be radioactive.It& 39;s no surprise alcohol comes under strict regulation since it is one of the most commonly used (and enjoyed, hopefully responsibly) intoxicants on the planet. Alcohol was first consumed as an evolutionary advantage for humans (human ancestors or other species) to absorb more nutrients in slightly spoiled food.
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What Happens When You Fill a Balloon with Liquid Nitrogen?

May 23, 2016Liquid nitrogen maintains a temperature of between -320˚F and -346˚F, and it can freeze almost anything instantly. One of the coolest effects of this super-cooled liquid is that if you dip something in it, it becomes so cold that you can shatter the object, even if it was previously soft or malleable.
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Dad Turns Swimming Pool into Harmonic Motion Device

May 22, 2016Getting kids interested in physics and science is a task that can sometimes be hard to do, but it can have a profound effect on the next generation. Whether it be an expensive science kit or a fun hands-on experiment, there isn& 39;t always a sure-fire method to get everyone interested. One dad, however, got pretty creative with his inflatable pool and made a fun physics demonstration for his kids.
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Ant Engineering: A liquid and a Solid?

Researchers at Georgia University discovered fascinating features in the fire ant species including their incredible buoyancy, and tendency to act as a fluid and solid which could see potential applications in modern material engineering.Ants are peculiar creatures, outnumbering humans one million to one.
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New Theory Perfectly Explains How Black Holes Form

May 26, 2016Black holes have been a mystery in the realm of cosmic discovery for some time now, and no one knows much about how they function, or even how they were formed. The biggest theory around the creation of massive black holes was that they were formed through the combination of smaller black holes, but holes start appearing in this when the timeline is examined.
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Nose-Shaping Genes in Humans Just Discovered

May 22, 2016A multinational team of researchers at the University College London has just identified four genes that determine the shape of a nose. The researchers primarily looked at the width and & 39;pointiness& 39; of noses, which greatly varies in individuals and in different populations. It has long been thought that adaptation to the environment determined the shape of human noses.
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Scientists Discover Evidence of Mega Tsunamis on Mars

May 29, 2016In late last year, NASA announced that liquid water flows on Mars on occasion, which could mean big things for the future of human life on the currently desolate planet. The discovery was found after the team followed streaking in the surface minerals of the planet, and eventually, it led NASA to find evidence of hydrated minerals.
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SpaceX Falcon 9 is Returning to the ISS this July

May 29, 2016Every since NASA ended their shuttle program back in 2011, they have enlisted the help of private space organizations like SpaceX to resupply the International Space Station. SpaceX has completed many cargo resupply missions to the ISS already, and their next mission has a launch date. Elon Musk& 39;s prized company will launch another one of their dragon spacecraft on Saturday, July 16, according to NASA.
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Mars Emerges from an Ice Age – It's Time to Nuke It

May 27, 2016Colonizing Mars is the goal of many independent space agencies at the moment, and the planet appears to be warming up. Whether you have heard it or not, Elon Musk proposed that we launch thermonuclear missiles towards the red planet and detonate them over the poles. These explosions would simultaneously melt all of the frozen CO2 on the poles which would thicken the planet& 39;s atmosphere, thus warming it up.
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First Ever Footage of Water Droplets Being Blown Up by Lasers

May 26, 2016For the first time ever, scientists have been able to record the microscopic explosion of water droplets from bright x-ray lasers. The Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory was where this footage was recorded, and it could revolutionize how lasers are optimized and grant researchers a better understanding of how x-ray energy is transferred.
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Astronaut Abby Dreams of Becoming First To Land On Mars

May 27, 2016 Image Source: Astronaut Abby When you were a kid, you probably had a big dream about what you wanted to become. Maybe you became that thing or maybe your dream became a little less vibrant over your lifetime. There are some kids, however, who continue to breathe life into their childhood dreams until they become a reality.
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Controversial Paper Suggests 5th Fundamental Force of Nature

May 27, 2016Currently, there are four fundamental forces of nature – gravity, electromagnetism, and weak and strong forces between atoms. These forces have been well understood since the rise of modern physical research, but a team has just found evidence that seems to suggest there is a fifth one. If the finding holds up, a Hungarian research team may have discovered evidence for a fifth fundamental force after observing radioactive decay , according to Nature.
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SpaceX Lands on Drone Ship for 3rd Time Successfully

May 29, 2016Elon Musk and SpaceX have been making history recently, and their Falcon 9 rocket has successfully landed on a drone ship for the 3rd time. After delivering a satellite into orbit, the rocket booster carefully guided itself back to earth, where it coordinated a landing on the SpaceX drone ship, according to the Verge.
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NASA Successfully Inflated Their Space Habitat on the ISS

June 01, 2016If you haven& 39;t heard, NASA in conjunction with Bigelow Aerospace developed an inflatable habitat that was implemented aboard the International Space Station. After one failed attempt, the crew aboard the ISS was able to successfully inflate the habitat after several hours of work. According to Engadget, the pod is now 5.
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Single Volvo Truck Manages to Tow 750 Tonnes

May 31, 2016As the transport industry continues to grow, it has left truck manufacturers to come up with innovative ways to make their tractor trailers stand out from the competition. When it comes to picking the right truck, drivers often look at things like torque ratio and how much a truck can tow.
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EU Wants All Scientific Papers to be Open Access by 2020

May 30, 2016Scientific papers contain some of the most recent breakthroughs in Scientific technologies, but for the most part, you have to pay to read them. Many claim that this is a restriction of knowledge and that it may actually be hurting the overall state of education and advance across the globe.
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'Universal' Cancer Vaccine is Undergoing First Trials

June 03, 2016Scientists may be on the brink of creating a vaccine that could alter the body& 39;s immune system to attack tumors as if they were a virus.A recent paper published in Natureby an international team of researchers may make history with a whole new approach to fighting, and curing cancer.
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