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Search for! Taurid meteor shower might illuminate your night

Search for! Taurid meteor shower might illuminate your night

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There's been a light show in night skies recently and it's heating up right now as the annual Taurid meteor shower reaches its peak.  The Taurids aren't especially known for producing an abundance of fleeting "shooting stars" like August's Perseids, but they do have a reputation for generating a few especially bright, long-lasting and spectacular fireballs like…
It’s Legal. In Canada, Recreational Cannabis Gets Green Light

It’s Legal. In Canada, Recreational Cannabis Gets Green Light

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A planter trims medicinal marijuana plants in Ontario in 2016. After months of preparation, Canada legalized recreational use of the drug on Wednesday. Lars Hagberg/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Lars Hagberg/AFP/Getty Images A planter trims medicinal marijuana plants in Ontario in 2016. After months of preparation, Canada legalized recreational use of the drug on…
Cocktail-Inspired, Injectable Male Contraception Might One Day Liquify Away with Light

Cocktail-Inspired, Injectable Male Contraception Might One Day Liquify Away with Light

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This layered cocktail, called a Galaxy, provided inspiration for the scientists. When the cocktail is initially poured, the layers are visible, but when the drink is stirred or heated, the layers combine into a uniform liquid. Credit: Xiaolei Wang For some couples, condoms don't cut it. The one-use contraceptive has a high failure rate —…
What Would The Galaxy Appear Like If You Could See All Of Its Light?

What Would The Galaxy Appear Like If You Could See All...

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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Even from our location, there’s a great lesson to be learned: the galactic plane obscures the Universe beyond it, about 10 degrees above and below it, in visible light, as shown here. If you want to see what lies beyond our galaxy — or any dusty…
One Of The Most Energetic Light Ever Seen Simply Showered Down from the Skies Above Tibet

One Of The Most Energetic Light Ever Seen Simply Showered Down...

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An image of the Crab Nebula taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Scientists recently detected the most energetic photons ever seen, and they originate in this nebula. Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Hester, A. Loll (ASU) High up on the Tibetan plateau, scientists just measured the most energetic light ever seen. These photons were gamma rays…
A ‘absurd’ yet easy animation by a NASA researcher demonstrates how long it takes light to reach Pluto. If you prepare to enjoy it, take a day of rest work.

A ‘absurd’ yet easy animation by a NASA researcher demonstrates how...

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The speed of light is not as fast as you might think. To underscore this point, a researcher at NASA created a simple new animation (below) that shows what light-speed travel looks like between from the sun to Pluto. James O'Donoghue, a planetary scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center, said he learned how to…
This Big Great Void Is Spinning at Half the Speed of Light!

This Big Great Void Is Spinning at Half the Speed of...

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The crumbs left over from a supermassive black hole's recent meal have allowed scientists to calculate the monster's rotation rate, and the results are mind-boggling. The huge black hole, known as ASASSN-14li, is spinning at least 50 percent the speed of light, research team members said.  "This black hole’s event horizon is about 300 times bigger than…
Elon Musk’s Las Vegas underground loop gets the thumbs-up

Elon Musk’s Las Vegas underground loop gets the thumbs-up

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Elon Musk's Boring Company gets Las Vegas approval to build and operate a high-speed underground loop in the city.  LVCVA Las Vegas will official get a tunnel from Elon Musk, perhaps within this year. The billionaire's Boring Company on Tuesday got the approval from the 14-member board of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority…
Research Study: Mental Health Apps Are Crammed With Scientific Language, However Light On Genuine Science

Research Study: Mental Health Apps Are Crammed With Scientific Language, However...

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Mental health apps are multiplying and their audience is growing, but does the science really support their claims? Findings from a new study in Nature Digital Medicine suggest that users should be cautious. Not only do few of the apps rely on real-world experience in their design, argues the study, most lack any credible scientific…
Physicists Developed a Device That Breaks the Regular Guidelines of Light

Physicists Developed a Device That Breaks the Regular Guidelines of Light

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Physicists have built a ring in which pulses of light whip circles around each other and the normal rules that govern light's behavior no longer apply. Under normal circumstances, light displays certain kids of physical symmetry. First, if you were to play a tape of light's behavior forward and then backward, you would see it…

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