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Monday, March 30, 2020
Woman had 524x the normal level of mercury in her blood from skin cream use

Woman had 524x the normal level of mercury in her blood...

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Enlarge / A woman applying cream in a mirror (not the woman at the center of this health story, though). A 47-year-old woman in Sacramento, California, has been left severely impaired—unable to talk or care for herself and requiring a feeding tube—after using tainted face cream that contained highly toxic methylmercury. Her poisoning, first reported…
How to enjoy uncommon Mercury transit of the sun on Nov. 11

How to enjoy uncommon Mercury transit of the sun on Nov....

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NASA created this enhanced view of Mercury using images from the Messenger mission. NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington About 13 times each century, the closest planet to the sun passes between Earth and our star, treating us to a rare transit event. Your next chance to catch this astronomical wonder is…
Was Einstein Incorrect? Tomorrow Starts A Seven-Year Mission To Mercury To Fine-tune Spacetime

Was Einstein Incorrect? Tomorrow Starts A Seven-Year Mission To Mercury To...

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BepiColumbo will shed light on when the innermost planet Mercury formed, and its strange chemical composition.ESA/ATG medialab We know everything there is to know about the planets in the solar system, don't we? Though all of the planets have been visited or photographed at least once by a spacecraft, Mercury – one of the closest…
EPA states guideline of mercury emissions not “suitable and required”

EPA states guideline of mercury emissions not “suitable and required”

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Enlarge / An eastbound Norfolk Southern Corp. unit coal train passes through Waddy, Kentucky. On Friday, the Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it did not think that current mercury emissions rules placed on coal-fired power plants were "appropriate and necessary," based on the agency's revised look at the costs and benefits of…
A transit of Mercury was initially seen in 1631 and almost neglected

A transit of Mercury was initially seen in 1631 and almost...

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A composite image of Mercury's journey across the sun in 2016. NASA The transit of Mercury in front of the sun will happen Monday, a rare event that won't be seen again until 2032. Astronomers have been observing the celestial traverse for nearly four centuries now, but the first reliable observation, in 1631, was so different…
How Science Journalism Assisted Me End Up Being a Much Better Sci-Fi Author

How Science Journalism Assisted Me End Up Being a Much Better...

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Hello all. I hope our readers don’t mind that I’m taking a bit of a diversion here today to engage in a little shameless self-promotion. Basically, I wanted to talk about my recently-published novel – The Jovian Manifesto. This book is the sequel to The Cronian Incident, which was published last year (and was a…
How to see Mercury transit the sun Monday for the last time up until 2032

How to see Mercury transit the sun Monday for the last...

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NASA created this enhanced view of Mercury using images from the Messenger mission. NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington About 13 times each century, the closest planet to the sun passes between Earth and our star, treating us to a rare transit event. Your next chance to catch this astronomical wonder is…

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