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Staring at the Sky

Staring at the Sky

NASA satellite finds new exoplanets just months after launch Many of us wonder what lies beyond Earth and our solar system. Star Wars, The Martian, and other science fiction works have helped to quench our imaginations, but perhaps it need

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A Titanic Theory: A Cool New Reaction Has Astronomers Over the Moon

A Titanic Theory: A Cool New Reaction Has Astronomers Over the Moon

On September 15th, 2017, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft ended its two-decade-long mission. The probe gathered important information about the atmospheric composition of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. Titan is the only other planetary body we know of besides the Earth with a

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Cleaner Catalysts: Saving the world, one nanoparticle at a time

Cleaner Catalysts: Saving the world, one nanoparticle at a time

From catalytic converters found in cars to the enzymes that catalyze life processes in our bodies, catalysts and catalysis play a large role in shaping our daily lives. Though these chemicals are the reason our cars work, they can be

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Remediation’s Acceleration: A Nano-Sized Game Changer to Remediating BPA-Tainted Water

Remediation’s Acceleration: A Nano-Sized Game Changer to Remediating BPA-Tainted Water

In an increasingly health-conscious society, many consumers demand their food be transparent, from its ingredients to its production, through regulations, labels, and bans. Labels, however, may in fact be part of the problem itself. A recently published scientific investigation from

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To Mourn a Star: A hot and fast ultra-stripped supernova that likely formed a compact neutron star binary

To Mourn a Star: A hot and fast ultra-stripped supernova that likely formed a compact neutron star binary

Imagine a material so dense that a teaspoon of it weighs as much as 900 Pyramids of Giza. Some objects in the universe really are this dense: neutron stars. Despite their confusing name, they are not stars; instead, they are

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Lumens and Hertz: An Electric Union of Light and Sound

Lumens and Hertz: An Electric Union of Light and Sound

On June 10, 2000, hundreds of thousands of eager pedestrians traversed the newly opened London Millennium Footbridge. However, as more and more pedestrians filtered across, the bridge started to sway. Panicked, they shifted their weight in the opposite direction to

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A Breath of Fresh Air on the Design of Lithium-Air Batteries

A Breath of Fresh Air on the Design of Lithium-Air Batteries

We’ve all been there before: waking up at the crack of dawn, taking a sip of coffee, and trudging all the way to class or work only to realize that our cell phone never got charged last night. Blame it

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Walking on (Cornstarch and) Water

Walking on (Cornstarch and) Water

The unusual fluid and solid-like properties of cornstarch and water Cornstarch is a common household item that can be used for a variety of purposes, from thickening a culinary creation to removing the stain from your favorite shirt, but high-impact

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Nighttime Lights, Data, Action

Nighttime Lights, Data, Action

Illuminating a Sustainable Future Through Light Data Close your eyes and imagine yourself on the moon. It is night, and before you, the glow of cities, sprawl, and human activity illuminate Earth. Yale Professor of Geography and Urbanization Karen Seto

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Tracking Transition: From dinosaurs to birds, brain-skull evolution

Tracking Transition: From dinosaurs to birds, brain-skull evolution

New discovery in skull and brain development has implications for greater understanding of evolution of reptiles and birds.

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