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The Best Place to View the Total Solar Eclipse This Summer, According to Science

By now we’ve all heard the biggest news of 2017, fated in the heavens for eons before humanity’s earliest ancestors walked the savannahs: There’s an eclipse this August 21st, and it’s carving a path right through these great United States of America. GO GET IT NERDS.Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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Uranus Is Even Freakier Than We Thought

If David Lynch designed a planet, it would be Uranus. Much like every episode of Twin Peaks: The Return, Uranus is fiercely unique and weirdly endearing, even though it makes no fucking sense. The planet’s spin axis is 98 degrees, so it essentially rotates on its side—and while we have some idea as to what […]

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SpaceX Fans: This Is Your Super Bowl Weekend

Over the last few months, SpaceX has out-SpaceX-ed itself in the best way possible: it’s launched an already used rocket into orbit (and landed it), ferried up a spy satellite, and even flown a recycled Dragon spacecraft. But this weekend, the aerospace company will tackle a new challenge: two launches within 48…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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This Space Museum in Central Kansas Was Worth the 20 Hour Drive

Hutchinson, Kansas isn’t the kind of place you’d wind up if you weren’t looking to. The placid prairie town sits a solid hour’s drive south of I-70, the interstate that most travelers use to blow across 425 miles of Kansas cornfield and cattle pasture as quickly as possible. But as soon as I entered the […]

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A Mysterious Mars-Sized Object Could Be Hiding at the Edge of Our Solar System

It’s been about 11 years since Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet status, leaving a 1,473 mile (2,370 kilometers)-size void in our hearts. Since then, the hunt for Planet X—aptly renamed Planet 9—has grown into an international movement to find such an object in the Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune’s orbit. Now, scientists …Read more… Continue […]

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NASA Finds 10 More Planets Humanity Might Be Able to Ruin Next

Humanity hasn’t done a ton of good in our short stint on Earth, though we’ve definitely succeeded at turning this planet into a trash pit of despair. Today, researchers from NASA’s Kepler space telescope team announced we might get to bring our garbage party to another planet—perhaps a bunch of them.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Space Turned This Flatworm Into a Two-Headed Cutie

While space can destroy us in myriad ways, it’s never been credited with making anything more adorable. That’s all changed now thanks to an experiment in which researchers at Tufts University sent flatworms to the International Space Station (ISS). Microgravity seems to have impacted the creepy-crawlies in some…Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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Baking in Space Is About to Be the Most Delicious Experiment

Living in space is rife with challenges, among them, grappling with a gaping void of loneliness and dealing with a subpar food selection. Astronauts onboard the International Space Station (ISS) have the unique torture of being so close to Earth, yet so far away from all its tasty delights. But one German company is…Read more… […]

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This Beautiful Short Film Recreates the Moon Landing Using Thousands of NASA Photos

There’s no shortage of archival film footage of the moon landing—arguably one of humanity’s greatest achievements. But graphic designer Christian Stangl didn’t use any of it to create this short film. Instead, Lunar was created by animating thousands of still photos taken from NASA’s Apollo archives.Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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