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NASA is now considering a Pluto Orbiter Mission

NASA's new horizon mission taught us a lot about Pluto, the ice dwarf planet. But the spacecraft rushed past Pluto so fast, we only got high-resolution images of one side of the planet, the so-called "meeting side." New horizons gave us a great leap in understanding, but in a way it asked more questions than it answered. The next step …

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Hubble Space Telescope sees a galaxy – and it's not alone

By European Space Agency (ESA) November 1, 2019 Galaxies can seem lonely and float alone in the supremely embarrassed blackness of the sparsely populated cosmos – but shine can deceive . This image of NGC 1706, taken by NASA / ESA Hubble Space Telescope is a good example of this. NGC 1706 is a spiral galaxy, about 230 million light …

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Astronomers discover black holes in the size of Manhattan

Very large, very small Black holes can become very large – in some cases large enough to cover the orbits of all our solar system planets. But not everyone is huge. Yesterday, we wrote about a new study by a team of astronomers from Ohio State University under the guidance of astronomer Todd Thompson, where he claimed to have discovered …

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Using Light to Recharge Lithium-Ion Batteries Twice As Fast

Artistic rendering of Argonne's photo-excitation technology for fast recharging or lithium-ion batteries. Credit: Argonne National Laboratory Exposing cathodes to light decreases charge time by a factor of two in lithium-ion batteries. Researchers at the U.S. The Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has reported a new mechanism to speed up the charging of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. Simply …

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Châtelperronian Neanderthals of Cova Foradada (Calafell, Spain) used imperialist eagles for symbolic purposes

Summary Evidence of Neanderthal symbolic behavior in the use of personal ornaments is relatively scarce. Among the few documented ornaments, eagle talons, probably used as pendants, are the most common. This phenomenon seems to be concentrated in a specific area in southern Europe for a period of 80 thousand years. Here we present the analysis of an eagle pedal phalange …

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See these robotic blocks cluster together with a hive mind

MIT researchers first showed off their self-assembling "M-Block" robot cubes in 2013 – and this week they shared a video of what they call M-Blocks 2.0 (via TechCrunch ). Like the first version of the blocks, M-Blocks 2.0 moves by generating speed with an internal flywheel and can climb on and around each other with magnets: But these new blocks …

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Something About the Universe Doesn't Look Right

Constantly Changing In July, we reported that scientists were having trouble nailing down the Hubble Constant, a number representing the speed at which our universe is expanding. At that time, new research suggested the number was 69.8 miles per second per megaparsec (km / sec / Mpc), while various other scientists had previously calculated it to be 72, 73.5, or …

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Japanese Cargo Ship Leaves Space Station Ahead of US Supply Ship Launch

An unpiloted Japanese cargo ship left the International Space Station Friday (Nov. 1), wrapping up a month-long delivery mission as a new U.S. supply ship prepares for a weekend launch. Astronauts on the space station used a robotic arm to release the cargo ship, called HTV-8, from the station at 1:21 p.m. EDT (1713 GMT) as the two spacecraft sailed …

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Astronomers just found the first proof that "Mini Black Holes" exists

A whole new class of black holes may be lurking in the universe, and these may be much heavier than scientists have found before, according to new findings. Black holes are huge celestial objects to pile up everything that comes too close; not even light can escape the intense gravitational grip of a black hole. The search for black holes, …

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The secret behind crystals that shrink when heated

This animation shows how solid scandium fluoride crystals shrink when heated. While the bonds between scandium (green) and fluorine atoms (blue) remain relatively rigid, the fluorine atoms along the sides of the cubic crystals oscillate independently, resulting in a wide range of distances between adjacent fluorine atoms. The higher the temperature, the greater the cracking in the sides of the …

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