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Did "The Big Bang Theory" get science right? A lesson in supersymmetry and economy class

They say life imitates art, but the arrow goes both ways. Many times, art imitates life. That was what happened in a new episode of the hit TV show "The Big Bang Theory." In the section "Confirmation polarization", Sheldon and Amy receive an email from Fermilab. Two researchers had confirmed Amy and Sheldon's theory called Super Asymmetry. The researchers studied …

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Radio jets from the Milky Way's black hole could be pointing right at Earth

We've spent decades trying to decode our supermassive black hole, but crucially we've been in front of us all along. [13459002] Using an array of 13 radio telescopes, astronomers from the Max Planck Institute were able to home in on Sagittarius A (pronounced A-star), the region that houses the Milky Way's supermassive black hole. And once they've cleared the noise …

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NASA will try to knock an asteroid out of orbit in 2022

If an asteroid were to go to earth, we would be rather negligent, because we have not successfully developed a method that can reduce the impact of – or completely stave off – a devastating collision. However, it may be about to change. NASA has approved a project called the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), the purpose of which is …

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Plants sprout – and die – on the moon | space

<! – -> Photo showing scattering cotton seeds in the biosphere experiment at China's Chang-4 landers. Other images that have been published on social media are from the control experiment on earth, not the moon. Image via Chongqing University. EarthSky 2019 lunar calendar is cool! Order now. Walks fast! For a few days in early January 2019 we could say …

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Mystery orbits do not require Planet 9, researchers say | space

<! – ->              Artist's concept of distant trans-Neptune objects, moving in color orbits around our sun. Some of their orbits are strange, and that strangeness has caused astronomers to search for another undiscovered, large planet in our solar system. Image via the University of Cambridge In early 2016, astronomers at Caltech announced evidence for another large planet in the …

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Blue Origin Video Shows Off Updated Design of Huge New Glenn Rocket

A new video shows the latest design incarnation of Blue Origin's huge New Glenn rocket, which is scheduled to debut in 2021. Blue Origin, which is part of Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, released the nearly 2-minute animation on Wednesday (Jan. 16). It shows highlights of a typical mission for the two-stage heavy-lift, including a first-stage landing on a ship at …

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A.I. Finding ways to legally copy drugs Pharma spends billions developing

Drug companies spend billions developing and protecting their drug brands. Can artificial intelligence be about to shake things up? In a breakthrough development, researchers have shown an A.I. who can find new methods for producing existing drugs in a way that does not violate existing patents. Kallas Chematica, the software platform does something called "retros synthesis", similar to the type …

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