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The Tricky Logistics of Delivering a Spacecraft on the Interstate

The Tricky Logistics of Delivering a Spacecraft on the...

McCollister's hauls a lot of oversized things, from astronaut capsules to weather-monitoring...

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Want to Prune Trees More Easily? Use Physics

Want to Prune Trees More Easily? Use Physics

A blade will slice into a limb at some particular minimum pressure—but there are...

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Biology Will Be the Next Great Computing Platform

Biology Will Be the Next Great Computing Platform

New companies are popping up to become the Amazons, Apples, and Intels of genome...

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How to Interact With Robots Without Embarrassing Yourself

How to Interact With Robots Without Embarrassing Yourself

Researchers are crashing tiny drones into PhD students to make humans and machines...

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Figure Out Where You Are With Nothing But a Watch and Protractor

Figure Out Where You Are With Nothing But a Watch and Protractor

Teach yourself the basics of celestial navigation.

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How to Fight Climate Change: Figure Out Who's to Blame, and Sue Them

How to Fight Climate Change: Figure Out Who's to Blame,...

It's only possible with the new science of extreme weather attribution.

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The Physics of Leia Using the Force

The Physics of Leia Using the Force

Happy Star Wars Day! Celebrate by determining how much force is applied by *the*...

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Why Is NASA's InSight Mars Mission Launching from California?

Why Is NASA's InSight Mars Mission Launching from California?

This month, NASA will fire its first interplanetary mission from Vandenberg Air...

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The NIH Launches Its Ambitious Million-Person Genetic Survey

The NIH Launches Its Ambitious Million-Person Genetic Survey

The All of Us precision health initiative could lead to medical breakthroughs—but...

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What Ecologists Can Learn From Memes

What Ecologists Can Learn From Memes

Some scientists are studying YouTube comments and trying to do their part for the...

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A Tornado's Secret Sounds Could Reveal Where It'll Strike

A Tornado's Secret Sounds Could Reveal Where It'll Strike

Tornadoes seem to emit sounds the human ear can't hear. That could help scientists...

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This Random Videogame Powers Quantum Entanglement Experiments

This Random Videogame Powers Quantum Entanglement Experiments

How a simplistic keyboard-mashing game recruited thousands of players—for physics!

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The Physics of Swinging a Mass on a String for Fun

The Physics of Swinging a Mass on a String for Fun

With a specific setup, you can control the tension in the string.

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Watch the New SpaceX Reusable Rocket Make Its Debut

Watch the New SpaceX Reusable Rocket Make Its Debut

The Block 5 version of the Falcon 9 is designed to re-fly as soon as 48 hours after...

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Inside the Arena Where Drones Battle a Wall of 1,300 Computer Fans

Inside the Arena Where Drones Battle a Wall of 1,300 Computer...

In Caltech’s fancy new drone arena, the machines face terrifying atmospheric disturbances,...

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Kilauea and the Implacable Power of Volcanic Lava

Kilauea and the Implacable Power of Volcanic Lava

The Hawaiian volcano continues to erupt. There’s not much anyone can do about it...