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Video: Big Mac withstands molten copper like a boss

Video: Big Mac withstands molten copper like a boss

People get a kick out of leaving McDonald’s fries and chicken nuggets sitting out for months, marveling at the lack of expected rot and degradation. That’s old news. Molten copper is all the rage right now, and some industrious fellow has been pouring it on various items and recording the resulting fallout. Latest on the chopping (pouring?) block was a Big Mac, but the molten copper merely rolled off its buns. Literally.

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NASA Mars InSight mission set for May 2018 launch

NASA Mars InSight mission set for May 2018 launch

NASA has announced the new launch date that it is targeting to send the Mars InSight mission into the heavens on course to the Red Planet. The InSight mission was originally set to launch in March 2016, but was delayed. NASA is now targeting InSight for launch on May 5, 2018 with landing scheduled for November 26, 2018.

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How to watch the solar eclipse tonight

How to watch the solar eclipse tonight

This year will prove fun for astronomers and star-gazers alike, as it'll bring both a solar eclipse and, in a couple weeks, a lunar eclipse. The solar eclipse is happening tonight, and you won't have to worry about weather blocking your view -- the eclipse will mostly only be visible in Indonesia and to passengers on select commercial flights. Thanks to our increasingly connected world, though, you'll still have an option for watching the solar eclipse live as it happens no matter where you're located.

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New Harry Potter-like invisibility cloak lets you fly under the radar

New Harry Potter-like invisibility cloak lets you fly under the radar

The ability to turn invisible is something that has shown up in various works of fiction for a very long time. Bilbo Baggins had his magic ring that could hide him from prying eyes, and Harry Potter had his dad's invisibility cloak. One group of scientists have been working hard on a material that can hide objects from being detected, and today they've announced a breakthrough in their work.

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Sony unveils KOOV robotics kit for education

Sony unveils KOOV robotics kit for education

Never before has robotics taken a more mainstream role in the world, from Amazon's busy workers to drones to self-driving cars. Thanks to advancements not only in technology but also in the science of artificial intelligence and machine learning, the promise, and to some the threat, of robots are near fulfillment. Suffice it to say, robotics will be a one of the main topics in science and technology education in the years to come. Which is why Sony is announcing KOOV, an educational kit for robotics and programming for primary schools.

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Mercury’s dark surface due to carbon from the planet itself

Mercury’s dark surface due to carbon from the planet itself

Being the closest to the sun, you'd think Mercury would shine the brightest among the inner planets of the solar system. In truth, however, it reflects even less light than our own moon. Scientists have long speculated on why that is so and what leads to Mercury's very dark facade. Thanks to data gathered by the dearly departed MESSENGER probe, they confirm that carbon is indeed to blame. But interestingly enough, the carbon didn't come from outside forces but right from the planet's crust itself.

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Alaska Airlines to delay flight so travellers can see solar eclipse

Alaska Airlines to delay flight so travellers can see solar eclipse

Some Alaska Airlines customers are in for a treat tomorrow -- the airline has tweaked the takeoff time for one of its flights so passengers can see tomorrow's total solar eclipse from a rare vantage point, according to a new report. Most people on Earth won't get to see the solar eclipse from their meager land-bound positions, though, as it'll only be visible in parts of Indonesia.

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Scientists study ancient lizards encased in 99 million year old amber

Scientists study ancient lizards encased in 99 million year old amber

Scientists are studying chunks of amber that have been discovered that have ancient lizard specimens encased inside. The lizards have been inside the amber for about 99 million years and the 12 specimens were discovered in the forests of a region now known as Myanmar. The specimens show a diverse population of lizards living in the region at the time.

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NASA’s New Horizons reveals snow-covered mountains on Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons reveals snow-covered mountains on Pluto

New Horizons, the NASA spacecraft that studied Pluto with a number of flybys last summer, continues to send its data back to Earth, often with new discoveries. Just last week the space agency shared photos of giant frozen canyons in the former planet's North Pole region, and now NASA believes there are mountain peaks covered in methane snow on the surface as well. New high-resolution photos of the southern hemisphere's Cthulhu region, known for its reddish hue, reveal mountains with brightly colored tops.

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This is the new blackest black material on Earth

This is the new blackest black material on Earth

Back in 2014, researchers in the UK at Surrey NanoSystems created the darkest material on the planet with Vantablack, made from low-temperature carbon nanotubes. As the blackest of blacks ever, the material could absorb 99.96% of light that comes into contact with it, basically creating the appearance of empty void when looked at in broad daylight. Well, now Surrey NanoSystems is back with Vantablack 2, an even blacker black than the previous blackest black.

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SpaceX rocket launches satellite, but misses landing yet again

SpaceX rocket launches satellite, but misses landing yet again

Private space agency SpaceX was finally able to complete the latest launch of its Falcon 9 rocket on Friday afternoon, after more than a week of delays and difficulties. The Elon Musk-founded company had been commissioned by SES to send a communications satellite into orbit, a mission it was able to successfully complete. However, on SpaceX's longer term goal of landing re-usable rockets, this latest attempt was another bust.

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Scientists discover ‘ghostlike’ octopod playing on sea floor

Scientists discover ‘ghostlike’ octopod playing on sea floor

Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have discovered a ‘ghostlike octopod’ that had, until now, remained unknown to scientists. The octopod was discovered during the year’s first operational dive for Okeanos Explorer, particularly the Deep Discoverer remotely operated vehicle, which had set out to gather some geological samples from a ridge near Necker Island.

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