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Blue Origin’s next rocket launch will crash in order to study results

Blue Origin’s next rocket launch will crash in order to study results

The Blue Origin spaceflight agency has successfully launched and landed its reusable New Shepard rocket three times now, an impressive record on its own. But if the goal is consumer space flights, they need to know how to prepare for and deal with situations where things don't go perfectly. That's why their next flight will see the empty crew capsule intentionally crash-land, owner and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has revealed.

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New Horizons shows most detailed view of Pluto’s surface to date

New Horizons shows most detailed view of Pluto’s surface to date

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has provided the best look at Pluto’s surface to date, and NASA has assembled the images into a pleasant video, as well as a high-resolution image strip you can check out for yourself. The image shows approximately 260ft of Pluto’s surface per pixel, and is a strip of the face photographed while New Horizons’ flew by last July. The spacecraft was within 23 minutes of its closest point to the planet when it took the images.

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How to see Mars on Monday

How to see Mars on Monday

This Memorial Day, Mars will be closer to Earth than it's been at any point in the past 11 years. Back in 2005, Mars got up close and personal with our Earth - we didn't even really have smartphones back then. Now, here on Memorial Day, Mars will be appearing low in the east-southeast sky just after darkness. When you see it, Mars will be the color of sand - or just a bit more orange.

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Evidence of Martian ice age discovered

Evidence of Martian ice age discovered

A team of scientists at the Southwest Research Institute have been pouring over data collected by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and report that they have found evidence of an ice ago in the polar deposits of Mars. The team says that the same forces that drive ice ages here on Earth drive ice ages on Mars. Those forces are long-term cyclical changes in the orbit and tilt of the planet that directly affect how much solar radiation the planet receives at each latitude.

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Bacteria resistant to ‘last-resort’ antibiotics found for the first time in U.S.

Bacteria resistant to ‘last-resort’ antibiotics found for the first time in U.S.

Right up there with climate change and increased water scarcity is the issue of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and one particularly terrible variety of it -- bacteria resistant to so-called 'last resort' antibiotics, the very last-ditch solutions for resistant bugs. Now, for the first time, researchers have discovered this super-resistant bacteria in the United States, and they fear a gene in it (mcr-1) could spread to other types of bacteria.

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Team finds mysterious cave circles were made by Neanderthals

Team finds mysterious cave circles were made by Neanderthals

About 176,500 years ago, Neanderthals created a pair of stone rings far within a cave (located in France) from stalagmites cut to similar heights ranging up to 16-inches. Why? No one knows. However, the discovery — which was made back in 1990 — was recently the subject of a study that found the structures date back to a time when Neanderthals would have made them. This further underscores reshaped notions of how intelligent Neanderthals were, and reveals a big mystery surrounding a possible ritual site.

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Kilauea volcano in Hawaii sprouts two ‘vigorous’ lava flows

Kilauea volcano in Hawaii sprouts two ‘vigorous’ lava flows

The U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has announced that Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has a pair of new lava flows, and though neither lava flow is putting the nearby residential regions at risk, they have been described as “vigorous.” This is the same volcano into which NASA sent a robotic vehicle last year, and that caused evacuations two years ago.

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Modern oceans may be home to massive, seemingly mythical, squid

Modern oceans may be home to massive, seemingly mythical, squid

As if murky water you can't see through wasn't frightening enough, a newly published study suggests there could be massive squid -- the kind you read about in mythological texts and fantasy books -- swimming around present-day oceans. Search squid sizes on Google and you'll see notes about how squids top out around 13m/43ft in length -- according to this study, though, the correct size may be closer to 65ft.

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Molekule purifier promises clean air Tesla would be jealous of

Molekule purifier promises clean air Tesla would be jealous of

Here's something shocking that you might not realize, just try not to gasp when I tell you: the air in your home or office can be up to five times as polluted than the air outside. Chemicals off-gassed from product manufacture, smog from cars and trucks, and bacteria and viruses all get trapped inside; ironically, better insulation means 21st century buildings are doing a fantastic job at keeping us surrounded by those pollutants whenever we're indoors.

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Ancient beer discovery hints China had ‘advanced brewing’ 5,000 years ago

Ancient beer discovery hints China had ‘advanced brewing’ 5,000 years ago

China was home to ‘advanced beer-brewing’ techniques 5,000 years ago, a new study suggests, and it may have been the reason barley was imported and established in the region. Researchers have reached their conclusion based on the analysis of pottery vessel remnants with ancient beer residue inside; this ancient beer recipe includes millet, Job’s tears, tubers, and barley in the ingredients.

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How to spot Mars at its brightest in the sky this weekend

How to spot Mars at its brightest in the sky this weekend

The planet Mars is about to be the closest it's been to the Earth in over a decade this weekend, and you'll be able to step outside and spot our red neighbor with the naked eye. Sunday, specifically, marks the "Mars opposition," which is when the sun and Mars are on the opposite sides of Earth, but you can peer into the sky just after sunset on both Saturday and Sunday and find what looks like a bright red star.

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Genetically modified foods are safe, so stop freaking out

Genetically modified foods are safe, so stop freaking out

Genetically modified foods are the subject of conspiracy theories and uneducated fearmongering…despite study after study that has found the foods to be perfect okay to eat. Anti-GMO groups are still out there, and there advocating against modified foods despite the benefits they offer and their potential to help improve food security around the globe. More than half a decade ago, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a report that found nothing wrong with GMO foods. The report didn’t help things, and so now six years later, it’s back with yet another.

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