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LIGO detects third gravitational wave event from ancient black hole collision

LIGO detects third gravitational wave event from ancient black hole collision

The LIGO Scientific Collaboration has made another monumental announcement related to LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory -- it has detected a gravitational wave event for the third time, a process that has been billions of years in the making. Before this detection is the story of two massive black holes that collided about three billion years ago, leaving behind one giant black hole approximately 49 times heavier than our Sun...and energy that would, over the past 18 months, wash over our planet three times.

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Trump pulls US from Paris Agreement: Elon Musk quits councils as tech firms react

Trump pulls US from Paris Agreement: Elon Musk quits councils as tech firms react

President Trump has announced that he is pulling the US from the Paris Agreement, the accord on climate change that his predecessor, Barack Obama, was instrumental in establishing. Trump cited his concerns that the deal, which was named after the city in France where it was agreed upon and signed, was unfair to American interests. However, the President also suggested that he would seek to renegotiate a new deal.

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Elon Musk will quit Trump’s councils if US leaves Paris Agreement

Elon Musk will quit Trump’s councils if US leaves Paris Agreement

With reports President Trump will pull the US from the Paris climate agreement, Tesla's Elon Musk has confirmed he will withdraw from his advisory role should that happen. The Paris Agreement, otherwise known as the Paris climate accord, was finalized late last year, with more than a hundred countries committing "to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so." That, it seems, would be a deal-breaker for Musk.

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NASA Parker Solar Probe sun mission named in honor of Eugene Parker

NASA Parker Solar Probe sun mission named in honor of Eugene Parker

As promised, NASA has made an announcement related to its sun investigation mission, the now-formerly named Solar Probe Plus. The space agency, it turns out, has decided to change the mission's name to Parker Solar Probe in honor of astrophysicist Eugene Parker who published a study in 1958 detailing a phenomenon that is now known as solar wind. "This is the first time NASA has named a spacecraft for a living individual," Science Mission Directorate associate administration Thomas Zurbuchen explained.

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NASA will detail its historic sun mission tomorrow: here’s how to watch

NASA will detail its historic sun mission tomorrow: here’s how to watch

NASA will make an announcement related to its sun mission tomorrow, the space agency has said, and you'll be able to watch it live from the convenience of your phone or laptop. The announcement will concern NASA's previously unveiled Solar Probe Plus, a spacecraft that will get closer to the sun than any other in history. By sending a spacecraft so close to our bright star, researchers will learn things about its outer atmosphere and more that answer longstanding physics questions.

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Climate change may destroy US coral reefs in just 20-30 years

Climate change may destroy US coral reefs in just 20-30 years

Efforts to conserve coral reefs around the globe are underway, but they may be too little, too late. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, warming oceans may result in US coral reefs dying out in the next 20 to 30 years, making the current goal of 100-year conservation 'pure imagination.' Researchers have found that coral reefs located off of Hawaii, Florida and more are experiencing bleaching as waters warm, a process that will result in coral death if not reversed in time.

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Google’s AlphaGo AI to retire after beating world’s best player

Google’s AlphaGo AI to retire after beating world’s best player

Earlier this week in China, AlphaGo, the artificial intelligence from Google's DeepMind division, defeated Ke Jie, the world's number one Go player, in a three-part match. Now the company has revealed that the AI will be hanging up its gloves, so to speak. As the 3-0 win over Ke Jie marks "the highest possible pinnacle for AlphaGo as a competitive program," DeepMind co-founder and co-CEO Demis Hassabis says the bot will be retiring from competitive play.

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US lost 33% of bee colonies last year, and that’s not a bad thing

US lost 33% of bee colonies last year, and that’s not a bad thing

The Bee Informed Partnership has released a new study conducted in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America, and the results are largely favorable. According to the study, beekeepers lost a bit over one-third of their bee colonies over the past year, and while that sounds like a startling number, researchers say it is the second-best figure recorded over the past seven years.

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We were so wrong about Jupiter

We were so wrong about Jupiter

NASA has received the first results from its Juno mission to Jupiter, and the findings are surprising. Researchers long held certain assumptions about Jupiter, things that Juno's early findings have challenged. One of the surprising discoveries were the massive storms on the planet, ones with cyclones as large as our own planet. As well, current measurements indicate that Jupiter's magnetic field is much stronger than expected.

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NASA Psyche mission launch moved to 2022 in big cost-saving measure

NASA Psyche mission launch moved to 2022 in big cost-saving measure

NASA has moved the Psyche launch up and, as a result, the spacecraft's arrival in the asteroid belt will be four years earlier than originally planned, according to the space agency. The Psyche mission is one of many 'highly focused robotic space missions' chosen by the space agency's Discovery Program to explore elements of space, in this case the asteroid Psyche located between Jupiter and Mars. The evaluation of this asteroid will help researchers better understand our own planet and others.

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Science says magic mushrooms are the safest recreational drug

Science says magic mushrooms are the safest recreational drug

Prepare to feel vindicated, mushroom-lovers. A new survey has found that mushrooms containing psilocybin are the safest of all recreational drugs, topping other popular favorites including tobacco and alcohol. The information comes from the latest Global Drug Survey, which found that the biggest risk related to mushrooms is picking the wrong kind and then becoming ill from consuming them. This is based on data from users who report very infrequent instances of emergency medical treatment following magic mushroom ingestion.

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NASA will have an emergency ISS space walk tomorrow

NASA will have an emergency ISS space walk tomorrow

A failed computer will result in two astronauts conducting an emergency spacewalk at the International Space Station tomorrow, NASA has announced, enabling the ISS to resume operations with its primary (rather than backup) system. The computer is one of two units that control systems on the space station, though NASA reassures everyone that none of the astronauts have been or will be in danger from the computer failure.

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