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Like Boot Prints on the Moon, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Left Its Mark on Asteroid Bennu thumbnail
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Like Boot Prints on the Moon, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Left Its Mark on Asteroid Bennu

This image sequence shows how the local surface of Bennu changed after the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully performed its Touch-And-Go (TAG) sample acquisition maneuver on October 20, 2020. The earlier image (top) was taken on March 7, 2019, by the spacecraft’s PolyCam instrument, as part of the mission’s global mapping campaign. The bottom image was taken…

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The Man Who Has Lived Alone On An Island For 32 Years

Photographs byMichele ArduByGulnaz KhanPublished April 27, 2021• 9 min readMore than a year ago, when the world responded to isolation orders to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Mauro Morandi stayed put. He had no reason to move because he has spent the past three decades in isolation by choice.In 1989, Morandi’s catamaran—engine crippled and anchor…

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Here’s why some Facebook employees are calling Tim Cook a hypocrite

In the lead-up to Monday’s arrival of the long-awaited iOS 14.5 — the new version of Apple’s mobile operating software that strikes a blow against the creepy user tracking underpinning Facebook’s business model — there was a particular dynamic that consistently dominated much of the press coverage. Things tended to be put in pretty binary…

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Crew-1 splashdown delayed by weather

by Jeff Foust — April 27, 2021 A SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft splashes down in the Gulf of Mexico Aug. 2 to conclude the Demo-2 commercial crew test flight. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls WASHINGTON — NASA and SpaceX are postponing the return of a Crew Dragon spacecraft by three days because of poor weather forecast in…

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Saildrone Wins $1 Million In Funding From Google

Saildrone has won a funding grant of over US$1 million/€1 million from the Google.org Impact Challenge on Climate. The grant is for Saildrone to continue collecting data in the Gulf Stream. The importance of the project is that with more detailed yearly data from the Gulf Stream, scientists can produce better weather forecasts, and more…

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India’s death toll hits new record as Covid ‘tsunami’ worsens

India’s daily coronavirus death toll set a new record Saturday as the government battled to get oxygen to hospitals overwhelmed by the hundreds of thousands of new daily cases. Twenty patients died in one night at one New Delhi hospital suffering from oxygen shortages, medical officials said. A Delhi court said that the new pandemic…

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D.C. statehood: Advancing the cause of Democrats? Or democracy?

The push for Washington, D.C., to become its own state is gathering new momentum. It won overwhelming approval from district voters in a 2016 referendum. And last week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 51, which would give the District of Columbia a representative with full voting rights and two senators. The bill has little chance of…

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Weight loss surgery reduces brain pressure in patients with neurological condition

Weight loss surgery is more effective than dieting to reduce brain pressure that can cause blindness in patients with a neurological condition, finds a study led by the University of Birmingham and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB). Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH) is a debilitating condition that raises pressure in the brain and can…

Ingenuity Helicopter Sets New Records during Its Third Flight thumbnail
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Ingenuity Helicopter Sets New Records during Its Third Flight

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter took off at 4:31 a.m. EDT (1:31 a.m. PDT), or 12:33 p.m. local Mars time, on April 25, 2021, rising 5 m (16 feet); then it zipped downrange 50 m (164 feet), reaching a top speed of 2 m per second (6.6 feet per second). NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter can be seen hovering…

Why is it HARD to Learn? Upgrade your Learning Style and Study Better! thumbnail
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Why is it HARD to Learn? Upgrade your Learning Style and Study Better!

One of the biggest realizations I had as a kid is that teaching in school could be hit or miss for students. We all have our own different types of learning styles. Even when I was in study groups, we all had our own ways of uncovering solutions to questions.It wasn’t only until later in…