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why planet nine is very unlikely to be a tiny black hole
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why planet nine is very unlikely to be a tiny black hole

According to sensationalistic headlines, the hypothetical ninth planet in our solar system is a tennis ball sized black hole. According to physics, it's far more likely to be literally anything else.

why the myth of nasa’s $165 million space pen just won’t die
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why the myth of nasa’s $165 million space pen just won’t die

The long-debunked story of NASA buying ridiculously expensive pens is just too gratifying for some people to pass up.

wowt explains: what is a dyson sphere?
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wowt explains: what is a dyson sphere?

The massive structure designed to capture the energy of an entire star envisioned by Freeman Dyson is popular in science fiction. But can we build it? And have alien civilizations tried a similar idea?

wowt explains: what is a black hole?
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wowt explains: what is a black hole?

We know that black holes are bizarre. We know they exist. We even have a picture of one. But what exactly are they?

did we really discover the day that venus turned to hell?
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did we really discover the day that venus turned to hell?

A new study shows just how little we know about why Venus became the hothouse world it is today.

the real reason why moon landing conspiracies endure
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the real reason why moon landing conspiracies endure

The idea that the lunar landing was faked has by now been debunked by just about everyone and their twice removed sister-in-law's grandma. So how and why is it still around?

it’s no teegarden party: the catch about the latest exoplanetary discovery
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it’s no teegarden party: the catch about the latest exoplanetary discovery

By now, you're probably used to hearing about potentially habitable worlds orbiting other stars. But that "potentially habitable" part may come with more caveats than you might think.

for the sake of the planet, stop exploring space?
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for the sake of the planet, stop exploring space?

The space exploration industry is booming, which is an encouraging sign for our future. But some pundits are arguing that rocket launches will exacerbate global warming.

putting hawking to the test with sonic blasters and supercooled gas
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putting hawking to the test with sonic blasters and supercooled gas

The late physicist Stephen Hawking predicted that black holes evaporate as its massive tidal forces interfere with quantum particles. Now, experiments are starting to confirm his predictions.

the planet modern space exploration forgot
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the planet modern space exploration forgot

After decades of neglect, space agencies are starting to listen to planetary scientists interested in studying Venus. Here's why they want to explore an alien hellscape.

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