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preparing for a very low stakes test of general relativity
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preparing for a very low stakes test of general relativity

A new mission to Mercury will test a quirk of general relativity. It won’t be decisive and will involve a lot of precision measurement and tedious number-crunching. And it’s exactly the kind of science we should be encouraging.

a supercluster in the making gives us a peek into the universe’s early days
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a supercluster in the making gives us a peek into the universe’s early days

Astronomers discovered a large proto-supercluster that shows us just how quickly the universe we see today organized itself.

americans want to remain leaders in space, but they seldom want to pay for it
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americans want to remain leaders in space, but they seldom want to pay for it

A recent Pew study about American attitudes on space exploration may seem like exciting news for NASA and space exploration advocates, but it doesn’t ask the questions that really matter.

ten billion times stronger than steel: scraping under the surface of a neutron star
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ten billion times stronger than steel: scraping under the surface of a neutron star

Nuclear pasta isn’t exactly an awe-inspiring name, but it may be the strongest substance in the universe and it’s found in only in the crust of neutron stars.

why kepler-1625b, what a big moon you have…
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why kepler-1625b, what a big moon you have…

The first moon detected outside of our solar system may be a gas giant orbiting another gas giant and we’re not sure how that happened. Unless it didn’t start its life as a moon...

why we need to explore space now more than we ever did before
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why we need to explore space now more than we ever did before

We need big ideas if we're going to successfully transition to a post-industrial society.

sci-fi saturday: 06.16.2887
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sci-fi saturday: 06.16.2887

Another short sci-fi story for your weekend distraction.

supermassive black holes, the paradoxical creators of stars, planets, and life
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supermassive black holes, the paradoxical creators of stars, planets, and life

Despite their fearsome reputation, we simply wouldn't exist without black holes.

to find aliens, we need to know when and why life began on earth
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to find aliens, we need to know when and why life began on earth

Knowing how life started right here at home can tell us how likely it is to sprout on another world.

life on mars, now in post-modern style
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life on mars, now in post-modern style

A proposal for a Martian habitat wants to use the power of water for both structural support and radiation shielding.

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