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'A long ride': 50 years ago, a dress rehearsal for the Moon landing
As Earth grew ever smaller below his spacecraft, Apollo 10 commander Tom Stafford made an unusual request to mission control. ...
Under the dome: Fears Pacific nuclear 'coffin' is leaking
As nuclear explosions go, the US "Cactus" bomb test in May 1958 was relatively small—but it has left a lasting legacy for the ...
Scientists uncover exotic matter in the sun's atmosphere
Scientists from Ireland and France today announced a major new finding about how matter behaves in the extreme conditions of ...
Meteor magnets in outer space—study finds elusive giant planets
Astronomers believe planets like Jupiter shield us from space objects that would otherwise slam into Earth. Now they're ...
Origami-inspired materials could soften the blow for reusable spacecraft
Space vehicles like SpaceX's Falcon 9 are designed to be reusable. But this means that, like Olympic gymnasts hoping for a ...
'Don't be too optimistic': Huawei employees fret at US ban
While Huawei's founder brushes aside a US ban against his company, the telecom giant's employees have been less sanguine, ...
Study investigates how spin-orbit interaction protects Majorana nanowires
Researchers at Delft University of Technology have recently carried out a study investigating spin-orbit interaction in ...
Comet inspires chemistry for making breathable oxygen on Mars
Science fiction stories are chock full of terraforming schemes and oxygen generators for a very good reason—we humans need ...
Adding a carbon atom transforms 2-D semiconducting material
A technique that introduces carbon-hydrogen molecules into a single atomic layer of the semiconducting material tungsten ...
Soil communities threatened by destruction, instability of Amazon forests
The clearing and subsequent instability of Amazonian forests are among the greatest threats to tropical biodiversity ...
Automatic insect identification for better grasp on biodiversity
One hundred camera traps, developed specifically for the automatic counting and recognition of insects, will be placed ...
Finding the cause of capacity loss in a metal-oxide battery material
Because of their high energy-storage density, materials such as metal oxides, sulfides, and fluorides are promising electrode ...