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Engineers 3-D print high-strength aluminum, solve ages-old welding problem using nanoparticles

HRL Laboratories has made a breakthrough in metallurgy with the announcement that researchers at the famous facility have developed a technique for successfully 3D printing high-strength aluminum alloys—including types Al7075 and Al6061—that opens the door to additive manufacturing of engineering-relevant … Continue reading

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How to move large blocks

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NASA’s Cassini Finally Faces Its Fiery Doom

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Flexible organic batteries could fit pacemakers

Thanks to Jacki Thomas for suggesting this post. A new kind of flexible “organic battery” could provide a more comfortable alternative to people fitted with pacemakers, say researchers. Currently, heart devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators are powered by rigid … Continue reading

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China’s Building a Full-Sized Titanic Replica

Zhang Zhi | Getty Images The sinking of the Titanic continues to fascinate a surprising number of people. Soon, the first full-size replica of the ocean liner will allow delighted tourists to relive the ill-fated ship’s maiden voyage, right down … Continue reading

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New device accurately identifies cancer in seconds

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The Most Common Misconceptions

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First-ever evidence of strange bouncing light particles has been caught in the LHC

Light is pretty awesome. It’s made of subatomic particles called photons, which also behave like waves. It’s been demonstrated to act like both a particle and a wave simultaneously. Photons can be entangled at a distance. They reflect, refract and … Continue reading

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Monster X-ray laser offers glimpse into nano-world

The world’s most powerful X-ray laser opened Friday in Germany, promising to shed new light onto very small things by letting scientists penetrate the inner workings of atoms, viruses and chemical reactions. The mega-project generates extremely intense laser flashes, at … Continue reading

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‘Simple’ chess puzzle holds key to $1m prize

Researchers at the University of St Andrews have thrown down the gauntlet to computer programmers to find a solution to a “simple” chess puzzle which could, in fact, take thousands of years to solve and net a $1m prize. Computer … Continue reading

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Denis Diderot

Denis Diderot (October 5, 1713 – July 31, 1784) was a French philosopher, art critic, and writer. He was a prominent person during the Enlightenment and is best known for serving as co-founder and chief editor of and contributor to – the inspiration for Deskarati – the … Continue reading

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Titian

Renaissance artist Titian died on this day in 1576. Although he was arguably the leading Venetian painter for much of the 16th century, few confirmed examples of his early drawings survive. This pen and ink drawing was probably made between … Continue reading

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Antarctic salt-loving microbes provide insights into evolution of viruses

UNSW Sydney scientists studying microbes from some of the saltiest lakes in Antarctica have discovered a new way that the tiny organisms can share DNA that could help them grow and survive. The research, based on 18 months of water … Continue reading

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How Does a Heart Attack Happen

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NASA Caught The ISS Flying in Front of The Sun

NASA/Joel Kowsky/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) As the moon snuck in front of the sun during Monday’s total solar eclipse, a NASA photographer captured a once-in-a-lifetime sight. Joel Kowsky, one of the space agency’s photo editors, was in Banner, Wyoming, to watch the solar … Continue reading

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Spheres representing all of Earth’s water

Picture of Earth showing if all, liquid fresh, and the water in rivers and lakes were put into spheres..

The images below show blue spheres representing relative amounts of Earth’s water in comparison to the size of the Earth. Are you surprised that these water spheres look so small? They are only small in relation to the size of … Continue reading

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Everything you need to know to be ready for Monday’s Great American Eclipse

You know the drill. On Monday 21 August the contiguous United States will experience a total solar eclipse – the first time the path of the Moon’s shadow will travel across the entire country since 1918. There will be hype, … Continue reading

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NASA’s awesome Voyager Probes are both still going strong after 40 years

Forty years ago, the Voyager 1 and 2 missions began their journey from Earth to become the farthest-reaching missions in history. In the course of their missions, the two probes spent the next two decades sailing past the gas giants … Continue reading

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JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND (L)

Here is the twelfth, and final, illustrated essay in this series which describes some of the houses and places associated with Jane Austen, and her novels, as well as the film and TV adaptations, although it does not claim to … Continue reading

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Study dates origin of plant photosynthesis to 2.1 billion years ago

Peer into a plant cell and you’ll find the engine at its heart is a stowaway. In size, shape, and the genes it carries it resembles a bacterium: a cyanobacterium, to be precise. It’s a very valuable stowaway. Known as … Continue reading

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