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If you are a science nerd who is ever bored, NASA has a YouTube channel filled with videos that might tickle your fancy, and among them is a live feed from the International Space Station. Recently, the astronauts on the ISS were doing some routine maintenance on the station but as the camera rolled, a pinecone shaped metallic object moved past the space station before turning upward and shooting off into space.

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Photo courtesy NASA

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Chinese Wushu will become an event in the 2022 Summer Youth Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee Executive committee approved the addition of the event. Together with Baseball5, Chinese Wushu will be added as new programmes that will be available for the next Summer Youth Olympics in Dakar, the first-ever read more

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@sciencemagazine’s 2019 Breakthrough of the Year goes to the Event Horizon Telescope (@ehtelescope) global network of observatories for the first #realblackhole image. http://bit.ly/35zUtXz https://twitter.com/ehtelescope

Massive, ubiquitous, and in some cases as big as our Solar System, black holes hide in plain sight. The effect of their gravity on objects read more

Then and now: the Spencer Dam near Spencer in November 2013, top, vs. March 2019, after the dam came crashing dow during a flood (below)

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America’s aging dams could put tens of thousands of people across 44 states at risk of deadly floods as 1,700 are rated ‘poor or unsatisfactory’
Built for flood control, irrigation, water supply, hydropower, recreation or industrial waste storage, read more

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A Viking bridge that took three years to build in Denmark is finally done.
The bridge, which is now considered to be the world’s longest Viking bridge, was built using the tools and methods that Vikings would have used. More than 1,000 people, including craftspeople and children, helped build the bridge throughout read more

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Next year, French company Agripolis is opening a 150,000-square-foot urban farm in Paris, where, according to The Guardian, it will grow more than 2,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables every day during high season. The farm is located in the 15th arrondissement, where it will occupy the rooftop of a sprawling entertainment complex that’s currently read more

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Team Malizia, skippered by Pierre Casiraghi and Boris Herrmann to sail from UK to New York for the UN Climate Action Summit on Malizia II. The journey will start in mid-August.

Pierre Casiraghi, founder of the team and co-skipper for the transatlantic crossing states “I believe in bringing awareness about rising global emissions and read more

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World Environment Day: To Beat Air Pollution, Make The Invisible Visible
One of our most precious resources is often taken for granted and invisible unless it becomes visible. We don’t give the air around us much thought in our daily lives, except when it becomes unbearable to breathe due read more

The first image of a black hole, from the galaxy Messier 87.

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Astronomers announced on Wednesday that at last they had captured an image of the unobservable: a black hole, a cosmic abyss so deep and dense that not even light can escape it.
“We have seen what we thought was unseeable,” said Shep Doeleman, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and director of the effort to capture the read more

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For nearly 15 years, Mars was what you might call the land of Opportunity, as the little Mars rover punched way above its weight and managed to roam the red planet well, well beyond its expected lifespan.

“I stand here with a sense of deep appreciation and gratitude that the Opportunity mission is complete—and with it, the Mars Exploration Rover [MER] mission read more

Kansas City, Missouri
Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Some cities just sound cold.
Despite their best attempts to promote their pleasant summer weather, Chicago and Buffalo, New York, for example, may be a couple of U.S. cities that first come to mind when the word cold is mentioned.

But do statistics back their shivering reputation? What really are America’s coldest major cities?

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Standby for the last lunar eclipse for 2 years: The blood wolf moon night of 1/20-21 coming to a North American continent near you
Skywatchers across the continental U.S. will be treated to a total lunar eclipse overnight on Jan. 20-21, when Earth’s shadow sweeps over the lunar surface to give it a reddish tinge and turn it into what some call read more

the far side of the moon
Chang’e-4 lunar probe

CNBC Wed 2 January, 2019
technical challenge to land on Moon’s far side: no direct way to communicate with the spacecraft
China makes history as the first to land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon. The Chang’e 4 mission launched in early December. It took the spacecraft three days to travel to the moon, where it spent the last few weeks read more