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This particle accelerator fits on the head of a pin - TechCrunch
If you know nothing else about particle accelerators, you probably know that they're big — sometimes miles long. But a new approach from Stanford researchers has led to an accelerator shorter from end to end than a human hair is wide.

No eyes? No problem. Marine creature expands boundaries of vision - Reuters
A cousin of the starfish that resides in the coral reefs of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico lacks eyes, but can still see, according to scientists who studied this creature that expands the boundaries of the sense of sight in the animal kingdom.

Astrophysicist Says He Knows How to Build a Time Machine - Futurism
He thinks he's figured out a way to travel to the past.

Smaller but Still Deadly: New Insights Into the Life of Teenage T. Rex - Gizmodo
Tyrannosaurus rex was among the most fearsome carnivores to have ever lived, but this killer still had to endure an adolescent phase. Far from being awkward, however, these teenage titans managed to pack a tremendous punch prior to maturing into full-sized ad…

Why Some Rope Knots Hold Better Than Others - NPR
We know that some knots hold better than others, but the why of it hasn't been so clear. Special fibers that change color under strain are providing some answers.

NASA Proposed Sending Japanese Astronauts to the Moon - Futurism
In May, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe met with president Donald Trump, in part to discuss a cooperation in space exploration.

How the Extreme Art of Dropping Stuff Could Upend Physics - WIRED
Scientists are going to great lengths to try to make gravity fail, so as to link Einstein's theory of general relativity with quantum mechanics.

Early modern humans cooked starchy food in South Africa, 170,000 years ago -
"The inhabitants of the Border Cave in the Lebombo Mountains on the Kwazulu-Natal/eSwatini border were cooking starchy plants 170 thousand years ago," says Professor Lyn Wadley, a scientist from the Wits Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the…

Space calendar 2020: eclipses, meteor showers, rocket launches - Business Insider
If all goes well next year, SpaceX and Boeing will launch their first astronauts for NASA, and Mars will gain three new rovers.

SpaceX’s Upcoming Crewed NASA Mission Will Feature a Tesla Car: Video - Observer
SpaceX is scheduled to carry out a final-stage test for the crewed mission this month.

Police: Meteor was likely cause of 'explosion' in Saratoga County - Glens Falls Post-Star
Police believe a meteor caused Sunday's loud booming noise in Saratoga County.

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