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MIT scientists made a shape-shifting material that morphs into a human face - Ars Technica
New method based on double-curvature effect described by Gauss nearly 200 years ago.

SpaceX Starlink: How to watch Falcon 9 launch 60 more satellites to space - CNET
Elon Musk's spaceflight company will add another 60 satellites to its mega constellation (and one is particularly special!)

Indian scientist’s work on nano material paves way for clean energy vehicle - The Indian Express
Impressed by the research work of the Indian-origin nano materials scientist, the Indian Defence Ministry has awarded a $2 million research project to Vinu to develop carbon nitride nano materials for clean energy system requirement in the defence sector.

The Surprising Possibility That There are Still Active Volcanoes on Venus - Universe Today
According to new research by a team from the LPI, it appears likely that Venus could indeed have active volcanoes on its surface today.

Simulated Image Shows the Power of NASA's WFIRST - NASA Goddard
NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope, WFIRST, will capture the equivalent of 100 high-resolution Hubble images in a single shot, imaging large areas o...

It’s 2020 and we’re going back to Mars - The A.V. Club
We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 5,993,858-week series, Wiki Wormhole.

A handful of recent discoveries have shattered anthropologists' picture of where humans came from, and when - Business Insider
Anthropologists have discovered new species of human ancestors and revealed that humans, Neanderthals, and Deniosovans interbred.

Happy Perihelion Day 2020! Earth Is Closest to the Sun Today -
Keep in mind that Earth's tilted axis creates the seasons, not its distance from the sun.

Boeing's New Plan for Moon Landing Sounds a Lot Like SpaceX's - Motley Fool
Boeing's plan for a moon landing sounds better than NASA's. But SpaceX has an even better idea.

This Robot’s Journey to an Icy Alien Moon Starts Beneath Antarctica - The New York Times
NASA scientists completed field tests in November of a floating rover they hope will one day travel to Europa, the frozen ocean moon of Jupiter.

Clear, But Cool For Meteor Shower Tonight - KFSM 5Newsonline
The Quadrantids are one of the best annual meteor showers; and, they peak this weekend! While it's active from December 28 until January 12, the brightest fireballs can be seen January 3rd and 4th. Although the official peak was before dawn on the 4th, you ma…

Cosmic dangers: Betelgeuse supernova prompts fears cataclysm could strike 'closer to home' -
THE SUPERNOVA explosion of the nearby star Betelgeuse has prompted some experts to consider the possibility of equally cataclysmic threats close to Earth.

Seabirds are using tools now - BGR
One of the things that have differentiated humans and primates from other groups in the animal kingdom is the use of tools. There are other species that have been observed using tools, but not many…

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