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Walking with coffee is a little-understood feat of physics -
Walking with coffee is something most of us do every day without considering the balancing act it requires. In fact, there's a lot of physics preventing the coffee from spilling over.

COVID-19 surge forcing funeral homes to rely on mobile morgues as body count rises - Fox News
Morgues have to be able to support COVID-related deaths and everything else including homicides and drug deaths. States including Alabama, Florida and North Carolina now have mobile morgues on standby.

NASA’s Perseverance rover finally snatched its first Mars rock sample - The Verge
NASA’s Perseverance rover captured its first sampling of a Mars rock on September 1st after the rover’s first attempt in August unexpectedly turned up empty.

SpaceX's Inspiration4 private all-civilian orbital mission: Live updates -
The first all-civilian mission to orbit Earth on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to launch on Sept. 15, and you can follow all the action live here.

Scientists may have discovered a new type of supernova - Yahoo News
Artist's illustration of the aftermath of the supernova. Credit: Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF Scientists think they may have found a type of supernova never...

Scientists Puzzled by Mysterious Radio Wave Source Inside Our Galaxy - Futurism
It's unlikely to be a flaring star — so what the hell is it?

SpaceX’s first orbital-class Super Heavy booster rejoins Starship at launch pad - Teslarati
For the second time in five weeks, SpaceX has rolled Starship’s first orbital-class Super Heavy booster from its Starbase factory to the launch pad ahead of a challenging and multifaceted test campaign. Deemed Super Heavy Booster 4 or B4, the 69m (~225 ft) ta…

How the Cat Gets Its Stripes: It’s Genetics, Not a Folk Tale - The New York Times
Researchers took a deep dive into embryonic development to tease out the source of the tabby pattern in cats.

Animals ‘shapeshifting’ in response to climate crisis, research finds - The Guardian
Warm-blooded animals are changing beaks, legs and ears to adapt to hotter climate and better regulate temperature

Astronomers are still looking for the elusive ‘Planet 9’ - NBC News
A study re-examines the evidence for a proposal first suggested in 2016 — that the hypothetical Planet 9 could explain anomalies seen by astronomers in the outer solar system.

Space station astronaut captures breathtaking view of the edge of the Earth - CNET
European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet delivers a knockout image from the ISS cupola.

Global Internet Will Likely Blackout For Months After A Bad Solar Storm! - Mashable India
The undersea cables that form the backbone of modern internet are most vulnerable to large expulsions of plasma and magnetized particles from the sun’s corona.

The Space Force is starting to lean into innovative launch concepts - Ars Technica
"The biggest threat to our success is moving too slowly and refusing to change."

Pigeons, Curves, and the Traveling Salesperson Problem - WIRED
Mathematician Ian Stewart explains the twisty history of combinatorial optimization.

Mars Missions Can Only Last 4 Years Due to Radiation - ExtremeTech
The researchers set out to answer two key questions for a hypothetical crewed Mars mission: Is it possible to safely send astronauts to Mars? And could the timing of a mission reduce the amount of radiation astronauts encounter? The answer to both of those qu…

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