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The Eclipse That Made Einstein Famous - The New York Times
Before 1919, cosmology was as subjective as art history. A solar eclipse, and a patent clerk’s equations, changed everything.

How Russia (yes, Russia) plans to land cosmonauts on the Moon by 2030 - Ars Technica
"Very difficult times are ahead for our space program."

Elon Musk’s SpaceX satellites could ruin our view of the night sky - South China Morning Post
Mega constellations of human-made satellites could soon blight the view of the night sky, astronomers warned after the launch of Elon Musk’s Starlink probes last week.

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is lashing out as it dies - BGR
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is one of the most iconic features of any planet in our Solar System. The colossal, swirling storm has dominated Jupiter for years, and it’s one of the things w…

Space companies propose ways to fill low Earth orbit with commercial habitats - The Verge
The private space industry is giving NASA some ideas on how to turn low Earth orbit — where the International Space Station circulates above our planet — into an area filled with commercial habitats and platforms for future space travelers. Potentially, these…

Study of northern Alaska could rewrite Arctic history - Phys.Org
May 28, 2019—Parts of Alaska's mountainous Brooks Range were likely transported from Greenland and a stretch of the Canadian Arctic much farther to the east, according to a series of Dartmouth-led studies detailing over 300 million years of Arctic geologic hi…

New genetic engineering strategy makes human-made DNA invisible -
Bacteria are everywhere. They live in the soil and water, on our skin and in our bodies. Some are pathogenic, meaning they cause disease or infection. To design effective treatments against pathogens, researchers need to know which specific genes are to blame…

Energy researchers break the catalytic speed limit -
A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota and University of Massachusetts Amherst has discovered new technology that can speed up chemical reactions 10,000 times faster than the current reaction rate limit. These findings could increase the speed…

Piece of Earth's ancient oceans preserved underground for 20,000 years - Daily Mail
Researchers from the University of Chicago have found a sample of ancient seawater which they think could be from the last Ice Age because it has the same properties of what it would have been then.

Scientists Use Spherical Flames on ISS to Understand Soot-Free Fires - ExtremeTech
Scientists haven't been sure why some fires produce soot and others don't. The unique nature of microgravity on the ISS allowed the crew to create spherical flames to shed light on the problem.

18 Earth-size planets found in our galaxy—all hiding in plain sight - National Geographic
And a hundred more small worlds may be awaiting discovery, astronomers predict, thanks to a new method for combing through NASA data.

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