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150 years of the periodic table: Test your knowledge - BBC News
How much do you know about the iconic symbol of science pinned to every classroom wall?

Here it is, the high resolution photo of MU69 We’ve all been waiting for. - Universe Today
A newly-processed image of Ultima Thule provides the highest-resolution picture of the object to date.

Extreme storms could soon become more common as tropical oceans get warmer - Daily Mail
A NASA study using 15 years of data from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) has found a link between higher tropical sea surface temperatures and severe storms.

Waterproof workout patch studies a surprising source of info: your sweat - Los Angeles Times
Scientists created a skin-like, battery-free device that can analyze sweat on land and underwater in real time. It could help improve athletes’ performance.

World's largest digital sky survey issues biggest astronomical data release ever -
The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, in conjunction with the University of Hawai'i Institute for Astronomy (IfA), is releasing the second edition of data from Pan-STARRS—the Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System—t…

What is Oumuamua? Here's what we know about the interstellar object -
The space object Oumuamua is thought to be an exotic type of comet or asteroid, but some astronomers have speculated it could be an alien spacecraft.

The future of space-based astronomy may depend on two large ground-based telescopes - SpaceNews
A new generation of what are known as extremely large telescopes, or ELTs, are under development and expected to enter service in the 2020s.

Super Bowl: experimental radar aims to stop drone drama at game - The Guardian
After rogue drone sightings halt flights, startup seeks permission to test tracking system at Sunday’s game

MIT Created 2D Material to Convert Wi-Fi into Power - ExtremeTech
We all know that battery technology has been slow to evolve, and none of the potentially revolutionary next-gen designs have panned out yet. So, why not just skip the battery entirely?

To catch a wave, rocket launches from top of world -
On Jan. 4, 2019, at 4:37 a.m. EST the CAPER-2 mission launched from the Andøya Space Center in Andenes, Norway, on a 4-stage Black Brant XII sounding rocket. Reaching an apogee of 480 miles high before splashing down in the Arctic Sea, the rocket flew through…

Fossil feathers reveal how dinosaurs took flight - Science Magazine
Stiff beta-keratin in early feathers was eventually replaced by a more flexible version

Amateur Astronomy Equipment May Have Spotted Tiny Object Beyond Neptune - Gizmodo
Japanese astronomers spotted evidence of tiny Kuiper Belt object at the outer edge of the Solar System using a pair of telescopes you could buy online, according to a new paper.

Earth's core may have hardened just in time to save its magnetic field - Science News
Earth’s inner core began to solidify about 565 million years ago — just in time to prevent the collapse of the planet’s magnetic field, a study finds.

LSD-Tripping Brains Reveal How the Drug Causes the Psychedelic Experience - Inverse
It’s no secret that LSD causes wild hallucinations, altered states of consciousness, one-ness with the universe, and a host of other psychedelic effects. An LSD study published Monday in 'PNAS' supports one leading theory suggesting that the brain on LSD tri…

The Hubble Telescope's Deep View of the Universe Is Now Even More Astounding! -
One of the Hubble Space Telescope's most famous images peered even deeper into the cosmos than scientists had thought.

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