Science & Technology

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Alcohol exposure bubbles over to future generations

Intentional consumption of alcohol from fermented beverages has played a role in shaping society for several millennia. ...

Scott Kelly.
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Great Scott! Kelly makes his last orbit

America’s longest-flying astronaut has come back to earth. On March 1, astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent the past 340 d...

Apple CEO Tim Cook.
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FBI hungry for new software, Apple not biting

Apple and the FBI are embroiled in a heated legal battle over something found in the pockets of millions of Americans: a...

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Mineral Spotlight: Rutile

Rutile is an important economic mineral as it is a major ore of the titanium. It is usually a deep reddish brown or blac...

Hubble image of the Carina Nebula, showing several different kinds of nebulae.
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Observatory Corner: The Glow Cloud

By far the most common question I get while working at the observatory is, “What is a Nebula?” The answer is complex...

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African-American scientists and inventors shaped our world today

Lightbulbs, birth control pills, lasers, microphones, shoes. At first glance, this list seems like a collection of rando...

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E-book users on the rise, print books remain firm

When e-readers and e-books first came out, much of the discourse about them focused on one simple idea: “Will e-books ...

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Gravitational waves proved true when station picked up waves of two black holes colliding

Once again, it appears Einstein was on to something. Last Thursday, a team of researchers announced that they heard the ...

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Air pollution kills millions

Air pollution is killing millions of people every year, making it a global public health concern. Research released on F...

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Mineral Spotlight: Mica Minerals

The word “mica” is a common geologic term used to describe minerals that appear flakey. Mica is not one mineral; rat...