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NASA has just released a breathtaking image of the International Space Station transitioning in front of the sun, as captured by Rainee Colacurcio. The ISS crossing the Sun isn’t a rare phenomenon, since it orbits the Earth about every 90 minutes, but capturing the perfect image with sublime timing and equipment most certainly is. Read more for a video and additional information.
Elon Musk’s start-up Neuralink, founded in 2016, wants to connect your brain directly to computers. How does it work? It involves drilling holes into the brain with a custom machine to embed thin threads that connect to a tiny processor, which communicates with a smartphone over Bluetooth, and as more people sign up, the installation process will be as quick and painless as Lasik eye surgery. Musk wants to have its first human patient equipped with the technology before the end of 2020 after FDA approval. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
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People around the world will be able to witness a partial lunar eclipse on Tuesday or early Wednesday that coincides with the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 launch. Unfortunately, the phenomenon is not visible in the U.S., but will be visible across Africa, much of Asia, the eastern part of South America and western Australia. The last total lunar eclipse happened in January and the next partial lunar eclipse won’t occur again until November 2021. The Saturn V rocket carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 9:32 a.m. on July 16, 1969. Read more for another video and additional information.
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Let’s face it, Mars as we know it is an inhospitable place, or at least on the surface. Raising crops on Mars is far easier in movies than it will be in real life, mainly because the mean water can persist on the surface only as ice due to its subzero temperatures and the planet’s atmosphere offers little protection to plants (or people) from the Sun’s radiation. NASA does have plans however to put humans on Mars using data collected from its Artemis lunar explorations. Researchers propose that an ultralight material called aerogel might one day help humans build greenhouses and other habitats at Mars’ mid-latitudes, where near-surface water ice has been identified. Aerogel is essentially a Styrofoam-like solid that is 99% air, making it extremely light and adept at preventing the transfer of heat as well, making it an excellent insulator. Read more for another video and additional information.
Two extremely rare rainbow blanket octopuses were captured on camera during a night dive off the coast of Romblon, Philippines by Joseph Elayani. Its rapid color change is due to a reaction it has to the different light levels from the camera, and doubles as a defense mechanism against would-be predators. This rare species of cephalopod is native to tropical and sub-tropical regions deep down under the waves, thus they rarely m,ake contact with humans. Read more for a video and additional information.
Put simply, metamaterials are basically artificial materials engineered to have properties not found in naturally occurring materials, best known as materials for the ‘invisibility cloak’. AI is capable of precisely designing artificial atoms that are smaller than the wavelength of light and by controlling the polarization and spin of light, new optical properties are created not found in nature. Current methods require various trial and failures until the right material is obtained, but AI is expected to provide a hyper efficient solution for this problem. Read more for a video and additional information.
NASA’s Hubble space telescope discovered a supermassive black hole that shouldn’t exist, since it defies existing theories about the universe. The black hole, which is approximately 250 million times heavier than the sun, lies at the heart of the spiral galaxy NGC 3147 and is about 140 million light-years from Earth. What’s really strange is they found a thin “accretion disk” around the black hole that contains debris and gas rapidly pacing around the edge. Read more for a video and additional information.
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To understand quantum entanglement, we have to begin with Albert Einstein’s work, which in part led to the prediction of this phenomenon, or the idea that two particles can remain connected across vast distances of space and time. At the time, this idea was considered absurd, but it has since been proven with countless quantum physics experiments. Now, one research team at the University of Glasgow has successfully photographed entangled photons using a high-tech laser. “The image we’ve managed to capture is an elegant demonstration of a fundamental property of nature, seen for the very first time in the form of an image,” sid Paul-Antoine Moreau, a physicist at the University of Glasgow. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Now that you’ve seen the Siberian Maldives, it’s time to check out Monte Neme in the A Coruña province of Galicia, Spain. This may looks like an idyllic tropical lagoon, but during WWI and WWII, this area was a tungsten mine that supplied the material necessary for making light bulbs and hardening steel. Doctors strongly warn that bathing in the waters of Monte Neme could be hazardous since the surrounding mounds are large masses of heavy metals that leak directly into the water. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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A Russian energy company has warned Instagram users not to swim in a stunning turquoise lake nicknamed the “Siberian Maldives”, also called the “Novosibirsk Maldives,” because it’s actually a coal plant’s ash dump filled with harmful metal oxides and calcium salts. “In the last week, our ash dump has become a celebrity on social networks,” said the Siberian Generating Company, warning Instagrammers or any potential visitors to not to drink the water and stating that even “skin contact with the water can lead to an allergic reaction”. Read more for a video and additional information.