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This Rare Asteroid May Be Worth 70,000 Times the Global Economy. Now NASA’s Sending a Spaceship to Explore It.

NASA’s mission to an asteroid that could be worth 70,000 times the global economy is expected to begin this year. The space agency decided back in 2017 that humankind would benefit from a closer look at 16 Psyche. The Psyche mission was initially slated to take place at the end of 2022 but was delayed …

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This mutant Venus flytrap mysteriously lost its ability to “count” to 5

Comparing stimulation of a Venus flytrap and the mutant DYSC. Credit: Ines Kreuzer, Rainer Hedrich, Soenke Scherzer Comparing stimulation of a Venus flytrap and the mutant DYSC. Credit: Ines Kreuzer, Rainer Hedrich, Soenke Scherzer In 2011, a horticulturist named Mathias Maier stumbled across an unusual mutant of a Venus flytrap, a carnivorous plant that traps …

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Study achieves the coherent manipulation of electron spins in silicon

Electrons in silicon experience a coupling between their spin (up and down arrows) and valley states (blue and red orbitals). In the presence of a DC voltage (blue glow) an electron can undergo coherent spin-valley oscillation. Image credit: Mike Osadciw. In recent years, many physicists and computer scientists have been working on the development of …

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The origin of life and the Universe might be unknowable

Humanity has two old, profound questions. The first question concerns the origin of all that exists, the cosmos itself. The second question asks how a lifeless world could spontaneously generate self-replicating organisms that go on to conquer the planet. These two questions of origins share a thin set of connections. The first involves Einstein’s grand …

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Inside NASA’s Voyage to an Asteroid Worth 70K Times the Global Economy – Robb Report

NASA’s mission to an asteroid that could be worth 70,000 times the global economy is expected to begin this year. The space agency decided back in 2017 that humankind would benefit from a closer look at 16 Psyche. The Psyche mission was initially slated to take place at the end of 2022 but was delayed …

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Falcon 9 Rocket Sets New Payload Weight Record During SpaceX Starlink Launch

The Falcon 9, loaded with 56 Starlink satellites, at the moment of ignition, on Thursday, January 25.Screenshot: SpaceX SpaceX’s freakishly reliable Falcon 9 continues to impress. The rocket delivered 56 Starlink satellites to Earth orbit this morning, and with a collective weight around 17.4 metric tons, it’s now the heaviest payload ever lifted by a …

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