What caused the fireballs that lit up the sky over Australia? – Phys.Org
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What caused the fireballs that lit up the sky over Australia? – Phys.Org

One of the fireballs (highlighted by the red circle) captured over the Northern Territory. Credit: NT Emergency Services Over the past few days a pair of spectacular fireballs have graced Australia’s skies. The first, in the early hours of Monday, May 20, flashed across the Northern Territory, and was seen from both Tennant Creek and…

One year in, nonstop Indy-Paris route flying high – Indianapolis Business Journal
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One year in, nonstop Indy-Paris route flying high – Indianapolis Business Journal

Indianapolis International Airport officials say they’re encouraged by strong passenger bookings during the first year of Delta Air Lines Inc.’s nonstop service to Paris—and they’re excited about the ways the high-profile route’s success might make it easier to land new routes. “The flight has exceeded our expectations,” said Maggie Bishop, the airport’s business development analyst…

‘Observation’ is a tense, atmospheric puzzler where you play a modern HAL 9000 – TechCrunch
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‘Observation’ is a tense, atmospheric puzzler where you play a modern HAL 9000 – TechCrunch

When you watch 2001: A Space Odyssey, do you find yourself criticizing HAL 9000’s machinations and thinking, “I could do better than that!” If so, Observation may be right up your alley. In it you play a space station AI called SAM that is called upon by the humans on board to help resolve a…

Op-Ed | Time to go back to the moon, to truly stay – SpaceNews
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Op-Ed | Time to go back to the moon, to truly stay – SpaceNews

In responding to the president’s desire to return Americans to the moon within his planned term of office, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine faces several challenges, perhaps insurmountable ones. Ignoring the political and budgetary constraints under which he must plan such a technical accomplishment, he is hampered by tired thinking going back to Apollo. Fifty-eight years…

The man who made Einstein world-famous – BBC News
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The man who made Einstein world-famous – BBC News

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Einstein (left) and Eddington (right) only met for the first time years after the end of World War One It is hard to imagine a time when Albert Einstein’s name was not recognised around the world. But even after he finished his theory of relativity in 1915, he…

Scientists Find a Volume Knob for Emotional Memories – WIRED
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Scientists Find a Volume Knob for Emotional Memories – WIRED

Using mice whose neurons had been engineered to respond to light, researchers found they could dial up or down the emotional intensity of a memory.Getty ImagesSteven Ramirez says you can save the Black Mirror references. He’s already heard his work compared to nearly every dystopian movie about memory—from the campy Total Recall and the shadowy…

Congress Isn’t Keen on a Space Force, So What About a Space Coast Guard Instead? – Jalopnik
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Congress Isn’t Keen on a Space Force, So What About a Space Coast Guard Instead? – Jalopnik

This week Congress dealt a blow to President Donald Trump’s idea for a Space Force, authorizing just $15 million to fund the operation. Critics in Congress believe that the administration hasn’t made a good enough case for a new form of military service. But as both the government and civilian space sectors ramp up to…

NASA gives members of the public the chance to send their names to Mars – Daily Mail
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NASA gives members of the public the chance to send their names to Mars – Daily Mail

Your own one way ticket to Mars! NASA gives members of the public a boarding pass with their name on it as it takes a list of people to the Red Planet on its 2020 roverNASA will use an electron beam to stencil the submitted names onto silicon chip The lines of text will be smaller…

A Collision With a Dwarf Planet Likely Caused Our Moon to Become Lopsided – Gizmodo
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A Collision With a Dwarf Planet Likely Caused Our Moon to Become Lopsided – Gizmodo

Artist’s depiction of a massive collision involving two large objects. Image: NASA/JPL-CaltechOur Moon features a nearside and far side with dramatically different geological features. This anomaly has puzzled scientists for years, but new computer simulations suggest the Moon’s asymmetric disposition can be traced back to an ancient collision with another object—possibly a dwarf planet. For…

10-Foot-Tall Stone Jars ‘Made by Giants’ Stored Human Bodies in Ancient Laos – Live Science
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10-Foot-Tall Stone Jars ‘Made by Giants’ Stored Human Bodies in Ancient Laos – Live Science

More than 100 giant stone jars, thought to have been used in burial rituals thousands of years ago, have been rediscovered at ancient sites in forests, on hillsides and along mountain ridges in remote central Laos. The carved stone jars are scattered across miles of the rugged, tiger-haunted Xiangkhouang province, about 200 miles (320 kilometers)…