Physicists Lay Out Plans for a New Supercollider – Scientific American
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Physicists Lay Out Plans for a New Supercollider – Scientific American

CERN has unveiled its bold dream to build a new accelerator nearly four times as long as its 27-kilometer Large Hadron Collider—currently the world’s largest—and up to six times more powerful. The European particle physics laboratory, outside Geneva, Switzerland, outlined the plan in a technical report on 15 January. The document offers several preliminary designs…

“Mona Lisa effect“ is real, but doesn’t apply to Leonardo’s painting – Ars Technica
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“Mona Lisa effect“ is real, but doesn’t apply to Leonardo’s painting – Ars Technica

Myth: busted — Sensation typically occurs when subject’s gaze is at angle between 0 and 5 degrees. Jennifer Ouellette – Jan 15, 2019 1:40 am UTC Enlarge / Researchers at Bielefeld University in Germany used folding rulers for measurement to test the effect. Study participants indicated the number they thought Mona Lisa’s gaze was directed…

This Quadruple Star System Is Unlike Anything We’ve Ever Seen Before – Gizmodo
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This Quadruple Star System Is Unlike Anything We’ve Ever Seen Before – Gizmodo

Artist’s depiction of HD 98800, featuring the protoplanetary disk and inner binary pair. The outer binary pair is not shown. Image: University of Warwick/Mark GarlickAstronomers using the ALMA telescope have discovered an oddly tilted planet-forming disk within a double binary star system, a configuration that up until this point only existed in theory.Quadruple star systems…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 booster ends launch #2 with spectacular dawn return – Teslarati
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SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 booster ends launch #2 with spectacular dawn return – Teslarati

SpaceX Falcon 9 booster B1049 has completed its second successful launch and landing with a spectacular dawn return to Port of Los Angeles, where engineers and technicians will work to remove the rocket’s grid fins and landing legs and prepare the vehicle for transport to the company’s Hawthorne, CA factory and refurbishment facilities. Once post-recovery…

NASA’s deep-space nuclear-power crisis may soon end, thanks to a clever new robot in Tennessee – Business Insider
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NASA’s deep-space nuclear-power crisis may soon end, thanks to a clever new robot in Tennessee – Business Insider

The US government says a new robot is poised to help it create a reliable, long-term supply chain of plutonium-238 (Pu-238): a radioactive material NASA requires to explore deep space. NASA uses Pu-238 to power its most epic space missions— among them New Horizons (now beyond Pluto), the Voyagers (now in interstellar space), and Cassini…

Lab strips titles of genetic pioneer over race remarks – Newsday
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Lab strips titles of genetic pioneer over race remarks – Newsday

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Friday revoked several honorary titles from its former director and Nobel Prize-winning pioneer in DNA research, after he repeated his belief that blacks are genetically inferior to whites in intelligence. James Watson, 90, had first publicly made those remarks in a 2007 magazine interview and repeated them on PBS’ “American Masters: Decoding…

Oceans are warming dramatically faster, new study warns – CBS News
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Oceans are warming dramatically faster, new study warns – CBS News

A new study finds the world’s oceans are warming significantly faster than previously thought. The analysis, published Thursday in the journal Science, raises the stakes for curbing climate change. Since 1970, the ocean has warmed 40 percent more than previous estimates, according to climate scientist Zeke Hausfather, one of the authors of the study.The study examined…

Extreme Bacteria on the Space Station are Evolving to Handle the Harsh Conditions, not to Make Astronauts Sick – Universe Today
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Extreme Bacteria on the Space Station are Evolving to Handle the Harsh Conditions, not to Make Astronauts Sick – Universe Today

For years, scientists have been conducting studies aboard the International Space Station (ISS) to determine the effects of living in space on humans and micro-organisms. In addition to the high levels of radiation, there are also worries that long-term exposure to microgravity could cause genetic mutations. Understanding these, and coming up with counter-measures, is essential…