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How Will the Hubble Space Telescope Die?
https://www.space.com/29206-how-will-hubble-space-telescope-die.html
“While Hubble is healthy now, the telescope — a joint project of NASA and the European Space Agency — is not immortal. Serious problems could conceivably crop up in a number of different Hubble systems.”

The James Webb Space Telescope Will Truly Do What Hubble Only Dreamed Of
https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2017/01/10/the-james-webb-space-telescope-will
“The James Webb Space Telescope will teach us an incredible amount about the Universe, including further details about how stars form, what the earliest stellar populations look like, will show us gas giants and rogue planets in unprecedented detail and will tell us what made up the Universe at any given time in the past.”

Webb vs Hubble Telescope
https://jwst.nasa.gov/comparison_about.html
“Webb often gets called the replacement for Hubble, but we prefer to call it a successor. After all, Webb is the scientific successor to Hubble; its science goals were motivated by results from Hubble.”

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Is There a Limit to How Small Life Can Get? - https://youtu.be/B5fTn4IHQbc

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Pear-Shaped Atom Points To A Cosmic Mystery
https://www.forbes.com/sites/briankoberlein/2016/06/27/pear-shaped-atom-points
“An atom is comprised of dense nucleus of protons and neutrons surrounded by a diffuse cloud of electrons. Since an atomic nucleus is held together by the strong force, similar to the way gravity holds stars and planets together, you would think nuclei would be basically spherical. This isn't always the case, and a few such as barium-144 are even pear shaped. ”

Physicists Have Confirmed a Pear-Shaped Nucleus, And It Could Ruin Time Travel Forever
https://www.sciencealert.com/physicists-discover-brand-new-nucleus-shape-time
“Physicists have confirmed the existence of a new form of atomic nuclei, and the fact that it's not symmetrical challenges the fundamental theories of physics that explain our Universe.”

The Development Of The Atomic Model
https://www.wired.com/2009/09/the-development-of-the-atomic-model/
“Science (or scientists) build a model. If new evidence comes along, the model gets changed.”
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Part 1 of 3 - https://youtu.be/Yv8yw4EgMYU
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How Does Wireless Charging Work?
https://www.livescience.com/50536-what-is-wireless-charging.html
“Until recently, however, there weren't alternatives to charging through bulky wires and cords. But as wireless charging becomes more advanced, it may be used to power a wide variety of things other than phones or watches, such as lamps or even electric buses, experts say.”

Vanadium-Flow Batteries: The Energy Storage Breakthrough We've Needed
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2016/12/13/vanadium-flow-batteries
“The latest, greatest utility-scale battery storage technology to emerge on the commercial market is the vanadium redox battery, also known as the vanadium flow battery. V-flow batteries are fully containerized, nonflammable, compact, reusable over semi-infinite cycles, discharge 100% of the stored energy and do not degrade for more than 20 years.”

Flooded VS Gel Batteries: What Are The Differences?
http://technician.academy/flooded-vs-gel-batteries-what-are-the-differences/
“In today’s automotive battery market, there are choices available for every application. Beyond the options of amp hours, cranking amps (CA) and cold cranking amps (CCA), there are differences in battery construction. What are the differences, and does charging play a factor in your choice?”

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Scientists are beginning to understand mysterious parts of our DNA. Here’s what they’ve found so far.

Rapid Evolution Is Real…These Species Changed in Front of Our Eyes - https://youtu.be/DrgR_tSVdLU

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Inside the Mysterious Dark Matter of the Human Genome
https://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-09/encode-project-sheds-light
“When scientists sequenced the human genome a decade ago, it was somewhat like looking at a blueprint in a foreign language — everything was marked in its proper location, but no one could tell what it all meant.”

Dark Dna: The Missing Matter At The Heart Of Nature
https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23731680-200-dark-dna
“The discovery that some animals thrive despite hugely mutated DNA hidden in their genome is forcing us to rethink some basics of evolution.”

‘Dark Matter’ Dna Influences Brain Development
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-00920-x
“A puzzle posed by segments of 'dark matter' in genomes — long, winding strands of DNA with no obvious functions — has teased scientists for more than a decade. Now, a team has finally solved the riddle.”
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Jupiter’s Iconic Red Spot is Shrinking, What Could Happen Next? | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW-YrNaxJFU


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Saturn's Rings: Composition, Characteristics & Creation
https://www.space.com/23235-rings-of-saturn.html
“Saturn, the sixth planet from the sun, is one of the most easily identified targets for astronomers, largely due to its large and distinct ring system. The rings of Saturn have fascinated stargazers for centuries, ever since telescopes were first pointed toward the sky.”

Rings Of Uranus Reveal Secrets Of The Planet’s Moon Cressida
https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/science-ticker/uranus-moon-cressida
“Voyager 2 discovered Cressida and several other moons when the spacecraft flew by Uranus in 1986. Those moons, and two discovered later, orbit within 20,000 kilometers of Uranus and are the most tightly packed in the solar system.”

In Mission's Last Hurrah, Cassini Aims To Solve Riddle Of Saturn's Rings
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/04/missions-last-hurrah-cassini-aims-solve-riddle-saturns-rings
“Are Saturn’s rings ancient or young? It’s time to place your bets, for NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which has spent the past 13 years exploring the planet and its moons, is finally swooping close enough to take a look.”



U.S. Nuclear Missiles Are Still Controlled By Floppy Disks - https://youtu.be/Y8OOp5_G-R4

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Sorry, Adults, No New Neurons For Your Aging Brains
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/03/07/591305604/sorry-adults-no-new-neurons-
“The finding challenges decades of research suggesting that new neurons continue to appear in the hippocampus, an area of the brain involved in memory and emotion. It also calls into question claims that both exercise and some anti-depressant drugs could boost the production of new neurons in the hippocampus.”

Can you grow new brain cells?
https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/can-you-grow-new-brain-cells
"The dogma for the longest time was that adult brains couldn't generate any new brain cells. You just use what you were born with," says Dr. Amar Sahay, a neuroscientist with Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. "But the reality is that everyone has the capacity to develop new cells that can help enhance cognitive functions."

Nuclear Bombs Made It Possible to Carbon Date Human Tissue
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nuclear-bombs-made-it-possible-to-carbon-date
“By measuring how much carbon-14 someone has in various tissues of the body, researchers can actually get an understanding of when those tissues were formed. They know how much extra carbon-14 was in the atmosphere each year and can compare the amount in a tissue with that number to find a pretty precise date.”
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One Shot Could Provide All the Vaccines You'll Ever Need - https://youtu.be/qQ1VKYX4Vl0

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Medicine of the Future: New Microchip Technology Could Be Used to Track Smart Pills
http://www.caltech.edu/news/medicine-future-new-microchip-technology-could-be-used
“Researchers at Caltech have developed a prototype miniature medical device that could ultimately be used in "smart pills" to diagnose and treat diseases. A key to the new technology—and what makes it unique among other microscale medical devices—is that its location can be precisely identified within the body, something that proved challenging before.”

All-terrain Microbot Moves By Tumbling Over Complex Topography
https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2018/Q1/all-terrain-microbot-moves
“The “microscale magnetic tumbling robot,” or μTUM (microTUM), is about 400 by 800 microns, or millionths of a meter, smaller than the head of a pin. A continuously rotating magnetic field propels the microbot in an end-over-end or sideways tumbling motion, which helps the microbot traverse uneven surfaces such as bumps and trenches, a difficult feat for other forms of motion.”

Why Swallowable Robots Could Be The Future Of Healthcare
https://www.zdnet.com/article/why-swallowable-robots-could-be-the-future-of-healthcare/
“Almost any drug that a patient takes orally will have an effect across the body -- sometimes that effect is wanted, often it's not. If a microscale device could be used to make sure that the drug could be delivered to the problem area, and only that area, it could potentially drastically reduce unwanted side effects from pharmaceutical therapies.”

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Part 1 of 3 - https://youtu.be/Yv8yw4EgMYU
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Unlocking the Potential of Cation-Disordered Oxides for Rechargeable Lithium Batteries
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/343/6170/519
“Nearly all high–energy density cathodes for rechargeable lithium batteries are well-ordered materials in which lithium and other cations occupy distinct sites. Cation-disordered materials are generally disregarded as cathodes because lithium diffusion tends to be limited by their structures.”

The Configurational Space of Rocksalt‐Type Oxides for High‐Capacity Lithium Battery Electrodes
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/aenm.201400478
“A unifying theory is presented to explain the lithium exchange capacity of rocksalt‐like structures with any degree of cation ordering, and how lithium percolation properties can be used as a guideline for the development of novel high‐capacity electrode materials is demonstrated.”

Electronic-Structure Origin of Cation Disorder in Transition-Metal Oxides
https://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.176402
“Cation disorder is an important design criterion for technologically relevant transition-metal (TM) oxides, such as radiation-tolerant ceramics and Li-ion battery electrodes.”
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Experience intense, unique, and sometimes dangerous moments with scientists working in the field, as they explain first-hand the kinds of risks they take to find answers. There's so much more to being a scientist than being stuck in a lab. Watch every Wednesday for new episodes of Science in the Extremes.

These Robots Roam Toxic Seafloors to Bring Back New, Bizarre Species
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Robot Surgeon Enters Through Belly Button
https://www.seeker.com/robot-surgeon-enters-through-belly-button-1768440711.html
"Emergency situations requiring the robot's assistance would hopefully be rare. But a presentation at the NASA Human Research Program Investigator's Workshop noted that such medical scenarios have been reported at remote locations during Arctic or Antarctic expeditions and during military submarine service. That suggests future astronauts and other space explorers could benefit from such technology while living at remote moon bases or Mars colonies far from Earth."

Space Is Trying To Kill Us! How Astronauts Survive
https://www.seeker.com/space-is-trying-to-kill-us-how-astronauts-survive-1873321027.html
"Our discussion is prompted by the recent return of NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent an entire year aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Kelly returned in good health and good spirits, generally, but doctors did take note of some distressing aftereffects. Most notably, Kelly had grown and inch-and-a-half taller while in space. It appears that the lack of gravity had actually caused his spine to expand after 340 days on the job."

‘Bone Glue’ Experiments on the ISS Test Possible Treatment for Osteoporosis
https://www.seeker.com/space/bone-glue-experiments-on-the-iss-test-possible-treatment-for-osteoporosis
"Previous studies have shown that the absence of gravitational forces causes both an increase in bone resorption by osteoclasts and a decrease in osteoblast cellular integrity. This is also what happens with osteoporosis. And since osteoporosis affects so many people on Earth, researchers hope that solving the riddle of bone loss in space will reveal important clues about what causes osteoporosis and other bone disorders here on Earth."

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Scientists Want to Transplant a Human Head, Here's Why That's a Bad Idea - https://youtu.be/CMHhF5N1FPY

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How Fake Surgery Exposes Useless Treatments
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-fake-surgery-exposes-useless-treatment
“The headline reflected the results of a British study, published online last November in the Lancet, that used what is probably the best methodology for assessing a surgical procedure: sham surgery”

The Placebo Effect Doesn’t Apply Just to Pills
https://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/07/upshot/the-placebo-effect-doesnt-apply-just-to-pills
“For a drug to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration, it must prove itself better than a placebo, or fake drug….But when it comes to medical devices and surgery, the requirements aren’t the same. Placebos aren’t required. That is probably a mistake.”

What Is the Placebo Effect?
https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/what-is-the-placebo-effect #1
“A placebo is anything that seems to be a "real" medical treatment -- but isn't. It could be a pill, a shot, or some other type of "fake" treatment. What all placebos have in common is that they do not contain an active substance meant to affect health.”
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Bizarre Weather Around the Solar System
http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science
“Bizarre weather is not restricted to Earth. Hurricane Sandy was a speck of dust compared to some of the cataclysms currently taking place around the solar system.”

Jupiter's Great Red Spot Is 50 Times Deeper Than the Oceans of Earth
https://www.popularmechanics.com/space/solar-system/a14416555/jupiters-great-red-spot
“The new study shows that in terms of depth, ‘the Great Red Spot's roots go 50 to 100 times deeper than Earth's oceans and are warmer at the base than they are at the top.’ said Andy Ingersoll, a Juno co-investigator.”

What is Jupiter Made Of?
https://www.space.com/18388-what-is-jupiter-made-of.html
“Composed predominantly of hydrogen and helium, the massive Jupiter is much like a tiny star. But despite the fact that it is the largest planet in the solar system, the gas giant just doesn't have the mass needed to push it into stellar status.”



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Why Are Human Babies So Helpless?
https://www.livescience.com/54605-why-are-babies-helpless.html
“Some animals come into this world more self-sufficient than others. Many can fend for themselves without any parental supervision almost immediately — picture baby sea turtles hatching on the sand and then somehow finding their way to the ocean. Human babies, however, are a different story.”

Is 25 the new cut-off point for adulthood?
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-24173194
"The idea that suddenly at 18 you're an adult just doesn't quite ring true," says child psychologist Laverne Antrobus, who works at London's Tavistock Clinic. "My experience of young people is that they still need quite a considerable amount of support and help beyond that age."

When does human brain development end? Evidence of corpus callosum growth up to adulthood
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8517683
"To locate structural changes in the brain accounting for the increasing effectiveness in cognition and skills that occurs at the final stage of behavioral development, we attempted to determine the age at which the corpus callosum completes its active growth period."

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What is Darwin's Theory of Evolution?
https://www.livescience.com/474-controversy-evolution-works.html
“Evolution by natural selection is one of the best substantiated theories in the history of science, supported by evidence from a wide variety of scientific disciplines, including paleontology, geology, genetics and developmental biology.”

These Crickets Can’t Sing Anymore—But They’re Still Trying
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/02/these-crickets-cant-sing-anymorebut-theyre-still-trying/553262/
“It took several years for the crickets of Kauai to fall silent. When Marlene Zuk first visited the Hawaiian island in 1991, she heard the insects chirping away, loudly and repeatedly. But every time she went back, the chirping diminished. In 2001, she only heard a single male, apparently singing into the void.”

What Darwin Didn’t Know
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-darwin-didnt-know-45637001/
“Charles Darwin was just 28 years old when, in 1837, he scribbled in a notebook “one species does change into another”—one of the first hints of his great theory.”

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Why Does Cold Weather Drain Your Phone Battery?
https://www.livescience.com/61334-batteries-die-cold-weather.html
“Lithium-ion batteries, the commonplace rechargeables that power much of our modern lives and live inside almost every cellphone, discharge electric current as individual lithium ions move through solution from one end of the battery (the anode) to the other end (the cathode). ”

Effect Of Temperature On The Aging Rate Of Li Ion Battery Operating Above Room Temperature
https://www.nature.com/articles/srep12967
“Temperature is known to have a significant impact on the performance, safety, and cycle lifetime of lithium-ion batteries (LiB). However, the comprehensive effects of temperature on the cyclic aging rate of LiB have yet to be found.”

Solid electrolytes open doors to solid-state batteries
https://phys.org/news/2016-03-solid-electrolytes-doors-solid-state-batteries.html
“Japanese scientists have synthesized two crystal materials that show great promise as solid electrolytes. All-solid-state batteries built using the solid electrolytes exhibit excellent properties, including high power and high energy densities, and could be used in long-distance electric vehicles.”

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