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NASA Has Stopped Trying To Fix The Kepler Space Telescope

But they won't put the hobbling two-wheeled spacecraft out to pasture yet.<p>Well, NASA's crippled Kepler space telescope, launched in 2009, is officially beyond repair. Two of the four wheels used to align the telescope have failed over the past year, and NASA engineers haven't been able to get …

The Week In Numbers: On-Demand Quantum Teleportation, A New Mammal Species, And More

<b>2 pounds</b>: the weight of the olinguito, an adorable carnivorous mammal species just discovered in South America<p><b>20 millikelvins</b>: the temperature at which scientists recently achieved reliable, on-demand quantum teleportation<p><b>700 miles per hour</b>: the speed at which Elon Musk's proposed Hyperloop railway …

Why Chinese Kids Are Terrible At Spelling Bees

Globalization brings texting and spelling bees to China, with unfortunate results.<p>Taking a cue from the U.S., China's state-run CCTV has started hosting spelling bees. Sounds fun, right? Except they've started to find that Chinese kids and adults are actually pretty bad at recalling how to write in …

In 165-Million-Year-Old Fossil, Evidence That Fur Predates Mammals

Meet Megaconus mammaliaformis, a furry proto-mammal and, in the words of one researcher, "your great-great-grand uncle 165 million years removed."<p>Meet <i>Megaconus mammaliaformis</i>, a 165-million-year-old proto-mammal recently discovered in Inner Mongolia, China. This squirrel-sized dude evolved long …

A century-long debate: are 'intelligent' people less likely to hold religious beliefs?

Over most of the past century, researchers have been trying to determine whether there's any link between religion and intelligence. The studies haven't all come to the same conclusion, but a group of researchers led from the University of Rochester decided to look at a large number of them …

Take a Look Inside a Tiny Nuclear Reactor

This year Westinghouse will begin fuel tests for its Small Modular Reactor (SMR), a downsized system that puts out 225 megawatts.<p><b>On the tail of getting the go-ahead</b> from the federal government to build the first new nuclear reactors in the U.S. in over 30 years, Westinghouse is aiming small. This …

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Where is the Milky Way on May evenings?

Tonight – May 7, 2018 – if you’re in a dark location at northern temperate latitudes, you might be searching for one of the sky’s most spectacular …

How Pluto got its name

Eleven-year-old Venetia Burney suggested Pluto, a classical mythological god of the underworld. The name also honored Percival Lowell, whose early …

Hurricane swirling around Saturn's north pole - video

Nasa's Cassini spacecraft has provided scientists with detailed views of a vast hurricane raging around Saturn's north pole. The eye of the hurricane …

Diverse neuron 'dream teams' beat the rest - Futurity

CARNEGIE MELLON (US) — Scientists have used a statistical model to evaluate the fitness of …

Find Hercules between 2 bright stars

Tonight, try locating one of the coolest constellations up there. The constellation Hercules the Kneeling Giant can be seen ascending in the …

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