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The 10 most important things in the world right now

Hello! Here's what you need to know for Friday.

1. Chinese stocks opened sharply higher on Friday, following Thursday's rally after days of major losses.

2. Up to 50 migrants were found dead in a truck in Austria on Thursday as European leaders were meeting in Vienna to discuss the deepening migrant …

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Voyager 1 Has Entered Interstellar Space

Watch NASA’s announcement on the Voyager spacecraft here.

In September 1977, Star Wars was a huge hit in theaters, the Bee Gees were on the brink of …


How Astronauts Dock at the Space Station

A wee-hours maneuver of a Soyuz spacecraft is critical for keeping things safe

One of the trickiest questions for a Soyuz spacecraft approaching the International Space Station (ISS) is where to park. The ISS may be larger than a football field, but it’s got only so many ways to get inside, and with …

Space Science

Space's Top 40: How CubeSats are Revolutionizing Radio Science

Next time you tune in to public radio or the hottest Top 40 radio station, you'll be using some of the same tools NASA uses to unravel the mysteries …

Space Science

Photos: Incredible images of the red planet from India’s Mars mission

India’s Mangalyaan—the world’s cheapest Mars mission—has sent back some stunning images of the red planet’s surface.

On July 19, the mission snapped images of Ophir Chasma, a massive canyon that is some 317 kilometres long and 62 metres wide. It is part of the Valles Marineris, a system of canyons …

Photography (India)

See a Newly-Released Image of Saturn’s Moon Dione

Despite the high-resolution images Cassini sent back, Dione remains a mystery to scientists

NASA released this never-before-seen image of Saturn’s moon Dione as the Cassini spacecraft said goodbye to it on August 17. Photos of the final encounter are expected to reach Earth in the next few …

Moon Missions

Will machines eventually take on every job?

Automation will continue to transform the global workforce, but taking an active role in that process will help us reduce the damages and increase the gains, finds Rachel Nuwer.

It’s a booming time to be a truck driver. According to data NPR compiled from the US Census Bureau, truck driving is …


Dark side of the moon captured by Nasa satellite a million miles from Earth

In an unusual treat for astronomers, and perhaps Pink Floyd fans, what is often known as the dark side of the moon has been captured, fully illuminated, by a camera aboard a Nasa satellite.

The series of images taken from Nasa’s Deep Space Climate Observatory show a view of the far side of the moon, …


Strange crablike object spotted on Mars

THE Mars Curiosity Rover has taken a strange image that has left space enthusiasts captivated.

Captured by NASA, the image shows a crab-like object on …

Solar System

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Pluto's escaping atmosphere extends 1,000 miles out into space

Pluto's atmosphere has an extended reach. Data collected by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft reveals that the gas surrounding the dwarf planet extends as far as 1,000 miles outward into space. That's more than 13 times farther than Earth's atmosphere, which tapers off at around 75 miles above our …


The new BattleBots is harder, better, faster, and finally all grown up

To me, the star of ABC’s shiny new BattleBots reboot is neither Nightmare, nor Warhead, nor any of the engineers who grip the controller with …

Carmen Electra

At The "Intersection Of Design And Destruction," ABC Reignites "BattleBots" With Creative Combat

After years off the air, robot wars are coming back to TV, with $100,000, bragging rights, and Mohawk Guy's admiration on the line.

When you’ve got caged robots trying to kill each other in front of screaming fans, you don’t need to add comedy to make it must-watch TV.

From 2000 through 2002, over 94 …


New Horizons craft sends new photos of Pluto's surface, including 'tail'

WASHINGTON, July 19 (UPI) -- NASA's New Horizons space probe has transmitted new images that depict the surface of Pluto in great detail -- and …


The Camera Behind The New Pluto Photos

How to build a camera that travels billions of miles from Earth

For decades after its discovery in 1930, Pluto looked like nothing more than a gray smudge in the abyss of space. We knew it was there—even knew its size and gravity—but, without better images, we could not answer seemingly basic …


Rover's-Eye View of Marathon on Mars

The Planets, If They Were As Far Away From Earth As The Moon

Extend learning by NOT using grades

When a grade is given, the learning stops.
When specific feedback is provided and extending questions are asked, the learning goes deeper.

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5 Rarely Considered Obstacles To 21st Century Education

What are the biggest obstacles to changing education? Some are economic. Others are infrastructural. Few are technological. The most significant challenges are philosophical. We are wedded to particular ways of thinking about school and learning and life that are limiting our ability to best serve …

21st Century

Education and Career News

The 4D Future of Stuff

Why limit ourselves to printing in just three dimensions?

Ours is a world of static objects, cut, cast, or forged for specific tasks. But let’s say you opened an Ikea box, and the desk inside assembled itself. Or your water pipes shrank as the pressure decreased: no more weak showers, less wasted …


The Physical Effects of Living in Space Could Create a New Human Species

What if one day we encounter aliens, and they are our descendants?

Societies living off-Earth sounds like a concept from science fiction. We spend our lives pinned to the planet. In half a century of human space flight, fewer than 600 people have traveled to low Earth orbit, and just 12 have stood …

Space Science

9 Simple Habits to Start Now for a More Energetic Day Tomorrow

Let’s just accept the fact that most of us don’t cook healthy meals every night, hit the gym every morning or have the best sleep habits. However, there are some simple ways to start working on healthy habits that don’t require you to have the discipline of a drill sergeant. Pick and choose which …


Scientists build toy car propelled by evaporating water

Machines that harness the power of evaporating water have been created by scientists in the US.

Researchers at Columbia University in New York have built a miniature car that draws on the process to propel itself along, as well as an evaporation-driven generator that powers a flashing LED lamp.

The …

Columbia University

What will it be like to live on Mars? Inflatable and super sustainable

It’s been a long day, but you take one last glance around at the ochre sky and clay-colored earth before heading inside the inflatable, windowless …


Student Ambassadors in Palo Alto Bring Flipboard to Their Schools

“It’s all about the vibe and the hype”—Liam Shalon, one of Flipboard’s first-ever student ambassadors, on how to run a successful street team program.

Along with schoolwork, extracurriculars and Kanye, there was another subject on a handful of Palo Alto teens’ minds recently: Flipboard. A small team …

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An Inflatable Tent For Camping On The Moon

Astronauts could use overnight habitats they can toss in the trunks of their rovers.

Hang time has always been a problem on the moon. The Apollo program landed a dozen men there from 1969 to 1972, but they spent a total of only three days and six hours actually walking the surface. That’s because …