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Earth and Beyond

You Can Get Published on Mars

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over 1 year ago

Anyone on planet Earth can submit a haiku to be sent to Mars on the MAVEN mission. Here are the guidelines. The poem must be three lines. It must have five syllables in the first line, followed by seven syllables, followed by five syllables.  The submission deadline is July 1st. The public will ...

Going Mental

The Psychology of Nothing: Phantom Symptoms

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over 1 year ago

Lovable anti-hero George Costanza is having a salad for lunch when he suddenly clutches at his chest and declares, “I think I’m having a heart attack!” His companions, Jerry and Elaine, seem remarkably unconcerned with George’s seemingly life-threatening predicament. As George breathlessly lists ...

Earth and Beyond

A Newer, Better Way To Create Steel

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over 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? A team of materials chemists at MIT have found an effective and relatively affordable way to use electrolysis to extract iron from ore, which could lead to cleaner and cheaper methods of steelmaking. The process itself -- which involves passing current through a ...

Earth and Beyond

Does Lightning Come From Outer Space?

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over 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? A paper published last week in Physical Review Letters suggests that cosmic rays could be the source of lightning generated during thunderstorms on Earth. Physicists Alex Gurevich and Anatoly Karashtin analyzed radio pulses from almost 3,800 lightning strikes in ...