Moon landing astronauts reveal they possibly infected Earth with space germs

Two Apollo 11 astronauts question NASA's planetary safety procedures.

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Surprising Science
  • Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins revealed that there were deficiencies in NASA's safety procedures following the Apollo 11 mission.
  • Moon landing astronauts were quarantined for 21 days.
  • Earth could be contaminated with lunar bacteria.
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A.I. is translating messages of long-lost languages

MIT and Google researchers use deep learning to decipher ancient languages.

Technology & Innovation
  • Researchers from MIT and Google Brain discover how to use deep learning to decipher ancient languages.
  • The technique can be used to read languages that died long ago.
  • The method builds on the ability of machines to quickly complete monotonous tasks.
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The secret to Mark Twain's friendship with Nikola Tesla

Twain and Tesla had similar passions and an amusing friendship.

Culture & Religion
  • Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and Nikola Tesla shared a friendship starting in 1890s.
  • Tesla read a lot of early Twain when recovering from a serious illness.
  • The two shared an interest in electricity.
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Want to invest into space? Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic is going public

Astronaut company Virgin Galactic will become first to be publicly traded.

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Technology & Innovation
  • Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic will go public later this year.
  • People will be able to buy shares when Virgin Galactic merges with a shell company.
  • The company aims to raise enough capital through investment to sustain itself until profitability.
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