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Mars is a winter wonderland at night

August 23rd, 2017

When you think of the surface of Mars you probably think of a dusty, largely featureless wasteland of orange dust and jagged rocks right? Thanks to countless photos and videos delivered by rovers exploring the red planet, we’ve all grown to think of it as a big ball of barren nothingness, but that might not …

This new drone can land on a wall like a bird

August 22nd, 2017

A new drone prototype has the ability to not only take off and land vertically, but it can also land against a wall, similar to a bird. The Multimodal Autonomous Drone (S-MAD) was created by researchers at Canada’s University of Sherbrooke, utilizing microspines to allow it to attach itself to these kinds of surfaces.

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Adding water to your whiskey actually makes it better

August 17th, 2017

As with anything involved with the murky science behind alcohol and drinking, whether to add water to your whiskey has long been a contentious topic. Some people swear by drinks on the rocks, others won’t touch anything that’s not neat. But one group of scientists have now published a paper that lends some reasoning to …

Solar eclipse viewers spark Oregon traffic nightmare

August 17th, 2017

As the U.S. experiences its first total solar eclipse since 1979, the impending traffic situations are already cropping up, most notably in Oregon. Starting on Wednesday, traffic back-ups occured in Central Oregon on Highways 26 and 96, with traffic stretching for nearly 30 miles on Highway 26, near the Ochoco Reservoir. The traffic is due …

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Scientists solve mystery of ‘Frankenstein dinosaur’

August 16th, 2017

A dinosaur that puzzled researchers thanks to the incredibly puzzling design of its body finally has its place in history thanks to a team of scientists from Cambridge and the Natural History Museum in London. The Chilesaurus, which has been nicknamed the “Frankenstein dinosaur” due to it appearing as though it were patched together from …

Citing safety concerns, Amazon offers refunds on some solar eclipse glasses

August 14th, 2017

Amazon has offered refunds on some solar eclipse glasses purchased via its site, citing concerns about consumer safety. “Out of an abundance of caution and in the interests of our customers, we asked third-party sellers that were offering solar eclipse glasses to provide documentation to verify their products were compliant with relevant safety standards,” explained …