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Divers Haul Remnants Of Meteorite Out Of Russian Lake

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meteoriteDredging the Costa Concordia from the depths into which it sank has made major news lately, but I think this deep-sea discovery is even more noteworthy and far less sad. Divers hauled up a 1,255-pound, five-foot-long meteorite from Lake Chebarkul in Russia. They won’t scale it and cook it for dinner, but that’s still one hell of a fishing trip.

You might remember reading and seeing videos (such as the one below) last February when a huge meteor barreled into the atmosphere and set off shockwaves that injured over a thousand residents and caused significant damage to buildings in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Ever wonder what happened to that meteor? Wonder no more.

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Remote-Controlled Space Robots Will Work Better When They Can See The Future

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While remote-controlled robots are awesome and can do loads of tasks that are too difficult and dangerous for humans, there’s still the problem of time delay. The further away the robot, the longer the lag, which means that space rovers are affected most of all. By the time a warning message travels through space, one of our precious rovers could conceivably be at the bottom of a crater or a probe might be nestled in the arms of an alien (okay, that would be pretty cool). To address these concerns, the good folks at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have been working on a predictive system that will make robot space exploration faster and safer.

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Artist’s Depictions Allow Humans To See The World Through A Cat’s Eyes

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cat eyeI’m a cat person. I love dogs, but they’re just too much responsibility for me. My cat has the personality of a dog — she comes when I call her, she waits by the front door for me to come home, she’s almost never aloof — yet she still craps in a box. Score for me! My cat is also cross-eyed — this was one of the main selling points when I first decided to adopt her. I don’t know what she sees, or what she thinks she sees. I’ve always wanted to find out, and now, thanks to an artist’s visualizations of the world through a cat’s eyes, I can.

Cat vision

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Red Bull Shares First-Person Video Footage Of Baumgartner’s Skydive From 128,000 Feet

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On October 14, 2012, daredevil skydiver Felix Baumgartner rode a balloon to the edge of space, climbed out, and jumped. On his way down he broke numerous records: the highest altitude for a manned balloon flight, the highest altitude for a parachute jump, and the greatest free-fall velocity, maxing out at a whopping 843.6 miles per hour, which works out to Mach 1.25. That’s right, he broke the sound barrier using nothing but gravity, no vehicle required. A year later, Red Bull — which sponsored the so-called Red Bull Stratos project — has released more first-person footage from Baumgartner’s ambitious skydive, and it is jaw dropping.

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Arizona Solar Power Plant Keeps Lights On Even After Dark

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SolanaWhat’s not to love about solar energy? It’s plentiful, relatively cheap, and it’s not going to run out any time soon. Of course, there’s a catch: what happens when it’s dark? If you’ve ever used solar powered lights or other gadgets, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that when the rays disappear, you only have a matter of minutes before your device loses power. You didn’t think that would remain a problem for long did you?

The Solana Generating Station, a solar power plant located about 70 miles outside Phoenix, has found a way to supply solar power to over 70,000 Arizona homes for up to six hours after the sun sets. This represents a major technological advance from conventional photovoltaic technology that relies on direct sunlight. It also helps that Arizonians don’t have to worry so much about winter weather and long, cold, dark nights. Can you tell how excited I am that winter is coming to Boston?

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Science Has Discovered A Compound That Stops Marijuana From Getting You Stoned

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cheech chongJust like Roger Goodell’s safety rules have made it almost impossible for NFL players to hit each other properly, and Homeland Security’s strict enforcement has taken much of the ease out of airports and flying, there are always powers that be willing to trade 75% of the fun for 5% of the safety. Now scientists have discovered a compound that can stop the THC in marijuana from getting people high! Okay, so maybe those three things aren’t very comparable in the least, but I usually come up with better examples when…uhhh…when I’m high. I think that’s what I was going for.

A research team from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the National Institute on Drug Abuse realized the drug Ro 61-8048 is capable of blocking the ability of THC to affect the production of dopamine within the brain’s reward centers, making continued use of the drug essentially meaningless to the user. If the brain doesn’t feel any euphoria, then your stomach doesn’t feel the pain from eating a whole slab of bacon. Well, assuming the compound will have the same affect on humans.