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NASA has launched a competition to find "space apps" to aid space exploration and education. The two-day event brought programmers together on seven continents to see how creative they could be with NASA's store of space data. Problems NASA wants solved include improving data sharing after disasters and spotting good lunar landing sites. ...
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The Guardian recounted the story of how a book about fish nearly sank Isaac Newton's Principia. The lavishly illustrated Historia Piscium, or History of Fishes, by John Ray and Francis Willughby, was so expensive that it forced the Royal Society to withdraw from its promise to finance publication of Newton's Principia, one of the most important works in the history of science. ...
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Cosmic rays have mysterious qualities about them that scientists continue to research in order to better understand their origins and composition. Dr. Eun-Suk Seo, a professor of physics at the University of Maryland, and her colleagues, fly enormous balloons as large as a football stadium and a volume of 40-million-cubic feet for extended periods over Antarctica to study particles coming from cosmic rays before they break up in the atmosphere.
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