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The ‘All-American’ Eclipse of the Sun This August

The Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures presents Andrew Fraknoi (Foothill College) who talk about the very rare eclipse of the Sun visible throughout the U.S. and North America on August 21, 2017.

Science Magazine: Corals can still grow their ‘bones’ in acid waters

Stony corals may be more resilient to ocean acidification than once thought, according to a Rutgers University study that shows they rely on proteins to help create their rock-hard skeletons.

A New Era in Astronomy: NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

Dr. Amber Straughn of NASA provides a behind-the-scenes look at the James Webb Space Telescope in this public lecture at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.  

Bill Wurtz: ‘History of the entire world, i guess’

This is a slightly bizarre, hilarious, but enlightening, history of the whole world. YouTube creator Bill Wurtz manages to capture the history of everything in some highly entertaining 20 minutes. Wurtz explains the entire history of the known universe, beginning at the big bang and ending in the near future.  

MIT: Secrets of the conch shell and its toughness

The shells of marine organisms are though, but one type of shell stands out above all the others in its toughness: the conch. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have explored the secrets behind these shells’ extraordinary impact resilience.  

Jupiter’s skies are peppered with electron streams, ammonia plumes, and massive storms

Two research papers published in Science Magazine this week presents the latest data from Juno revealing a Jupiter peppered with electron streams, ammonia plumes, and massive storms. Scientists have long known that Jupiter is a stormy place. But since NASA’s Juno probe reached the solar system’s largest planet last July, they’ve found it to be …

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NASA JPL: First Science From Juno at Jupiter

Scientists from NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter discussed their first in-depth science results in a media teleconference on May 25, 2017. The teleconference participants were: Diane Brown, program executive at NASA Headquarters in Washington Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio Jack Connerney, deputy principal investigator at NASA’s Goddard Space …

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What Columbus Discovered – N. Wey-Gomez

The topic is “What Columbus Discovered” for this lecture by Nicolas Wey-Gomez, who is a professor of history at Caltech. Wey-Gomez explores some of the facts and fiction surrounding Columbus’s geographical surveys of the Bahamas and Caribbean Basin. He will show how the navigator’s discoveries revolutionized old ideas about the globe, and how science, faith, …

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Why whales grew to such monster sizes

A new study in Science Magazine explains the evolutionary forces behind the ocean’s behemoths. It offers an explanation of why some whales became the world’s biggest animals. “They found that the baleen whales’ growth spurt coincided with the beginning of the first ice ages. As glaciers expanded, spring and summer runoff poured nutrients into the …

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How Sherpas have evolved ‘superhuman’ energy efficiency

New research at Cambridge University reveals how the people living at high altitude in the Himalayas, sherpas included, have evolved to become superhuman mountain climbers, extremely efficient at producing the energy to power their bodies even when oxygen is scarce. The new research was published yesterday in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). …

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