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What Makes a 'smart Gun' Smart?
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What Makes a 'smart Gun' Smart?

Every time a toddler accidentally shoots a friend or family member, a teen kills himself via gunshot or a shooter perpetrates an act of mass violence, public discussion...

A Team Member's View of All the Work on Earth It Took to Get New Horizons to Pluto
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A Team Member's View of All the Work on Earth It Took to Get New Horizons to Pluto

Science is hard and good science is harder—it takes persistence and tons of patience.

Intelligent Life in the Universe? Phone Home, Dammit!
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Intelligent Life in the Universe? Phone Home, Dammit!

We've been conditioned by television and movies to accept the likelihood of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe.

Your Phone Screen Just Won the Nobel Prize in Physics
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Your Phone Screen Just Won the Nobel Prize in Physics

You've probably got the fruits of this year’s Nobel laureates' handiwork in your pocket. In fact, if you're reading this on your phone or a relatively recent flat...

How Wwi Codebreakers Taught Your Gas Meter to Snitch on You
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How Wwi Codebreakers Taught Your Gas Meter to Snitch on You

In the depths of night on August 5th 1914 the British Cable Ship Alert took the first significant action of World War I, severing the five German submarine cables...

Why Haven't We Encountered Aliens Yet? The Answer Could Be Climate Change
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Why Haven't We Encountered Aliens Yet? The Answer Could Be Climate Change

Enrico Fermi, when asked about intelligent life on other planets, famously replied, "Where are they?"

Habitable Exoplanets Are Bad News For Humanity
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Habitable Exoplanets Are Bad News For Humanity

Last week, scientists announced the discovery of Kepler-186f, a planet 492 light years away in the Cygnus constellation.
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