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Trump calls for space-based missile defense – TechCrunch

Trump calls for space-based missile defense – TechCrunch The President has announced that the Defense Department will pursue a space-based missile defense system reminiscent of the one proposed by Reagan in 1983. As with Reagan’s ultimately abortive effort, the technology doesn’t actually exist yet and may not for years to …

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A cotton seed sprouted – and died

A cotton seed sprouted – and died Credit: Wikimedia Commons On Tuesday, Chinese media reported that one of the cotton seeds aboard the Chang’e 4 lunar lander sprouted, marking the first time that any biological matter has ever grown on the moon. Unfortunately, the sprout died after nine days upon …

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CERN’s plan for 100-km collider makes the LHC look like a hula hoop – TechCrunch

CERN’s plan for 100-km collider makes the LHC look like a hula hoop – TechCrunch The Large Hadron Collider has produced a great deal of incredible science, most famously the Higgs Boson — but physicists at CERN, the international organization behind the LHC, are already looking forward to the next …

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Geoengineering could solve our climate problems if anyone allowed it – TechCrunch

Geoengineering could solve our climate problems if anyone allowed it – TechCrunch This weekend, I finished reading Oliver Morton’s The Planet Remade (thanks to reader Eliot Peper for recommending it). Morton has a multitude of goals with the book, but there were two I think are deeply valuable. First, geoengineering …

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Research finds heavy Facebook users make impaired decisions like drug addicts do – TechCrunch

Research finds heavy Facebook users make impaired decisions like drug addicts do – TechCrunch Researchers at Michigan State University are exploring the idea that there’s more to “social media addiction” than casual joking about being too online might suggest. Their paper, titled “Excessive social media users demonstrate impaired decision making …

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