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Decoding mysterious celestial signals

Science | Scientists explore the origins of fast radio bursts
by John Dawson
Posted 11/12/20, 02:46 pm

For years, scientists have noticed seemingly random radio signals emanating from the heavens. Now, thanks in part to enterprising scientists and an antenna made of cake pans, they might have an answer.

Discovered in 2007 by an American astronomer, so-called fast radio bursts are rare and faint. They last only thousandths of a second and are barely strong enough to stand out against the natural static of the universe.

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A radioactive problem in Japan

Science | Officials debate what to do with water from Fukushima disaster
by Julie Borg
Posted 10/29/20, 01:36 pm

Following an outcry from local fisheries and farmers, Japan walked back plans to release more than 1 million tons of treated radioactive water into the sea.

A massive earthquake generated a tsunami in 2011 that hit the Fukushima Daiichi plant in northern Japan. The resulting triple core meltdown was the second-worst accident in the history of nuclear power.

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You can’t crush this beetle

Science | Engineers marvel at little bug’s armor
by Julie Borg
Posted 10/29/20, 01:10 pm

The diabolical ironclad beetle may be neither diabolical nor clad in iron, but it possesses material so tough that engineers envy it. God designed the tiny insect with armor that is almost impossible to crush.

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