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Carnegie Mellon University

University to launch tiny lunar museum

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 2/26/20, 10:50 am

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University plan to place a tiny museum on the moon next year for discovery by humans in the distant future—who have very strong magnifying glasses. The MoonArk has four chambers about 2 inches high and wide and weighs only about 8 ounces in total. But it carries nanoscale samples of poetry, music, art, and samples from Earth’s surface.

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Pioneering math expert of Hidden Figures has died

by Harvest Prude
Posted 2/24/20, 12:06 pm

Katherine Johnson, an African American mathematician who worked on NASA’s early space missions, has died. She was 101 years old.

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Racing to stop coronavirus

Science | Researchers experiment with altering current medications to respond to the rapidly spreading disease
by Julie Borg
Posted 2/20/20, 01:12 pm

When the Ebola epidemic struck West Africa in 2014, drugmakers had been working on a vaccine for the virus for 10 years. But it took more than a year to get it to affected areas.

“That vaccine was shown to be 100 percent effective, suggesting that much of the epidemic could have been prevented,” according to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, which formed in 2017 to try to prevent the Ebola failure from happening again. The coronavirus outbreak is the first major test of the organization’s resources.

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