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Our golden connection to a cosmic explosion

Bob McDonald's science blog: A neutron star merger 100 million years ago may be the source of Earth’s gold
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As entertainment shuts down, take in the spectacle nature has to offer

Bob McDonald's science blog: Immersing yourself in nature can have positive effects on your physical and mental health.
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Seismic technology to probe the Earth adapted to probe the brain

Bob McDonald's science blog: Scientists have developed a portable brain scanner that could open up new research opportunities.
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Early toolkits and toolmakers more diverse than previously thought

Bob McDonald's science blog: New finds of the remains of Homo erectus and their stone tools reveals a culture that developed new ideas, but didn't abandon old ones
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First robot-to-robot docking a big step towards dealing with space junk

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Canadian Space Agency searching for young astronauts

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NASA re-masters Carl Sagan's iconic 'Pale Blue Dot' image 30 years later

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A trillion trees will not be enough if emissions continue to rise

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One big eye on the sky closes, but bigger one is on the way

The Spitzer Space Telescope brought us new images of the cool universe
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How a U.S. company plans to cut spaceflight costs by throwing satellites into space

A U.S. company called Spinlaunch has plans to use a high-tech mass accelerator to "throw" satellites into space.
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Fly me to the moon for an out-of-this-world date

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is running a competition to find a potential life partner to join him on his trip to the moon.
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New telescope to be named after pioneering female dark matter astronomer

Vera Rubin will be honoured for her work in observing the anomalous motion of stars.
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Time for liftoff — robots and humans scheduled to blast off from Earth in 2020

A fleet of robotic explorers heading to Mars launch this year — perhaps one day humans will follow
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Supersonic passenger planes could become a reality as new tech quiets the sonic boom

NASA engineers are attempting to get around the problem of sonic booms with a newer, more efficient design
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Bob's top 9 space and climate science stories of 2019

Lots of great science happened in 2019 — this is a list of stories that caught my attention
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Climate models have been right all along, new study says

A study of past climate models found they were accurate compared to what we've observed.
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Astronomers anxious about plans to launch thousands of new satellites

New constellations of communications satellites could obscure the stars
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Yet another claim that someone's seen life on Mars

It's easy to be fooled by fuzzy images of rocks with interesting shapes and tricks of sunlight and shadow.
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Get some sleep, and get your brain washed

One new study showed a way the brain, during deep sleep, could be cleansing itself of toxic waste. Sadly, our busy lifestyles and addiction to devices is making deep sleep more rare.
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'We sent a spaceship to the stars!'

NASA's Voyager 2 passed into interstellar space 41 years after its launch.
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Moon and Mars are tough places to drill

NASA's InSight mole has unexpectedly popped out of its hole
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Half a century of space suit evolution

The evolution of spacesuits over the decades illustrates how hostile space really is
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From theory to experiment — the search for dark matter

The Nobel prize was given, in part, for theorizing dark matter — now we need to find it
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Let nature do the talking

A study using nearly 47,000 hours of audio recording reveals national parks can be noisy places
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Time to move from protest to proactive on climate change

'Let's stop arguing about who's responsible for the problem and just get on with it.'