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  1. Pillars of Creation false-color image
    Astronomy

    Turning space images into music makes astronomy more accessible

    Music created from telescope data helps people with blindness and visual impairments experience the wonders of astronomy, and could aid research.

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  2. thermometer detecting sound waves
    Tech

    A new thermometer measures temperature with sound

    An acoustic thermometer takes temperature by listening to the faint hum that objects give off when they get hot.

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  3. nerve cells and a tiny robot
    Neuroscience

    Tiny, magnetically controlled robots coax nerve cells to grow connections

    Research using microrobots and nerve cells from rats could point to new treatments for people with nerve injuries.

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  4. solar Game Boy
    Tech

    A Game Boy look-alike runs on solar panels and button smashes

    A new prototype console that looks and feels like the original Game Boy harnesses user-generated energy to run without batteries.

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  5. gerrymandering protesters
    Computing

    How next-gen computer generated maps detect partisan gerrymandering

    The U.S. census will trigger a new round of redistricting beginning in 2021. Researchers have developed numerous tests to identify gerrymandering.

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  6. robotic beetle on a leaf
    Tech

    Methanol fuel gives this tiny beetle bot the freedom to roam

    A new robot insect uses energy-dense methanol as fuel, not batteries. It could be a blueprint for future search-and-rescue bots with long run times.

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  7. atomic bomb explosion at Hiroshima
    Physics

    How understanding nature made the atomic bomb inevitable

    On the anniversary of Hiroshima, here’s a look back at the chain reaction of basic discoveries that led to nuclear weapons.

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  8. a photo of Skylab
    Space

    50 years ago, NASA prepared to launch America’s first space station

    In 1970, NASA was building Skylab. The orbiting laboratory led to many scientific firsts but was plagued by technical difficulties.

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  9. Rotational Motions in Seismology
    Physics

    A giant underground motion sensor in Germany tracks Earth’s wobbles

    A giant underground gyroscope array has taken its first measurements of how the world goes ’round.

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