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Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why racetracks have weird angles

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Honored by the Academy and NASA.Image: Jim Smeal/REX/Shutterstock More than 50 years after Katherine Johnson first helped send astronauts into space, the once “hidden figure” is hidden no more at NASA.  The federal agency named a new research facility in Johnson’s honor this week. The Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia opened Friday.  SEE ALSO: ‘Hidden Figures’ screenings at embassies inspire a program for women in STEM Johnson was part of a group of black women mathematicians whose calculations — done by hand — were essential to NASA’s early space missions. She was […]

China prepares to say goodbye to petrol and diesel cars for good

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Expect more of these on China's roads.Image: Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images China is looking to fully ban gasoline cars down the road. The surprising announcement was made at an automotive industry forum over the weekend. Xin Guobin, deputy minister of industry and IT, said the ministry has started planning out a timeline for the end of petrol and diesel cars, and light commercial vehicles. SEE ALSO: Tesla’s most expensive cars just got a price cut China, the world’s biggest car market, sold 28 million cars last year. That’s a third of the 88 million cars and vans sold around the […]

This weatherman’s reaction to the solar eclipse is the sweetest thing you’ll see all day

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Monday’s total solar eclipse was akin to a meteorologist’s Super Bowl a fact that was certainly not lost on one Chicago weatherman. SEE ALSO: The 2017 solar eclipse is finally here Tom Skilling, chief meteorologist for WGN-TV, travelled to Carbondale, Ill. to view the solar eclipse in its path of totality, (his first solar eclipse, btw) and his reaction was truly precious. Behold: The only thing better than watching the eclipse is Tom Skilling watching the eclipse. #SolarEclipse2017 @Skilling pic.twitter.com/o0t7u5Nyk1 WGN TV News (@WGNNews) August 21, 2017 If that doesn’t melt your ice cold heart, honestly nothing will. Twitter loved […]

NASA’s first African-American Space Station crewmember is a total badass

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NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps.Image: NASA NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps is set to become the first African-American crewmember on the International Space Station when she flies to space next year, the space agency announced Wednesday. Epps’ months-long trip should begin in 2018, and it will mark the first time she has traveled to orbit, following in the footsteps of the women who inspired her to become an astronaut. SEE ALSO: This is what astronauts see when they look out their window “It was about 1980, I was nine years old. My brother came home and he looked at my grades and […]