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Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin Were Supposed to Nap After Landing on the Moon, But They Couldn’t Wait to Walk

Five decades ago, as astronauts traveled to the moon for the first time, TIME watched closely, along with the rest of the world. The magazine documented not only the moon landing but also the hopes and fears in the lead-up ...

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Northern Marshall Islands More Radioactive than Chernobyl and Fukushima, New Research Finds

From 1946 to 1958, the U.S. tested 67 nuclear weapons in the Marshall Islands, a remote constellation of atolls in the Pacific Ocean that was then a U.S. trust territory. Two atolls, Bikini and Enewetak, were used as ground zero ...

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‘We Need That Boot Print.’ Inside the Fight to Save the Moon’s Historic Sites Before it’s Too Late

Half a century after humankind first walked on the moon, our sole natural satellite is becoming a much busier place. NASA wants to make a return trip, as do private American space companies like Elon Musk’s SpaceX. China has a ...

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DeepCubeA: New Deep Learning Algorithm Solves Rubik’s Cube Much Faster than Humans

DeepCubeA, a deep reinforcement learning algorithm created by a team of scientists at the University of California, Irvine, can find the solution for the Rubik’s cube in a fraction of a second. The algorithm solved 100% of all test configurations, ...

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How Historians Are Reckoning With the Former Nazi Who Launched America’s Space Program

Sporting a gray double-breasted suit, slicked-back curls and a slide rule, rocket engineer Wernher von Braun cuts a suave, authoritative figure in Disney’s 1955 television special Man and the Moon. Speaking with a German accent, the then-director of development at ...

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Researchers Shed New Light on Harbor Technologies of Ancient Rome

Portus, the maritime harbor of Rome at the height of the Roman Empire, was a port complex composed of basins and canals connecting the commercial harbor to the city via the Tiber River. Now, an international team of archaeologists and ...

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Here’s Every Single Mission to the Moon in One Chart

Humans started to work in earnest to get to the moon in the 1950s, when the U.S. and U.S.S.R. initiated a bracing Cold War space race. The Soviets drew first blood in 1959: in that one year, Luna 1 became ...

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Large Moons around Extrasolar Gas Giants Could Become ‘Ploonets’

Ploonets — large regular moons ejected from orbits around close-in gas giant exoplanets — could explain many baffling astronomical observations, such as the puzzling behavior of a star called KIC 8462852 (also known as Tabby’s star), the anomalous features of ...

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The Science Behind TIME’s New Apollo 11 Moon Landing Augmented Reality Experience

TIME this week launched TIME Immersive, a new iPhone and Android app that we’ll use to deliver groundbreaking augmented reality and virtual reality experiences. First up: the TIME Moon Landing experience, the world’s most accurate 3D re-creation of the Apollo ...

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Study: Animal Visitation Programs Reduce Stress Levels in Students

A 10-minute college-based animal visitation program providing hands-on petting of cats and dogs provides momentary stress relief, according to a study published this week in the AERA Open, an open access journal of the American Educational Research Association. “Just 10 ...

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