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Livestreaming: The science behind the fad

Occasionally, the International Space Station livestreams the landscape it sees outside of its’ portholes. The US Park’s Department has several cameras set up in its’ parks showing live feeds of several interesting animals, from bald eagles to just serene country-sides. From time to time marine biologists livestream their deep-sea expeditions for thousands of intrigued people. Now, you can join several millions of individuals around the world who are watching the live video feed of a giraffe named April about to give birth at the Animal Adventure Park in New York. But why?

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SpaceX’s successful Dragon Capsule could be the first step towards space travel

After a historic launch from Cape Canaveral last month, SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule returned from its’ duties at the International Space Station carrying over 3,800 lbs of materials and scientific data from the international crew of astronauts on board. This successful round trip is yet another major victory for Elon Musk’s space company, as they hope to expand their services from delivering cargo to becoming one of the world’s first space tourism providers.

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US Government declassifies previously unseen footage; hundreds of nuclear tests

For over 65 years over 10,000 films sat in a government archive, on them, footage of 750 secret nuclear tests that were carried out by the US government between 1945 and 1962. Despite being badly stored and on the verge of total decomposition, a team of film experts from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) led by nuclear weapons physicist Dr Gregg Spriggs, were able to salvage the reels, restore them and begin analyzing them.

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AMD Ryzen 1700 Chip Hits the Market creating competition for Intel based cpus

AMD has just unleashed its new high performance chip, the Ryzen 7 1700, and there is a lot being said about its effectiveness. Due to some issues that users have been having, several “conspiracy theories” have been thrown around to explain some of the issues with the chip.

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Study shows that potatoes can grow on Mars; experiment was a success

Author of The Martian, Andy Weir might have been on to something when he made his character survive his time on Mars by successfully planting and cultivating potatoes, with a group of scientists from the International Potato Center (CIP) close to confirming that the vegetable can indeed survive the Red Planet’s harsh conditions. Locked within a controlled and sealed environment called CubeSat, potatoes were put under Mars conditions and monitored daily.

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Sicilian volcano Mount Etna awakes from slumber and erupts

Italy’s Mount Etna volcano has had its second eruption this year, with bright lava pouring down the side of the crater, contrasting with the snow-capped peaks of the Sicilian island. Etna is the highest active volcano in mainland Europe, with an approximate height of 3,330 meters (10,926 feet), and despite being known to awaken several times a year, it hasn’t had a major eruption since 1992.

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