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10 Science Stories Everyone is Talking About

posted: 07/14/17
by: Jason Ginsburg

New scientific research, feats, and discoveries are happening all over the world. How is a science fan supposed to keep up?

At Science Channel, we love these stories. We've selected the most intriguing, exciting, or downright cool headlines to keep you updated and captivated.

Read on...

1. After lots of hype -- and delays -- Elon Musk's Boring Company has finally begun tunneling below Los Angeles. The ambitious plan, supported by the mayor, calls for a series of underground roads that will connect LAX with Culver City, Santa Monica, Westwood, and even Sherman Oaks in the Valley. If successful, Musk could completely change civic planning, traffic flow, and subway digging. -- Futurism

2. While modern marine structures crumble within decades, 2,000-year-old Roman piers and breakwaters are still standing. What's the secret? A geologist is looking at the methods and materials of Ancient Roman concrete for clues to constructing more resilient buildings. -- Phys.org

3. The Juno probe orbiting Jupiter has turned its focus to the planet's most famous attraction: The Great Red Spot. The spacecraft continues to beam back breathtaking images of the gigantic storm. Data will help determine what caused the storm, what keeps it churning -- and what's making it shrink.

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4. Amelia Earhart disappeared 80 years ago, but the search for her continues. A recently discovered photo offered a possible clue to her fate: rescued and held captive by Japan. Other theories state Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, landed on an uninhabited island and never left. A search party, accompanied by forensic dogs, journeyed to the island of Nikumaroro to sniff for the pilots' remains. -- LiveScience

5. A trillion-ton chunk of the Larsen C Ice Shelf has broken off Antarctica, forming an iceberg the size of Delaware, with the volume of Lake Erie. It's a staggering reminder of how climate change is altering the South Pole and the oceans -- and scientists believe it won't be the last part of the continent to break away. -- Scientific American

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6. Jeff Bezos's space company, Blue Origin, has announced plans to build a $200 million facility in Huntsville, Alabama. Blue Origin will use the site to build the BE-4 engine for its next-generation Vulcan rocket. This adds to Huntsville's legacy as "Rocket City," dating back to Wernher von Braun's early work in the 1950s. Bezos hopes to launch Vulcan in 2019. -- GeekWire

7. A new series of aptitude tests reveal that ravens are among the most intelligent creatures on the planet. They can plan ahead and delay gratification -- capabilities that sometimes outpace great apes and four-year-old children. -- Science News

8. Paul Eremenko, chief technology officer of Airbus, speculated on the future of air travel. His speech at a Hong Kong tech conference included concepts for flying cars, pilotless aircraft, electric vehicles, and casino-themed planes. -- Seeker

9. A new video from the European Southern Observatory takes viewers through the history of the types of sensors humans have used to record starlight, from the human eye to billion-pixel cameras. -- ESO

10. More than 170 skeletons have been discovered on the mysterious mountaintop city of Machu Picchu in Peru. Some have elongated skulls -- an intentional deformity to appear taller. Two archeologists believe these and other abnormalities show that Machu Picchu was not an isolated compound but a thriving melting pot of different cultures.

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