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Earth’s inner secrets divulged in ‘Into the Heart of Our World’

More than 150 years ago, Jules Verne imagined a fantastic voyage into Earth’s depths. In reality, the planet’s innards are no less remarkable than the Jurassic–period monsters and subterranean labyrinths that Verne envisioned: Iron crystals stretch 20 kilometers long, colossal plumes of liquefied rock surge toward the surface and fragments …

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Living happily in a material world: Material purchases can bring happiness

With holiday shopping season in full swing, everyone’s looking for the perfect gift. For those who like to shop, there’s good news: Material things can bring happiness. In a recent study from the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, researchers have shown that material purchases, from sweaters to skateboards, provide …

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Nasa’s Next Mars Rover to Be Smarter, Faster Than Curiosity

Nasa’s next nuclear-powered Mars rover, slated to launch in 2020, has started taking shape. The new vehicle wil be “smarter” than the previous one on many counts, according to the engineers on the project. For one, the overall system is becoming heavier. The rover’s wheels are getting heavier, with its …

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Isro Launches Astrosat Alongside 6 Foreign Satellites

India successfully launched Monday its first high-tech telescopes into space to study the stars, as New Delhi seeks to take another major step in its ambitious and low-cost space programme. A rocket carrying the 150-tonne mini space observatory called Astrosat, along with six foreign satellites, blasted off on schedule from …

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