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Human computers

Fantastic Women Series – NASA’s Computers

One small step for a man, a giant push from the women behind him – How a group of unsung women heroes helped NASA achieve its goal of putting a man on the moon. On July 16, 1969, NASA launched Apollo ...

Cosmic Microwave Background A picture of the universe

A Universe in a Picture

The story begins almost 14 billion years ago but we are going to take it up in 1948, when Ralph Alpherin, while doing research on Big Bang together with Robert Herman and George Gamow, predicted the C...

mary anning fossil hunter

Fantastic Women Series – Mary Anning, the original fossil hunter

When it comes to fossils, Mary Anning’s name has only recently started to come into the limelight. Born on May 21, 1799, she was the original fossil hunter, fossil dealer and palaeontologist, who beca...

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Fantastic Women Series – Cecilia Payne Gaposchkin

The fact that the Sun and other stars are primarily composed of hydrogen and helium is a fact that anyone with any interest in astronomy knows. It is an established fact. What most people don’t know i...

ancient history

More Denisovans and extinct sub-Saharan ghost populations

Since the discovery of the first Neanderthal skeleton in 1856 in Germany, we have been curious to find out who exactly they were and how they were related to us. In 2010, geneticists theorized that th...

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Endless forms, most beautiful — Darwin and On the Origin of Species

159 years ago, on November 24, 1859, Charles Darwin published his work: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection; an account of the greatest story ever told — that of evolution by natura...

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The International Space Station turns 20

As children, we all learned of Sputnik, the artificial satellite launched into a low earth orbit on October 4, 1957, by the then USSR, thus beginning the entry of humans into space. The US responded w...

pale blue dot

Happy Carl Sagan Day — The Voyagers and the Pale Blue Dot

It was the year 1977 and just eight years after human beings had landed on the moon that another epic journey began. Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 are robotic probes launched in 1977, whose primary mission ...

space news

Space news: Landing on an asteroid, visiting Mercury and collecting solar data

On December 3, 2014, Jaxa, the Japanese space agency launched its asteroid sample return mission, Hayabusa 2. The spacecraft approached the asteroid Ryugu on June 27, 2018 and is now at a distance of ...