Avery Thompson


Scientists Find 'Quadrillions' of Tons of Diamonds Beneath Earth's Surface

Unfortunately, the diamonds are buried so deep we'll probably never mine them.

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There's Only One Blockbuster Left in the United States

Two Blockbuster holdouts in Alaska are closing, leaving only a single storefront in Oregon still operational.

Watch Two Cape Canaveral Launch Towers Meet Their End

But something new will rise in their place.

NASA's New Climate Satellites Are Pioneering Laser Rangefinding Tech

NASA's recently launched GRACE satellites use a next-generation rangefinding technology that could end up in many future missions.

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Investigation Finds China Behind Ozone-Damaging Mystery

An investigation finds that banned ozone-damaging chemicals are still in regular use in Chinese industries.

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Cape Town Wants to Tow an Iceberg to Solve Its Water Shortage

A proposal to tow an iceberg to Cape Town is an ambitious, outlandish plan.

Scientists Are Hunting for Meteorite Fragments Off the Coast of Washington

In March, a meteorite crashed into the ocean a few miles off the coast of Washington, and scientists want it.

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This Patch of 3D-Printed Flesh Is a Step Toward a Full 3D-Printed Heart

One biotech company has taken the first steps toward printing functional human organs for transplants.

The First Picture of a Newborn Planet

The photo shows a tiny planet orbiting a star along with a large disk of dust and gas.

'Dragon' Drone Can Twist and Change Shape in Midair

A new drone from the University of Tokyo brings versatility and adaptability to flying robots.

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Scientists Build Neurotoxin Detector From a Smartphone and Legos

The simple setup could help first responders identify neurotoxins and pick the right antidote.

James Webb Space Telescope Delayed Yet Again, Launch Pushed Back to 2021

This is the third major delay announcement in less than a year.

Japanese Sample Return Spacecraft Reaches Target Asteroid

Japan's Hayabusa-2 spacecraft will collect a piece of the asteroid Ryugu and bring it back to Earth.

New Prosthetic Foot Adapts to Rough Terrain

An advanced prosthetic comes equipped with a motor and sensors to adjust to stairs or uneven ground.

New Spacecraft Will Head to Binary Asteroid to Help Protect the Planet

ESA's Hera spacecraft will head to a nearby binary asteroid in 2026 to study planetary defense technologies.

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China Stops Buying the World's Trash, Leaving 120 Million Tons Up for Grabs

Over 120 million tons of plastic trash will have to find a new home over the next decade, according to a new report.

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Renewables Will Make Up 50 Percent of the World's Energy by 2050

A new analysis finds that lowered costs plus cheaper battery storage results in way more renewable energy over the next few decades.

Mars Dust Storm Goes Global, Covers Curiosity Rover

While bad news for the Opportunity rover, this gives NASA a great chance to study the storm up close.

The Winds on Venus Blow Hard Enough to Shorten the Day

Imagine a gale ferocious enough to alter the rotation of the planet.

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New Google AI Calculates the Odds You'll Survive a Hospital Stay

The software can help doctors and hospitals determine who has the best chance of recovery.

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Germany Likely to Miss Emissions Target for 2020

German environment minister Svenja Schulze says the country will have to try harder to hit its 2030 goal.

Watch a Decommissioned Ferry Disappear into the Depths

The Cape May-Lewes ferry was deliberately sunk about 30 miles offshore to create an artificial reef.

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Amazing Footage Reveals How Spiders Fly

Researchers captured the flying behavior of spiders, known as 'ballooning,' on camera.

This 100-Million-Year-Old Frog Trapped in Amber Shows How Little Frogs Have Changed

This find could teach scientists about what tropical rainforests looked like millions of years ago.

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Antarctica's Ice May Be More Durable Than We Thought

A study found that the East Antarctic Ice Sheet has survived higher temperatures than we've created.

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The World's Ancient Baobab Trees Are Dying, And We Don't Know Why

The exact reason the world's oldest and largest baobabs are dead or dying is a mystery, but the likely culprit is climate change.

Domino's Is Fixing Potholes Because They're Ruining Pizza

"Paving for pizza" is a good advertising gimmick,and the sign of a sad state of infrastructural affairs.

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New Study Shows Antibiotics Could Be Replaced With Viruses

Specialized viruses targeting invasive bacteria could replace aging antibiotics in our healthcare system.