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  7. Heavy-metal frost, methane fog, and more: 9 photos of the wildest weather in the universe

     

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  9. “Since the end of the Cold War, America has been space’s sole superpower, and it’s not ceding that status without a fight. But in this hushed race for control of the orbit around Earth, China doesn’t need to control everything to win; it just needs to take away the U.S.’ strategic advantage. And it’s doing so by turning the U.S.’ own strength against it.”

    — Eugene Chow, in The U.S. is in an under-the-radar space race with China — and it’s losing

     

  10. Mystery solved? When Fido spins in circles on his walk before choosing a bathroom spot, he may be aligning himself with Earth’s magnetic field.

     


  11. 11 billion
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    The number of possibly habitable planets scientists calculated in our galaxy.

    The biggest scientific discoveries of 2013

     

  12. Whoa: China’s “Jade Rabbit” just became the first spacecraft on the moon since 1976.  

     


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