Tonight’s the Best Night of 2019 to View Jupiter

Tonight will be the best night of the year to gaze upon Jupiter and its many moons as the Earth, Jupiter and the sun all line up in a row, making the gas planet appear brighter.

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Tonight’s the Best Night of 2019 to View Jupiter

Tonight will be the best night of the year to gaze upon Jupiter and its many moons as the Earth, Jupiter and the sun all line up in a row, making the gas planet appear brighter.

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Track Rare Cicadas With The Cicada Safari App

I am waiting for some bugs. My home in Pennsylvania is in the territory of the Brood VIII 17-year cicadas, which haven’t been seen above ground since 2002. This year, they’re due.

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Track Rare Cicadas With The Cicada Safari App

I am waiting for some bugs. My home in Pennsylvania is in the territory of the Brood VIII 17-year cicadas, which haven’t been seen above ground since 2002. This year, they’re due.

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I’m Ana Humphrey, Exoplanet Researcher, and This Is How I Work

This is our first “How I Work” with a student—and what a student. Ana Humphrey was this year’s winner of the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. She was awarded the $250,000 top prize for developing a mathematical model “to…

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Water Is All You Need to Revive Soggy Vegetables

Many things in life get soggy when wet, like paper, or expensively blow-dried hair. But plants do not work this way. Water makes them plumper, crispier, crunchier. Understand this fact and you’ll never suffer soggy lettuce again.

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I’m Behavioral Economist Benjamin Ho, and This Is How I Work

This is one hell of a How I Work. Economist Ben Ho studies things like apologies, trust, and inequality from an economic perspective—the kind of approach that makes a good NPR story. He’s blisteringly hard-working, he gets excited about workflows and old-school text apps and portable keyboards, and he’s written his…

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How to Get Nominated for a Nobel Prize

The final Nobel winner of 2018 has been announced, and it’s not you. How do you get your own Nobel (which includes a million bucks and a medal)? Well, for that you’d have to significantly contribute to the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, or economics; reach a high point in an impressive literary career; or…

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What to Know About the New ‘Goblin’ in Our Solar System

Move over, Pluto: There’s a new dwarf planet in our solar system, and its name is the Goblin.

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The Difference Between Spontaneous and Responsive Desire

When you think about sexual desire, you usually only thing of one thing—craving sex. But there are actually two completely different types of sex drive: spontaneous desire and responsive desire. Read on for the differences between the two, how to know which one you are, and what it means for your sex life.

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