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Quantum fluctuations in space, science and society, chronicled by Alan Boyle
Quantum fluctuations in space, science and society, chronicled by Alan Boyle

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"Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" may not be quite up to "The Fifth Element" on the cult-classic meter, but the movie provides eye-opening, thought-provoking visuals. Here are five takeaways... https://www.geekwire.com/2017/fifth-element-squared-5-cool-ideas-high-tech-sci-fi-visuals-valerian/

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Astronomers call this the "Weird! Signal" ... in tribute to the 40-year-old "Wow! Signal." And like the Wow Signal, the latest anomaly now has an explanation that doesn't involve aliens. https://www.geekwire.com/2017/astronomers-now-think-know-weird-radio-signal-space/

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Will the total solar eclipse create data traffic jams? Wireless service providers are working to make sure that doesn't happen. https://www.geekwire.com/2017/solar-eclipse-telecom-carriers/

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We ran the big, beautiful photo of Mars back in May 2016, but this time around, the moon stays in the picture. https://www.geekwire.com/2017/phobos-photobombs-mars-hubble-view/

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Auctioning off space artifacts is almost a tradition for Apollo 11 Anniversary Day, but this one makes for a particularly interesting tale. https://www.geekwire.com/2017/48-years-apollo-11-moon-landing-lunar-dust-bag-sells-1-8-million/

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Elon Musk basically confirms that the scenario for sending robotic Red Dragon spaceships to Mars is being shelved. Instead, the focus is on having the Crew Dragon fly astronauts to the International Space Station next year. https://www.geekwire.com/2017/elon-musk-bullish-dragon-space-rides-red-dragon-mars-not-much/

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Was the congressman really that clueless about the evidence relating to the Red Planet's past, or did he have some ulterior motive in mind? In any case, it didn't exactly turn out well. https://www.geekwire.com/2017/internet-goes-atwitter-u-s-rep-dana-rohrabachers-questions-mars-civilization/
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