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What Fabien Cousteau learned from living underwater for 31 days

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Ocean exploration has been the Cousteau family business for three generations. In this fascinating Q&A, aquanaut Fabien Cousteau discusses everything from why we need underwater cities to what it’s like to beat your grandfather’s world record.

In 1963, Jacques Cousteau lived for 30 days in an underwater laboratory positioned on the floor of the Red Sea, and set a world record in the process. This summer, his grandson Fabien Cousteau broke that record. The younger Cousteau lived for 31 days aboard the Aquarius, an underwater research laboratory nine miles off the coast of Florida. While he and his team conducted experiments —  they did three years worth of science in 31 says — and held virtual classroom sessions with students around the world, each moment of their adventure was captured on film. Lots of the footage can be found on the Mission 31 YouTube channel, and Cousteau is making a documentary about his Mission 31 experience.

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It’s Raining Spiders in Australia

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They’re descending by the millions

Baby spiders appear to be raining down from the sky in Australia.

“Millions” of baby spiders have been pouring down in the Southern Tablelands region of Australia, blanketing the area in webs, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

One resident said it looked like his house was “abandoned and taken over by spiders.”

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!!!!!RainingSpiders1A house is surrounded by spiderwebs next to flood waters in Wagga Wagga, Australia.    Dani

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How The Transportation Sector Is Moving Away from Petroleum

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The transportation sector is moving away from oil slowly but surely. Driven by growth in the use of biofuels and natural gas, non-petroleum energy now makes up the highest percentage of total fuel consumption for transport since 1954, according to a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

In total, 8.5% of fuel used by the transportation sector came from non-petroleum sources in 2014. Biomass from corn-based ethanol—still supported by generous government subsidies—represented the largest non-petroleum energy source and was used primarily to fuel cars and other light vehicles. Use of natural gas to operate pipelines followed close behind. The report also shows smaller but still significant increases in the use of electricity, biodiesel and natural gas in vehicles.

Climate change and fluctuating oil prices has made moving away from petroleum when possible a priority for governments and corporations alike. But it’s still uncertain which fuel will be the best and greenest replacement, according to Christopher R. Knittel, an MIT professor of energy economics . Ethanol, natural gas, hydrogen and electricity are all possibilities.

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Electron microscope close to imaging individual atoms

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A team of researchers from the US National Cancer Institute and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has developed an enhanced version of a cryo-electron microscope, meaning that these powerful tools for determining protein structures are more powerful than ever.

Cryo-electron microscopes (also known as cryo-EM) are used for analysis on the molecular or near-atomic level, and according to Science, the new one created by NCI structural biologist Dr. Sriram Subramaniam and his colleagues is the highest-resolution device of its kind to date.

The research team used their cryo-EM to create a new image that reveals a drug-like molecule bound to its protein at closer to atomic resolution than previously possible. The resolution is so sharp, the publication said, that it rivals the “gold standard” of mapping atomic protein contours, x-ray crystallography.

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This image shows what the clarity was 2 years ago (left) to what protein blobs look like now under the microscope (right). (Veronica Falconieri/LAB/CCR/NCI/NIH)

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27 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2012

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We may never have our flying cars, but the future is here. From creating fully functioning artificial leaves to hacking the human brain, science made a lot of breakthroughs this year.

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!!!!!StrongSilk1               Genetically Modified Silk Is Stronger Than Steel      Photo Courtesy of Indigo Moon Yarns.

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Looking Out Into Space Is Literally Looking Back In Time, And Here’s Why

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Every time you open your eyes to look at something, you’re literally looking back in time.

Consider: light travels at a speed of 186,000 miles per second (or 300 million meters per second), so if you’re looking at someone or something from a distance of one meter, you’re seeing it not as it is but as it was three-billionths of a second ago.

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Five Dinosaur Myths That You Probably Thought Were True (VIDEO)

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How much do you know about dinosaurs? If you’re still relying on what you learned in grade school — and saw in Hollywood classics like “Jurassic Park” — you’ve got dinosaurs all wrong.

Yes, the scientific understanding of dinosaurs — and dinosaur behavior — has changed drastically in recent years.

“‘Jurassic Park’ fossilized an image of scaly dinosaurs in our imagination,” Brian Switek, dinosaur expert and author of the book My Beloved Brontosaurus, told The Huffington Post in an email. “Despite scores of fluffy and fuzzy dinosaur fossils, many people still prefer the scabrous, reptilian versions they grew up with. Nostalgia’s great, but paleontology has kept altering our perceptions of what dinosaurs were like in the 20 years since Spielberg’s classic film.”

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