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Nov
2017

Handheld muon detector catches ghostly cosmic ray particles

An MIT team has designed CosmicWatch, a pocket-sized, affordable muon detector

Cosmic rays are raining down over Earth all day, every day, but you'd never know it – unless of course you had the right tools. For the most part, those tools take the form of bulky, expensive lab equipment, but thanks to an MIT team, you can now build your own detector for US$100, which is small enough to take on a plane or the subway.

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Category: Physics

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21
Nov
2017

Artificial meteor shower planned for Japan in 2019

Sky Canvas creates made to order meteor showers

Meteors are nature's fireworks, but mankind is catching up as the artificial shooting star project Sky Canvas attempts to recreate colorful cosmic showers. Using miniature satellites that shoot special alloy ball bearings, the showers can be created to order over any spot on Earth for both a spectacular fireball display and to help better understand how to dispose of space debris.

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Category: Space

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21
Nov
2017

New Atlas’ 2017 Gift Guide: Digital Cameras

Grab a digital camera bargain this holiday season

While the ubiquitous smartphone camera is always on hand to capture those spontaneous moments, photography is about more than hastily snapped selfies. For those who aspire to create truly beautiful photos, the step up to a serious piece of camera kit is a rewarding journey. And with deals thick on the ground this month, there's never been a better time to take the leap.

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Category: Deals

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