The Week In Numbers: The Farthest-Ever Confirmed Galaxy, NASA’s New Moon Laser, And More

7.5: the redshift of light from the farthest-ever confirmed galaxy (it’s so distant, it shows us what was happening just … Continued

7.5: the redshift of light from the farthest-ever confirmed galaxy (it’s so distant, it shows us what was happening just 700 million years after the Big Bang)

21 days: the time these “pillownauts” spent lying in bed to help scientists study the effects of spaceflight on the human body

French Pillownauts Bedresting For ESA

622 megabits per second: the download rate of NASA’s successful Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration—the first time NASA and the moon have communicated via lasers

7.5 mm: the thickness of the new iPad Air

100 feet: the length of the world’s first solar-panel sidewalk

Solar Sidewalk

George Washington University land use planner Eric Selbst posed by the university’s solar sidewalk while it was under construction.

7 percent: the decrease in a man’s walking speed when he strolls with his girlfriend

$960: the price of the Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce, a backpack that can save you from an avalanche

12 years: the apparent age difference between breast tissue near breast tumors and tissue elsewhere in the body

74 percent: the portion of human breast milk samples purchased online that were contaminated with bacteria such as E. coli in a recent study

62 percent: the accuracy with which a new algorithm can predict your ethnicity based on bacteria from under your gums

23,000 years: the age of the world’s oldest boomerang (what makes boomerangs come back?)

82 feet: the distance at which Russia’s new amphibious assault rifle can hit a target underwater at a depth of 100 feet

$10: the cost to turn your smartphone into a digital microscope

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