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$71 million per astronaut: amount NASA pays Russia for trips to the International Space Station (Elon Musk says he can drop that figure to $20 million with the new, reusable Dragon V2 capsule)

20,000: objects aboard the ISS, all of which will be tracked by a new robot

March 35, 2041: date a giant asteroid will likely hit Earth, according to a bogus CNN article that went viral this week


CNN Screengrab

70 years: time WWII machines have been underwater (read about the French firm that is making digital versions of D-Day technology here)


Waco CG-4A Hadrian Glider Rendered By Dassault Systèmes

In the background is the old blueprint. The ink did not keep well for posterity, and has run together making it hard to read.

193: number of new protein-coding genes discovered this week

10: labs in the world that have the necessary equipment to test a hypothesis about turning light into matter



The cylindrical hohlraum at the National Ignition Facility.

60 hours: time it took bioengineer Ingmar Riedel-Kruse to coax living microbes to play key roles in Pac-Man

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$1,300: price of a carbon-fiber surfboard that’s 20 percent lighter and three times stronger than classic boards


Starboard Hybrid