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3.6 billion light-years: the distance from Earth of a recently observed gamma-ray burst, the brightest explosion NASA scientists have ever seen

$25,000: the fine internet providers face per day if they refuse to spy for the FBI

200 horsepower: the oomph in the turbodiesel engine of this four-passenger, homebuilt aircraft, one of the greatest inventions of the year

Synergy Illustration Teaser

1,042: the total number of space rocks humanity has witnessed falling to Earth (see an animation of every meteorite impact in history)

$750 million: the price of a ticket for a ride to the moon in this startup’s Pumpkin lunar lander

120: the number of times per second the world’s smallest flying robot flaps its wings

Tiny Drone

2: the number of felonies this 16-year-old girl has been charged with after she accidentally created a bang in her school’s science lab

2019: the year by which Buzz Aldrin says a U.S. president should commit to sending humans to Mars

$37 billion: the amount the U.S. Navy has spent to build a warship that barely works

Littoral Combat Ship

2 years: the length of time Los Alamos National Lab has had secret quantum internet!

1937: the year the Hindenburg Zeppelin exploded over New Jersey, killing 35 people and abruptly ending the era of the airship

The Hindenburg on fire at Lakehurst, N.J., on May 6, 1937

2.62 million years: the half-life of iron-60, a heavy iron isotope recently discovered inside 2.2-million-year-old bacteria on the seafloor (which means the ocean-dwelling microbes ate supernova dust!)

20: the number of vials of Apollo 11 moon dust that were just rediscovered after being lost in storage for years

$250: the price of Earl, a new e-ink, Android tablet designed for use in the wild

Earl Tablet

33kHz: the upper limit of sound frequency that can be heard by the greater wax moth, the animal with the most extreme sense of hearing on Earth

Greater Wax Moth

1 day: the length of time it takes to build this awesome DIY bike-mounted USB hub (for charging gadgets on the go)

200 mph: the top speed of this new flying car capable of vertical takeoff and automatic landing

Terrafugia TF-X

$30: the cost of a 28-pound cardboard bike that can support a rider 20 times its weight

Cardboard Bike Teaser