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56-Year-Old NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Is The Oldest Woman In Space

By Meera Dolasia on November 28, 2016
56-Year-Old NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Is The Oldest Woman In Space

On November 19, after two days aboard a Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft, NASA’s Peggy Whitson, along with Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy and rookie ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, docked at the International Space Station (ISS). In doing so, America’s most experienced female astronaut became the oldest woman in space, breaking the former record set by Barbara Morgan who reached the ISS at age 55.

Sweden's ICEHOTEL Is Now Open 365 Days A Year

By Meera Dolasia on November 26, 2016
Sweden's ICEHOTEL Is Now Open 365 Days A Year

Sweden’s ICEHOTEL has been delighting visitors with its extraordinary architecture, glittering ice sculptures, and unique location since 1989. However, those not brave enough to face the Arctic winters are out of luck. That’s because the hotel, located in the village of Jukkasjarvi, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, is built entirely from ice blocks which melt when summer comes along. But this year, adjacent to the conventional ice structure, sits the equally impressive ICEHOTEL 365. Though also built entirely from ice, it is designed to remain open year-round.

The New Snapchat Spectacles Are As Cool As The App!

By Jeffrey Shao on November 21, 2016
The New Snapchat Spectacles Are As Cool As The App!

Snapchat, the popular social media app that allows users to share photos or short videos, or “snaps,” has taken the world by storm since its launch in 2012. Now, the company has done it again with the release of Snapchat Spectacles — stylish sunglasses that can record short video clips.

Ants Trapped Inside Abandoned Nuclear Bunker Develop A Unique Society

By Maitreyi Mantha on November 20, 2016
Ants Trapped Inside Abandoned Nuclear Bunker Develop A Unique Society

The fact that ants are fascinating insects has been known for some time. The tiny creatures that make their way around using their built-in GPS, survive floods by morphing into living rafts and are even reputed to predict earthquakes. Now, scientists have discovered a colony of wood ants living in a dark underground barren bunker despite having no apparent source of food.

Why Thanksgiving Falls On A Thursday And Other Fun Trivia About This All-Important Holiday

By Meera Dolasia on November 17, 2016
Why Thanksgiving Falls On A Thursday And Other Fun Trivia About This All-Important Holiday

A week from today, on Thursday, Nov 24, Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving. The annual tradition is credited to a harvest celebration between the early European settlers and the Native Americans. While that is true, there is more to that story and the other traditions observed on this secular holiday, on which family and friends get together to count their blessings over a scrumptious meal. Here is some Thanksgiving trivia that may be fun to share at the dinner table.

NASA's $8.7 Billion James Webb Space Telescope Will Help Unlock The Universe's Secrets

By Kim Bussing on November 16, 2016
NASA's $8.7 Billion James Webb Space Telescope Will Help Unlock The Universe's Secrets

The Hubble Space Telescope that has been orbiting the Earth since 1990, has and continues to reveal the secrets of planets, stars, and galaxies that lie trillions of miles away. In 2018, it will finally be retired and replaced by the larger, and more powerful, James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The announcement, made by NASA on November 2, culminates a 20-year quest to build a state of the art telescope that cost $8.7 billion and required the construction of new assembly and testing facilities

Video Of The Week — Have You Taken The Mannequin Challenge?

By Meera Dolasia on November 14, 2016
Video Of The Week — Have You Taken The Mannequin Challenge?

The Mannequin Challenge is the latest viral Internet video trend that is taking the world by storm. As the name indicates, it involves being frozen in action for about a minute while the video is being recorded, usually with a catchy tune playing in the background.

Researchers Stumble Upon A Treasure Trove Of Ancient Shipwrecks in The Black Sea

By Kim Bussing on November 14, 2016
Researchers Stumble Upon A Treasure Trove Of Ancient Shipwrecks in The Black Sea

When the international team of sailors and researchers led by Professor Jon Adams from the University of Southampton established the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project, their primary goal was to map the sea floor and study the prehistoric landscapes flooded during the last Ice Age. So you can only imagine their delight, when they stumbled upon an unexpected treasure trove of perfectly preserved shipwrecks, many of which are known from historical sources, but have never been seen before.

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