When Penguins Went From The Sky To The Sea
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When Penguins Went From The Sky To The Sea

About 61 million years ago, on the shore of what’s now the South Island of New Zealand, there lived a bird. It stood upright, measured about a meter tall, with wings that were pretty short for its large body, and a long, narrow bill. And it couldn’t fly, but it used those short wings to […]

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Why Are Rockets Launched in Florida?
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Why Are Rockets Launched in Florida?

NASA’s most important rocket launches – the Mercury program, the Moon missions, and the space shuttles – lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. But why there? Florida doesn’t seem to have a lot going for it. The state gets hit by lightning more than anywhere else in the U.S., plus […]

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When Birds Stopped Flying
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When Birds Stopped Flying

Three thousand years ago, in the leafy green forests of New Zealand, the big beady eyes of a giant locked onto what would be its final meal. The giant in this case was a North Island Giant Moa, a bird that stood 3 meters tall. And its quarry was a tasty fern. But just as […]

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Future Space News of 2020
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Future Space News of 2020

[♪ INTRO] It takes a lot of planning to get to space, and millions or billions of dollars invested over years, if not decades. So when the big day finally comes to launch a new mission, it’s some pretty important news. Here are three missions to look forward to this year, if everything goes according […]

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Why Do Planes Fly So High?
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Why Do Planes Fly So High?

[SciShow Intro] You frequent flyer types are probably used to it, but the fact is, when we travel by air, we are way up there. The average cruising altitude of a commercial jet is 7 1/2 to 11 kilometers. In horizontal terms, that is at least as far as the average distance between you and […]

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Mechanical Engineering: Crash Course Engineering #3
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Mechanical Engineering: Crash Course Engineering #3

Mechanical engineers have changed the world. You could even say: the course of history. Not just once but countless times. Because they’ve identified problems that were holding humanity back, and they solved them. Things were too big and heavy to move. Travel was too difficult. Distances too far. Our bodies were too weak. If you […]

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NASA Might Send a Helicopter to Mars
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NASA Might Send a Helicopter to Mars

Over the last 50 years, we’ve sent tons of cool spacecraft to Mars. Flybys, orbiters, landers, rovers — it seems like we’ve done everything. Still, there is one kind of mission we haven’t done yet: No Mars mission has flown through the air — but that might change in just a few years. Nothing’s final […]

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Colonizing Venus with Giant Balloons

We’ve talked a lot about sending people to Mars, mostly because sending people to Mars would be really, really cool. But we also talk so much about it because a lot of people think that Mars is the next place humans will colonize. After all, with just a little technological help, humans can live on […]

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