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The Countdown, Episode 6 – Black Hole Neighbors, Asteroid Cooling, SpaceX Launch, Nazi Iron Man from Space, Water on Mars

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A team of Harvard-based astronomers have discovered two black holes cohabiting Messier 22, a globular cluster of stars.

Cluster Coexistence: Neighboring Black Holes Defy Predictions of Violent Interactions

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A far-out scheme to mitigate global warming calls for tethering space dust to a near-earth asteroid.

Asteroid Dust Could Fight Climate Change on Earth

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On October 7th, company Space X will deliver supplies to the International Space Station on behalf of NASA, the first of twelve contracted resupply flights. You can watch the launch live at 8:35pm EDT on NASA TV.

NASA Coverage Set for Oct. 7 SpaceX Launch to Space Station

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It sounds like a story straight out of a supermarket tabloid, but scientists have determined that an 11th-century Buddhist statue, stolen from Tibet by the Nazis, originally came from space.

Buddhist “Iron Man” found by Nazis is from Space

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The Curiosity Rover has found smooth rocks embedded in Martian soil, which is the most compelling evidence yet that Mars once held water.

A River Runs Through…Gale Crater





About the Author: Eric is the resident video producer and an associate editor at Scientific American. He graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in biochemistry and New York University with an M.A. in science journalism. His work has also appeared on the websites of Nature, Nature Medicine, Popular Science and The New York Times among many others. Follow on Twitter @EricROlson.

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