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Astronomers spotted a tiny asteroid hours before it impacted Earth and predicted exactly where and when it would crash

Astronomers spotted a tiny asteroid hours before it impacted Earth and predicted exactly where and when it would crash

Humanity improves a planetary defense. At least external threats from outer space. As long as they’re just dumb stones that follow the laws of physics. And a group of extraordinary humans proved it last week when the planetary defense community stepped in to accurately track and predict exactly where a relatively small meteor would land …

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Synchronize with chaos: the flashing lights of a swarm of fireflies embody in nature what mathematics predicted

Synchronize with chaos: the flashing lights of a swarm of fireflies embody in nature what mathematics predicted

Fireflies’ synchronized light shows have fascinated observers for ages. Credit: Raphaël Sarfati, CC BY-ND Imagine an ancient forest in the fading light of a summer evening. As the last rays of the sun disappear below the horizon, a small flash catches your eye. You turn around, hold your breath; it flashes again, hovering 2 feet …

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Synchronize with chaos - the flashing lights of a swarm of fireflies embody in nature what mathematics predicted

Synchronize with chaos – the flashing lights of a swarm of fireflies embody in nature what mathematics predicted

Imagine an ancient forest in the fading light of a summer evening. As the last rays of the sun disappear below the horizon, a small flash catches your eye. You turn around, hold your breath; it flashes again, hovering 2 feet above the leaf litter. From across the dark clearing, a fleeting response. Then another, …

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