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This Week In Science!

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Chris Carpineti

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clockDec 17 2021, 12:00 UTC

For The First Time Ever A Spacecraft Has “Touched The Sun”

NASA has confirmed that the Parker Solar Probe, already the fastest human-made object in the universe, is also the first spacecraft to “touch the Sun”. The Sun has no definite boundary, but the corona is referred to as the Sun’s atmosphere. Parker is the first human-made instrument to whizz through the Sun’s corona, just 13 million kilometers from the Sun’s surface, not just surviving but thriving and sending back incredible data and images.

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US Surpasses 800,000 COVID-19 Deaths, The Highest In The World

More than 800,000 Americans have now died from COVID-19, according to the latest data, making the US death toll the highest in the world. Of the 5.3 million globally known COVID-19 deaths, the US now accounts for 15 percent, despite making up just 4 percent of the world’s population. Unfortunately, that is both likely vastly underestimated and not finished yet.

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First Millipede Found With Over 1,000 Legs Breaks Leggy World Record

A millipede in Australia has been discovered with over 1,000 legs, breaking the world record for the number of legs on an animal. Not only that, but it’s technically the first “true” millipede as the word comes from the Latin for “thousand legs” and the most previously found on a millipede was 750. Good going Eumillipes persephone.

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Quantum Computer Can Now Automatically Correct Errors In Major Breakthrough

Future quantum computers will have the ability to perform calculations that are unthinkable with even the most powerful existing supercomputer. But before that, there are many barriers to overcome. One of them is error-correcting. Scientists have shown for the first time that it is possible to automatically correct errors in quantum systems and this can be done so quickly that results of quantum operations can be used in practice. 

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If You See These Walnut-Sized Growths On Your Christmas Tree, Do Not Bring It Indoors

‘Tis the season where people go outside, pick up a tree and bring it inside, sometimes with no consideration of what said tree may be harboring and, if that’s the case, whether the helpless hitchhikers are better or worse off inside your warm, comfy home. In the case of praying mantises, let’s leave them at the door.

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Five Undeniable Scientific Proofs That Santa Is Definitely Real

With Christmas comes a most welcome visitor: Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, call him what you will, he only works one night a year but boy does he deliver. And how do we thank him? We deny his existence! Here are five arguments, from all branches of science and philosophy, that prove that Santa Claus really is coming to town.

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