NASA launches OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample mission now speeding toward Bennu rendezvous

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NASA reports that its first ever asteroid sampling mission launched into space at 7:05 p.m. EDT Thursday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, “beginning a journey that could revolutionize our understanding of the early solar system.”

OSIRIS-REx, which is short for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer, is headed to the near-Earth asteroid called Bennu.

The probe's job: Touch the asteroid (after asking consent first, and with a platonic vibe) so we can bring a small sample back to Earth for study. If all goes as planned after today's launch, the spacecraft will reach Bennu in 2018 and return a sample to Earth in 2023.

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These are some of the coolest corny nerd sidewalk chalk drawing signs we've ever seen

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“So I've been drawing sidewalk signs for my friend's bar for almost a year,” says IMGURian Ollie Wolff Pruitt aka littlewolff4h. Read the rest

Burner Rumor: Some of David Bowie's ashes were in the Temple at Burning Man

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Matt Mihaly shares the beautiful David Bowie tribute video compiled from footage Mihaly shot at Burning Man 2016. Read the rest

Recreating Our Galaxy in a Supercomputer

Simulated view of our Milky Way galaxy, seen from a nearly face-on angle. This image was created by simulating the formation of our galaxy using a supercomputer, which, in this case, consisted of 2,000 computers linked together.(Hopkins Research Group/Caltech)

Astronomers at Caltech have created the most detailed computer simulation yet of how our Milky Way galaxy was formed, from inception billions of years ago as a loose collection of matter to its modern state as a massive, spiral disk of stars.

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This insane DIY fan-made Daft Punk helmet even comes with WIFI

1 - First GM01 Unit My hand-made robotic Daft Punk helmet

LoveProps has indeed crafted a “Perfect Daft Punk Helmet,” and I dare say it's better than the original worn by the band.

“The designing, building and programming of the GM01 unit took more than one year of daily work,” says the maker, who is a fan. “Finishing it with the desired quality was a huge odyssey.”

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Images from Saturn Cassini probe reveal Titan's dunes and frigid landscape in new detail

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“Frigid alien landscapes” are coming to light in new radar images of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, captured from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Ultimate dog betrayal caught on camera

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Most dogs are like this

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From r/Reminds me of my dog.

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Super Mario being Super Bad: Epic compilation of edited fail videos

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“Super Bad Mario” is a YouTube series of internet “fail videos” edited and compiled with the titular character from the Super Mario Bros. game, being his mischievous little self.

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Shirtless gentleman arrested for shooting corncobs at neighbor's home with potato gun

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An intoxicated and shirtless man in Westerly, RI opened fire on his neighbor's home using corncobs he shot with his homemade PVC potato gun. Drunk Rhode Island Man, while we do not condone your actions, we salute you for Making America Potato Gun Again.

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Hurricane Hermine Strikes Florida's West Coast

Close-up loop of Hermine, as it strikes Florida on Sep. 2. (NOAA)

Hurricane Hermine is making landfall at the time of this blog post, in the early hours of Friday morning in Florida. Millions of people are in its path, and there are related tornado watches throughout the state through mid-day Friday. A NOAA update at 1:55AM shows 2-3 inches of rain have fallen in Tallahassee, where some 70,000 people are without power already. Flash flooding is reported, and more is expected. Isolated gusts of 45-50mph have been recorded in the first two hours of landfall in the “Big Bend” of Florida's West Coast.

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Area mom definitely enjoying first day of school

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Welp, at least someone's happy about summer ending and the school year starting.

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Hurricane Hermine to Hit Florida's Gulf Coast with 'Life Threatening' Force

NASA's Aqua satellite captured tropical storm, now Hurricane Hermine as it continued to strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico. NASA Goddard image.
Tropical Storm Hermine officially reached hurricane status on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, reported NASA and NOAA's National Hurricane Center earlier today. When it makes landfall, it will be the first hurricane to hit Florida since Wilma in 2005. Hermine will probably touch down along the state's eastern Panhandle in the wee hours of Friday morning, and NOAA predicts that its force and the associated water surges will be “life-threatening.”

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Hulk Hogan's lawyer in Gawker case is helping Melania Trump sue Daily Mail over escort story

Illustration based on '90s Melania Trump photo by Alé de Basse­ville

In a Maryland Circuit Court today, Melania Trump filed a complaint against the publisher of the Daily Mail tabloid over the August 19 article "Naked photoshoots, and troubling questions about visas that won't go away: The VERY racy past of Donald Trump's Slovenian wife."

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'Micro Matter,' tiny worlds in glass by Amsterdam-based artist Rosa de Jong

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A delightful series of tiny worlds in glass. Read the rest

Trump calls for 'ideological certification' of immigrants, and mass deportations—including Hillary Clinton

Trump said immigration would be suspended from countries like Syria and Libya [Carlo Allegri/Reuters]

After a very weird day in Mexico with President Enrique Peña Nieto, then a Twitter shitstorm in which Trump was accused of lying about the content of that meeting, the Republican Presidential candidate gave a long-awaited speech in Arizona that was to put forth his policies on immigration.

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ISS captures three hurricanes in time-lapse video, two in Pacific and one in Atlantic

L-R: Hurricanes Lester, Madeline and Gaston seen from ISS Aug. 30. [NASA]

Cameras on the International Space Station captured this footage of three major hurricanes on Earth on August 30. Two of these storms are in the Pacific Ocean, and one is in the Atlantic Ocean. Read the rest

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