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Bees, please: Stop dying in your Martian simulator
The Mars simulator in Pila, Poland, is mainly for humans: It simulates what it’s like to live and work at a base on the moon or Mars. But now 90,000 bees live there. The reason is that scientists realize we will need pollinators if we are ever going to grow food in those space places, so they need to figure something out: Is it possible to keep the bees alive?
Google’s .New shortcuts are now for everyone
A year ago, Google introduced a function that allows you to type doc.new into your URL bar to start a new Google Doc. Now it’s expanding that to all kinds of things. Want to start a new Spotify playlist? That’s playlist.new. List a widget on eBay? Try sell.new. Shorten a link with bit.ly? Type in link.new. That’s just a sample of Google’s first dozen outside .new domains; more are coming soon.
Fast Fact: 150 to 200
That’s how many transgender athletes are currently competing in NCAA sports. For the most part, you won’t hear much about these athletes. But as more and more transgender athletes take the podium, the controversy around fairness is heating up.
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