“We are a way for the universe to know itself… We’re made of star stuff.” From hydrogen and helium, early stars fused the rest of the elements, including the carbon and oxygen that form most of the human body. To get to know our universe — and by extension, ourselves — a little better, let’s take a look at how stars themselves form.

Stellar nursery Sharpless 29. (ESO)

Stellar Nurseries: The Interstellar Medium and Cloud Collapse

From here on Earth, the stars probably seem lonely. After all, apart from binary star systems, each star is light years away from the next. …


Image from NASA

At some point, we’ve probably all been reminded to not waste our energy — literally. Turn off the lights when you leave the room. Don’t leave the fan running if you aren’t hot. Make sure your air conditioning isn’t freezing when it’s 100 degrees outside.

It’s a common mindset for many people to conserve as much energy as possible, and rightfully so: in 2019, fossil fuels comprised about 84% of the world’s energy consumption.


New advances in machine learning may help us understand the obscure costs of fine art.

How much would you pay for this piece of art?

What? You could get some bananas and duct tape for a few dollars at the store? Well, anyone who didn’t duct tape their banana to a wall and sell it at an art fair would be missing out on a sizable payout of $120,000.

That’s right — in 2019, artist Maurizio Cattelan sold three editions of this banana for $120,000 to $150,000 per piece.

The sale of Cattelan’s piece underscores the unpredictability that is generally associated with the art industry. …

Joanna Chi

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