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Megan Ray Nichols is a science writer by day & an amateur astronomer by night (at least when the weather cooperates). Megan is the editor of Schooled By Science, a blog dedicated to making science understandable to those without a science degree. She also regularly contributes to Smart Data Collective, Real Clear Science, and Industry Today. Subscribe to Schooled By Science for the latest news.

 

Understanding the Science Behind Airplanes

The number of passengers flying out of UK airports has increased by 27% over the last nine years, and will continue to grow in the coming years. How do the pilots get thousands of tonnes of steel, passenger and luggage off the ground and 30,000 feet in the air? Let's take a look at the science behind aeroplanes and how flight works against the forces of gravity.

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What Does It Take to Launch a Rocket Into Space?

We've been staring at the stars for as long as there have been human beings on this planet, but it wasn't until the 1960s when we finally managed to get there. What does it take to bring thousands of pounds of a rocket, plus its payload, into orbit? Let's take a closer look at how rockets work and what it takes to launch one successfully.

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How Satellites Communicate With Earth and Each Other

As of the beginning of 2019, nearly 5,000 satellites are orbiting our planet out of 8,300 objects launched into space since 1957. It takes careful planning and communication between these devices to keep them from crashing into one another, or back to the ground. How do satellites communicate with one another and how do they talk to home base here on Earth?

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What Materials Are Hazardous to Our Health?

The term hazardous waste is quite broad and deals with materials of all shapes and sizes. Biological waste, for example, such as blood or bodily fluids is one type of waste, albeit organic. Other substances and chemicals may also be considered just as hazardous, from something more simple like a cleaning solution or bug spray to more severe nuclear and radiation waste.

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Here's How Astronauts Practice in Zero Gravity on Earth

Astronauts go through months and years of training before they ever make it to outer space. This training teaches them how to survive in the harsh and sometimes alien environments that they encounter in orbit. All of this training takes place here on Earth — including preparation for living and working in zero gravity. How can astronauts learn how to live in zero-g while still under our planet's gravitational pull?

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