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Human space exploration was launched by intrinsic curiosity and intrepid scientists, but it was precipitated by a political rivalry of global proportions.

The sickle, a C-shaped farming tool, is an emblem of the Grim Reaper, an ancient personification of death. A glimpse of the blade in a reaper’s hands signifies certain demise. In the human body, the shape can mean a similar fate.

Researchers at the Univ. of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) are studying the injection of carbon dioxide into deep-sea methane ice deposits as a way to help store waste greenhouse gas and mitigate the effects of climate change, while producing useful natural gas.

Tattooing, the act of inserting inks and dyes into human skin to permanently mark it, is a form of artistic expression, symbolism, and identification that has existed for thousands of years. More than 60 inked symbols were found on the body of Ötzi, a 5,000-year-old mummy also known as the Iceman. Over the years, countless cultural groups have adopted distinctive tattoo imageries. Today, tattoos are more common than ever.

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