NASA’s New X-ray Telescope Will Study the Weirdest Objects in the Universe

Sometimes, the best telescopes on Earth need a little help making their observations more meaningful. NASA announced yesterday that it had decided to fund the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE, pronounced ix-pee) mission, a polarized X-ray telescope, to help the bigger telescopes explore some of space’s strangest phenomena—including the dead remains of exploded stars and galactic lighthouses called pulsars.

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Marijuana Industry Hopes for Regulatory Stability in 2017

Legalization of marijuana in host of new states has raised hopes in the cannabis industry that a more stable regulatory environment could emerge in 2107, according to an industry trade association. In a report issued at the end of 2016, the Cannabis Business Alliance offered a recap of the victories for the legal marijuana industry in 2016 and looked ahead to possible issues in the New Year.

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An Implant Could Revolutionize The Way We Protect Ourselves From HIV

People at high risk of contracting HIV can significantly lower their chances of getting the virus with a daily pill known as PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, medicine. While this innovation has led to lower rates of new HIV cases among some, others can’t stick to the once-a-day regimen, prompting scientists to search for a low-effort, long-term way for people to take PrEP on schedule.

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Finland Launches Experiment That Will Give 2,000 People Free Money Until 2019

Here’s an experiment that’d likely be argued over by cable news hacks for weeks on end if it were to ever be enacted here. Finland is offering 2,000 unemployed citizens a monthly income of $590 in an effort to learn how that money will help (or not help) those participants get back to work. The $590 figure represents “a trial version of basic income,” and will be allotted regardless of whether the recipients find employment or not.

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