The star-forming area Messier 17, also known as the Omega Nebula or the Swan Nebula, is a vast region of gas, dust and hot young stars that lies in the heart of the Milky Way in the constellation of Sagittarius. ESO/INAF-VST/OmegaCAM hide caption

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Jamaica's Usain Bolt crosses the finish line to win the gold in the men's 200-meter final during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Anja Niedringhaus/AP hide caption

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Michigan Wolverines fans do the wave in support of their team as it faces the Brigham Young Cougars at Michigan Stadium on Sept. 26, 2015, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images hide caption

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The Physics And Psychology Of 'The Wave' At Sporting Events

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Physicist Stephon Alexander shares his love of science with his students at Brown University, and his love of jazz with musicians around Providence. Ari Daniel for NPR hide caption

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Scientist Stephon Alexander: 'Infinite Possibilities' Unite Jazz And Physics

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Every bit of steel in the car you drive has been measured as to its capability to withstand certain forces — pushing and pulling. Machines like this do the measuring. Jennifer Lauren Lee/NIST PML hide caption

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How Do You Lift A Million Pounds Of Stainless Steel? Very Carefully

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Using an instrument they've named the HOLODEC, for Holographic Detector for Clouds, scientists can now see in fine detail the way air and water droplets mix at a cloud's wispiest edge. iStockphoto hide caption

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What's At The Edge Of A Cloud?

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Star Trek's Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk never even lose pocket change when they use a transporter to get from TV's Starship Enterprise to distant worlds. What gives? Paramount Television/The Kobal Collection hide caption

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Beam Me Up? Teleporting Is Real, Even If Trekkie Transport Isn't

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