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Saying goodbye to Kepler, an upstate Witch Camp, Halloween in Tokyo and more in our look around the web

Farewell to NASA’s Kepler Telescope Kepler—the beloved NASA telescope responsible for discovering 70% of the 3,800 confirmed “alien worlds” to date—officially met its end yesterday. After nearly a decade of exploration, the telescope ran out of fuel and can no longer transmit data or focus on transient objects in space. During its time in flight the Kepler was able to study nearly 150,000 stars simultaneously and …

JetBlue Founder Announces Low-Cost Airline, Moxy

Nicknamed Moxy and scheduled for take-off in 2021, a low-cost airline from JetBlue founder David Neeleman will traverse uncommon international routes. The tech-focused carrier will cut out phone lines and paper tickets—opting for an automated, app-centric experience for users. The airline will focus on non-traditional hubs—for instance, Scranton, Pennsylvania or from Florida to smaller cities in northern Brazil. Most of the flights will be non-stop, …

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Peach-scented records, LSD for anxiety, windowless planes, gems falling from the sky and more

1. Psychedelics Could Repair Brain Cells “Shriveled” by Depression University of California researchers have observed that psychedelics like LSD and MDMA can rewire the brain—and trigger the growth of new branches between cells—long after the drugs’ other effects have worn off. Dr David Olson, one of the study’s authors and lead researcher, notes that during cases of depression (as well as anxiety, PTSD and more) …

Emirates Airline a Step Closer to Windowless Planes

The newest plane in the Emirates fleet—the Boeing 777-300ER—has plenty of impressive features, but perhaps the most surprising is its virtual windows for the first-class cabin. Instead of peering out of the plane, passengers will see real-time projections filmed from outside of the aircraft with fibre-optic cameras. Emirates president Sir Tim Clark says the quality of footage is impeccable, and the move itself is a …

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Glass monsters, plastic-eating enzymes, the story behind one of Prince's best songs and more

1. The Story Behind One of Prince’s Most Famous Songs Almost exactly two years after Prince’s tragic accidental overdose and death, the original story and recording of “Nothing Compares 2 U” has been released by the musician’s foundation. Paul “St Paul” Peterson (who was a singer in Prince’s band, the Family) and Susan Rogers (Prince’s sound engineer) tell the tale about the beautiful song’s birth, …