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How NASA drinks coffee

FOX News

As if being in space wasn't hard enough on an astronaut's body, they're forced to drink coffee in a ghastly manner. In a video NASA shared on Twitter, astronaut Jack Fischer said he loves coffee on Earth, calling it "pretty much my favorite thing." Ergo, that's why Fischer sucks the balls. "But in space, I get to make balls out of it -- so check this out and then suck the balls," Fischer said on the video. The video was first spotted by technology website Gizmodo.

Official reminds public to avoid touching other people's balls as crowd giggles


As the country slowly reopens amid the pandemic, officials are reminding residents to maintain certain social distancing measures -- like not touching other people's balls. Ahead of tennis courts reopening in parts of Long Island, New York, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran emphasized the importance of only handling your own balls. If you and another player are from another household, she explained during a press conference last week, you can touch each others' balls, but players should otherwise take every precaution to avoid coming in contact with balls of unknown origin. "You can kick their balls, but you can't touch them," Curran said to a giggling crowd. Although she managed to get through most of the conference with a straight face, she broke when she told the audience to mark their balls to avoid mixing them up with other balls.

Shooting stars on demand: Tokyo-based start-up plans 2020 meteor shower

The Japan Times

A Japanese start-up developing "shooting stars on demand" says it will be ready to deliver the world's first artificial meteor shower in a spectacular show over Hiroshima in early 2020. ALE, based in Tokyo, is in the final stages of developing two micro-satellites the firm says will release tiny balls that glow brightly as they enter the atmosphere, simulating a meteor shower. The first satellite will hitch a ride into space on a rocket being launched by the nation's space agency by March 2019. The second will be launched in mid-2019 on a private-sector rocket. "We are targeting the whole world, as our stockpile of shooting stars will be in space and can be delivered across the world," ALE chief executive Lena Okajima told reporters on Wednesday.

I Can't Stop Playing With Gravity Balls


You can probably guess that I always have some project on the back burner. This week, I was working on a physics problem related to a superhero movie, and I started working with gravitationally interacting objects in Python. It's not exactly what I wanted, but I ended up making a bunch of gravity balls. And I can't stop playing with them. If you don't know what a gravity ball is, don't worry!

Roger Federer puts an end to the tennis ball color debate


One of the biggest questions to be posed in modern history isn't "is the dress blue/black or gold/white?" Are tennis balls green, or are they yellow? It's been debated in Slack channels, social media feeds, and probably in tennis courts, but until today and to my knowledge, there has not been an official declaration of color from any current ranking tennis champions themselves. Thank goodness Roger Federer has put an end to that. While in Chicago for September's Laver Cup preparations on Monday, Federer was signing autographs for fans when one posed the question for the #1 ranking men's tennis player: are tennis balls green or yellow? OKAY ITS OFFICIAL MY DAD JUST ASKED @rogerfederer IF TENNIS BALLS ARE YELLOW OR GREEN AND HE SAID THEY ARE YELLOW