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Submission + - 50th Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's Flight (hallnj.org)

PyroMosh writes: "This Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of the historic flight of Yuri Gagarin — Vostok 1. Although Colonel Gagarin died in a jet training accident in 1968, his legacy of ushering mankind into a new era lives on.

Yuri's Night celebrations are taking place all over the world tonight. Let's raise a vodka toast to the man who 50 years ago today became the first human in space!"

Submission + - First Membrane Controlled by Light Developed

An anonymous reader writes: A new membrane developed at the University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics blocks gas from flowing through it when one color of light is shined on its surface, and permits gas to flow through when another color of light is used. It is the first time that scientists have developed a membrane that can be controlled in this way by light.

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