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Moto X college designs bring smartphones to students

Moto X college designs bring smartphones to students

This week the folks at Motorola have revealed their next play for the Moto X, pushing a number of college-themed handsets out for this spring season. Each of this wild variety of Moto X machines will have custom colors by Motorola - combinations of three colors therein - while the logos of the schools will be provided by the company known as Uncommon. Users can choose to work with the clear case or without, sticking with their school’s colors regardless.

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Robo-termite builders could colonize Mars without our help

Robo-termite builders could colonize Mars without our help

Robotic termites capable of building complex structures without requiring human supervision, prior programming, or even intercommunication could change the way construction, emergency services, or even space exploration are managed, borrowing swarm behaviors from nature. The TERMES project, handiwork of the self-organizing systems research group at Harvard University, has taken four years to create a scalable artificial intelligence system made up of simplistic robots that together can create towers, pyramids, and castles, even erecting temporary staircases to allow them to climb higher.

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NASA hit with lawsuit for not realizing Mars mystery rock is really an alien mushroom

NASA hit with lawsuit for not realizing Mars mystery rock is really an alien mushroom

NASA, busy developing cutting edge technologies and exploring the dark unknown corners of the vast universe, has been hit with a quite unusual lawsuit by Rhawn Joseph of the Journal of Cosmology. The reason? He claims the mystery rock that appeared on Mars earlier this month is, in fact, a mushroom and that NASA has failed in its duties to recognize it as such.

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Mars mystery rock analysis shows unusual composition following sudden appearance

Mars mystery rock analysis shows unusual composition following sudden appearance

The NASA rover Opportunity sent back a couple of surprising images from Mars last week, both of which were taken with its Pancam, revealing the rather sudden appearance of a small rock. Researchers were surprised at the quick change, and though they offered a couple possible explanations, an investigation was kicked off to try and determine how it happened. Fast-forward through the weekend, and an analysis has offered a new surprise: the chemical composition is unlike anything previously analyzed on the Red Planet.

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Mars rock appears out of seemingly nowhere in Opportunity rover image

Mars rock appears out of seemingly nowhere in Opportunity rover image

A few NASA rovers have been working their way through the Red Planet, each working to expand scientists' knowledge of Mars and its history. As part of this, large quantities of images are taken and shuttled back to Earth, where researchers analyze them. Recently, the rover Opportunity sent back two images of the same area that had one surprising difference: the sudden appearance of a rock that hadn't been there shortly before.

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Free flowing water on Mars needs to be protected from contamination

Free flowing water on Mars needs to be protected from contamination

NASA has put a number of probes onto the surface of Mars and in orbit around the red planet over the years. Each time NASA launches a mission to Mars, or any other body in our solar system, it takes steps to prevent any contamination of the planet. The problem is that as we explore the planets in our solar system for signs of life, we have to be sure that the life we might discover didn't get there because we contaminated the planet with life from Earth.

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Mars hit with thousands of Earth rocks possibly containing life following asteroid impact

Mars hit with thousands of Earth rocks possibly containing life following asteroid impact

Mars has been a playground for NASA's various robots and missions, and it was back in March that the Curiosity rover found evidence of conditions for habitable life, something that has cropped up in various degrees since then. According to some US researchers, it is possible that rocks containing life could have been blasted, so to speak, to the Red Planet from the Chicxulub impact that took out the dinosaurs and many other strikes.

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