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NASA made an autonomous car too, and it makes Google’s look dull

NASA made an autonomous car too, and it makes Google’s look dull

Auto makers the world over are scrambling to create cars that can drive themselves, but they're not the only ones interested in such technology. NASA has set its sights on the technology, something we've heard bits and pieces about in the past. Today the space agency decided to show the fruits of its labor, however, posting a video on its YouTube account of the finished product. It is called the Modular Robotic Vehicle, MRV for short, and it can -- among other things -- drive itself when needed.

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Mars is moist: evidence of water found in surface salt

Mars is moist: evidence of water found in surface salt

Because Mars no longer has the global magnetic fields required to retain water like we have on Earth, it's not likely we'll find a tiny pool to swim in any time soon. What NASA has found, on the other hand, is new evidence that water can indeed exist on the planet - and that salts on the surface are able to absorb water from the atmosphere, collecting it on land. Again, this isn't the same sort of water we're seeing after a long rainfall on Earth - but it is another positive sign for the future, a future in which humans live on Mars for long periods of time.

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NASA uses smartphones to create earthquake warning network

NASA uses smartphones to create earthquake warning network

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has found a way to use crowdsourced data from smartphones to create a network of early detection and warnings for earthquakes. The system uses crowdsourced measurements from the GPS sensors in smartphones and tablets. Although smartphone GPS sensors are less accurate than scientific-grade equipment, they are ubiquitous enough to create a widespread network which could work just as well as singular scientific measurements. This technology would especially benefit areas that can't afford expensive advanced detection and warning systems.

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NASA anticipates finding evidence of alien life in 10 to 20 years

NASA anticipates finding evidence of alien life in 10 to 20 years

If you're hoping humans will discover other living beings in the universe during your lifetime, you might be in luck. Speaking yesterday at a panel in DC, NASA researchers touched on the topic of alien life and finding evidence of such, and what they had to say was largely inspiring: it'll eventually happen, and the first stages of that likely within the span of the next 20 years. The prospect is exciting, not the least of which is due to the leaps in space travel humans are likely to make in that same time span.

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NASA says wispy green objects in space are tens of thousands of light years long

NASA says wispy green objects in space are tens of thousands of light years long

NASA seems to always be taking images of some spectacular sights in the universe around us. A series of objects were photographed in deep space that look like wisps of green smoke. NASA thinks that these green wisps are incredibly long gas tails that stretch tens of thousands of light-years long. The tails of gas are being stretched by gravitational forces that are remains of galaxies that merged a very long time ago.

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Blood Moon rising: watch it here LIVE

Blood Moon rising: watch it here LIVE

Be it from your basement on a computer screen or out on your roof at the crack of dawn, you WILL be able to see the blood moon in less than 24 hours from the time this article goes live. The Slooh observatory in Australia is just one of several locations where the event will be captured - and here you'll be able to watch the event unfold as it happens. We'll be watching starting at 3AM Pacific Time, 6AM Eastern. Get your butt out of bed and see some galactic magnificence unfold before your very eyes.

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NASA launches web tool for exploring asteroid Vesta

NASA launches web tool for exploring asteroid Vesta

NASA has launched a new web tool that is akin to Google Earth, only it allows Internet goers to explore the asteroid Vesta. Vesta is said to be one of the largest asteroids in our solar system, and it was studied by the spacecraft Dawn from summer 2011 to late summer 2012. The web tool includes a lot of data that was gathered by the spacecraft during its mission, which the user can select as desired in the course of things. Included with the tool are "standard keyboard gaming controls", 3D topography that can be exported, and more.

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Opportunity rover shows its age with double amnesia event

Opportunity rover shows its age with double amnesia event

In Mars news today, NASA has reported their Opportunity rover to be having a second bit of amnesia in so many weeks. This event is affecting the machine's flash memory banks, and scientists had, after the first incident, attempted to bypass the faulty bank. The first event happened back on March 20th, and another event happened on the 25th. NASA scientists suggest that they're disappointed at the second occurrence, but not surprised. Another memory reformat may be just the ticket to get this machine back in order.

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Mercury’s dark surface may be alien in origin

Mercury’s dark surface may be alien in origin

A paper has been published this week which suggests that the surface of the planet Mercury may be comprised of cometary carbon. This means that carbon has littered the surface of Mercury, all of it from comets hurtling through space. In comparing Mercury to our own Earth-circling moon, the group responsible for this study suggest that 50 times as many carbon-rich micrometeorites impact the dark planet as do our own nearby space body. This has resulted, says the study, in approximately 3–6 wt% carbon at Mercury’s surface.

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X-ray wind from black hole blows away star forming materials

X-ray wind from black hole blows away star forming materials

The image you see here is an artist's representation of what scientists think it would look like closer to a black hole as the raw materials needed to make stars are blown away from the black hole. A new study was published this week that shows a link between the X-Ray wind created by supermassive black hole in the center of a galaxy and the dispersal of raw materials that could be used to form stars.

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