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SpaceX Mars mission event: all the important details

SpaceX Mars mission event: all the important details

Today Elon Musk and his group of space magicians have explained how they'll make it possible for the everyday citizens to reach Mars in our lifetime. What we're doing here is running down some of the key details - all the important details, that is - for the common citizen. The citizen that plans on going to Mars as soon as possible, that is. The first item on our list that we'll be chopping up is the SpaceX timeline. It's ambitious, but very much within the realm of possibility for this forward-thinking company.

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Nissan ProPILOT Chair uses autonomous tech for sitting in line

Nissan ProPILOT Chair uses autonomous tech for sitting in line

Everyone has to stand in line at some point, but not everyone enjoys it. For those times you can’t stand, well, standing, Nissan has developed a new autonomous queuing chair that automatically moves the next person in line forward when appropriate. It removes the need to stand, even the need to pay attention, for the most part. When someone leaves the queue, the chair automatically moves itself to the back of the line for the next person to sit down.

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Pluto may have a secret super salty liquid ocean

Pluto may have a secret super salty liquid ocean

Pluto may have a liquid ocean hidden beneath its surface, according to researchers, the evidence of which has been growing. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has contributed toward that pool of evidence, and now researchers with Brown University have built upon it, developing models of the planet in order to estimate how thick this buried ocean may be. Based on their work, a newly published study estimates that Pluto could have an undersurface layer of salty liquid water that is more than 100 kilometers thick.

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Project Loon gets new AI autopilot system

Project Loon gets new AI autopilot system

Google started its Project Loon several years back with the goal of putting a balloon into the stratosphere that carried with it tech needed to beam internet access to people on the ground. The goal was to use the balloons to connect parts of the world where internet was unavailable or very slow. Over the summer, a balloon of this sort was launched in Peru and it stayed there for 98 days.

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Raptor interplanetary engine test fired by Space X

Raptor interplanetary engine test fired by Space X

Elon Musk, head of Space X and Tesla has offered up some details on the engine that Space X plans to use to travel the distances between planets. Musk didn’t offered up full details on the engine, but did give us some insight into the powerful new rocket. Musk says that the engine is called the Raptor interplanetary transport engine.

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Water bear protein enables extreme radiation resistance

Water bear protein enables extreme radiation resistance

Tardigrades, also known as ‘water bears' and 'moss piglets,' are microscopic critters able to withstand a slew of environmental conditions that would kill off most other life: very high levels of radiation, extremely hot and cold temperatures, and even the conditions of outer space. Researchers with the University of Tokyo decided to zero in on one of those realities in particular, the resilience to radiation, and they may have found the answer — a particular protein.

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Annual Arctic sea ice minimum in 2016 ties second lowest amount on record

Annual Arctic sea ice minimum in 2016 ties second lowest amount on record

NASA has been using satellites to record the minimum and maximum levels for sea ice in the Arctic Sea since 1978. The sea ice minimum and maximums are a gauge to see how global warming is affecting the Arctic. NASA has announced that the annual lowest extent of sea ice happened on September 10 and that sea ice extended for 1.60 million square miles on that date.

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Watch as Obama designates Atlantic’s first Marine National Monument

Watch as Obama designates Atlantic’s first Marine National Monument

The first ever Marine National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean has been established today by the President of the United States, Barack Obama. This new monument joins two already-established Marine National Monuments. One of these monuments is the Rose Atoll Marine National Monument off the coast of the Samoan Islands, established by President Bush in 2009. The other is the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Honolulu, Hawaii, also proclaimed by President Bush in 2006.

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HMS Terror ship found in Arctic joining 2014’s HMS Erebus discovery

HMS Terror ship found in Arctic joining 2014’s HMS Erebus discovery

In 2014, officials discovered the HMS Erebus, one of two ships that sank in the Arctic while on a mission to travel across the Northwest Passage. The location of the second ship, HMS Terror, was still being sought, though, a mission that itself has reached its conclusion thanks to the Arctic Research Foundation and a single tip. The HMS Terror was discovered in King William Island’s Terror Bay on September 3; according to researchers, it is very well preserved and all signs point to it having “sank gently” to the sea floor.

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Ford reveals some interesting, and weird, car tech ideas

Ford reveals some interesting, and weird, car tech ideas

While car makers are scrambling to make cars smarter, even self-sufficient, not all automotive innovations need a drastic change in the car’s systems. And some need not even change the car itself. As part of its “Further with Ford” program, the car maker looked to its own designers and engineers to come with up not just with ideas but also working prototypes to make drivers’ and commuters’ lives easier. Thus, experiments like Carr-E, Phone As Car, and On the Go H2O were born.

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Grolier Codex, an extremely rare ancient Maya book, is genuine

Grolier Codex, an extremely rare ancient Maya book, is genuine

In the 1960s, what is said to be one of the rarest books in the world was discovered: an ancient Maya book called the Grolier Codex. While the physical book itself — meaning the actual pages — were quickly dated back to the 13th century, researchers have long speculated that the drawings contained in the book were forgeries, something sellers would have made to try and get more money for the product. That’s not true, it turns out. Researchers with Brown University have announced that the Grolier Codex is genuine in every way, making it the oldest known manuscript found in America.

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Sorry, bacteria is faster than the five-second food rule

Sorry, bacteria is faster than the five-second food rule

If you've always followed the so-called 'five second rule' for dropped food, you may want to rethink your dietary habits. According to newly published research from Rutgers University, it doesn't really matter how fast you pick up food because it'll already have germs on it by the time you retrieve it.

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