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SlashGear 101: What is NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope?

SlashGear 101: What is NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope?

NASA's big news today is the first ever sighting of an Earth-sized planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone", but it's not the first time the Kepler Space Telescope has caught sight of a potentially intriguing distant rock. The space observatory has already cataloged almost 1,000 exoplanets spread across 76 different stellar systems, though Kepler-186f has the unique privilege of being the first "Earth cousin" spotted.

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NASA Veggie project will grow vegetables in the International Space Station

NASA Veggie project will grow vegetables in the International Space Station

The one thing that Howard Wolowitz of The Big Bang Theory missed during his space mission was eating his greens, joking aside however, there is a grain of truth in here, astronauts at the International Space Station do miss eating vegetables and some of them even relate to having plants around as their earth-connection. To help expand on the in-orbit food production capabilities onboard the ISS, NASA will be sending across the 'Veggie' – a plant growth chamber – via the Dragon Capsule.

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Audi Urban Future explores connected self-driving cars

Audi Urban Future explores connected self-driving cars

Audi will put its self-driving cars to work in cities across the world, detailing how connected cars and the Internet of Things will shape the its vision of tomorrow's transportation. Dubbed the "Audi Urban Future", the project will see teams from Berlin, Boston, Mexico City, and Seoul compete over the next six months in ways that autonomous vehicles, car-to-car, and car-to-city communications will benefit the environment, making commuting easier, and even improve community relations.

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US Navy deploying railguns and lasers (with no sharks in sight)

US Navy deploying railguns and lasers (with no sharks in sight)

The US Navy will begin in-the-wild trials of a laser weapon that can bring down aircraft or small vessels this summer, controlled just like a video game and costing about $1 a shot. The technology will be deployed initially on the USS Ponce, an amphibious transport dock in the Persian Gulf, rather than mounted to a shark's head, the Navy confirmed, and is part of R&D weaponry trials that also include railguns.

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Researchers power scale model P-51 Mustang with fuel created from seawater

Researchers power scale model P-51 Mustang with fuel created from seawater

Being able to turn water into fuel for vehicles is something that has been a dream of researchers for decades. A team of researchers at the US Naval Research Laboratory, Materials and Science division, have demonstrated a proof of concept for a fuel created from seawater. The team developed a process for the recovery of carbon dioxide and hydrogen from seawater that was then converted into a liquid hydrocarbon fuel.

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