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NASA’s Curiosity rover takes better selfies than you

NASA’s Curiosity rover takes better selfies than you

NASA's Mars mission rover Curiosity sends back images captured near a drilled rock called "Buckskin". Not to be outdone by today's "The Martian" trailer release, NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover has sent the image you're about to see as a composite of several photos captured in short sequence. The image you're seeing here is part of a larger panorama also available in the gallery below. This image was captured with Curiosity's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) earlier this month and attained by NASA this week.

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Earliest modern human-like bone found in Tanzania

Earliest modern human-like bone found in Tanzania

A new dig in Tanzania uncovers a finger bone which appears to belong to the earliest known example of a human-like animal in the history of the world. What we're looking at here is the base of a pinky finger, coming from a hand with modern human-like (MHL) anatomy, made to grip. This bone is known as OH 86, Olduvai Hominin 86, and it comes from an older-than 1.84-million-year-old dig site Philip Tobias Korongo (PTK) at Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania). This is now the earliest MHL hand bone in the fossil record.

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Have 80% of Apple Watch owners used Apple Pay?

Have 80% of Apple Watch owners used Apple Pay?

Today a study has been released in which Apple Pay appears to be being used by 80% of all Apple Watch users. Carried out by Wristly, a private research group, it's a headline grabbing figure for Apple's mobile payments service, which gets a dedicated button on the Apple wearable. Nonetheless, as with any such study, there are some lingering questions to take into account.

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Meat-eating dinosaurs: special serrations kept teeth extra sharp

Meat-eating dinosaurs: special serrations kept teeth extra sharp

Meat-eating dinosaurs have serrated edges on their teeth, which is nothing new. However, the extent and complexity of those serrations has only just recently been observed, with researchers noting that the serrations include “deep folds” where each serrated part begins. These folds were originally thought to be cracks resulting from the force of the dinosaur’s biting, but a more extensive look at teeth from multiple creatures has revealed the special serrations were common among flesh-eating dinosaurs, serving to keep their teeth as sharp as possible for as long as possible.

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Autonomous Mayflower will cross the ocean alone in 2020

Autonomous Mayflower will cross the ocean alone in 2020

There’s a new Mayflower destined for the ocean waters, only this one won’t have any crew onboard. It is called the Mayflower Autonomous Research Ship, also known as MARS, which will be sailing all by itself from Plymouth, England to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 2020. The date is to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the original Mayflower's historic voyage, and will mark yet another aspect of transportation that has eliminated the human component.

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Researcher: a penny will buy about 3 hours’ worth of thoughts

Researcher: a penny will buy about 3 hours’ worth of thoughts

The term a penny for your thoughts inspired a researcher to look into what duration of thoughts could actually be purchased with a penny. Quantifying something like this isn't exactly easy, so the researcher decided to base the calculations on energy costs in the United Kingdom, looking at how much energy the human brain uses and how much thinking can be done on a penny's worth of electricity. As it turns out, it doesn't cost much at all to power your epiphanies.

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NASA finally answers lingering lunar question

NASA finally answers lingering lunar question

The big experiments in space might seem like they're happening on Mars or even further afield, but NASA's latest discovery proves there's plenty to learn closer to home. Thanks to the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft, we now know that the atmosphere of our own moon contains neon, something suspected all the way back in the days of the Apollo missions, but until now unconfirmed.

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Dinosaur footprints found strolling a German beach together

Dinosaur footprints found strolling a German beach together

Biologists uncover dinosaur tracks in formation with one another, suggesting carnivores walked amongst one another. What these ca. 50 footprints suggest, say biologist Pernille Venø Troelsen, is that these prints could have belonged to "two social animals, perhaps a parent and a young." These tracks were first revealed to the public back at this year's XIII Annual Meeting of the European Association of Vertebrate Paleontologists in Opole, Poland. It was there that Troelsen first showed the prints excavated between 2009-11 in a Bückeberg Formation in Münchehagen in Germany.

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Digital pen might one day help detect brain conditions

Digital pen might one day help detect brain conditions

Brain diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's can have a severe impact on people later in their life, and one of the biggest problems is detecting them early enough for effective treatments to begin. One way that doctors check for early signs is through patient's drawing irregularities, i.e. distortions in shapes and how long it takes to finish a drawing. Unfortunately, these irregularities, like signs of brain diseases, can be easily overlooked due to a doctor's opinion. But MIT researchers think a digital pen with tracking software could help improve detection.

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The Drinkable Book filters water for drinking

The Drinkable Book filters water for drinking

It can be very hard to get drinkable water in some parts of the world where utility systems are non-existent or unreliable. For many people in rural parts of the world getting water to drink can be a big undertaking and at times clean water is simply not available. A researcher named Theresa Dankovich has discovered a cheap and easy to transport method to purify drinking water.

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Apple’s autonomous car may be headed to the test track

Apple’s autonomous car may be headed to the test track

Apple is negotiating to use a former California naval base to test out its Project Titan car, new documents confirm, hinting that self-driving vehicles may be let loose on the 2,100 acre site. GoMentum Station, near San Francisco, has reinvented itself as a proving ground for self-driving cars and connected vehicle technology but, more importantly perhaps to Apple, its roughly 20 miles of paved city streets and highways are kept secure by military police.

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Humans are using up nature’s resources ‘budget’ faster than ever

Humans are using up nature’s resources ‘budget’ faster than ever

On Thursday, Global Footprint Network issued a statement saying that over the past eight months, humans have “used up nature’s budget” for 2015, meaning the remainder of the year will be spent using up resources and impacting Earth in such a way that is, in the long term, unsustainable. Carbon sequestration is said to be responsible for more than 50 percent of the demand on nature. Humanity’s ecological footprint continues to exceed our planet’s biocapacity — that is, nature’s ability to keep up with our demands.

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