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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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Duke researchers create self-healing lab grown muscle

Duke researchers create self-healing lab grown muscle

Researchers from Duke University have made a break through with artificial lab grown muscle tissue. The team has created an artificial muscle that is able to contract powerfully and rapidly while being able to be successfully integrated into mice in tests. One of the coolest aspects of this artificial muscle is that the fibers are able to heal themselves.

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Saturn’s moon Enceladus may have ocean the size of Lake Superior under frozen surface

Saturn’s moon Enceladus may have ocean the size of Lake Superior under frozen surface

Scientists are looking at a number of celestial bodies in our solar system as potential habitats for life. One of the spots that we are looking at is one of Saturn's moons called Enceladus. This moon is particularly interesting because it is known to spew water into space. Gravity measurements suggest that the moon has an ocean between its rocky core and the icy shell that is about the size of Lake Superior.

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Google Maps captures historic Cambodia with Street View

Google Maps captures historic Cambodia with Street View

Google Maps isn't just driving directions and traffic any more; Google has taken another tour to off-the-beaten-path locations with new Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia, adding digital renderings of over 100 local temples. Featuring more than 90,000 panoramas of the external designs, the interior, and close-ups of individual carvings, the new content saw Google take its Street View photography equipment to historic sites most would never see.

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Microbes blamed for Earth’s biggest mass-extinction

Microbes blamed for Earth’s biggest mass-extinction

The biggest mass extinction known to affect Earth likely had the smallest of causes, scientists at MIT have concluded, blaming microbes for killing out around 90-percent of every species on the planet 252 million years ago. The huge wipe-out - which, it had previously been speculated, could have been the result of an asteroid strike or uncontrollable volcanic eruptions - was, new fossil research indicates, the result of vast quantities of carbon dioxide or methane changing ocean chemistry and throwing the climate into a tailspin.

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Digital tattoo deals drugs for next-gen wearables

Digital tattoo deals drugs for next-gen wearables

Google isn't the only team working on digital tattoos, with a new adhesive patch that can not only track biometrics but administer drugs being developed that could potentially revolutionize how long-term conditions like Parkinson's disease and epilepsy are treated. The 0.003 millimeter thick sticky patch is the handiwork of a team at the University of Texas in Austin, and layers sensors, onboard storage, medication, and microheaters into a Band-Aid scale rectangle.

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X-37B classified spacecraft spends record 469 days in space

X-37B classified spacecraft spends record 469 days in space

In its third run, the X-37B, which is a highly secretive and classified spacecraft, has set a new record for the number of days in space. This unmanned craft has crossed 469 days of orbiting on a mission that is tightly sealed and is reporting to the Air Force and the U.S. Military. There is a possibility that it could be testing new space-based surveillance technologies.

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