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New tech creates 3D models of faces using DNA

New tech creates 3D models of faces using DNA

New tech created by a researcher named Mark Shriver of Pennsylvania State University may one day be able to create a virtual mug shot using DNA. The tech could be used to catch criminals in the future by making up a virtual mug shot using DNA material left at crime scenes. Shriver and his team created 3D images of 600 volunteers from a range of racial and ethnic groups.

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NASA going deep space exploring with cosmic jets

NASA going deep space exploring with cosmic jets

NASA is planning to explore the depths of space with its most powerful launch vehicle, flying the cosmos more like a fighter jet than a traditional rocket. The US space agency aims to use the Space Launch System (SLS) to take probes, satellites, and even crewed stations like the proposed Deep Space Habitat far out through the galaxy, testing jet systems that would allow it to change course in real-time to avoid unforeseen obstacles.

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Nielsen on wearables: people want more style, lower prices

Nielsen on wearables: people want more style, lower prices

Though the wearables market has gained solid momentum over past months, wearable technology is still a niche and most likely to be found while out and about in the form of fitness bands or, occasionally, a smartwatch. Nielsen recently conducted research into how aware Americans are of wearable technology, as well as adoption rates and what consumers are looking for. Not surprisingly, most consumers are aware of the existence of wearables, but pricing and style are two big concerns influencing adoption.

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Volvo car-to-car chatter warns of icy roads

Volvo car-to-car chatter warns of icy roads

Volvo has kicked off a car-to-car communications system where nearby vehicles can warn each other of icy road surfaces. One of the first such projects in operation out in the wild, the current fleet of fifty cars - set to grow over the coming winter - use mobile data networks to send road friction data to a centralized database, which then pushes out warnings to other cars in the same area.

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Hubble celebrates 24th birthday with new picture

Hubble celebrates 24th birthday with new picture

It's hard to imagine that the Hubble Space Telescope has been in orbit for 24 years. Hubble still offers some of the coolest images of the cosmos that we will ever see. To celebrate its 24th birthday, a new image has been released that shows an incredibly beautiful shot of the Monkey Head Nebula.

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Mercury shrinking NASA confirms: 4.3 miles in 4bn years

Mercury shrinking NASA confirms: 4.3 miles in 4bn years

Mercury is shrinking, its radius reduced as much as 4.3 miles over the past four billion years, scientists have confirmed, with the planet contracting as its iron core cools. The gradual reduction had been expected but unconfirmed until NASA's Messenger spacecraft beamed back photos of Mercury's surface, with previous - incomplete - footage of the closest planet to our sun showing far less shrinkage than the models predicted.

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Big Bang breakthrough as Cosmic contractions spotted

Big Bang breakthrough as Cosmic contractions spotted

A "spectacular" discovery that could explain the Big Bang that created the universe and potentially lead to Nobel prizes for the researchers behind it is prompting excitement in the scientific community, concerning the sudden "inflation" rush in growth in the very first moments of cosmic expansion. Inflation as a theory concerns the initial growth of the universe - measured as a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second - fourteen billion years ago, and an American team now says it has identified the lingering remnants of it.

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