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Astronomical map shows 1.2 million galaxies in about a quarter of the sky

Astronomical map shows 1.2 million galaxies in about a quarter of the sky

The image you see here with all the purple, red, yellow, and orange blobs is an astronomical map and at first glance, you might think that it is showing stars. It's not showing stars, what it is showing are all the galaxies out there hiding in the nighttime sky. The galaxies in this image and it represent about 650 cubic billion light-years of space.

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Ancient amber reveals bug that abandoned its skin

Ancient amber reveals bug that abandoned its skin

We’ve seen many studies over the year detailing discoveries made in ancient amber, but this latest one is different. Dating back about 50 million years and hailing from the Baltic region, a piece of amber has been found encasing an insect’s exoskeleton…but not the bug itself, which abandoned its skin to escape what was once sticky tree sap. The insect is described as being similar to a “walking stick” bug, and it was positioned alongside the first mushroom ever found preserved in Baltic amber.

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Turtle shells evolved for digging, not protection

Turtle shells evolved for digging, not protection

Turtles shells, given their protective nature, are assumed to have evolved for the purpose of protection. That may not be the case, however, at least according to a newly published study. Though shells do provide protection for modern turtles, researchers believe the earliest instances of these shells were used for burrowing, not withstanding the jaws of a predator. Burrowing underground would have enabled the turtles to avoid harmful exposure in the South Africa environment where they lived.

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23 more ancient shipwrecks found in waters near Greece

23 more ancient shipwrecks found in waters near Greece

Researchers have found 23 more ancient shipwrecks in the waters near Greece, it has been announced. The discovery follows a previous 22 shipwrecks found in the region by The Fourni Underwater Survey, which is responsible for these 23 additional discoveries. This brings the number of ancient shipwreck found near the Fourni archipelago to 45; it is thought this region could be one of the largest shipwreck graveyards in the world.

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Glaucoma researchers restore partial vision in blind mice

Glaucoma researchers restore partial vision in blind mice

A group of Stanford researchers may have just made significant progress in finding a way to cure or treat Glaucoma, the illness that gradually leads to blindness. In an experiment involving blind mice with a glaucoma-like condition, they managed to restore partial eyesight in the animals, the first time for such an accomplishment in mammals.

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SwagBot all-terrain robot is meant for rural life

SwagBot all-terrain robot is meant for rural life

Uncle Owen in Star Wars had a bunch of robots that helped him mind the moisture farm and it looks like the future here on Earth might have robots to help farmers as well. That is if Professor Salah Sukkarieh from Sydney University has anything to say about it. Sukkarieh is the project lead for agriculture robotics at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) currently studying how automated technology could assist farmers and ranchers.

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Argentina fossil discovery reveals new dinosaur with tiny arms

Argentina fossil discovery reveals new dinosaur with tiny arms

Researchers stumbled across a Theropod fossil in Argentina, and found that the dinosaur from whence it came had ‘tiny’ arms not unlike the T-Rex. While the dinosaur itself was 20ft or a bit larger, its arms were a comical 2ft in length and its hand had only two fingers. Why? The researchers aren’t sure, but the discovery will no doubt lead to answers as paleontologists work on studying the bones.

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Fiat Chrysler puts bounty on car cybersecurity bugs

Fiat Chrysler puts bounty on car cybersecurity bugs

Car hacks may very well be the next big battleground in cybersecurity, and Fiat Chrysler is the first automaker to put a bounty on bugs that could potentially cripple its vehicles - or worse. FCA US (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US) will offer security researchers up to $1,500 apiece for spotting potential security vulnerabilities, such as those discovered in its infotainment system which made headlines last year.

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DURUS Learns to Walk like a Human, Prefers Adidas

DURUS Learns to Walk like a Human, Prefers Adidas

DARPA really wants robots that can walk efficiently like a human and do human things like drive vehicles and use ladders, tools, etc. The road to robots that can do that sort of thing are paved with smaller steps where bots learn to walk just like a human child. One of these robots that is a step on the ladder to robots that can work like people is the SRI DURUS robot.

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Study: monkeys in Brazil used stone tools 700 years ago

Study: monkeys in Brazil used stone tools 700 years ago

Capuchin monkeys used stone tools to open cashews 700 years ago, according to a new study from the University of Oxford, and it may just be the tip of a larger discovery about monkeys and tool usage. While that discovery itself isn’t that big of a deal — past studies have found evidence of monkeys using tools — it is notable because of the region in which these tools were found: Brazil. In past studies of this sort, the evidence for monkey tool usage has been found in parts of Asia and Africa.

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Ceres may hold ice deposits in permanently shadowed regions

Ceres may hold ice deposits in permanently shadowed regions

The search for water in our solar system is one that hasn't turned up too many results, but scientists may have a lead on water in a rather unlikely place. According to new research, the dwarf planet Ceres has spots on its surface that are permanently dark, and could therefore remain cold enough to trap water ice and keep it at stable temperatures.

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Researchers find evidence of water clouds beyond our solar system

Researchers find evidence of water clouds beyond our solar system

Researchers have discovered evidence of water clouds beyond our solar system for the first time, it has been announced, and they were found in an unlikely place: the cold brown dwarf star WISE 0855. The dwarf was first discovered in 2014, and it is relatively close to our own planet, being only 7.2 lightyears away. Most notably, WISE 0855 is the coldest object humans have yet discovered beyond our solar system, and it is so dim researchers have to use need infrared technologies to see it.

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