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ESO’s ALMA detects gas clouds that helped form first galaxies

ESO’s ALMA detects gas clouds that helped form first galaxies

The European Southern Observatory’s Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, more commonly referred to as ALMA, has detected the most distant gas clouds that form stars thus far discovered in the early universe. That makes this a particularly notable observation, and will allow researchers to further understand how the very first galaxies were formed and how they cleared away hydrogen gas fog during a period known as “reionization”. Until this point, such observations were described as being simply "faint blobs".

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New Horizons snaps Pluto’s moons Nix and Hydra

New Horizons snaps Pluto’s moons Nix and Hydra

The NASA New Horizons spacecraft has made history by sending us back images of Pluto and its moons that are the highest resolution humans have ever laid eyes on. While the images of Pluto itself were sharp and clear allowing us to see the surface of the dwarf planet in detail, the images of its moons are not so clear. The shot here is an image of Pluto's moon Nix on the left and Hydra on the right.

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Fossil fuels may cripple carbon dating accuracy

Fossil fuels may cripple carbon dating accuracy

Carbon dating may suffer drastically if pollution levels continue to rise, and the reason revolves around fossil fuel emissions. According to a recent study by Imperial College London atmospheric scientist Heather Graven, emissions could drastically “age” the atmosphere over the coming decades and make accurate carbon dating more difficult. It has been known that such emissions have a "dilution" effect, but this recent study shows how drastically.

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2015 isn’t over yet, but it’s already breaking heat records

2015 isn’t over yet, but it’s already breaking heat records

Last year was, at the start of 2015, the hottest year on record. We're only half way through this year, however, and it is already breaking heat records. If it keeps this up, 2015 will overtake 2014 as the hottest year on record, a song we're likely to hear more often as climate change continues to worsen. The information comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NASA, and the Japan Meteorological Agency, among others. All of them have pointed toward June having been record-smashing hot.

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Elon Musk explains first SpaceX failure in 7 years

Elon Musk explains first SpaceX failure in 7 years

Today SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk spoke about the Falcon 9 CRS-7 launch failure that occurred earlier this year. This event occurred on June 28th of 2015 en-route to the International Space Station. At liftoff this flight was nominal, with no signs of possible malfunction apparent. Shortly before first stage shutdown, the flight failed. Today Musk addressed the issues that they believe may have been the cause of this failed mission. There is still no one 100% certain found cause for this mishap.

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Stephen Hawking, Yuri Milner unveil mission to find aliens

Stephen Hawking, Yuri Milner unveil mission to find aliens

We’ve been hunting for signs of life elsewhere in the universe for quite a while, but as far as most of us know there has been no discovery of intelligent life beyond our own planet. That could, if we’re fortunate enough, end some time in the next decade thanks to a new 10-year mission with a $100 million backing. The search will be broken down into two initiatives, with the first having been announced today by Stephen Hawking and other participating researchers.

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This futuristic exoskeleton convinced me to take aging seriously

This futuristic exoskeleton convinced me to take aging seriously

One day you will die, but, before then - and assuming all goes to plan - you’ll be trapped in an old body. Failing eyesight, hearing plagued with tinnitus, and limbs progressively seizing until just getting up from your chair is a challenge too great: death may be considered the biggest taboo, but aging is arguably a more uncomfortable one. With all that to look forward to, it’s no surprise that nobody wants to talk about getting old. Could a futuristic exoskeleton kick-start that conversation?

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You’ll soon be able to eat gluten again courtesy of egg yolks

You’ll soon be able to eat gluten again courtesy of egg yolks

Those with celiac disease are unable to eat foods containing gluten, and as a result have very limited diets. Others say they are intolerant to gluten, unable to eat it without discomfort, and so too elect to remove it from their diet. Thanks to the studious work of some Canadian researchers, however, those dietary limitations may be a thing of the past. Researchers at the University of Alberta have used egg yolks to develop a new supplement that blocks the absorption of the component from gluten that causes celiacs their troubles.

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Researchers use bone powder, bio-glue to 3D print bones

Researchers use bone powder, bio-glue to 3D print bones

This Friday's dose of macabre comes courtesy of researchers in China who are testing a new method to 3D print bones. The bones aren't like past 3D printing attempts we've heard of, however -- they are being printed using powered bones and a biological glue. Past efforts have seen researchers using metal elements for printing 3D bones as potential medical implants, but this latest method is producing potentially implantable bones that made entirely of, you know, bones ground into a powder.

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Polar bears inch toward extinction as summers lengthen

Polar bears inch toward extinction as summers lengthen

A study published this week on polar bears (Ursus maritimus) suggests that these mammals are not ready for global warming. While it would seem that the polar bear is well adapted to seasonal ice melt, it is not prepared for ever-lengthening periods of summer, a time in which food is short in polar regions of our planet earth. If our planet continues to warm the way it has been over the past few decades, the polar bear won't be around for long.

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Science detects how mosquitoes always end up biting you

Science detects how mosquitoes always end up biting you

This week a study has been published on the ways and means mosquitoes employ to find their prey - namely you. Instead of just plopping down on whatever land they see, hoping to find some blood inside, the mosquito employs a range of senses to hunt you down and pierce your skin. Mosquitos, researchers suggest this week, use a combination of olfactory, visual, and thermal cues to find your arm, your leg, or your cheek. Whatever they need to do to suck your blood: they're going to do it.

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Google offers inside look into driverless car collision with human driver

Google offers inside look into driverless car collision with human driver

While news reports about minor collisions involving Google's self-driving cars are getting more common, the company has for some time now tried to explain that nearly all the accidents are the result of human error, and not caused by software or other technical glitches. Chris Urmson, the head of Google's driverless car program, has written a new blog post on Medium that offers a detailed, inside look at a recent collision, and how the self-driving Lexus performed exactly as it should have.

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