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Big Bang breakthrough hits dust doubts

Big Bang breakthrough hits dust doubts

Scientists responsible for a "spectacular" discovery earlier this year that could explain Big Bang theory and how the universe was created now admit their evidence may just have been cosmic dust. A Harvard team of physicists announced back in March that it believed it had observed the effects of rapid expansion that would follow the sudden creation of our universe, but the study has gained a vital disclaimer at publication.

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NAO robot gets smarter and stronger (but just as cute)

NAO robot gets smarter and stronger (but just as cute)

Research and entertainment robot NAO is getting faster, smarter, and strong: in fact, it's a good job he only comes up to your knees, as otherwise we'd be worried. NAO EVOLUTION, the handiwork of Softbank acquisition Aldeberan, takes the hobby-bot and boosts its awareness of the surrounding environment - including its emotion-recognizing abilities - as well as how well it can interact with it, thanks to things like defter hands.

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NASA points massive aromatic nose at Titan moon

NASA points massive aromatic nose at Titan moon

NASA is figuring out the flavors of Saturn's moon Titan, cooking up an artificial atmosphere here on Earth to try to replicate the distinctive smog surrounding the yellowed body. The mystery gases surrounding Saturn's largest moon had been stumping researchers, unable to combine the likely mixture of nitrogen and methane that led to the exact spectrometer readings taken by the Cassini spacecraft surveying Titan.

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Made In Space 3D printer for ISS gets NASA nod

Made In Space 3D printer for ISS gets NASA nod

NASA has given the green light to a 3D printer specially designed for the International Space Station, with the microgravity-ready fabricator now expected to blast off in August this year. Made In Space announced plans to put a 3D printer in orbit last year, working with the US space agency on the idea that, rather than ship specific components and parts to the ISS, it makes more sense to produce them on-demand.

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NASA’s Flying Saucer grounded again

NASA’s Flying Saucer grounded again

NASA's "flying saucer" won't be taking to the skies today. with the trials of the distinctive circular craft intended for Mars postponed over weather concerns. The Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) - colloquially known as the Martian Flying Saucer - was to finally test the atmospheric braking systems NASA hopes will allow it to safely deploy larger payloads, including human settlers, to the red planet. However, the path to such testing has not gone smoothly.

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Climate change raises dead as mass graves disturbed

Climate change raises dead as mass graves disturbed

Global warming has disturbed Japanese war graves, with rising Pacific ocean levels blamed for the gruesome resurfacing of 26 skeletons as attention again turns to the cost of rising temperatures. The remains, believed to be a mass grave of Japanese soldiers from World War Two, were found at the Marshall Islands, it was revealed at UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany this week.

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Moon maker: Scientists sift Apollo rocks to figure formation

Moon maker: Scientists sift Apollo rocks to figure formation

The moon may be a mainstay of the night sky, but scientists believe they're one step closer to understanding where it came from with the help of new research into rock samples brought back by Apollo astronauts. Existing theories that a huge impact of an unknown planet with Earth billions of years ago spawned the debris that would later cluster to create the moon was believable, but discrepancies in the science had always left scientists scratching their heads.

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Google’s self-driving car could lose its hat with new laser tech

Google’s self-driving car could lose its hat with new laser tech

Self-driving cars like Google's controversial 25mph autonomous pod could get significantly more affordable to make, researchers have promised, with a new LIDAR radar system far cheaper than the expensive turret on top of current models. The laser tracking system - the distinctive "turret" on top of the Google self-driving car - is one of the single most expensive components in the vehicle, estimated to add around $80,000 to the bill of materials. However, a Berkley team believes it could do the same thing at a fraction of the cost.

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Ford Lightweight Concept Car eyes-on: High-tech, Low-weight

Ford Lightweight Concept Car eyes-on: High-tech, Low-weight

Ford wasn't going to let all that aluminum research on the 2015 F-150 be used on just one truck, and so now there's the Ford Lightweight Concept, a prototype car that, along with Samsung battery collaboration, aims to change the way we look at tomorrow's vehicles. Effectively delivering a car akin in size to a 2013 Fusion but with the weight of a Fiesta - a car two classes beneath it - the Lightweight Concept trims weight from the suspension, interior, glazing, and powertrain by using materials like aluminum alloy, carbon fiber, and composites.

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