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NASA says successful DNA sequencing on ISS is major milestone

NASA says successful DNA sequencing on ISS is major milestone

NASA has detailed what it calls a scientific ’game changer’ — the first instance of DNA being successfully sequenced in a microgravity environment. The work was done under the Biomolecule Sequencer experiment on the International Space Station over this past weekend, and was performed by NASA astronaut Kate Rubins. This opens the door for future sequencing of microbes and more on the ISS, and is part of NASA's health-related work as it applies to space and the agency's goal of sending humans to Mars.

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SETI is investigating a signal potentially from a much more advanced civilization

SETI is investigating a signal potentially from a much more advanced civilization

Researchers and scientists working for SETI and similar organizations around the world are currently deep into an investigation of a signal that could be from a much more advanced civilization than our own. The signal was detected on May 15, 2015 by the RATAN-600 radio telescope array in Russia and kept secret from the international community. The signal discovered came from a star about 6.3-billion years old in the constellation Hercules about 95 light years away from the Earth.

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Miniature lion fossils lead to discovery of new species

Miniature lion fossils lead to discovery of new species

A new species of miniature marsupial lion has been discovered thanks to a newly uncovered fossil found in Queensland. The new species has been dubbed the Microleo attenboroughi, in honor of Sir Attenborough and in recognition of the creature’s small size. The miniature lion is said to have lived in Northern Australia’s rainforests about 18 million years ago.

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Researchers develop insulin pill as alternative to injections

Researchers develop insulin pill as alternative to injections

Though efforts have been underway to develop a method of insulin delivery that doesn’t require an injection, no great success has been produced. That may change soon, as researchers with Niagara University have revealed a new project in which an insulin pill was developed. This insulin pill, contrary to the way such a pill would ordinarily work, bypasses the stomach's acid to be absorbed in the intestines instead, delivering insulin to the bloodstream.

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Massachusetts is considering a time zone change

Massachusetts is considering a time zone change

The promise of summer’s end is everywhere you look: school has started, stores are stocking autumn products, and the days are noticeably becoming shorter. Soon enough, the days will be so short they will, for some people, be dark before dinner time. That prospect is upsetting, yes, and Massachusetts is tired of dealing with it. Per a newly signed bill, the state will conduct research into the idea of changing the state’s time zone.

Short daylight hours are dreaded by just about everyone, and they have a real effect on daily lives: some people develop depression during the darker days, physical activities suffers, and many people report being less productive during the height of winter darkness. For states with such dim winters, there’s also another issue to contend with: young populations fleeing to states where winter sunsets aren't so early in the day.

During the darkest point of winter, the sun starts to set shortly after 4PM in Boston, giving kids very little daylight to enjoy after school. The state may solve the issue, though, by leaving the eastern time zone in favor of the Atlantic one, and ditching the tiresome model of changing the clocks back and forth. Under such a model, the mornings would stay dark a little longer, but the evenings would stay bright longer, too.

The state has expressed concerns about college students fleeing for brighter states, but it hasn’t determined fully whether this mass flight is due to the short daylight hours during winter or something else. Still, the argument is being made that longer days, as well as the elimination of daylight saving time, will be better for the population’s overall health.

At the end of the day, though, Massachusetts is exploring this possible time zone change as part of a larger economic development plan, and so any changes will likely have to be found fruitful for the economy. The research will be ongoing for months, with the report of findings not being due until July 2017.

SOURCE: Bloomberg
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New mini-moon discovered orbiting Earth

New mini-moon discovered orbiting Earth

This isn't April fools day, and we're not pulling your leg - there is indeed a second rocky companion out in space orbiting Earth - besides our moon. This miniature-moon, as it's nicknamed, goes by the scientific name "2016 HO3". It's an asteroid, technically, but it's nearly unique in our known history of Earth and nearby objects. This quasi-satellite or near-Earth companion is "the best and most stable example to date" of such a space body. "One other asteroid -- 2003 YN107 -- followed a similar orbital pattern for a while over 10 years ago, but it has since departed our vicinity. This new asteroid is much more locked onto us," said Paul Chodas, manager of NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object (NEO) Studies at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

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Scientists complete year-long Mars simulation mission in Hawaii

Scientists complete year-long Mars simulation mission in Hawaii

A group of six scientists has completed a mission in Hawaii conducted for NASA that simulated how humans would live on the surface of Mars. The mission spanned an entire year and during that time, the team had limited communication leaving them in near-isolation the entire time. During the mission, the only time the scientists were able to go outside their dome structure was if they were wearing a spacesuit.

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Juno safely completes first of 36 Jupiter flybys

Juno safely completes first of 36 Jupiter flybys

Space science has had a very remarkable year, not counting the advances made in launching and landing rockets. Just a little over a year ago, New Horizons made history by passing the former planet Pluto. And just last month, the Juno probe reached fame when it finally reached Jupiter. It, too, is now making history has NASA reported a successful and uneventful flyby of the planet. And although it is just the first of 36 flybys scheduled for its mission, it takes the probe closest to the largest and one of the most mysterious family members of our solar system.

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Octobot is a soft-bodied autonomous robot that can fit just about anywhere

Octobot is a soft-bodied autonomous robot that can fit just about anywhere

Scientists and researchers have created a cool autonomous robot that is modeled after an octopus called the octobot. The reason that the team modeled the robot after an octopus is because the octopus has a soft body that allows the cephalopod to squeeze into the tiniest of spaces to escape predators or catch its prey. Octobot is about the size of the palm of your hand and is made from silicone.

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Million dead fish wash up in New Jersey: low oxygen levels blamed

Million dead fish wash up in New Jersey: low oxygen levels blamed

This week, more than an estimated million dead fish washed ashore in New Jersey, something experts are saying was likely caused by a combination of events, among them being inadequate levels of oxygen in the water. The fish were found in water bodies in the northern New Jersey city Keansburg; officials finished cleaning the dead fish remains this morning, all the while increasing the estimate of how many died.

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Earth-mass planet found orbiting Proxima Centauri in habitable zone

Earth-mass planet found orbiting Proxima Centauri in habitable zone

Astronomers have made a very interesting discovery using telescopes belonging to the ESO and other facilities. The discovery is clear evidence that a planet is orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to Earth. This planet is known as Proxima b and it orbits very close to its cool parent star with an orbit completed every 11 days. The scientists believe that the planet has surface temperatures that would allow liquid water to form on its surface.

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Researchers suggest ancient round ‘tools’ were actually weapons

Researchers suggest ancient round ‘tools’ were actually weapons

Ancient stone objects are often rudimentary in design and, due to their age and possible exposure to the elements, sometimes lacking in finer details. This can make it difficult to discern what exactly any particular discovery is, and few things are more ambiguous than simple stone spheres. Were previously discovered round hand-sized stones used as tools? Researchers have thought so, but a new study suggests they may actually have been used as projectile weapons.

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