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NASA is training astronauts with new simulators from Boeing

NASA is training astronauts with new simulators from Boeing

NASA has a new pair of training simulators courtesy of Boeing, and they’re designed to train astronauts on how to control the space agency’s next-generation spacecrafts. A pair of crew astronauts tried out the simulators yesterday, with NASA saying they offering realistic simulations of the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft. Astronauts will also be training for the SpaceX Crew Dragon for future International Space Station runs.

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Astronaut Tim Peake completes London marathon on ISS

Astronaut Tim Peake completes London marathon on ISS

In December, the ESA announced that astronaut Tim Peake planned to run the London Marathon while aboard the International Space Station, doing so using a treadmill while a medical team monitored his health. As promised, Peake did just that and successfully completed the run from space, running all 42 kilometers aboard the ISS while everyone else pounded the ground on Earth.

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MOON globe maps our lunar sister in 3D

MOON globe maps our lunar sister in 3D

Ever wonder why your grade school classroom had a globe that accurately mapped our Earth, but never more than a flat sphere for our moon? Oscar Lhermitte and Kudu are aiming to change that sort of situation with a project they call "MOON - the most accurate lunar globe." They've put the project through its Kickstarter paces and have come away with several times their initial goal with half a month left to go - this is not just something a few people want, it's something LOTS of people want.

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Solar Impulse plane lands in California after successfully crossing Pacific

Solar Impulse plane lands in California after successfully crossing Pacific

Following a long 9-month delay in Hawaii, the Solar Impulse 2, a small solar-powered aircraft, finally departed on Thursday to continue its trip across the Pacific Ocean, just a single leg in its flight around the world. The project's team has revealed that the plane successfully completed its flight to California, landing south of San Francisco in Mountain View at around 11:45 PM on April 23rd.

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Your password could soon be a sound from your skull

Your password could soon be a sound from your skull

Fingerprint scanners are becoming the norm for unlocking our mobile devices these days, while iris and facial recognition are also being explored, but the next big solution in biometric authentication might be something that can only come from inside your head. Literally. A group of university researchers in Germany have come up with a system that uses a unique sound that comes from within a user's skull.

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China wants its own rover on Mars by 2020

China wants its own rover on Mars by 2020

China wants to have its own rover rolling around Mars by the year 2020, and it said in a recent statement that its efforts are proceeding as planned. The project would involve sending a spacecraft to orbit Mars, then have it land on the planet where it — or a rover it deploys — will travel around much like the Curiosity, Opportunity and former Spirit rovers. China has had previous success landing its own rover on the moon.

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Brazil targets zika virus with smelly, mosquito-killing billboards

Brazil targets zika virus with smelly, mosquito-killing billboards

Brazil, epicenter of the growing zika virus outbreak, is now home to a pair of billboards that smell like sweaty humans and exist merely to lure mosquitoes to their death. The billboard — the kind that is placed on a city sidewalk — emits a mixture of carbon dioxide and lactic acid aromas to mimic the scent of human sweat, attracting mosquitos from as far away as 2.5km. It is called, appropriately enough, the Mosquito Killer Board, and it was created by ad agencies NBS and Posterscope. Even better, blueprints for the board have been released for free.

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NASA’s accepting Mars habitat prototype ideas until June

NASA’s accepting Mars habitat prototype ideas until June

Before we send humans to Mars, we need somewhere for them to live. NASA has been entertaining ideas for deep space habitats for years, and now it is actively seeking proposals on the development of those prototypes. This is the next step in the NextSTEP Broad Agency Announcement from October 2014, and it’s being called NextSTEP-2. NASA describes NextSTEP as a “public-private” partnership.

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Study suggests monkeys crossed the ocean 21 million years ago

Study suggests monkeys crossed the ocean 21 million years ago

The discovery of seven small fossilized teeth led to a surprising revelation: 21 million or so years ago, Panamacebus transitus monkeys crossed 100 miles or more of ocean to travel from South America to North America, doing so at a time when the two weren’t connected together by land. The fossilized teeth were found during excavations at the Panama Canal, and pose bigger questions than they answer.

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Ancient Egyptian amulet found by 12-year-old in Jerusalem

Ancient Egyptian amulet found by 12-year-old in Jerusalem

A 12-year-old Israeli girl named Neshama Spielman recently discovered a rare Egyptian amulet that is about 3,200 years old. The amulet is said to have the name of a pharaoh on it, and it was found by Spielman while sifting through dirt as part of the Temple Mount Sifting Project. In a statement today, the Ir David Foundation announced the results of an analysis of the amulet, saying it features the name of Pharaoh Thutmose III.

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March 2016 rounds out 11 straight months of record-breaking heat

March 2016 rounds out 11 straight months of record-breaking heat

It surprises no one at this point, but the announcement has to be made anyway: March 2016 broke yet another heat record, being crowned the new ‘hottest month’ on record. March was the eleventh straight month to be designated the warmest ever recorded, and so if April manages to set the same record, we’ll officially have a straight year of increasing heat. How much warmer is the Earth? According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the months comprising 2016 so far have been an average of 2.07F degrees above recorded average.

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Mt. Paeku, the DPRK’s mysterious volcano, studied for first time

Mt. Paeku, the DPRK’s mysterious volcano, studied for first time

In North Korea, it is called Mount Paektu. In China, it’s known as Changbai. Measuring about 9,000ft in height, the volcano has laid dormant for many, many years after having once exploded so violently it sent debris as far away as Japan. To gain a better understanding of the volcano and when another eruption could occur, an international team of researchers have been granted access into North Korea to study it, possibly learning more about its history and what humans can expect from its future.

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