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New camo design is (almost) invisible to night vision

New camo design is (almost) invisible to night vision

In a statement today, the Bundeswehr Scientific Institute in Germany unveiled a new camouflage design it has been working on for a handful of years. With this new design, soldiers in the nation's armed forces (Bundeswehr) will be far less visible to night vision devices than when wearing the current "Flecktarnmuster" pattern introduced in the early 90s. This new design, Multitarnmuster, is said to have two big advantages.

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NASA: SLS rocket will carry 13 CubeSats to space in 2018

NASA: SLS rocket will carry 13 CubeSats to space in 2018

NASA has announced that the Space Launch System rocket’s first flight will involve carrying 13 CubeSats into space. The satellites will be a secondary payload, being delivered alongside an Orion spacecraft. Says the space agency, the rocket’s first flight will be called the Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), and it will give “the rare opportunity for these small experiments to reach deep space destinations.”

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Listen to Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot speech in Grand Theft Auto

Listen to Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot speech in Grand Theft Auto

If you've never had the chance to watch the original Cosmos with Carl Sagan, then I highly recommend giving it a watch. In fact, I suggest watching any of Carl Sagan's work, as it is not only fascinating, but he has a voice that you can listen to for hours. His most famous speech is The Pale Blue Dot, in which he describes how small our seemingly vast world is, in comparison to the rest of the universe. One Sagan fan decided that the speech needed to be updated in the world of Grand Theft Auto.

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Hawaiian space rover can build a landing pad

Hawaiian space rover can build a landing pad

Scientists and engineers in Hawaii are working hard on a very interesting lander that could be sent to the Moon or Mars to help get the surface of the planet ready for humans. The lander seen here is called Pisces and in the tradition of spacecraft and other hardware, the name stands for Pacific International Space Center for Exploration.

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UK researchers get permission to genetically modify human embryos

UK researchers get permission to genetically modify human embryos

In September 2015, word surfaced that researchers in the UK had requested permission to genetically modify human embryos, a controversial subject that has stirred both legitimate and conspiratorial concerns alike. This request -- and subsequent permission -- follows news from last year claiming Chinese scientists had performed gene editing on human embryos. Critics fear this will lead to so-called "designer babies."

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Fireball over northeastern U.S. skies was a meteor

Fireball over northeastern U.S. skies was a meteor

A giant fireball that lit up skies across Northeastern U.S. states this weekend was a meteor, and it was captured by numerous cameras across multiple states. The fireball was much bigger than your average shooting star, lighting up the sky substantially in some places. The meteor was spotted in several states, including in Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky, parts of New England, and more.

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China shows off pictures of the moon in full color

China shows off pictures of the moon in full color

The space fever has reached the Far East. Or rather, the increased interest in space exploration and science may have helped push China to finally share to the rest of the world one of its biggest, though perhaps lesser known, achievements in this field of science. In 2013, it launched the Chang'e 3 lander and become the third country to ever make a soft-landing on the Moon. And although its accompanying Yutu rover is no longer functional, it was able to snap these clear, hi-res, true color photos of the moon.

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FarmedHere to launch massive indoor farm in Kentucky

FarmedHere to launch massive indoor farm in Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky will soon be home to a large indoor vertical garden installed in part of a 24 acre campus, FarmedHere has announced. This indoor vertical garden, like others, will maximum how every inch of space is used and will offer several benefits over traditional gardens, including being able to grow food all year rather than just during summer months. This vertical garden will be at the West Louisville FoodPort.

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Ancient humans ate giant Aussie birds’ eggs into extinction

Ancient humans ate giant Aussie birds’ eggs into extinction

About 50,000 years ago, Australia was home to a flightless bird species known as Genyornis newtoni. This wasn’t a bird like you or I know them — they grew to be almost 7ft tall and weighed hundreds of pounds. Still, those formidable birds first hatched from small (relatively speaking) eggs, and those eggs were apparently tasty to humans who lived in the region. For the first time, researchers have found evidence that humans — and their appetites — drove the birds into extinction.

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Massive Gas cloud boomerangs back to our Milky Way – but don’t fret!

Massive Gas cloud boomerangs back to our Milky Way – but don’t fret!

A beastly cloud of gas is headed towards our galaxy right this minute - but it won't arrive for 30 million years. What's interesting about this particular gas is not only that it's traveling at 700,000 miles per hour, but that it's been here before. This "Smith Cloud" as it's called came from the Milky Way and to the Milky Way it will return - 70 million years ago it left, and 30 million years from now it'll have swung around for the return.

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Mammoth bones unearthed in OSU football stadium

Mammoth bones unearthed in OSU football stadium

Construction crews have unearthed mammoth bones in Oregon State University’s Reser Stadium. The discovery was made in the stadium’s north end zone earlier this week, and it wasn’t a lone find — researchers have since unearthed remains from several other extinct mammals in the area, making it a very fruitful find. Finer details about the bones will be available after researchers conduct their study.

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