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NASA shows off its next Mars rover, plans 2020 launch

NASA shows off its next Mars rover, plans 2020 launch

NASA’s Curiosity rover is rolling around Mars, and has provided researchers with all kinds of data on the Red Planet, not to mention the cache of photos. While Curiosity is busy doing its thing, NASA is already working on its next Mars-destined rover, and it recently showed off a detailed render of the contraption. According to the space agency, the rover’s design has passed “a major development milestone” and will soon be getting its finalized design.

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Watch the sun spin in NASA’s crazy spacecraft maneuver

Watch the sun spin in NASA’s crazy spacecraft maneuver

NASA told its Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) to do a barrel roll, and it listened. The result is an incredible collection of photos that, when assembled together into an animation, appear to show our sun spinning in space at crazy-fast speeds. Though the spin is shown at a rapid clip, the SDO’s actual rotation took place over the course of seven hours, with one photo being captured every 12 seconds during that time.

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Turtle shells evolved for digging, not protection

Turtle shells evolved for digging, not protection

Turtles shells, given their protective nature, are assumed to have evolved for the purpose of protection. That may not be the case, however, at least according to a newly published study. Though shells do provide protection for modern turtles, researchers believe the earliest instances of these shells were used for burrowing, not withstanding the jaws of a predator. Burrowing underground would have enabled the turtles to avoid harmful exposure in the South Africa environment where they lived.

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23 more ancient shipwrecks found in waters near Greece

23 more ancient shipwrecks found in waters near Greece

Researchers have found 23 more ancient shipwrecks in the waters near Greece, it has been announced. The discovery follows a previous 22 shipwrecks found in the region by The Fourni Underwater Survey, which is responsible for these 23 additional discoveries. This brings the number of ancient shipwreck found near the Fourni archipelago to 45; it is thought this region could be one of the largest shipwreck graveyards in the world.

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Glaucoma researchers restore partial vision in blind mice

Glaucoma researchers restore partial vision in blind mice

A group of Stanford researchers may have just made significant progress in finding a way to cure or treat Glaucoma, the illness that gradually leads to blindness. In an experiment involving blind mice with a glaucoma-like condition, they managed to restore partial eyesight in the animals, the first time for such an accomplishment in mammals.

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SwagBot all-terrain robot is meant for rural life

SwagBot all-terrain robot is meant for rural life

Uncle Owen in Star Wars had a bunch of robots that helped him mind the moisture farm and it looks like the future here on Earth might have robots to help farmers as well. That is if Professor Salah Sukkarieh from Sydney University has anything to say about it. Sukkarieh is the project lead for agriculture robotics at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) currently studying how automated technology could assist farmers and ranchers.

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Argentina fossil discovery reveals new dinosaur with tiny arms

Argentina fossil discovery reveals new dinosaur with tiny arms

Researchers stumbled across a Theropod fossil in Argentina, and found that the dinosaur from whence it came had ‘tiny’ arms not unlike the T-Rex. While the dinosaur itself was 20ft or a bit larger, its arms were a comical 2ft in length and its hand had only two fingers. Why? The researchers aren’t sure, but the discovery will no doubt lead to answers as paleontologists work on studying the bones.

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Astronomers catch first glimpse of water snowline around young star

Astronomers catch first glimpse of water snowline around young star

Astronomers have announced a rather big discovery today, as the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile has captured what appears to be the water snowline around V883 Orionis, a young star that has taken up residence in the Orion Nebula cluster, about 1,350 light years from Earth. This is the first time the water snowline has been seen in the disk of debris that forms around young stars and will eventually come together to form new planets.

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DURUS Learns to Walk like a Human, Prefers Adidas

DURUS Learns to Walk like a Human, Prefers Adidas

DARPA really wants robots that can walk efficiently like a human and do human things like drive vehicles and use ladders, tools, etc. The road to robots that can do that sort of thing are paved with smaller steps where bots learn to walk just like a human child. One of these robots that is a step on the ladder to robots that can work like people is the SRI DURUS robot.

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Juno’s first image of Jupiter shows the red spot and moons

Juno’s first image of Jupiter shows the red spot and moons

Juno arrived in orbit around Jupiter on July 4 and a few days later the spacecraft was snapping images of the planet and its moons. The very first image that the spacecraft took after going into orbit has been shared by NASA and it's an image showing roughly half of Jupiter and a trio of the planet's moons. In the image along with Jupiter are Io, Europa, and Ganymede.

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Study: monkeys in Brazil used stone tools 700 years ago

Study: monkeys in Brazil used stone tools 700 years ago

Capuchin monkeys used stone tools to open cashews 700 years ago, according to a new study from the University of Oxford, and it may just be the tip of a larger discovery about monkeys and tool usage. While that discovery itself isn’t that big of a deal — past studies have found evidence of monkeys using tools — it is notable because of the region in which these tools were found: Brazil. In past studies of this sort, the evidence for monkey tool usage has been found in parts of Asia and Africa.

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Curiosity rover resumes full functionality after going into safe mode

Curiosity rover resumes full functionality after going into safe mode

Earlier this month, NASA's Curiosity rover, which is currently prowling the surface of our neighbor Mars, went into safe mode for an unknown reason. Though NASA scientists weren't exactly sure why Curiosity went into safe mode, it has been announced that the rover resumed full functionality as of July 9. Since then, scientists have been working to find the reason for the mishap, and now they're saying they have a good idea of what happened.

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