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Anti-aging human drug tests may start as early as July

Anti-aging human drug tests may start as early as July

A joint clinical study will soon be conducted by Washington University in St. Louis and Keio University in Japan, it has been announced, and it’ll involve a drug that may slow down the aging process in humans. The study may begin by early July, but it first must undergo review by the Research Ethics Committee at Keio University, which will review the plans and determine whether they’re suitable for proceeding.

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NOAA coral reef bleaching update: “no signs of stopping”

NOAA coral reef bleaching update: “no signs of stopping”

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published an updated look at coral reef bleaching around the world, saying that high water temperatures have persisted into an “unprecedented third year” and will cause an increased number of bleaching events..and that, unfortunately, there’s no signs of this slowing down or stopping.

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Chameleon spit is ultra sticky, enables tongue to nab insects

Chameleon spit is ultra sticky, enables tongue to nab insects

Chameleons have long intrigued humans, due in no small part to their funny eyes, their color-changing skin, and their whip-like tongues. When hunting, a chameleon will shoot its tongue out to surprising lengths, striking an insect and reeling it back in for a quick meal. How the tongue itself works is no mystery, but how it managed to cling to the insect wasn't so clear until now. Turns out, chameleons have super-sticky spit.

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Zika vaccine approved for phase one human trial

Zika vaccine approved for phase one human trial

A pair of companies have gotten the go-ahead for human trials of a zika virus vaccination, they have announced. Inovio Pharmaceuticals and GeneOne Life Science got approval for a phase I trial, which will concern Inovio’s Zika DNA vaccine GLS-5700. The vaccination is designed to prevent zika virus infections in humans; it showed promise in pre-clinical trials involving both small and large animals.

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1,000-core “kilo-core” processor built at UC Davis

1,000-core “kilo-core” processor built at UC Davis

When MediaTek announced its deca-core moble processor, it almost seemed insane in a world that's very much settled on octa-cores. The chip maker, however, has nothing on the silicon produced by researchers at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Davis. Although it definitely won't fit inside a smartphone, tablet, or even a laptop for that matter, the chip boasts of being the world's first kilo-core processor. That's 1,000 processing cores at your service, making even the beefiest gaming rig cry in shame.

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LIGO looks to the future after detecting second round of gravitational waves

LIGO looks to the future after detecting second round of gravitational waves

Back in September of 2015, physicists operating the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory or LIGO for short detected the first round of gravitational waves seemingly proving Einstein's theory of General Relativity. Before scientists could prove that gravitational waves existed and the first discovery wasn't a fluke, they needed to find a second round of the waves, which they did earlier this month. After proving that the first find wasn’t a fluke, the LIGO team is looking to the future.

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NASA reveals 14-motor electric X-plane prototype

NASA reveals 14-motor electric X-plane prototype

Last year NASA announced a plan to design commercial passenger airplanes that use electricity in an attempt to improve the loud, fuel-reliant planes the industry uses today. This week, the agency revealed a research prototype called X-57. Dubbed "Maxwell," after 19th century scientists James Clerk Maxwell, it's NASA's first X-plane in 10 years, and it features 14 all-electric motors.

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Blue Origin successfully lands 4th rocket, crew capsule survives crash

Blue Origin successfully lands 4th rocket, crew capsule survives crash

Just a few hours ago, private space agency Blue Origin conducted a fourth launch of its New Shepard rocket, once again successfully landing in an upright position after reaching the edge of space. This launch, which took place at roughly 10:30am ET, also saw several 'firsts,' including Blue Origin live streaming the whole event, as well as the crew capsule undergoing an intentional parachute failure to test its ability to survive.

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3 ISS astronauts return to Earth after 186 days in space

3 ISS astronauts return to Earth after 186 days in space

Most people would agree there's nothing like sleeping in your own bed after a decent amount of time away from home, but for these three astronauts, they're probably just happy to be back on Earth, regardless of where they sleep. Early Saturday morning saw the return of NASA's Commander Tim Kopra, the European Space Agency's Tim Peake, and Yuri Malenchenko of Russia's Roscomos after spending 186 consecutive days in space.

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Siberian crater expanded amidst explosive sound, glowing lights

Siberian crater expanded amidst explosive sound, glowing lights

Siberia is no stranger to massive mysterious craters -- we've reported on them several times over past years. Now, according to local reports, a crater discovered back in 2013 has expanded, and it came alongside a couple other mysterious events. Locals in the region reported hearing a loud explosion dozens of kilometers away and seeing a glowing light of some sort in the sky around the area of the sinkhole.

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Gravitational Waves Appear Again; New Era in Astronomy Begins

Gravitational Waves Appear Again; New Era in Astronomy Begins

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) has made another observation of gravitational waves resulting from one big crash of a couple of black holes. Collision, that is, and merger soon thereafter. This observed signal is dubbed GW151226, while the black whole merger event from late last year goes by the name GW150914. This newest signal was detected by the same set of instruments as the first, 2x instruments of Advanced LIGO situated in Hanford, Washington and Livingston, Louisiana.

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Asymmetric molecule detected in space, points to cosmic origins of life on Earth

Asymmetric molecule detected in space, points to cosmic origins of life on Earth

Researchers have produced evidence of a complex organic molecule in space for the first time. This complex organic molecule's asymmetric structure is the same as molecules found on Earth, the same molecules that are necessary for life as we know it on our planet. "It is a pioneering leap forward in our understanding of how prebiotic molecules are made in the universe and the effects they may have on the origins of life," said Brett McGuire, chemist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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