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Ohio State University: Magnets can control sound, heat

Ohio State University: Magnets can control sound, heat

The Ohio State University has released details about a project with magnets its researchers have been working on. According to their work, magnets are able control both heat and sound waves -- something recently detailed in the journal Nature Materials, and the first time such information has been proven. Said one of the researchers, this experiment has added "a new dimension to our understanding of acoustic waves", and that using magnets researchers are able to "steer" both heat and sound waves.

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Rosetta remains unable to contact Philae lander

Rosetta remains unable to contact Philae lander

The ESA sent out the Rosetta spacecraft years ago with the mission of meeting up with the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The mission has gone perfectly so far, but has now hit a snag. The Philae lander was sent down to the surface of the comet and worked continuously for 54 hours sending data back to Earth. However, the battery went dead since then Rosetta has been unable to establish contact with the lander for the last eight days.

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New US Navy diving suits conserve helium for longer missions

New US Navy diving suits conserve helium for longer missions

Diving can be a serious business, and no one takes it more seriously than the US Navy. Working to engineer a new diving suit, the Navy has come up with a new design that will be safer, lighter weight, and most importantly the suits are designed to conserve helium which is a precious resource. The new diving suits are part of the US Navy's Initial Response Diving (IRD) project which is engineering new ways for divers to reach salvage targets up to 600 feet deep.

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NASA hails successful test of Mars lander tech

NASA hails successful test of Mars lander tech

NASA is working on a new Mars lander technology that will allow scientists to place a spacecraft exactly where they want on the surface of the red planet. This lander tech is known as ADAPT. The test system is designed to help a spacecraft divert course and make a smooth pinpoint landing. By contrast, when Curiosity landed on Mars, NASA scientists had a massive landing area 12 miles by 4 miles as the location they wanted to hit.

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EnChroma glasses bring color to the world of color blind

EnChroma glasses bring color to the world of color blind

Enchroma wants to color your world, especially if your vision is missing a few colors. Showcasing the new EnChroma specs is a short documentary entitled "Color for the Colorblind." This video will tug at your heart-strings. It puts a face on the perception of colorblindness, as we get to see how impaired color vision affects individual lives, dulling their perception of the world. Thanks to EnChroma's new glasses, a color-blind father can see his child's drawings in full color for the first time, and a man realizes he was missing out on good chunk of the rainbow.

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This giant crocodile ancestor prowled Carolina 231m years ago

This giant crocodile ancestor prowled Carolina 231m years ago

Nine feet long, huge jaws, and a taste for wild meat - it might sound like your typical dinosaur, but in fact paleontologists believe this fearsome crocodilian ancestor actually predated T-Rex and friends. Dubbed Carnufex carolinensis, or the "Carolina Butcher," the land-dwelling predator would have been top of its food chain before the dinosaurs arrived, researchers at North Carolina State University and the North Caroline Museum of Natural Sciences believe, having discovered chunks of fossilized skull, spine, and upper forelimb in the local area.

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Bioprinter 3D-prints living cartilage nose in 16 minutes

Bioprinter 3D-prints living cartilage nose in 16 minutes

While traditional 3D-printers build objects using layers of plastic, we've seem some great strides in 3D-printing like lattices emerging from amorphous, resinous goo. Now bioprinters are entering the ring with their ability to create 3D models from biological materials. There's no need to wait for an ear to grow on the back of a mouse; this bioprinter from the ETH Zurich Cartilage Engineering and Regeneration Group can print a nose from biopolymers and living cartilage cells in only 16 minutes. Best of all, no mice are harmed in the process!

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Dear Mars, what’s that dust? MAVEN seeks answers

Dear Mars, what’s that dust? MAVEN seeks answers

NASA's MAVEN craft has sent back data on auroras and dust at high altitudes above Mars - the latter is a mystery to observers both amateur and professional. Back in February a couple of amateur stargazers first announced spotting this dust cloud (having spotted it all the way back in 2012). There was quite a bit of nay-saying at the time about the origin of said photos - and their resolution - so we explained why images of the dust were of such terrible quality. Now it's MAVEN's turn.

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