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NASA granted $55m for deep-space habitation project

NASA granted $55m for deep-space habitation project

NASA will develop a habitation module using funds granted through a spending bill recently passed by Congress. This habitation module will be tasked with helping the space agency in its deep space exploration ambitions, though details on how exactly NASA will utilize the funds isn’t clear at this point. The space agency will spend $55 million or more on developing the habitation module, and will need to have a prototype finished by 2018.

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Couple spends $100,000 to clone their dog

Couple spends $100,000 to clone their dog

I love my cat, and while I tend to not think about it, one of these days I'm going to be sorely missing her. After all, she's got a unique personality, and we've been through a lot in the last 8 years. One couple felt much the same way about their dog who passed away not long ago, and decided that they were going to take measures to bring him back.

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Sonar-based haptic feedback glove lets users feel distant objects underwater

Sonar-based haptic feedback glove lets users feel distant objects underwater

A pair of Ph.D. candidates in Japan have developed a glove that lets wearers "feel" distant objects underwater, even without making physical contact. Dubbed "IrukaTact," the glove uses a combination of haptic feedback and sonar to detect items from a distance, and apply increasing pressure to the fingertips as the wearer moves closer. It seems inspiration for the device was drawn from dolphins and their use of echolocation, as the name IrukaTact is a combination of the words "tactile" and "iruka," the Japanese word for dolphin.

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NASA finds all 26 letters of the alphabet from space

NASA finds all 26 letters of the alphabet from space

Some of the people who work at NASA spend their time pouring over the gobs of images that come into the space agency from various satellites, astronauts on the ISS, and telescopes around the world. Many of the images are of Earth seen from space and one NASA worker decided to see if he could find all 26 letters of the English alphabet in these images.

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Ninja lanternshark discovered in Central America

Ninja lanternshark discovered in Central America

Despite all of the time that we've spent exploring our world, there are still many places that we humans have simply never seen. That's because so much of our world is covered in water. In those places we can still find fascinating new creatures that surprise us. Such is the case with the recently-discovered ninja lanternshark.

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Another contagious Tasmanian devil cancer found

Another contagious Tasmanian devil cancer found

Researchers have discovered a new form of contagious cancer that is transmitted among Tasmanian devils, shaking long-held beliefs that transmittable cancers are a rarity. This is the second type of contagious cancer discovered that affects Tasmanian devils, and it represents itself with physical symptoms and lesions indistinguishable from the other cancer type's lesions. Contagious cancers have also been found among soft-shelled clams and dogs.

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Microsoft AI Xiaoice gets job as Chinese TV weather host

Microsoft AI Xiaoice gets job as Chinese TV weather host

Microsoft has revealed that its Xiaoice machine learning software, which has gained prominence in China as a chat-bot on local messaging services like WeChat, Line, and the Weibo social network, has made the leap to becoming the first artificial intelligence to appear as a host on live TV. Chinese network Dragon TV have given Xiaoice (which is said to translate to "Little Bing") a job as a trainee weather host on its "Morning News" program.

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Researchers create breakthrough light-based microprocessor

Researchers create breakthrough light-based microprocessor

Researchers working together from the University of Colorado Boulder, University of California, Berkeley, and MIT have developed a new and groundbreaking microprocessor that uses light rather than electricity to move data at very high speed. While moving that data around very quickly, the light-based processor consumes very little energy making it much more power efficient than current processors.

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Astronaut posts picture of wilted flowers on ISS

Astronaut posts picture of wilted flowers on ISS

If you follow astronaut Scott Kelly on Instagram, you probably saw the image he posted recently of some wilted flowers with the caption, “Our plants aren’t looking too good.” Those are, of course, the flowers NASA’s crew turned their attention to after successfully growing lettuce in space. Despite the impression given by Kelly's photo, though, the flower-growing experiment wasn't at all a failure.

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Humans are polluting outer space and this video shows how much

Humans are polluting outer space and this video shows how much

Some call outer space the last frontier, and apparently that is true not just for exploration but also for bad garbage management. If you thought that the garbage problem here on earth or in the water are bad, just wait until you see how bad things are way, way up there. A video as well as an interactive website tries to visualize the amount of space junk we've left orbiting the earth, junk that will come to bite us in the posterior in the near future of space travel and tourism.

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