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Voyager 1 hears a plasma hum in deep space

Voyager 1 hears a plasma hum in deep space

Voyager 1 is one of a pair of NASA spacecraft launched 44 years ago. Voyager 1 is the most distant human-made object in space, and it's still working and getting further from home every day. The spacecraft entered interstellar space after exiting our solar system's heliopause.

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Royal Mail has delivered its first two packages using an autonomous drone

Royal Mail has delivered its first two packages using an autonomous drone

We've heard delivery services talk about using drones to deliver parcels in the future. The first delivery of parcels has been completed via Royal Mail in the UK using an autonomous drone. The two packages were delivered to the Scilly Isles.

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OSIRIS-REx is on its way home packed with asteroid samples

OSIRIS-REx is on its way home packed with asteroid samples

The NASA OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has spent nearly half a decade in space and has finally departed asteroid Bennu and is on its way back to Earth. NASA has announced that on Monday, May 10 at 4:23 PM EDT the spacecraft fired its main engines full throttle for seven minutes. The firing of its main engines represents the most significant maneuver for the spacecraft since it arrived at Bennu in 2018.

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Researchers use an algorithmic approach to understand how cancer changes histone markers

Researchers use an algorithmic approach to understand how cancer changes histone markers

Scientists at EPFL and UNIL have used a new algorithmic approach on cancer cells to gain knowledge and how changes in histone markers (H3K27ac) and induce repositioning of chromatin regions in the cell nucleus. The scientists have also described how modifications to local contacts between regulatory elements known as enhancers and promoters influence oncogene expression. The research is attempting to gain a new understanding of cancer and potential methods to fight it.

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AiFoam helps robots interact with their environment

AiFoam helps robots interact with their environment

Researchers at the National University of Singapore have created something they call AIFoam. The material is a smartphone designed to give machines a more human-like sense of touch, allowing robots to judge human intentions and respond to changes in the environment. Artificially innervated foam, or AIFoam, is a new material that's soft and spongy. It's designed to mimic the sense of human touch and can sense nearby objects without actually having to touch them.

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OnePlus OneLab team shows off a new app called Clipt

OnePlus OneLab team shows off a new app called Clipt

OnePlus recently introduced its OneLab team and has come forward this week to reveal a new app the OneLab team has been working on. The OneLab team gave a little background on how the new app, called Clipt, came to be. Last summer, the team conducted an online research session with community members looking into a topic the team called "content creators."

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Arduino dashboard integrated into a first-generation Mazda Miata

Arduino dashboard integrated into a first-generation Mazda Miata

The first-generation Mazda Miata, or MX-5 as it's known in some countries, went into production in 1989. The little cars were a modern interpretation of an old-school British roadster, and the first generation cars are known by enthusiasts as the NA series. NA Miatas are still very popular today for their handling and are frequently used on racetracks and autocross courses worldwide. Anyone who has driven one of these cars knows that it had a very simple manual dashboard layout with traditional gauges.

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Geology expertise helps scientists find Earth-like planets

Geology expertise helps scientists find Earth-like planets

University of British Columbia geologist Brendan Dyck has leveraged his expertise in planetary formation to help scientists identify exoplanets that might support life. Astronomers have so far identified more than 4000 exoplanets, with others waiting for confirmation. Some of those planets are orbiting stars in what is believed to be the habitable zone and could sustain life. Dyck is using the geology of early planet formation to help identify exoplanets that might be capable of supporting life.

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Smartphone app helps blind people stand in socially distanced lines

Smartphone app helps blind people stand in socially distanced lines

During the pandemic, everyone is expected to stay socially distanced, with at least six feet between them and the person in front of them. For those with normal vision, standing in line while remaining at a safe distance from the person in front of you isn't a problem. However, for the blind or visually impaired, maintaining an appropriate distance can be a challenge. A team of IBM researchers have created an AI-driven smartphone application called LineChaser to solve this problem.

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Restomod Ferrari Testarossa aims for 200 mph

Restomod Ferrari Testarossa aims for 200 mph

The 80s was the heyday for TV shows and movies where cars were as much a character as the actors. One of the more iconic 80s cars was the Ferrari Testarossa featured heavily in the extremely popular "Miami Vice" series. A Swiss tuning firm is taking that iconic 1980s vehicle and giving it a restoration along with some modification known as a restomod.

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Super blood moon will grace the sky later this month

Super blood moon will grace the sky later this month

Backyard astronomers want to look to the skies later this month to witness the "super blood moon." The super blood moon will be visible on May 26 in parts of the United States. The super blood moon happens when two lunar phenomena occur at the same time. We see a supermoon at the point when the moon is slightly closer to the Earth than usual in its orbital cycle, making it appear larger in the sky.

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Mars may have had “recently” active volcanoes

Mars may have had “recently” active volcanoes

Scientists have long known that Mars was volcanically active billions of years ago. However, many believe that volcanic activity had long ago ceased. A team of scientists now believes Mars was volcanically active in much more recent history.

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