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METI space messages invite aliens to communicate with Earth

METI space messages invite aliens to communicate with Earth

Researchers have undertaken a controversial plan to get aliens to contact humans: sending an invitation out into space. The efforts come from METI, which stands for Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence, and it involved sending messages toward a star system located about 12 light-years from our own. Assuming the messages are received and a reply is sent, we should get it about 25 years from now.

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Ominous NASA climate change app shows which cities will flood

Ominous NASA climate change app shows which cities will flood

Coastal cities around the world are at risk of severe flooding and even eventual eradication as ocean levels rise. A new simulation from NASA highlights how big this potential problem is, showing what could happen to 293 coastal cities around the world over the next 100 years. Among the observed changes are severe flooding to big locations like New York City and London.

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Scientists use gene editing for the first time in attempt to cure metabolic disease

Scientists use gene editing for the first time in attempt to cure metabolic disease

A team of scientists has for the first time tried to cure a disease by editing the genes inside the person's body. The first use of this procedure happened this week in California on a man called Brian Madeux. In the procedure, Madeux was connected to an IV and through that, he was given billions of copies of a corrective gene and a genetic tool to cut his DNA in a very precise spot.

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Temperate Earth-mass exoplanet discovered 11 light-years away

Temperate Earth-mass exoplanet discovered 11 light-years away

Scientists and space agencies all around the world are scouring the heavens in a search for planets that could potentially harbor life. A new discovery has been made that was found using the ESO's planet-hunting HARPS instrument. The exoplanet has been dubbed Ross 128 b and is the second closest temperate planet detected with Proxima b being the closest.

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Brain implants could boost memory by 30% says scientists

Brain implants could boost memory by 30% says scientists

Scientists have devised a new brain implant that might one day be used to treat conditions that affect a person's memory, such as dementia. The implants that the researchers have devised could boost memory function by as much as 30%. Researchers from the University of Southern California have developed what they call a memory prosthesis.

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Ancient wine jar shows winemaking goes back 8,000 years in Armenia

Ancient wine jar shows winemaking goes back 8,000 years in Armenia

Anthropologist Patrick McGovern from the University of Pennsylvania has been searching for the origins of wine for years and his investigation took him into the mountainous areas of modern Georgia, Armenia and Iran near the Black Sea. These areas are where the ancestors of modern-day wine grapes originally grew wild. Ancient writings from these areas point to wine being integral in that region and an established part of the culture thousands of years ago.

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IBM reveals 50 qubit quantum computer prototype

IBM reveals 50 qubit quantum computer prototype

The researchers at the IBM Q lab have been busy this year; back in May they revealed a quantum computing platform with a 17 qubit processor, and now they've already topped that by a huge margin. The company has announced that they've developed an operational 50 qubit prototype processor, as well as a 20 qubit quantum system that will be available to its clients as a cloud service.

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Dinosaurs could have survived if asteroid had hit another location on Earth

Dinosaurs could have survived if asteroid had hit another location on Earth

The odds were stacked against the dinosaurs when the massive asteroid thought to be about 6-miles-wide slammed into the Earth 66 million years ago. The impact released energy more powerful than billions of atomic bombs and the aftermath killed off 75% of all life on Earth. The event is known as the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) extinction.

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Clinical trial using blood-plasma transfusions shows promise for Alzheimer’s disease

Clinical trial using blood-plasma transfusions shows promise for Alzheimer’s disease

Massive amounts of money and effort are being put into researching treatments and ultimately a cure for Alzheimer's disease. A clinical trial has been running that is using human blood-plasma transfusions to treat the disease has found that the treatments are safe and promising for those suffering from the disease. Stanford University School of Medicine investigators have reported success with this treatment in an early-phase clinical trial.

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Science piracy site Sci-Hub ordered to shut down again, but it won’t listen

Science piracy site Sci-Hub ordered to shut down again, but it won’t listen

Entertainment piracy may get the most attention, but it's far from the only type of unauthorized online sharing. Another major variety is educational piracy, both in the form of over-priced college textbooks and in the unauthorized sharing of scientific papers that would otherwise be hidden behind a paywall. A court has just ordered one of those sites, Sci-Hub, to close down.

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Tiny T-Rex arms could have been for slashing prey

Tiny T-Rex arms could have been for slashing prey

The T-Rex is one of the fiercest of all dinosaurs and the most made fun of because of those tiny little arms. Some scientists believe that those tiny arms were leftovers from the evolution of the dinosaur. New research suggests that those tiny T-Rex arms might have been small, but they were still deadly indeed.

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Climate Science Special Report blames humans for a warming planet

Climate Science Special Report blames humans for a warming planet

The planet is getting warmer, that's no secret, but many skeptics express doubt about whether human activities are to blame for these increasingly warm temperatures. Here to answer that question is the Climate Science Special Report, the US's most comprehensive report on current climate science. To put it simply, this report -- using existing scientific data about the issue -- says it is 'extremely likely' that humans are to blame for our warming planet.

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