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Nazi time capsule with historical ‘treasures’ found in Poland

Nazi time capsule with historical ‘treasures’ found in Poland

Last week, a small town in Poland unearthed an old time capsule in hopes of finding historical footage about their town concealed within. Instead, they discovered a bunch of well preserved items from the Nazi era, including a couple copies of ‘Mein Kampf’ and some coins. According to officials from Zlocieniec, the Polish town, the copper cylinder container (a time capsule, essentially) didn’t contain the film they were hoping for, but did turn up a bunch of historically significant items instead.

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3D Printed synthetic bone grafts aim for human trials in five years

3D Printed synthetic bone grafts aim for human trials in five years

Researchers are currently working with a new 3D printed synthetic bone that the scientists say overcomes some of the issues that surgeons have with current bone grafting materials. In trials, the surgeons on the research team have used the substance to fuse the spines of rats and repair a skull defect in a monkey. The 3D printed material is strong, elastic, and capable of helping the body grow its own new bone to fix an injury.

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‘Partnership on AI’ tech alliance will tackle thorny research issues

‘Partnership on AI’ tech alliance will tackle thorny research issues

A tech alliance composed of Google, Microsoft, Facebook, IBM, and Amazon has formed ‘Partnership on AI,’ a collective effort ‘to study and formulate best practices on AI technologies, to advance the public’s understanding of AI, and to serve as an open platform for discussion and engagement about AI and its influences on people and society.' The team states big goals for the partnership, not the least of which is helping the general public understand artificial intelligence and addressing concerns they may have about it.

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First child born with DNA from three parents

First child born with DNA from three parents

A five-month-old baby was the first to be born using a new technique that allows parents with severe genetic mutations to have healthy children. The child, a boy, is the first to be born using the technique that takes DNA from three people to create a viable embryo. The technique is only approved in the UK right now.

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SpaceX Mars mission event: all the important details

SpaceX Mars mission event: all the important details

Today Elon Musk and his group of space magicians have explained how they'll make it possible for the everyday citizens to reach Mars in our lifetime. What we're doing here is running down some of the key details - all the important details, that is - for the common citizen. The citizen that plans on going to Mars as soon as possible, that is. The first item on our list that we'll be chopping up is the SpaceX timeline. It's ambitious, but very much within the realm of possibility for this forward-thinking company.

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Nissan ProPILOT Chair uses autonomous tech for sitting in line

Nissan ProPILOT Chair uses autonomous tech for sitting in line

Everyone has to stand in line at some point, but not everyone enjoys it. For those times you can’t stand, well, standing, Nissan has developed a new autonomous queuing chair that automatically moves the next person in line forward when appropriate. It removes the need to stand, even the need to pay attention, for the most part. When someone leaves the queue, the chair automatically moves itself to the back of the line for the next person to sit down.

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Pluto may have a secret super salty liquid ocean

Pluto may have a secret super salty liquid ocean

Pluto may have a liquid ocean hidden beneath its surface, according to researchers, the evidence of which has been growing. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has contributed toward that pool of evidence, and now researchers with Brown University have built upon it, developing models of the planet in order to estimate how thick this buried ocean may be. Based on their work, a newly published study estimates that Pluto could have an undersurface layer of salty liquid water that is more than 100 kilometers thick.

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Project Loon gets new AI autopilot system

Project Loon gets new AI autopilot system

Google started its Project Loon several years back with the goal of putting a balloon into the stratosphere that carried with it tech needed to beam internet access to people on the ground. The goal was to use the balloons to connect parts of the world where internet was unavailable or very slow. Over the summer, a balloon of this sort was launched in Peru and it stayed there for 98 days.

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Raptor interplanetary engine test fired by Space X

Raptor interplanetary engine test fired by Space X

Elon Musk, head of Space X and Tesla has offered up some details on the engine that Space X plans to use to travel the distances between planets. Musk didn’t offered up full details on the engine, but did give us some insight into the powerful new rocket. Musk says that the engine is called the Raptor interplanetary transport engine.

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Water bear protein enables extreme radiation resistance

Water bear protein enables extreme radiation resistance

Tardigrades, also known as ‘water bears' and 'moss piglets,' are microscopic critters able to withstand a slew of environmental conditions that would kill off most other life: very high levels of radiation, extremely hot and cold temperatures, and even the conditions of outer space. Researchers with the University of Tokyo decided to zero in on one of those realities in particular, the resilience to radiation, and they may have found the answer — a particular protein.

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Annual Arctic sea ice minimum in 2016 ties second lowest amount on record

Annual Arctic sea ice minimum in 2016 ties second lowest amount on record

NASA has been using satellites to record the minimum and maximum levels for sea ice in the Arctic Sea since 1978. The sea ice minimum and maximums are a gauge to see how global warming is affecting the Arctic. NASA has announced that the annual lowest extent of sea ice happened on September 10 and that sea ice extended for 1.60 million square miles on that date.

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Watch as Obama designates Atlantic’s first Marine National Monument

Watch as Obama designates Atlantic’s first Marine National Monument

The first ever Marine National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean has been established today by the President of the United States, Barack Obama. This new monument joins two already-established Marine National Monuments. One of these monuments is the Rose Atoll Marine National Monument off the coast of the Samoan Islands, established by President Bush in 2009. The other is the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Honolulu, Hawaii, also proclaimed by President Bush in 2006.

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