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NASA’s parallel universe, backwards time, and a paywall

NASA’s parallel universe, backwards time, and a paywall

This week a report from ANITA (maintained by NASA) showed results of a study that've subsequently been skewed beyond sense. This is largely due to a single report that was partially blocked behind a paywall. Because a great many news sources used this article on the original report, instead of seeking out the original report, they had to assume that what was visible to the public was the whole story - and it most certainly is not.

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Keto study finds ‘dramatic’ gut bacteria changes that cool inflammation

Keto study finds ‘dramatic’ gut bacteria changes that cool inflammation

The ketogenic diet, more commonly referred to as 'keto,' causes dramatic changes in gut bacteria that contribute to a reduction in inflammation, according to a new study. The findings come from the University of California - San Diego, where researchers found that the ketone bodies produced by a high-fat, low-carb diet may contribute to reduced inflammation.

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Hurricanes are getting stronger and climate change may be to blame

Hurricanes are getting stronger and climate change may be to blame

Hurricanes are getting stronger, according to a new study, and climate change may be the cause. The findings come from scientists with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and NOAA's National Center for Environmental Information. Around four decades of hurricane satellite images went into the research, according to the University, building upon previous research that found similar storm intensification.

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Astronomers created an environmental color decoder to find habitable exoplanets

Astronomers created an environmental color decoder to find habitable exoplanets

Astronomers from Cornell have developed a practical model that they call an environmental color decoder. The new practical model is designed to find climate clues to help in the search for potentially habitable exoplanets. The astronomers looked at how different planetary surfaces in the habitable zones of distant solar systems could impact the climate on the exoplanets.

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Expandable foam for 3D printers can make items bigger than the printer

Expandable foam for 3D printers can make items bigger than the printer

There are myriad of uses for 3D printers in industrial, research, and consumer applications. The catch in those applications is that the printed objects have to be smaller than the machine that makes them. When large parts are needed, larger 3D printers are required, and there is a practical limitation to how large those printers can be.

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Researchers discover rare Super-Earth planet towards the galactic center

Researchers discover rare Super-Earth planet towards the galactic center

Astronomers from the University of Canterbury have discovered an incredibly rare Super-Earth planet located towards the center of the galaxy. The scientists say the planet is only one of a handful that have been discovered with both size and orbit comparable to that of the Earth. UC researchers Doctor Antonio Herrera Martin and Associate Professor Michael Albrow are part of an international team who collaborated to discover the planet.

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Alcoholism drug linked to ‘dramatic’ weight loss in obesity study

Alcoholism drug linked to ‘dramatic’ weight loss in obesity study

A new study has linked an old school drug used to treat alcoholism with rapid weight loss and protective effects in obese mice, hinting at a potential new treatment for obesity. The research comes from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Aging, which found that mice given the medication disulfiram lost weight much faster than mice that only went on a diet.

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Researchers create self-healing polymer material

Researchers create self-healing polymer material

Researchers have investigated some creatures in the animal kingdom for their abilities to replicate body parts and heal with the hope of bringing that ability to medicine to help humans. Examples include lizards who can lose their tail and grow it back and starfish that can regrown arms. Researchers from Islam Research Group, Morphing Matter Lab at Carnegie Mellon University, and Kawahara Lab at the University of Tokyo have all worked together to create a Self-healing UI.

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Harvard researchers create a soft exosuit that helps stroke victims walk

Harvard researchers create a soft exosuit that helps stroke victims walk

In the United States, the leading cause of serious long-term disability in the U.S. is stroke. Approximately 17 million individuals have a stroke each year, and eight out of ten stroke survivors are left with hemiparesis, a type of paralysis that typically impacts the limbs and facial muscles on one side of the body. This type of paralysis usually causes serious difficulties with walking with the loss of balance and an increased risk of falls.

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Mini Rover lifts and wiggles its wheels to walk over sandy lunar hills

Mini Rover lifts and wiggles its wheels to walk over sandy lunar hills

Many people might not understand the fuss over a new rover that lands and rolls over the moon, Mars, or even an asteroid. After all, isn't it just a crude looking car that happens to have gone outer space? It's easy to take for granted that these aren't remote-controlled vehicles but are pretty much the self-driving cars that we can only dream of here on Earth. These rovers have to navigate literally alien terrain mostly on their own and, as this Mini Rover prototype demonstrates, needs to avoid sand traps without much human assistance.

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Puzzling pulsating stars reveal secrets in breakthrough study

Puzzling pulsating stars reveal secrets in breakthrough study

A breakthrough study using NASA's TESS space telescope has helped unlock the secrets of weirdly pulsing stars, paving the way to astronomers better understanding how old they are and what's going on beneath their roiling surface. Delta Scuti stars are only one of a number of types of star out in the universe, but they've also become one of the most confusing.

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Researchers believe salty liquids may be present on Mars

Researchers believe salty liquids may be present on Mars

Several observations on Mars have suggested that the planet might currently harbor liquid water. The presence of liquid water on Mars is a big deal because water is required for life as we know it. A team of researchers has published a new paper that suggests any stable liquids on the surface of Mars today wouldn't be suitable environments for known terrestrial organisms.

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