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Proxima B might have oceans of liquid water on its surface

Proxima B might have oceans of liquid water on its surface

Back in August we first talked about the Earth-like planet called Proxima B. The cool bit about this planet is that it is relatively close to the Earth and is believed to be potentially life supporting. Proxima B lies 4.25 light-years from the Earth and is orbiting the star Proxima Centauri. Now a few months after we first heard about the planet and scientists are talking up something even more interesting.

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Scientists feed silkworms graphene to create super strong silk

Scientists feed silkworms graphene to create super strong silk

Graphene is the subject of all sorts of experiments and is hailed as a wonder material. Graphene has the potential to be used in all sorts of devices from gadgets to medical gear in the future. A group of researchers have taken a new tact on graphene experiments by adding graphene to mulberry leaves fed to silkworms to see what would happen.

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Mars astronauts risk brain damage says new study

Mars astronauts risk brain damage says new study

We know that the magnetosphere of the Earth protects us all from all sorts of damaging radiation that comes from the sun and other celestial bodies in space. In fact we have known for years that astronauts on missions to Mars would face much higher risks for cancer. A new study reports that the astronauts on future Mars missions may also face brain damage in addition to increased risk of cancer.

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Electronic stick-on notes make paper Post-its obsolete

Electronic stick-on notes make paper Post-its obsolete

Post-it and other sticky notes that you can quickly scribble a note on are great, and that's probably why they're not obsolete yet. Yes, you can set a reminder on your phone or tablet; it's easy to sweep those notifications away, though, and they're just not the same as a piece of yellow paper on your display or fridge. This could all change soon enough, though, thanks to the recent showcasing of an electronic sticky note powered by solar.

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Study says human age limit reached

Study says human age limit reached

Research released this week suggests that human lifespan expectancy has reached its limit. Scientists lead by Xiao Dong, Brandon Milholland, and Jan Vijg have concluded that improvements in survival with age "tend to decline after age 100." These researchers have concluded that maximum lifespan of humans "is fixed and subject to natural constraints." Sorry, Ricky Bobby. You're not going to live to be 245 or 300 years old.

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Google Noto font aims for every script and language from all of human history

Google Noto font aims for every script and language from all of human history

At press time, Google's Noto encompasses 800 languages and 100 written scripts, all in a single typeface. The company has been working on this font for the past 5 years - in relative secret - with type company Monotype. The name Noto is short for No Tofu, and it's aim is to effectively rid the world of those little blocks (as shown in our lead image) that appear when a device sees a character it doesn't recognize. With Noto, no device will ever need show these blocks again.

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Air bag bike helmets shown to reduce impacts as much as six-times

Air bag bike helmets shown to reduce impacts as much as six-times

Researchers at Stanford have been developing a new breed of bicycle helmets that use air bags to significantly reduce injuries sustained in the event of an accident. David Camarillo is a bioengineer at Stanford working on the helmet design and according to testing performed at the University, the new airbag helmets can reduce the force of an impact as much as six times compared to a traditional bike helmet.

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SIMbot uses a spherical induction motor and magnetic currents to get around

SIMbot uses a spherical induction motor and magnetic currents to get around

Professor Ralph Hollis invented a robot with a special motor that has a very simple drive system about a decade ago called the ballbot. Fast-forward ten years and Hollis' invention called the spherical induction motor (SIM) has been improved in a new robot called the SIMbot that has eliminated the mechanical drive system used on previous ballbots.

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Researchers send secure passwords through a human body

Researchers send secure passwords through a human body

Computer scientists and engineers at the University of Washington have come up with a novel way to send passwords securely with no risk of being intercepted and hacked by eavesdroppers. The potential for passwords to be stolen and hacked when sent over WiFi or Bluetooth is very real and lots of research time and money is spent looking for more effective and secure methods. The UW team believes they have found a secure way of sending passwords through the human body.

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British man may have been cured of HIV

British man may have been cured of HIV

The medical community is abuzz after a new experimental therapy may have cured a 44-year-old British man of HIV. Scientists working on the experimental therapy say that the HIV virus is completely undetectable in the man's blood. The research team investigating the new therapy consists of a team from five UK universities and the trial they are conducting currently has 50 people involved.

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US bee species placed on endangered list for first time

US bee species placed on endangered list for first time

While some might consider bees a nuisance with a nasty sting, in reality they are vital to humans' survival around the globe, as their pollination process results in the growth of plants that we rely on for food. This is why it's so alarming that seven types of bees in the US were put under the protection of the Endangered Species Act for the first time. On Friday the US Fish and Wildlife Service said the species, found in Hawaii, are now threatened by extinction.

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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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