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NASA ‘4D’-printed chainmail may one day protect spacecraft from meteors

NASA ‘4D’-printed chainmail may one day protect spacecraft from meteors

NASA may one day use a sort of chainmail to protect its spacecraft from meteors, among other things, thanks to so-called '4D'-printed technology. The material, though it appears to be created from many small parts, is in fact created as a solid sheet, and astronauts may one day be able to print their own version of it while in space. As the photo shows, the metallic material is flexible and can be folded, allowing it to be used on a variety of objects.

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China launches first cargo spacecraft, successfully docks with orbiting station

China launches first cargo spacecraft, successfully docks with orbiting station

A Chinese cargo spacecraft successfully docked with the country's Tiangong-2 space lab on Saturday, marking a significant achievement for the nation's space agency. The Tianzhou-1 cargo ship was launched on April 20th from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Southern China, and is the first such supply delivery mission to the space station. Once the spacecraft arrived, it connected to the station via automated docking process.

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Lyrid Meteor Shower starts tonight: how and where to watch

Lyrid Meteor Shower starts tonight: how and where to watch

The second notable meteor shower of 2017 is kicking off tonight, and it'll be your best chance of seeing the celestial event. The Lyrid Meteor Shower will be happening on both April 22 and 23, but if you can't catch it tonight, tomorrow's viewing will be less notable, so take note. NASA says viewers will be able to watch the meteor shower by finding the the Summer Triangle in the sky, where about 18 meteors will pass every hour.

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Study: LSD causes a higher state of consciousness (sort of)

Study: LSD causes a higher state of consciousness (sort of)

Psychedelics -- those who have tried them have a hard time describing what they're like, and those who haven't tried them have no idea what they're missing. Or something like that. Proponents have long described a type of higher consciousness that accompanies drugs like LSD and magic mushrooms, and now a new study have found evidence that this is true. Volunteers who took psychedelics were discovered to experience a higher state of consciousness...but not in the way you're probably thinking.

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Saturn’s and Jupiter’s moons might be able to sustain life

Saturn’s and Jupiter’s moons might be able to sustain life

Finding life or indeed living on other planets ourselves has always been a dream but, at the rate that we’re going, it might soon become a critical necessity. Much of our off-planet colonization fantasies have focused on planets outside our solar system but, as NASA scientists are finding out, we might not have to look that far. Two separate and rather old NASA missions are discovering clues that Enceladus, Saturn’s icy moon, and Europa, Jupiter’s equally icy moon, might have just the right elements to sustain life, either ours or someone else’s.

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NASA: Saturn moon Enceladus is ‘like a candy store for microbes’

NASA: Saturn moon Enceladus is ‘like a candy store for microbes’

NASA has just announced a new milestone discovery revolving around Saturn's moon Enceladus, revealing that it has most of the ingredients necessary to support life, and that it likely contains the rest of the missing -- that is, not yet discovered -- components. Most notably, this ocean world, as the space agency calls it, has ample amounts of hydrogen gas in its oceans, something that may work with carbon dioxide in the oceans' waters to support life.

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NASA preps first 4K live stream from space: here’s how to watch

NASA preps first 4K live stream from space: here’s how to watch

In the near future, NASA will broadcast what it says is the first ever 4K live video from space. The broadcast will take place from the International Space Station on April 26, and it'll showcase NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson as part of a larger panel dubbed Reaching for the Stars: Connecting to the Future with NASA and Hollywood. The broadcast will be made available online for anyone to watch.

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The Pink Moon rises tonight: all the details for seeing it yourself

The Pink Moon rises tonight: all the details for seeing it yourself

Later on tonight -- or in the early morning hours, depending on your location -- the night sky will be illuminated by the first full moon of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, the Pink Moon. If you're hoping to see a Pepto-pink moon tonight, don't get your hopes up -- the name refers to a type of flower that typically blooms this time of year, not the color of the moon itself. Still, stargazers and astro-enthusiasts will have a prime opportunity to get some nice shots of the moon in the coming hours.

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‘Most important’ exoplanet GJ 1132b found to have an atmosphere

‘Most important’ exoplanet GJ 1132b found to have an atmosphere

A couple years ago, researchers discovered what they called the 'most important planet found outside [our] solar system,' the exoplanet named GJ 1132b. This planet is about 16-percent larger than our own, and it is located about 39 light-years away. While this planet is itself far too hot to sustain life, researchers had said that if GJ 1132b has an atmosphere, that'll be a monumental discovery indicating other -- potentially cooler -- planets nearby may likewise have an atmosphere. That makes this latest discovery all the more exciting: GJ 1132b does, indeed, have an atmosphere.

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The physical Brexit study: how close to Pangea?

The physical Brexit study: how close to Pangea?

A study has been conducted which shows when England began to break away from Europe physically, creating the Dover Strait. Using bathymetric maps to study the bottom of the sea, scientists have discovered a lot more than what's previously been known about the area and the sequence of events that created today's topography. Britain, it turns out, was connected to the mainland (last time it was connected, that is) via a chalk ridge that kept a giant proglacial lake in check - until disaster struck.

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Boeing Deep Space Gateway habitat may help humans get to Mars

Boeing Deep Space Gateway habitat may help humans get to Mars

Boeing has taken the wraps off its new Deep Space Gateway, a concept habitat that could serve as a crucial component for getting humans to Mars. According to Boeing, the company will use NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) to send the Deep Space Gateway up into space 'in the early 2020s,' doing so in four launches with components to assemble the habitat. Humans could use this as a stopping point of sorts on their way to Mars.

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This common antibiotic may help prevent PTSD

This common antibiotic may help prevent PTSD

Humans are wired to have a fear response to certain things, but in some cases that fear response can go haywire, and the result is an individual afflicted with PTSD. Many researchers have spent many years searching for a suitable treatment that is both effective and easily acquired. According to a new study, the solution may be a common antibiotic called doxycycline, which has been shown to diminish fear response in volunteers.

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