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Cancer blood test detects eight types of the disease

Cancer blood test detects eight types of the disease

Scientists have been working for a long time to develop testing methods that will detect cancer earlier and with less invasive tests. A team of researchers from John Hopkins University is now testing a new method of detecting the disease that is much faster and easier than other methods available. The new test is meant to be something that people will have performed annually to catch cancer early on and make outcomes of fighting the disease better.

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NASA and DOE test compact nuclear Mars power system for future missions

NASA and DOE test compact nuclear Mars power system for future missions

The US Department of Energy and NASA have teamed up to test a compact nuclear power system that may one day sustain human energy needs on Mars. The system is being tested in the Nevada desert, where initial tests have proven successful. According to US officials, a full-power test will be performed in March under the NASA Kilopower project.

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Harvard milliDelta robot is incredibly fast

Harvard milliDelta robot is incredibly fast

Researchers at Harvard have been working on a robot that is built using a design inspired by origami and it is incredibly fast. The bot can move at velocities of 0.45 m/s and accelerate at 215 m/s squared. Robots of this sort inspired by origami creations are some of the most useful out there being able to bend and move with potential for use in factories where they could move at speeds humans can't replicate.

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Boeing’s SR-71 Blackbird replacement travels faster than Mach 5

Boeing’s SR-71 Blackbird replacement travels faster than Mach 5

Arguably the coolest aircraft ever made was the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, an aircraft long retired. Boeing has now unveiled the first design details of the successor to the Blackbird and this new aircraft will be hypersonic. Boeing is aiming for an aircraft capable of traveling over Mach 5.

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Chinese city builds 328ft air purifier tower to tackle smog problem

Chinese city builds 328ft air purifier tower to tackle smog problem

A city in Northern China has built what it calls the world's largest air purifier in a bid to reduce smog levels. Measuring 100m / 328ft high, the tower resembles a huge concrete cylinder, but it is said to be far more than that. According to a local publication, researchers from the Institute of Earth Environment at the Chinese Academy of Sciences are testing the air purifier tower.

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Black hole spied spitting out gas a second time

Black hole spied spitting out gas a second time

It's exceedingly rare to catch a black hole spewing out matter and gas. Yet, that is what scientists were able to do with a black hole at the center of a galaxy called SDSS J1354+1327 or J1345 for short. When the scientists caught the black hole spewing out matter a second time, it was a scientific first.

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China space lasers proposal offers futuristic way to take out space debris

China space lasers proposal offers futuristic way to take out space debris

Various concepts for cleaning up space junk have been created, but a new one from Chinese scientists is by far the most futuristic. In a recently published paper, the team details a space-based laser station concept that uses lasers to eliminate space junk. The proposal was introduced at a time when space junk has been highlighted as a serious concern, potentially impacting future space missions.

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Creative individuals have unique brain connectivity patterns: study

Creative individuals have unique brain connectivity patterns: study

A study being published in PNAS details research on brain activity patterns, specifically the patterns found in people who are creative and people who aren't. According to the research, creative individuals have unique brain activity patterns that differ from those of less creative people; this goes for creative individuals across various fields, everyone from artists to scientists.

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NASA creates beautiful fly through video of Orion Nebula

NASA creates beautiful fly through video of Orion Nebula

NASA has whipped up something that anyone who has ever looked at images of the Orion Nebula has probably dreamed of doing. The video shows what it would be like to fly through the nebular and is made using a combination of visible and infrared images of the nebula taken from the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes. The IR images are pictures of what we can’t see with our naked eyes.

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Butterfly scale fossils show they have been around at least 200M years

Butterfly scale fossils show they have been around at least 200M years

Scientists have been studying some newly discovered fossils of butterfly scales that are the size of a speck of dust. The fossils were found inside an ancient rock from Germany. The scientists say that the find pushes back the original date of the Lepidoptera, a highly prized and studied group of insects.

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This dinosaur was the size of a turkey and it lived in Australia

This dinosaur was the size of a turkey and it lived in Australia

A newly published study details a small dinosaur about the size of a turkey that was discovered in Australia. Named Diluvicursor pickeringi, the dinosaur was small, herbivorous, and bipedal with a very long tail. Researchers found a partial skeleton -- just that long tail and some foot bones -- belonging to the dinosaur fossilized in rock dating back 113 million years.

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NASA Mars orbiter finds thick layers of exposed water ice on Martian slopes

NASA Mars orbiter finds thick layers of exposed water ice on Martian slopes

NASA has released an enhanced image taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's (MRO) HiRISE camera; in it, we see layers of underground ice that are exposed on the Mars landscape. The space agency says the MRO found a total of eight locations where these thick ice layers are exposed, all of them on eroding slope faces. Researchers explain that regions like this may mean frozen water will be more easily accessible to humans and robots than previously anticipated.

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