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MIT developed “bacteria on a chip” could detect gastric bleeding

MIT developed “bacteria on a chip” could detect gastric bleeding

Researchers at MIT have developed a new ingestible sensor that features genetically engineered bacteria. The bacteria are designed to diagnose bleeding in the stomach or other GI tract problems. The "bacteria-on-a-chip" (not that kind of chip) combines a sensor that is made from living cells with ultra-low power electronics.

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NASA says commercial partnerships are “key” to its lunar ambitions

NASA says commercial partnerships are “key” to its lunar ambitions

NASA has revealed an increased focus on commercial partnerships, calling this a key aspect of its goal of returning humans to the moon. According to the space agency, it will be expanding its commercial partnerships as part of a robotic lunar campaign comprising multiple missions. These missions will, among other things, deliver NASA tech and tools to the moon, where they'll help pave the way for humans later on.

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China wants to land probe on the far side of the moon this year

China wants to land probe on the far side of the moon this year

China has been saying for at least three years now that it plans to land on the far side of the moon, something that'll go down as a historic achievement if it manages to pull it off successfully. We heard about such ambitions in 2015 and again in 2016, but now the nation is back with a hard launch date: by the end of this year.

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Curiosity’s new percussive drilling produces first rock samples since 2016

Curiosity’s new percussive drilling produces first rock samples since 2016

NASA engineers on the Curiosity rover on Mars have been working hard to devise a new way for the rover to drill into rocks and then extract powder that can be tested from them. Their efforts paid off over last weekend when Curiosity was able to produce the first drilled sample from Mars in more than a year.

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NOAA says new weather satellite imager tool isn’t working correctly

NOAA says new weather satellite imager tool isn’t working correctly

NOAA has revealed that the Advanced Baseline Imager instrument on a newly launched satellite has been experiencing an issue that they've narrowed down to a cooling problem. The issue impacts GOES-17, a satellite launched on March 1, and is an unfortunate turn of events. The previous satellite, GOES-16, didn't experience the same issue and continues to operate properly.

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Elon Musk shares SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule test images

Elon Musk shares SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule test images

Elon Musk is on twitter and he is sharing out some images of SpaceX hardware in testing. The image shows the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft undergoing testing inside of an anechoic chamber. If you are wondering, an anechoic chamber is a room described as one of the quietest places on the planet.

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Google and LG just built the key to lifelike VR

Google and LG just built the key to lifelike VR

Mobile VR is about to get a big kick in the rear end from Google and LG. They've created a 4.3-inch display that packs in 1,443 pixels per inch with OLED technology. This display also rolls with 120 Hz refresh rate, so you know it's going to deliver super-smooth, super-realistic graphics for the foreseeable future. Until our eyes get better at discerning reality, that is.

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Asteroid orbiting Jupiter is the first known asteroid from another star system

Asteroid orbiting Jupiter is the first known asteroid from another star system

A new study has discovered a first for our solar system. The first known permanent immigrant from another solar system has been discovered in the form of an asteroid orbiting Jupiter. This is the first known asteroid to be captured in our solar system that originated from another star system.

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USPS scratch and sniff stamps bring fruity scents this summer: how it works

USPS scratch and sniff stamps bring fruity scents this summer: how it works

The United States Postal Service has unveiled new stamps it will be launching this summer, ones that revolve around a hot 80s trend: scratch-and-sniff scents. The scented stamps will feature images of iconic summer treats, such as popsicles and fudge pops, also including the scents that come with each unique treat. It's a first for the Postal Service, and one based on simple technology.

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Missouri bill bans lab-grown meat from being called meat

Missouri bill bans lab-grown meat from being called meat

The meat industry, fearing societal changes toward increased environmental and health awareness, has moved swiftly to try and combat lab-grown and plant-based meat. Both promise a slew of benefits for the environment and human health, but threaten to upend the existing meat industry, spurring efforts on the latter's part to prevent use of the term "meat" in association with these new types of meat products.

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Massive Attack album stored in DNA

Massive Attack album stored in DNA

Massive Attack's album Mezzanine is 20 years old. To celebrate, the band is working with scientists to store the album on DNA. Once coded, the band's classic album could last for at least hundreds of years, maybe thousands of years or longer. The technology that allows this was developed at ETH Zurich, and that's where the band went to get their business done.

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NASA CAL to create temperatures 10 billion times colder than space

NASA CAL to create temperatures 10 billion times colder than space

NASA wants to make some very cold temperatures and to do this it is sending a laser to the International Space Station (ISS). That laser will be used in an experiment to create a spot 10 billion times colder than the vacuum of space. The apparatus is called the Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) and is about the size of an ice chest. It will be sent to the ISS aboard an Orbital Cygnus rocket.

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