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Unitree Robotics shows off Laikago quadruped robot

Unitree Robotics shows off Laikago quadruped robot

One glance at the Laikago robot and if you have ever laid eyes on a Boston Dynamics quadruped you will see the resemblance. The builder of the Laikago robot isn't afraid to say that he is a big fan of Boston Dynamics, Xing Wang will tell you that Marc Raibert is his idol. Raibert is the founder and president of Boston Dynamics.

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Hubble makes milestone observation of gravitational-wave source

Hubble makes milestone observation of gravitational-wave source

NASA has announced a new milestone observation made possible via Hubble, which spotted light that has been connected to a gravitational-wave event. According to the space agency, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope first detected a high-energy light pulse on August 17. Following this, the National Science Foundation's LIGO picked up on the gravitational waves from colliding stars that were related to the gamma-ray burst.

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World’s first negative emissions plant turns carbon dioxide into stone

World’s first negative emissions plant turns carbon dioxide into stone

Scientists and people around the world are concerned with the amount of carbon dioxide that we put into the atmosphere globally each year. The fear is that the greenhouse gas could warm the planet enough to cause a catastrophic climate disaster. Work has been ongoing for decades into systems that can capture the CO2 from the air and help the environment.

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Researchers develop 3D morphing material inspired by cephalopods

Researchers develop 3D morphing material inspired by cephalopods

Researchers with Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania have developed a new material that can morph in a way similar to the skin of an octopus. The 3D morphing material doesn't just change color, instead also altering in shape so that it can better mimic other objects. The material was inspired by an octopus's ability to camouflage itself using both colors and textures.

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Dwarf planet Haumea has its own ring system

Dwarf planet Haumea has its own ring system

Scientists are studying a dwarf planet dubbed Haumea and earlier this year that planet passed between the Earth and a distant star allowing scientists to study the celestial body in finer detail. The findings of that intense study were announced this week and scientists found something very cool about the dwarf planet, which lives in our solar system in the Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune.

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NASA coordination project will test vital asteroid early warning system tomorrow

NASA coordination project will test vital asteroid early warning system tomorrow

An asteroid will whiz by Earth tomorrow, but there's no need to worry. The space rock won't be anywhere close to hitting our planet, though researchers will use it for a very important task: to test a particular early warning system that aims to warn Earth ahead of time about a potential asteroid impact. Such systems may be vital for avoiding disaster.

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This Yellowstone study just cut our potential apocalypse timeline

This Yellowstone study just cut our potential apocalypse timeline

An extinction level event had its likely arrival date changed thanks to a study performed in Yellowstone and reported this week. Yellowstone National Park has a supervolcano under it that'll one day erupt and likely kill most life on Earth. Arizona State's Hannah Shamloo studied Yellowstone's Lava Creek Tuff over a period of weeks to discover a set of relatively shocking conclusions.

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Chinese FAST telescope finds multiple pulsars in early use

Chinese FAST telescope finds multiple pulsars in early use

China has been operating the FAST or Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope for about a year now in its trial operations. FAST is the world's largest single-dish radio telescope. During its trial operation, the telescope has been used to discover multiple pulsars according to the National Astronomical Observatories of China.

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FDA considers gene therapy that may cure one type of blindness

FDA considers gene therapy that may cure one type of blindness

A new gene therapy treatment has proven effective at restoring vision for individuals suffering from a particular type of eye disease, and now the FDA is considering approving it. Should the treatment be approved, it will mark the first time gene therapy has been given the thumbs up to treat an inherited disease in the US...in this case, Leber congenital amaurosis, otherwise known as LCA.

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Researchers say ocean winds could power all of human civilization

Researchers say ocean winds could power all of human civilization

If you have ever been to a beach anywhere, you know that the wind blows constantly onto the land from the water. Researchers published a report this week that claims there is so much wind energy potential over the oceans that it could be used to generate "civilization scale power." The catch is that we would need to put ugly wind turbines all along the coast over huge areas of the sea.

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Australia’s big land lobster insect isn’t extinct after all

Australia’s big land lobster insect isn’t extinct after all

Australia's big and arguably ugly Lord Howe Island stick bug isn't extinct after all, researchers have revealed. The insect, which was found on the Australian island, was thought extinct following a shipwreck that happened in the early 1900s. A recent study, though, used DNA to confirm that bugs found on a volcanic outcrop are indeed this long-lost insect.

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MeTro glue is injected directly into wounds and seals in 60 seconds

MeTro glue is injected directly into wounds and seals in 60 seconds

In hospitals all around the world, wounds are sealed every day with surgical adhesives rather than stitches. A new type of surgical adhesive is being developed by researchers that could be used in emergency situations and in surgeries that is squirted directly into the wound called MeTro.

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