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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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Rosetta makes controlled comet impact to end mission

Rosetta makes controlled comet impact to end mission

It has been more than two years since Rosetta set off to investigate a comet, and now the mission has reached its end. The European Space Agency reports that Rosetta made a planned impact onto the comet, with that last maneuver having taken place at 22:50 CEST. The spacecraft made its collision from an altitude of almost 12 miles. Though researchers on Earth can no longer communicate with Rosetta, the spacecraft did transmit some final data about the comet before impact, and the researchers are waiting to find out what it contains.

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Challenergy shows off typhoon-proof wind turbine

Challenergy shows off typhoon-proof wind turbine

For many years, Japan thought that its energy needs moving into the future would be provided by nuclear power plants. When a typhoon hit in 2013 and led to the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant plans had to change. The problem for Japan is that normal wind turbines can’t withstand the forces of typhoon-class winds and the country has been hit with six typhoons in 2016. Normal wind turbines that we see in the US and Europe with propellers similar to aircraft can't survive the high winds of a typhoon, but the new design from Challenergy can.

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3D Printed synthetic bone grafts aim for human trials in five years

3D Printed synthetic bone grafts aim for human trials in five years

Researchers are currently working with a new 3D printed synthetic bone that the scientists say overcomes some of the issues that surgeons have with current bone grafting materials. In trials, the surgeons on the research team have used the substance to fuse the spines of rats and repair a skull defect in a monkey. The 3D printed material is strong, elastic, and capable of helping the body grow its own new bone to fix an injury.

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First child born with DNA from three parents

First child born with DNA from three parents

A five-month-old baby was the first to be born using a new technique that allows parents with severe genetic mutations to have healthy children. The child, a boy, is the first to be born using the technique that takes DNA from three people to create a viable embryo. The technique is only approved in the UK right now.

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Mercury joins Earth as tectonically active planet

Mercury joins Earth as tectonically active planet

NASA made a short but substantial announcement on Monday: Mercury is tectonically active, joining Earth as the second tectonically active planet located in our solar system. The realization was made thanks to research funded by NASA, which found that Mercury — which is small, hot, and shrinking, the space agency says — is continuing to contract, resulting in small fault scarps that are “geologically young" and serve as signs of tectonic activity.

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SpaceX Mars mission event: all the important details

SpaceX Mars mission event: all the important details

Today Elon Musk and his group of space magicians have explained how they'll make it possible for the everyday citizens to reach Mars in our lifetime. What we're doing here is running down some of the key details - all the important details, that is - for the common citizen. The citizen that plans on going to Mars as soon as possible, that is. The first item on our list that we'll be chopping up is the SpaceX timeline. It's ambitious, but very much within the realm of possibility for this forward-thinking company.

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SpaceX shows off its Mars Interplanetary Transport System in new video

SpaceX shows off its Mars Interplanetary Transport System in new video

There's been a lot of talk about sending humans to Mars, but one big question persists among all of the conversation: how are we going to do it? The idea seems easy enough considering that we've sent humans on manned missions to the Moon, but Mars is an entirely different beast. There seem to be multiple entities out there with a plan, but one - Elon Musk's SpaceX - is visualizing the trip to the red planet in a new video.

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NASA spies what may be plumes of water erupting on surface of Europa

NASA spies what may be plumes of water erupting on surface of Europa

Using the Hubble Space Telescope scientists have imaged what they think might be plumes of water erupting on the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. This is the first direct finding to bolster other observations made using the Hubble that lead scientists to believe that Europa erupts with water plumes that throw water vapor high into the atmosphere of Europa. The big deal with this discovery is that it suggests that future missions to Europa might be able to gather samples of the subsurface ocean without having to drill through miles of ice.

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Pluto may have a secret super salty liquid ocean

Pluto may have a secret super salty liquid ocean

Pluto may have a liquid ocean hidden beneath its surface, according to researchers, the evidence of which has been growing. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has contributed toward that pool of evidence, and now researchers with Brown University have built upon it, developing models of the planet in order to estimate how thick this buried ocean may be. Based on their work, a newly published study estimates that Pluto could have an undersurface layer of salty liquid water that is more than 100 kilometers thick.

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Raptor interplanetary engine test fired by Space X

Raptor interplanetary engine test fired by Space X

Elon Musk, head of Space X and Tesla has offered up some details on the engine that Space X plans to use to travel the distances between planets. Musk didn’t offered up full details on the engine, but did give us some insight into the powerful new rocket. Musk says that the engine is called the Raptor interplanetary transport engine.

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China’s humongous single-dish radio telescope goes online

China’s humongous single-dish radio telescope goes online

The desire to scour the heavens for proof that we aren’t the only intelligent life in the universe is not limited to a few countries and nations. In its ambition to also become a major power in space, China is also jumpstarting its own exploration of the galaxies outside our own. That exploration will now be powered by a gigantic, single-dish radio telescope that just went live Sunday, becoming not only the largest of its kind, snatching the title from Puerto Rico, but also attempting to be the most powerful.

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