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Scientist heat water to 100,000C in less than a picosecond

Scientist heat water to 100,000C in less than a picosecond

Scientists have used a powerful X-ray laser to perform experiments on an exotic state of water. The experiment turned the laser into the fastest water heater ever by heating the water to 100,000 degrees Celsius in less than a tenth of a picosecond. That is insanely fast, too fast to really wrap your brain around.

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Neurostimulation implant helps stroke patients recover faster

Neurostimulation implant helps stroke patients recover faster

Ohio State University researchers have created a neurostimulation device that is implanted into stroke patients, helping them recover from the tragic medical event faster than traditional rehabilitation techniques. The implant, which works by stimulating the patient's vagus nerve, helps essentially rewire the patient's brain circuits, helping restore select motor functions.

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Lead in ice shows rise and fall of Roman empire

Lead in ice shows rise and fall of Roman empire

Lead pollution in Greenland was part of a study published this week which showed connections to major events in ancient times. Researchers recorded amounts of lead in layers of ice frozen for thousands of years. "We found that lead pollution in Greenland very closely tracked known plagues, wars, social unrest and imperial expansions during European antiquity."

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NASA carbon program cut will have major impact on climate science

NASA carbon program cut will have major impact on climate science

The Trump administration has cut NASA's Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) budget, removing its ability to measure greenhouse gases. The news follows last month's troubling revelation that average CO2 levels in April exceeded 410ppm, a startling figure and the highest ever recorded. Without the funding, NASA will use up the rest of its grants on CMS, then bring an end of the project.

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Google’s AI drone project is causing staff to quit

Google’s AI drone project is causing staff to quit

Google employees are quitting the company in protest of Project Maven, the artificial intelligence collaboration with the US Department of Defense. Promising to speed up the analysis of drone footage by assessing images for photos or objects, Maven has prompted serious controversy within the search giant among those who disagree with AI being potentially involved in warfare.

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Europa water plume: Another step toward living on a moon

Europa water plume: Another step toward living on a moon

New research on a sort-of old set of data points toward a water plume on Jupiter's moon Europa. This plume of water points toward an environment on the moon which would be habitable by human beings. This is only the latest in a line of findings which point toward habitability on Jupiter's most friendly satellite rock.

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Asteroid 2010 WC9 to pass between Earth and Moon tomorrow

Asteroid 2010 WC9 to pass between Earth and Moon tomorrow

An asteroid called 2010 WC9 will safety make a very close flyby of the Earth tomorrow. This isn’t a particularly large Asteroid, it measures 197 to 427-feet. The big news here is that this will be one of the closest approaches ever observed of an asteroid this size.

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After losing her ear, soldier grows a replacement – on her arm

After losing her ear, soldier grows a replacement – on her arm

A groundbreaking total ear reconstruction, which saw a new ear grown on a soldier's arm to replace one lost in an accident, has been successfully carried out by the US military. Described as the first time such a process has been carried out by the US Army, it involved cultivating a completely new ear from cartilage taken from the soldier's ribs.

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This is NASA’s Mars Helicopter: It’s a GO!

This is NASA’s Mars Helicopter: It’s a GO!

Today NASA announced they'd be bringing their Mars Helicopter to Mars, officially. This is not the sort of helicopter you saw circling your house the last time you stole a bunch of diamonds, but the kind that carries payloads. More like a drone than a traditional human-piloted helicopter. In the NASA Mars Helicopter is the future of flight on other worlds - or at least the next step.

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SpaceX’s new Falcon 9 just landed perfectly, and it’s a game-changer

SpaceX’s new Falcon 9 just landed perfectly, and it’s a game-changer

SpaceX has successfully landed its Falcon 9 Block 5, the rocket that will used to transport astronauts to the International Space Station. This is the most powerful version of the private space company's Falcon 9 rocket, one featuring upgrades that enhance its reusability. Today's success marks the first time this rocket has been launched and successfully landed.

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Study finds antibiotics may interfere with vital vaccines in infants

Study finds antibiotics may interfere with vital vaccines in infants

A newly published study warns that antibiotic use in infants could interfere with the efficacy of five vital routine vaccines. According to Associated Professor David Lynn of Flinders University, administering antibiotics to infants before the age of 1 could change how their body develops immunity and responds to these routine vaccines.

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The Density Cusp: Black Holes discovered en masse

The Density Cusp: Black Holes discovered en masse

A team of researchers have discovered evidence of thousands of black holes near the center of our galaxy. Using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, Chuck Hailey of Columbia University in New York and crew pointed to a large number of X-ray binaries near the center of the Milky Way in a study published this week. They call their discovery a "density cusp" because of the amount of stellar-mass black holes in one relatively small space. Once you roll in near that arena, chances are you aren't going to be rolling back out.

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