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This DNA data storage study will make you reconsider the digital future

This DNA data storage study will make you reconsider the digital future

If you have data to archive, there are many current options available: HDDs, SSDs, CDs and DVDs to name a few. In the future, though, data storage may look considerably different, and instead involve the careful use of encoded DNA. Though the idea to use DNA for data storage isn't new, the technology is still in its infancy. A new study sheds light on what is currently possible, and details a couple of astounding breakthroughs, not the least of which is encoding a movie in DNA.

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Behold Jupiter’s Great Red Spot courtesy of Juno spacecraft

Behold Jupiter’s Great Red Spot courtesy of Juno spacecraft

They were close enough to have kissed. Considering Juno and Jupiter are wife and husband in the Roman pantheon, that analogy is seemingly appropriate. But if the Juno spacecraft were indeed close enough to kiss, and crash into, Jupiter, it would be like kissing one big red pimple. Juno just completed its seventh close flyby of our solar system’s biggest member and it has brought back some close up pictures of the Great Red Spot, the greatest storm we’ll ever see.

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Students will spend 6 months living in a ‘space station’ to test mental effects

Students will spend 6 months living in a ‘space station’ to test mental effects

As part of its mission to send people into space, humanity has to answer many questions, and one of those questions involves whether humans are mentally capable of spending long periods of time within relatively tiny self-sustaining space stations. To help determine this, four university students have volunteered to spend 200 days living inside of a self-sustaining 'space station' located in a Beijing suburb.

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Researchers teleport an object from Earth to space for the first time

Researchers teleport an object from Earth to space for the first time

It may have only been a single photon, but it represents a huge milestone for researchers. For the first time ever, scientists have successfully teleported an object (the photon) from Earth to space, something facilitated by a sort of quantum network. This was made possible in part by the Micius satellite, which was launched into orbit from the Gobi Desert last year.

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Battery-free cell phone prototype sounds too good to be true

Battery-free cell phone prototype sounds too good to be true

For most of us, a battery-free phone would be an unfathomable dream come true. Imagine being able to use your iPhone 7 or Galaxy S8 all day, everyday without worrying about charging it. Well, researchers from the University of Washington have made the first step, albeit a very tiny one, towards making that a reality. They've managed to create a prototype cell phone that operates without the use of a battery.

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There’s a major new STD superbug nobody is taking seriously

There’s a major new STD superbug nobody is taking seriously

The World Health Organization has warned of a new superbug version of gonorrhea, one that is drug-resistant and, in some cases, untreatable. Thus far there are reports of untreatable gonorrhea coming out of Japan, France, and Spain, and unfortunately some of the patients may be infecting others; one WHO medical officer reports that a patient infected with untreatable gonorrhea 'just disappeared,' failing to return for follow-ups.

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Science says your hands betray your struggle with temptation

Science says your hands betray your struggle with temptation

Researchers have found that a person's hands betray their inner struggle when making decisions, such as when facing temptation and having to choose to resist it. Hand movements during these decision-making processes can indicate whether the person is likely to give in to temptation in the future, all the while revealing to others the kind of struggle that is taking place in their mind. The research helps shed light on the topic of human willpower.

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Antarctica ice shelf is about to break free: here’s what the iceberg will look like

Antarctica ice shelf is about to break free: here’s what the iceberg will look like

Researchers and the public alike have been watching Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf since its massive cracking episode back in January. In the months since the start of the year, we've seen instances where the ice shelf has experienced extensive growth of the fissure that threatens to break it off entirely. According to the latest report from the European Space Agency, the ice shelf is now being held in place by only 3 miles of ice, meaning it could break away at any moment.

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Ancient giant crocodile had long, serrated dino teeth

Ancient giant crocodile had long, serrated dino teeth

A gigantic creature called Razanandrongobe sakalavae is the subject of a new research paper, and in it we learn that this beast, which prowled the land 170 million years ago, resembled a crocodile while harboring teeth not unlike the kind possessed by a T-rex. The animal, which is called 'Razana' as a sort of nickname, is the giant ancestor of simple lizards and, during its time, it feasted on dinosaurs.

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Study: you can tell if someone is rich or poor by looking at their face

Study: you can tell if someone is rich or poor by looking at their face

First impressions can tell you a lot about a person, and a new study says those first impressions include whether you're richer or poorer than average. The findings were made by researchers with the University of Toronto's Faculty of Arts and Science; they explain that the determination can be made simply by looking at someone's neutral face without any particular facial expression -- in fact, making an expression like smiling eliminates the ability to make this determination.

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GSK and Exscientia team to develop new drugs using supercomputers

GSK and Exscientia team to develop new drugs using supercomputers

Two companies have teamed up to utilize machine learning for drug development. Exscientia has announced a new collaboration with GSK that will involve using supercomputers to develop new molecules that may one day be used to treat up to ten difference diseases. Exscientia's own artificial intelligence-enabled platform will do the hard work, utilizing GSK 'expertise' in the hunt for 'novel and selective small molecules' designed to address up to ten targets related to diseases of GSK's choice.

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NASA will test Earth defense by slamming a spaceship into an asteroid

NASA will test Earth defense by slamming a spaceship into an asteroid

NASA has been working with agencies around the globe to develop a space defense technology that would be used to protect Earth from anticipated asteroid impacts. Though there's no expected impacts in our relatively near future, such a technology may prove vital for protecting humanity in the future, and as such work is underway now to test possible defense methods. One of these tests will be carried out by NASA , and it'll involve slamming a spacecraft into an asteroid to divert its course.

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