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NASA launches sweet contest to convert carbon dioxide to glucose

NASA launches sweet contest to convert carbon dioxide to glucose

NASA wants people to help it to build the technology that will be needed to support putting humans on Mars. Part of that tech is devising a way to use the natural resources on Mars to make the things humans need to survive and live on the planet. One of the most abundant resources on Mars is carbon dioxide.

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Planet Nine might be invisible for at least 1,000 years

Planet Nine might be invisible for at least 1,000 years

Scientists have long believed that our solar system might have a ninth planet orbiting well beyond Neptune and Pluto. Scientists hypothesize that the mysterious planet would be between five and 20 Earth masses and would orbit on an elliptical some hundreds or thousands of times more distant from the Sun than the Earth.

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Insects may devour more vital crops as Earth heats up

Insects may devour more vital crops as Earth heats up

A new study warns that insects may devour more crops as the planet heats up, potentially increasing their consumption of popular grains by as much as 25-percent. The increase would result from higher temperatures, which boosts insect energy demand and results in more crops falling victim to pests. The study also reveals that pest numbers may increase in our warmer future.

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NASA forms Opportunity rover rescue plan as Mars dust storm abates

NASA forms Opportunity rover rescue plan as Mars dust storm abates

NASA has issued its latest update on the Mars dust storm impacting one of its two Martian rovers, Opportunity. According to the space agency, researchers continue to see signs that the global dust storm is calming down. NASA expects enough sunlight will soon make its way to Opportunity rover for it to recharge its batteries, but questions remain over whether it's in any condition to do so.

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These stunning images of Saturn’s auroras are groundbreaking

These stunning images of Saturn’s auroras are groundbreaking

Striking new images from the Hubble Space Telescope have revealed the vast auroras fluttering atop its North Pole, the best shots ever captured of the glowing halo. The new images are in fact an amalgamation of seven months of capture by Hubble, and are already giving astronomers the opportunity for new insights into the light shows.

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Bizarre Fusion body surrogacy system lets you dive into someone else’s body

Bizarre Fusion body surrogacy system lets you dive into someone else’s body

One of the stranger movies that I have seen in recent memory is the flick called "Gamer" where a gamer is able to take over the body of a human prison inmate and use them to play a real-life video game where a loss means the prisoner dies. Researchers have developed a new system that is as close as we have come to the tech in "Gamer" and the system is called Fusion.

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NASA details repair of small ISS leak caused by micrometeoroid

NASA details repair of small ISS leak caused by micrometeoroid

Early this morning, astronauts on the International Space Station learned about a small leak impacting cabin pressure. The leak, which is thought to be the result of a micrometeoroid, is described as not being life threatening. In a statement, NASA explained that flight controllers in both Houston and Moscow noticed signs of the issue yesterday evening.

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Harvard, Google AI predicts earthquake aftershocks up to a year later

Harvard, Google AI predicts earthquake aftershocks up to a year later

Google and researchers with Harvard University have teamed up to develop an artificial intelligence model capable of predicting aftershocks that may happen up to a year after the earthquake took place. The AI was trained using a database containing info on more than 118 big earthquakes, that helping researchers predict where an aftershock is likely to happen.

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ALMA snaps most detailed view of monster starburst galaxy ever

ALMA snaps most detailed view of monster starburst galaxy ever

Scientists have captured a new image of a monster galaxy that is 12.4 billion light-years away from our own galaxy. The image is the most detailed ever taken of this galaxy and was captured with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). Researchers using ALMA have revealed that the molecular clouds in the galaxy are highly unstable allowing runaway star formation.

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Missouri officially bans use of ‘meat’ to describe lab-grown meat

Missouri officially bans use of ‘meat’ to describe lab-grown meat

Following a vote back in May, a Missouri bill banning certain uses of the word "meat" has gone into effect. The legislation was backed by the Missouri Cattlemen's Association, among others who face increased competition from lab-grown and plant-based meat products. As of Tuesday, Missouri is the first state to restrict the use of the word meat to only slaughtered animals.

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NASA New Horizons spacecraft spots Ultima Thule target for the first time

NASA New Horizons spacecraft spots Ultima Thule target for the first time

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has spotted Ultima Thule, the nickname given to its target in the Kuiper Belt, for the first time. The spacecraft isn't scheduled to arrive until New Year's 2019, but has snapped images of the object four months ahead of time, giving humanity a fuzzy, bright glimpse of the destination.

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Extinct parasitic wasps found preserved within fly pupae fossils

Extinct parasitic wasps found preserved within fly pupae fossils

For the first time, researchers have discovered the preserved remains of parasitic wasps -- including four extinct and previous unknown varieties -- in fly pupae fossils. Those four wasp species were endoparasites, a type of parasite that develops within the body of its host. True to its nature, the researchers have named one of the previous unknown parasitic wasp species Xenomorphia resurrecta, the genus of which is named after the parasitic aliens featured in the movie Aliens.

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