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NASA’s 2020 Mars rover supercharge with 23 eyes

NASA’s 2020 Mars rover supercharge with 23 eyes

NASA is working on the next rover that will cruise around the surface of Mars taking scientific measurements and generally checking out what the Red Planet has to offer. The rover is called the 2020 Mars rover and it will have some nice upgrades compared to the rover on Mars right now called Curiosity. Namely, the 2020 Mars rover will have 23 different cameras.

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A giant planet is orbiting a tiny star and it has experts confused

A giant planet is orbiting a tiny star and it has experts confused

Researchers have disclosed the discovery of a giant planet that is orbiting a comparatively tiny star, an unusual pairing that contradicts what scientists previously thought was possible. The planet is called NGTS-1b, and it is the largest planet, again comparatively speaking, to be orbiting such a small companion star, revealing that the pairing is indeed possible. The discovery was made in part using the Next-Generation Transit Survey facility.

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This AI uses brain scans to figure out if someone is depressed

This AI uses brain scans to figure out if someone is depressed

Diagnosing depression is tricky and usually boils down to patients providing their doctor with a list of problems. Diagnosing the condition in the future may be far faster, though, as one AI has learned to identify depressed people using nothing more than their brain scans. The AI was trained to identify the brain patterns of individuals who are depressed versus those who aren't, something itself achieved using fMRI machines while quizzing people on how they think and feel about certain words.

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NASA shares spooky space sounds just in time for Halloween

NASA shares spooky space sounds just in time for Halloween

NASA has shared some out-of-this-world spooky sound to get everyone in the Halloween spirit. The space agency has curated a collection of audio clips recorded in space, all of them various degrees of creepy or uncomfortable, including helium that is making a whistling sounds and planets that sound like they're howling into space.

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DNA replication caught on film for the first time undermines textbooks

DNA replication caught on film for the first time undermines textbooks

The image you see here isn’t of the USS Enterprise in warp, it’s an image of DNA replication captured for the first time. The interesting part is that the replication of DNA isn’t what scientists and researchers expected. In fact, the film has undermined a great deal of what is written in textbooks.

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Surgeon detects his own cancer with iPhone ultrasound device

Surgeon detects his own cancer with iPhone ultrasound device

An upcoming iPhone-based medical device seems to have proven its usefulness ten-fold when a US vascular surgeon discovered cancer in his own neck while testing it. Earlier this year, Dr. John Martin was using a new portable ultrasound device called the Butterfly iQ, a scanner the size of an electric razor that can display black-and-white imagery of the body on a paired iPhone, and ended up finding a cancerous mass after noticing discomfort in his throat.

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Bloodhound SSC successfully completes its first public speed runs

Bloodhound SSC successfully completes its first public speed runs

Yesterday the speed demons behind the Bloodhound SSC jet car completed their first public runs in the vehicle on their quest to beat the world land speed record. The first public runs of the vehicle were completed at Cornwall Airport Newquay where it reached a top speed of 210 mph. The vehicle streaked down the 9,000-foot runway with acceleration at 1.5G.

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RoboBee can fly, swim, land in water, and take off again

RoboBee can fly, swim, land in water, and take off again

Researchers at Harvard have created a new version of the RoboBee robotic bee that it has been working on for years. The latest version of the RoboBee is able to do things that previous versions were unable to do. The new version can fly, dive into water, swim, and then take off again right out of the water.

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Study says daydreaming could mean you are smart

Study says daydreaming could mean you are smart

A recent study from the Georgia Institute of Technology has suggested that daydreaming at work or in school isn't necessarily a bad thing. In fact, the study found that daydreaming might be a sign that you are smart and creative. According to the co-author of the study Eric Schumacher, people who have efficient brains may have too much brain capacity to stop their mind from wandering.

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3D printed stainless steel bridge to be installed in the Netherlands

3D printed stainless steel bridge to be installed in the Netherlands

Researchers at the Imperial College London are working with a 3D printing company called MX3D to create the world's largest 3D printed metal structure. The structure is a footbridge that will be installed in the Netherlands in late 2018. The bridge will cross the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal in Amsterdam.

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Stephen Hawking PhD thesis released for free, crashes website

Stephen Hawking PhD thesis released for free, crashes website

Stephen Hawking is arguably one of the greatest minds of our time. But like any genius, he didn’t spring forth fully formed like Athena from Zeus’s head. Before Hawking, the scientist, was Hawking, the postgraduate student. And while we can’t travel back through time (yet), we can at least try to get a glimpse of the young man of 24 through his 1966 thesis. Now anyone can try to do that now that Cambridge University has made it available to anyone for free.

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Scientists discover 9.7 million year old teeth that could change history

Scientists discover 9.7 million year old teeth that could change history

A bit over a year ago a group of archaeologists was in a town called Eppelsheim in southwestern Germany digging at a site where the Rhine River used to flow. During their excavation, the scientists discovered two ancient teeth. The news of the discovery is only making headlines this week because the discovery was so significant the team had to ensure their information was correct before publishing.

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