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NASA’s Mars telescope spied Curiosity rover on planet’s rocky surface

NASA’s Mars telescope spied Curiosity rover on planet’s rocky surface

A new NASA photo shows a small blue dot in the middle of a bumpy, rocky brown landscape. That landscape, the space agency says, is Mars, and the small blue dot? That's the Mars Curiosity rover as seen by NASA's own Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The photo was taken last month by the space agency's super powerful Mars telescope, which only takes photos a handful of times a year. The capturing of Curiosity, it seems, was a happy coincidence.

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Ethiopia’s coffee farms must move to survive climate change

Ethiopia’s coffee farms must move to survive climate change

A new study has warned that Ethiopia's coffee production is at risk over climate change, forcing farmers to move their farms or lose their crop. The troubles result from a combination of increased temperatures and decreased rainfall, reducing the number of places in which coffee can be grown. In just a handful of decades, 60-percent of Ethiopia's coffee farm land could become unusable.

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NASA’s Kepler telescope finds more than 200 new planet candidates

NASA’s Kepler telescope finds more than 200 new planet candidates

While there are a lot of interesting things happening in our own solar system - from Curiosity's continuing adventure on Mars to New Horizons giving us an up-close look at Pluto - NASA's Kepler space observatory has been looking into the depths of space. It's been looking for other planets that may be out there, and today, NASA has published a new mission catalog that names more than 200 new planet candidates.

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NASA re-schedules a colorful rocket launch for Father’s Day

NASA re-schedules a colorful rocket launch for Father’s Day

NASA hopes to mark Father's Day with a colorful show of luminescent clouds, all the way above the mid-Atlantic coast. The NASA Terrier Improved Malemute mission will see a sounding rocket launch from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, and then release several canisters of colored vapor. Dubbed "vapor tracers", they'll allow the scientists behind the project to observe how particle motions in space behave.

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Solar paint could turn buildings into green hydrogen generators

Solar paint could turn buildings into green hydrogen generators

Solar-powered paint capable of generating clean hydrogen fuel could turn houses and office buildings into green power stations, new research has teased. The handiwork of a team at the RMIT University in Australia, the key is a new compound that unexpectedly acts as a catalyst in a chemical reaction. First, the paint absorbs water; then, it splits that water up into hydrogen and oxygen.

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Researchers develop fabric that can neutralize chemical weapons

Researchers develop fabric that can neutralize chemical weapons

Researchers have developed a special kind of fabric that could neutralize chemical weapons, potentially saving lives that would otherwise be lost. The fabric was recently detailed in the American Chemical Society's journal 'Chemistry of Materials,' and it would work by protecting people from chemical toxins designed to impact someone through the skin. The fabric utilizes a metal-organic framework to pull off its seemingly magical properties.

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This natural sugar triggers a clogged artery clean-up (if you’re a mouse)

This natural sugar triggers a clogged artery clean-up (if you’re a mouse)

If you keep an eye on certain corners of the web, places like Longecity and nootropics subreddits, you may have heard about trehalose, a type of mild sugar believed to have many beneficial properties from a health standpoint. Outside of those niche interests, though, trehalose has largely gone unnoticed, but that may soon change: a new study has found that, at least in mice, this sugar triggers a type of 'housekeeping' effect in the immune system, prodding it to deal with plaque in arteries (atherosclerosis), fat in the liver, and more.

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This baby bird has been trapped in amber for 99 million years

This baby bird has been trapped in amber for 99 million years

Researchers have made an incredible discovery in Malaysia, where they harvested a piece of amber dating back to the Cretaceous era. Within this amber is a small bird that has been preserved in incredible detail, making it possible for scientists to recreate what this particular critter looked like...and helping shed light on the type of birds that existed long ago in the planet's past. The fossil is described as being 'relatively complete.'

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Mars Rover Concept looks more like a sci-fi armored van

Mars Rover Concept looks more like a sci-fi armored van

When you hear or read about off-planet rovers, you probably think of unmanned, somewhat smaller vehicles built for exploration and scientific missions. This concept Mars rover, in contrast, looks like something the Dark Knight himself would ride into battle. More armored car than mobile lab, this Rover Concept from NASA’s “Summer of Mars” promotion isn’t meant to actually roam the Red Planet. It serves more as a seedbed for actual rover technologies, as well as an inspiration to those visiting the Kennedy Space Center complex.

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NASA has announced its next 12 astronaut candidates: training starts in August

NASA has announced its next 12 astronaut candidates: training starts in August

NASA opened itself up to new astronaut applications last year, and after shifting through thousands of potential candidates, the space agency has revealed the 12 individuals selected to undergo astronaut training. These people were selected from a pool of more than 18,000 people, according to NASA, which says all twelve are now among its 2017 astronaut class. Alongside the announcement, NASA as released videos introducing the whole team.

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Study says T-Rex probably wasn’t a feathery beast after all

Study says T-Rex probably wasn’t a feathery beast after all

Some recent research indicated that the Tyrannosaurus rex -- that is, the T-rex -- may have had feathers, but a new study has dashed that speculation, finding that the massive, ancient beast in fact had scaly, reptilian-like skin. The idea of a feathery T-rex came from the discovery that some theropods had feathers, leading some to speculate that the massive Tyrannosaurus rex did, as well. Researchers have found, however, that the evolution of gigantism included the loss of these extensive feather coverings.

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NASA is going to start a fire on a spacecraft for science

NASA is going to start a fire on a spacecraft for science

NASA has announced plans to start a fire on a spacecraft in order to help researchers understand how such fires grow and which materials burn up in a microgravity environment. This isn't the first time NASA has started a fire in space -- in fact, it has done this twice before -- but it will mark the last time the space agency does so. The project is called SAFFIRE III, and is part of a series of experiments.

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