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Japanese private rocket crashes in flames right after launch

Japanese private rocket crashes in flames right after launch

It appears that Japan's private rocket industry still has ways to go before it catches up with the US's SpaceX and Blue Origin. On Saturday, the Japanese startup Interstellar Technologies attempted to launch its MOMO-2 rocket, only for the vehicle to come crashing down in the seconds after liftoff and burst into flames. The incident took place on the northern island of Hokkaido, was the second launch attempt by Interstellar Technologies.

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New treatment may curb cravings in drug addicts: study

New treatment may curb cravings in drug addicts: study

Researchers with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have successfully developed a treatment that may reduce cravings in drug addicts. The treatment, which is simply referred to as a "therapeutic," was tested on lab rats and found to correct a chemical imbalance that makes it harder for addicts to kick their addictions. Serotonin 2C receptors play a primary role.

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SpaceX CRS-15 launch a huge success with ISS-bound AI onboard

SpaceX CRS-15 launch a huge success with ISS-bound AI onboard

In the pre-dawn hours of this morning, SpaceX launched its 15th International Space Station resupply mission. The mission, known as CRS-15, is notable for more reasons than one, but it's particularly exciting because both the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft have been used in previous launches. The Dragon capsule is taking more than 5,900 pounds of research, hardware, and equipment to the ISS, with some interesting items on board.

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Study gives claims distant exoplanet is more Earth-like than we thought

Study gives claims distant exoplanet is more Earth-like than we thought

The Georgia Institute of Technology has published a study that looks at a distant exoplanet that is believed to be Earth-like. This exoplanet is called Kepler-186f and it is the first Earth-sized planet outside the solar system that has been found orbiting in a habitable zone. That means the planet is orbiting where liquid water could be present on the surface.

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Red wine’s resveratrol compound may shrink certain cancerous tumors

Red wine’s resveratrol compound may shrink certain cancerous tumors

Resveratrol, a compound found in grapes and red wine, has been touted as a potential anti-cancer supplement for years, but questions remained. A new study helps shed light on the compound's anti-cancer properties, specifically on its ability to inhibit the collecting of a certain mutant protein, ultimately helping fight against certain cancers.

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Oumuamua interstellar interloper is speeding up

Oumuamua interstellar interloper is speeding up

Normally in a science fiction movie when an object like an asteroid begins to speed up its time to assume it's an alien spacecraft sent to destroy the Earth. Not so much in real life. While the Oumuamua object has begun to speed up compared to its speed before the debate is one of asteroid or comet. Scientists say that something other than the gravity of the Sun and planets in our solar system is causing the acceleration.

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‘Oumuamua interstellar space object isn’t an asteroid after all

‘Oumuamua interstellar space object isn’t an asteroid after all

Remember the ‘Oumuamua space object? The mysterious rock appeared late last year, confusing researchers who weren't quite sure what it was. That kicked off months of investigation, slowly revealing details about the rock and its potential origins. Many have referred to ‘Oumuamua as an asteroid, but a new study has something else to say on the matter. Turns out, ‘Oumuamua is actually a comet.

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Saturn moon Enceladus ingredients for life discovered in Cassini data

Saturn moon Enceladus ingredients for life discovered in Cassini data

Saturn's moon Enceladus has ingredients for life, researchers have announced. The discovery was made by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, which was deliberately crashed into Saturn last year after running low on fuel. Researchers analyzing data gathered by Cassini before its demise reveal large and complex organic compounds present in the Enceladus's icy plumes -- that is, the essential building blocks for life.

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NASA Webb Telescope launch set as review phase complete

NASA Webb Telescope launch set as review phase complete

This week the folks at the NASA-created Independent Review Board (IRB) announced their review of the James Webb Space Telescope was complete. As this review reaches its end, the telescope's development can continue. As such, NASA said that this, the "world’s premier science observatory," has a new launch date - that's March 30th, 2021. So you've got some time if you're planning a trip over there at some point.

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NASA explains Blue sand dune on the Red Planet

NASA explains Blue sand dune on the Red Planet

When you think of Mars you most certainly don’t think of any color other than red. It's called the Red Planet for a reason. Recently the Mars Renaissance Orbiter spied something on the surface of Mars that isn’t red in images. The blue streak was discovered using the HiRISE camera that is described as the most powerful camera ever sent to another planet.

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Study finds serotonin enhances learning speed, sheds light on SSRIs

Study finds serotonin enhances learning speed, sheds light on SSRIs

A study recently published in the journal Nature Communications reveals that serotonin enhances the speed of learning...at least in the mice that were studied. Researchers used light to artificially activate serotonin neurons in these lab rodents, finding that it resulted in more rapid behavior adaption in applicable situations.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft for humans being tested by NASA

SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft for humans being tested by NASA

NASA is currently testing SpaceX's Crew Dragon, the spacecraft that will one day carry humans into space. The space agency is currently testing the capsule at its Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, evaluating it ahead of a planned unmanned mission later this summer. Included with the information is a large image showing the complete capsule.

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