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Ancient spiders found in amber had long, hairy tails

Ancient spiders found in amber had long, hairy tails

Researchers have discovered ancient spiders preserved in amber, and they, like many ancient critters, are more horrifying than their modern counterparts. While resembling the spiders you may find in your cupboard today, the ancient variety have one very distinct, very uncomfortable difference: a long semi-hairy tail. Researchers suggest the tail may have been used to feel around for sensing nearby things.

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The diamond glass smartphone is finally coming

The diamond glass smartphone is finally coming

For all that they do, smartphones have always had one weakness: gravity. Few things in day-to-day life can induce a feeling of panic more quickly than dropping (or dropping something on) your phone. While the display inside your phone is relatively well protected by a sheet of glass, that glass can be fragile itself, not to mention expensive to fix once shattered.

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SpaceX’s Tesla Roadster-launching Falcon Heavy rocket video is a must-see

SpaceX’s Tesla Roadster-launching Falcon Heavy rocket video is a must-see

SpaceX is gearing up to launch what will soon be the world's most powerful operational rocket. The company confirmed plans for the test launch late Friday, warning Florida residents that they may hear multiple sonic booms during the missions. In addition to launching the Falcon Heavy, SpaceX says it will attempt to land all three first stage cores as a secondary mission.

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Elon Musk shows off his Roadster with “Starman” at the wheel

Elon Musk shows off his Roadster with “Starman” at the wheel

Elon Musk is the CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX and he is combining both of those companies during the inaugural launch of the first Falcon Heavy rocket. That massive rocket is meant to push larger loads into space and might one day take astronauts into orbit and beyond. For the first launch, the only payload in the nosecone of that rocket will be a sweet car.

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This vast comet impact changed Earth forever with firestorms

This vast comet impact changed Earth forever with firestorms

Fragments of a 62 mile comet plunged Earth into a vast firestorm, scientists claim, with millions of square miles consumed by fire. The inferno took place roughly 12,800 years ago, new research has theorized. While it was, until now, effectively unknown, the scientists believe the comet's impact was greater than that which caused the dinosaurs to go extinct.

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ISS spacewalk sets record but almost ends in disaster

ISS spacewalk sets record but almost ends in disaster

A space walk lasting over eight hours broke International Space Station records, but a technical glitch could have made the whole thing a waste of time. Russian cosmonauts spent eight hours and 13 minutes outside of the orbiting research platform on Friday, installing an upgrade to a key antenna with which the ISS communicates with Mission Control in Russia.

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Record Oklahoma earthquakes caused by deep fracking wastewater: study

Record Oklahoma earthquakes caused by deep fracking wastewater: study

Oklahoma has been experiencing a record number of earthquakes and a new study says that deeply injected fracking wastewater may be to blame. The research comes from the University of Bristol, which says that wastewater injection depth is "strongly linked" to the number of earthquakes the state has experienced. These man-made earthquakes have been called a national security threat due to the risk they pose.

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This Mayan Megalopolis discovery changes the history of human society

This Mayan Megalopolis discovery changes the history of human society

A newly massive "megalopolis" was discovered and reported for the first time this week in a Guatemalan Jungle. You can see a few old structures popping up from the trees right now, but below the surface, oh my goodness. There's one whole heck of a lot more down there than anyone in modern times knew until now. NOTE: This project not only discovered thousands of new structures, they've done so with LiDAR, so it'll all be available in 3D map file format - think augmented reality!

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Curiosity rover snaps selfie with Mars’ Mount Sharp before climb

Curiosity rover snaps selfie with Mars’ Mount Sharp before climb

NASA's Curiosity rover has called Mars home for years and it's work isn't done yet. The rover will soon start yet another investigative mission, this time climbing the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, a mountain located in the Gale Crater. Ahead of starting its climb, though, Curiosity paused in the crater's rim to snap a selfie with the mountain featured in the background.

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Curiosity rover’s stunning new Mars panorama is unlike any other

Curiosity rover’s stunning new Mars panorama is unlike any other

We have no shortage of pictures taken on Mars thanks to NASA's hard work. You've no doubt seen many of them by now, possibly even large panoramas created by stitching many images together. Those images probably all looked similar: dusty and rocky with a distinct orange hue and, maybe, reddish soil. That's what makes Curiosity rover's latest panorama so stunning -- it looks nothing like the others.

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Dinosaur tracks found in sandstone on NASA’s Goddard campus

Dinosaur tracks found in sandstone on NASA’s Goddard campus

A newly published study sheds light on the slab of dinosaur tracks an expert discovered near the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center back in 2012. According to researchers, the sandstone slab contains a minimum of 70 tracks from dinosaurs and mammals, and they date back more than one million years. The entire slab was discovered after Ray Stanford, a dinosaur track expert in Maryland, spotted a nodosaur track on land in the Goddard Space Flight Center's campus.

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Yamaha AI turns dancer’s movement into piano sounds

Yamaha AI turns dancer’s movement into piano sounds

Yamaha has created an AI that can do something very strange. The AI is integrated into a new musical system that Yamaha created that is designed specifically to turn the motions of a world-renown dancer into music that comes from a real piano. Dancer Kaiji Moriyama was able to control the piano with his movements.

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