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Brain patterns predict who your best friends are

Brain patterns predict who your best friends are

It's no secret that people tend to be friends with others who are like them, but that reality goes deeper than we can readily see. A newly published study found that an individual's brain patterns can predict who they are friends with, indicating that it's not just what you have in common that makes friendship likely, but also how you think and how you perceive the world.

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Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse: Here’s how to see it right now!

Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse: Here’s how to see it right now!

How do I see the Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse today? That's the question the entirety of the United States seems to be asking right this minute. By the time this article is released, it might already be in the sky for you! Have a peek at the timeline below to see when and where this extremely rare occurrence is set to take place.

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Closeup image of distant star required four telescopes to take

Closeup image of distant star required four telescopes to take

Scientists have taken what is being described as the most detailed image ever shot of a distant star. The impressive image required the power of four different telescopes to make and the star was first cataloged in 1756 and is called Pi1 Gruis. The reason for the odd name is that it was originally cataloged using a system dubbed Bayer designation.

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Artificial Intelligence helps to decipher ancient manuscripts

Artificial Intelligence helps to decipher ancient manuscripts

The ancient manuscript you see in the image below is called the Vonyich manuscript and it was written in the 15th century. It has troubled historians and cryptographers since it was discovered in the 19th century because no one could figure out the language it was written in. To help decipher the text, researchers turned to the AI community with computer science professor Greg Kondrak lending his expertise in natural language processing.

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Sorry vaping aficionados, study finds e-cigs may damage heart and lungs

Sorry vaping aficionados, study finds e-cigs may damage heart and lungs

Years ago, the tobacco industry was revolutionized with the launch of the lowly electronic cigarette. Though it took time to catch on, e-cigs have seen explosive growth in popularity, many heralding them as the solution to many of combustion cigarettes' biggest problems. What was once championed as "basically harmless" has since been the subject of many studies, though, and yet another one finds that vaping comes with its own potential issues.

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Two CubeSats will explore moon’s dark side for ESA missions

Two CubeSats will explore moon’s dark side for ESA missions

A pair of CubeSats have been selected to explore the dark side of the moon, helping scientists understand what resides on that portion of the lunar surface. The selections were recently announced by the European Space Agency (ESA), which put a call out to European teams in 2017. The two chosen CubeSats are named the Lunar Meteoroid Impact Orbiter (Lumio) and the Lunar Volatile and Mineralogy Mapping Orbiter (VMMO).

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Qantas 787 Dreamliner flew from LA to AU using mustard seed biofuel

Qantas 787 Dreamliner flew from LA to AU using mustard seed biofuel

Qantas has set a new green milestone by flying a 787 Dreamliner from Los Angeles, California, to Melbourne, Australia, using mustard seed biofuel. This is the first time this biofuel has been used for a long-haul flight between the US and Australia, and it promises good things about our greener, cleaner future. According to Qantas, the flight -- which took 15 hours -- saved about 18,000kg / 40,000lbs in carbon emissions.

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Microbes could turn human waste into food for astronauts

Microbes could turn human waste into food for astronauts

We've all had bad food at some point and thought that it really tasted like crap. Scientists are going to take crap food to a new high with the goal of helping to sustain humans during long-term manned missions in space. The scientists have created a method of turning human waste into a food source.

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SpaceX confirms Falcon Heavy rocket launch for February 6

SpaceX confirms Falcon Heavy rocket launch for February 6

It's been just a few days since SpaceX successfully completed a test fire of its new Falcon Heavy rocket, and now CEO Elon Musk has revealed that the official launch will take place in early February. The Falcon Heavy project has been in the works for a number of years now and seen more than few delays. The rocket is essentially made up of three Falcon 9 boosters connected together, and will allow SpaceX to launch much larger payloads than it has before, and to much farther destinations.

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Google Lunar XPRIZE deadline missed (for real this time)

Google Lunar XPRIZE deadline missed (for real this time)

A statement was released this week by the XPRIZE Foundation: No team will win the Google-financed purse. The original Google Lunar XPRIZE was first announced back in 2007, and 29 teams registered from the start. Here in early 2017, the number of teams still in the running numbered 5, but none of those finalists were prepared for a launch attempt to reach the Moon by the latest deadline.

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Mars’ global dust storms may have big effect on atmosphere loss

Mars’ global dust storms may have big effect on atmosphere loss

Every so often, Mars experiences a dust storm that spans the entire planet -- a global dust storm, one that may contribute to the loss of gas from the Red Planet's atmosphere. The possibility was discussed in a newly published study, which looked at data gathered by the NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, also known as the MRO. The most recent global dust storm happened on Mars back in 2007.

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Super Blue Blood Moon incoming: Watch it when and where

Super Blue Blood Moon incoming: Watch it when and where

Next week our solar system will deliver unto us a Super Blue Blood Moon. As such, we've got to get you prepared to view it. "For the (continental) U.S., the viewing will be best in the West," said program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters in Washington, Gordon Johnston. The event will begin at 5:30 Eastern Time on January 31st, and if that's a deterrent for you, turn back now! Turn away from this the glorious happening!

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