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Japan found a cube rock in space [WATCH: LIVE FEED]

Japan found a cube rock in space [WATCH: LIVE FEED]

Japan's space mission Hayabusa2 just got real close to an asteroid whose shape becomes more interesting with each new view. On June 3rd, this spacecraft was 3100km away from this asteroid, and today Japan delivered a photo from just about 40km. The asteroid was code-named Ryugu by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and today we're seeing this die-shaped rock up as close as any human's ever gotten before.

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NASA Jupiter clouds image looks like an incredible painting

NASA Jupiter clouds image looks like an incredible painting

NASA is back with another stunning image, this one giving the public a relatively close look at Jupiter's atmosphere. The clouds captured in the image look, at first glance, like swirls of paint or folds of fabric. The space agency notes this part of Jupiter is "chaotic and turbulent," at least at the time its Juno spacecraft captured the image.

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FDA approves first marijuana-based epilepsy medication

FDA approves first marijuana-based epilepsy medication

The FDA has approved the nation's first medication based on an active ingredient from marijuana. The drug, Epidiolex, is intended to treat seizures resulting from Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, two rare forms of epilepsy. The medication has been approved for patients aged two years or older and marks the first time the agency has approved a drug derived from cannabis.

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University of Michigan creates tiny computer measuring 0.3mm

University of Michigan creates tiny computer measuring 0.3mm

Researchers at the University of Michigan weren't happy when IBM took the record for the smallest computer in the world. The university was the previous record holder for world's smallest computer and set about getting the record back. Researchers at the school have been successful in that with a new record for world's smallest computer falling to the team.

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SpaceX wins $130M bid to launch military satellite on Falcon Heavy

SpaceX wins $130M bid to launch military satellite on Falcon Heavy

SpaceX continues to make real progress on its Falcon Heavy project. After successfully launching the new, bigger rocket for the first time earlier this year, the company has landed a $130 million contract to launch a classified military satellite for the US Air Force using the Falcon Heavy. We're still awaiting SpaceX to announce additional test launches for the Falcon Heavy, which can carry much larger payloads than the standard Falcon 9, while the AFSPC-52 satellite isn't scheduled to launch until 2020.

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NASA details government plan for dealing with asteroids near Earth

NASA details government plan for dealing with asteroids near Earth

NASA has contributed to a multi-agency report detailing ways the United States can prepare to deal with near-Earth objects, more commonly called NEOs. Though our planet isn't at immediate threat of being struck by one of these large space rocks, it's only a matter of time before a comet or asteroid gets too close for comfort. When that time comes, NASA wants to be ready to divert its path.

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MIT researchers control robots with brainwaves and gestures

MIT researchers control robots with brainwaves and gestures

Researchers are always looking for ways to make controlling robots more natural for human operators. MIT is making strides in controlling robots using brainwaves and hand gestures. This could mean robots will one day need nothing more than a thought from a human operator to control them.

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University of Tokyo creates flying DRAGON drone

University of Tokyo creates flying DRAGON drone

Researchers from the University of Tokyo have developed a flying robot meant to be used indoors called DRAGON. That stands for Dual-Rotor embedded multilink Robots of multi-deGree-of-freedom aerial transformation." They really wanted to use that DRAGON name.

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Growing Mars dust storm now circles entire planet says NASA

Growing Mars dust storm now circles entire planet says NASA

NASA has published its latest update on the Mars dust storm, saying it is now spanning the entire Red Planet. The storm has been underway for about two weeks, blotting out the Sun and forcing the solar-powered Opportunity rover into a deep sleep mode as it clings to the last of its energy reservers. The Curiosity rover, meanwhile, remains unaffected by the event.

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Researchers work on making smaller chips for drone brains

Researchers work on making smaller chips for drone brains

MIT scientists and researchers are tackling an issue that poses a difficult challenge for drone operators and designers of the future. Engineers at the school are working on shrinking down drone technology and have built prototypes that are the size of a bumblebee. While tiny cameras and sensors have been developed for these tiny drones, one thing still perplexes researchers - the computer chip brain of the drone.

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Slow San Andreas Fault movements may trigger big California earthquakes

Slow San Andreas Fault movements may trigger big California earthquakes

A new study warns that slow movements on the San Andreas fault line could trigger bigger earthquakes. The research was detailed in a newly published study out of Arizona State University, where a pair of geophysicists found that so-called "slow earthquake" activity can result in larger -- and potentially destructive -- earthquakes.

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Virtual reality headsets make it easier to give kids shots

Virtual reality headsets make it easier to give kids shots

Children aren't the most receptive when it comes to needles, but virtual reality is helping change that. A new study details research into the use of VR headsets in the doctor's office, specifically as a tool to distract kids from the mild pain associated with getting a shot or blood drawn. Turns out, the majority of kids stop caring about the needle when there's a headset strapped to their face.

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