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Climate change deadline gets worse as ocean heat study shares bad news

Climate change deadline gets worse as ocean heat study shares bad news

A new study warns the world's oceans have absorbed far more heat than previously thought. The findings indicate these bodies of water may be more sensitive to pollution than expected, according to researchers, challenging an IPCC climate change assessment figure from 2014. The team used a different technique to measure the amount of heat stored by the oceans.

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NASA Kepler spacecraft dies after nine years of planet hunting

NASA Kepler spacecraft dies after nine years of planet hunting

NASA made a sad announcement this afternoon: its planet hunting spacecraft Kepler has been retired after running out of fuel. Scientists knew this day was coming, having first revealed the low-fuel state to the public this past summer. Researchers took steps to conserve the remaining fuel, including strategic use of hibernation states, but the fateful day has already arrived.

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Psychologists create free intelligence test for tablets and smartphones

Psychologists create free intelligence test for tablets and smartphones

Psychologists with UC Irvine and UC Riverside have developed a new test designed to measure intelligence. Unlike some existing tests, which often require payment and take a large block of time to finish, the new test is free and can be completed in only ten minutes. The test is designed to work on tablets and smartphones.

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First SpaceX Falcon Heavy government rocket launch coming in early 2019 says Air Force

First SpaceX Falcon Heavy government rocket launch coming in early 2019 says Air Force

The United States Air Force and SpaceX are now targeting early 2019 for the first government launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket. Falcon Heavy is designed to boost much heavier payloads into orbit and support manned space flight with capsules rather than cargo. The early 2019 launch window is a delay from the previously planned November 30 launch.

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NASA to reassess Mars Opportunity rover’s situation in January 2019

NASA to reassess Mars Opportunity rover’s situation in January 2019

Unfortunately, a global dust storm earlier this year may have sealed Opportunity rover's fate. The space agency has been attempting to restore communications with the Mars rover for weeks, but so far the machine has not responded. Opportunity entered a hibernation-like state this past summer after being unable to recharge its batteries; all has been silent since, but NASA hopes a windy season will change that.

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Bitcoin may rapidly push Earth past global warming tipping point

Bitcoin may rapidly push Earth past global warming tipping point

A new study warns that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies like it could help push the Earth's temperature past the 2°C global warming threshold in only a couple decades. The reason lies in how bitcoin and similar digital money works: by utilizing substantial hardware resources, gobbling up electricity and helping fuel harmful emissions.

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NASA parachute world record paves way for Mars 2020 rover launch

NASA parachute world record paves way for Mars 2020 rover launch

NASA has yet another record under its belt: the fastest inflation of a parachute. The milestone was achieved with the Mars 2020 parachute, which was tested in early September using Earth's atmosphere and a Black Brant IX sounding rocket. The parachute was packed as a payload, ultimately separating from the rocket to fall back to Earth.

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Dolphins forced to simplify calls as human noise pollution grows

Dolphins forced to simplify calls as human noise pollution grows

Bottlenose dolphins have been forced to simplify their speech due to a variety of noisy human activities, according to new research out of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The change in calls was discovered by researchers who placed microphones on the Atlantic Ocean's floor to monitor noise levels near Maryland.

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NASA Parker Solar Probe spacecraft sets new record with Sun approach

NASA Parker Solar Probe spacecraft sets new record with Sun approach

NASA's Parker Solar Probe has just broke the record previously held by the German-American Helios 2 spacecraft: it is the latest object crafted by humans to make the closest approach to the Sun. The previous record was set back in 1976, that having been bumped to second place at approximately 1:04PM EDT today.

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Google AI Impact Challenge has $25m for good ideas

Google AI Impact Challenge has $25m for good ideas

Groups with Artificial Intelligence-centric ideas for the greater good of humanity might want to check out Google's newest initiative. Google unveiled their "Google AI Impact Challenge" this week at an event called "Google AI for Social Good." At this event, the Google AI Impact Challenge was revealed with an up-to $25 million dollar award for grantees that'll allow these creators to "help transform the best ideas into action."

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Hubble Space Telescope resumes science operations

Hubble Space Telescope resumes science operations

NASA has been working hard to fix an issue with the Hubble Space Telescope for weeks now. The issue surfaced at the start of the month when a gyroscope failure put Hubble into safe mode. Scientists on the Hubble team switched to the backup gyro, but the backup had issues that cause the telescope to be unable to aim accurately at targets.

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Gut bacteria may not fully replenish after antibiotic use: study

Gut bacteria may not fully replenish after antibiotic use: study

A new study has found that gut bacteria only partially replenishes in healthy individuals following antibiotic use. Scientists tested the effects of antibiotics on gut bacteria in heathy men, finding that it nearly eradicated the "good bacteria," which then slowly replenished over the following half-year. Unfortunately, not all of the beneficial bacteria returned and researchers found that some unwanted bacteria also established itself in the gut.

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