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Japanese scientists turn blood cells into human egg cells

Japanese scientists turn blood cells into human egg cells

Scientists in Japan have done something that sounds straight out of science fiction. They have been able to successfully create immature human egg cells from human blood for the first time. The team says the work is a breakthrough in stem cell research.

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Hayabusa2 MINERVA-II1 hopping rovers send back asteroid pics

Hayabusa2 MINERVA-II1 hopping rovers send back asteroid pics

Conspiracy theories aside, man has landed rovers on the moon and on Mars. But on something as “mobile” as an asteroid? Hardly. But that is exactly the achievement that the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency or JAXA celebrated a few days ago when it reported that its Hayabus2 mission successfully launched two MINERVA-II1 rovers. And more than such having successfully landed on the Ryugu asteroid, the rovers are in working condition and are already sending home some rather curious photos.

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TESS planet hunter gifts NASA two new exoplanets

TESS planet hunter gifts NASA two new exoplanets

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has shared its first observations with NASA, revealing the existence of two exoplanets previously unknown to researchers. The satellite was launched in April with the mission to find new planets, something it has already achieved with more sure to come. In addition to the two exoplanets, TESS found at least 73 stars that could have nearby exoplanets.

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558-million-year-old fossil confirmed as the oldest animal ever

558-million-year-old fossil confirmed as the oldest animal ever

Scientists from the Australian National University (ANU) have made a very incredible discovery that confirmed the earliest animal life in the geological record. The team says that the animal lived on the Earth 558 million years ago and is called Dickinsonia. This fossilized animal lived on Earth 20 million years before the "Cambrian explosion" of modern animal life.

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Insanely angry Canadian crabs are causing chaos in coastal waters

Insanely angry Canadian crabs are causing chaos in coastal waters

Canadian crabs are causing chaos in coastal waters where they have migrated, according to scientists. This variety of green crab comes from Nova Scotia and is described as incredibly aggressive, devouring soft-shell clams and even being willing to fight humans who get too close. Unfortunately, this brutal nature is causing big problems in the ecosystems the crabs inhabit.

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Octopuses on MDMA turn into relaxed and friendly creatures

Octopuses on MDMA turn into relaxed and friendly creatures

Typically asocial octopuses turn into affectionate creatures when given MDMA, the drug also known as ecstasy, according to a new study. Any given octopus is unlikely to seek out companionship from other octopuses, only coming together when it is time to mate. When given MDMA, however, these creatures were found to get close to each other and, in some cases, even 'hug' their companions.

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ESA’s Gaia finds the Milky Way is still recovering from near collision

ESA’s Gaia finds the Milky Way is still recovering from near collision

Gaia is a star mapping mission that the ESA is conducting, and it recently discovered something very interesting. Gaia has found that the Milky Way galaxy is still facing the effects of a near collision that set millions of stars to rippling like water in a lake. ESA scientists believe that the near collision happened in the past 300-900 million years.

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ESA and Nissan team to build off-road observatory for astronomers

ESA and Nissan team to build off-road observatory for astronomers

The European Space Agency has teamed with Nissan to develop an off-road mobile observatory capable of traveling to the world's darkest regions. The new vehicle, which is described as a concept at this time, is named the Nissan Navara "Dark Sky." According to the space agency, this concept includes a trailer featuring a high-powered observatory-class PlaneWave telescope.

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Massive 1,000ft spider web appeared overnight in Greece

Massive 1,000ft spider web appeared overnight in Greece

A spider web spanning nearly 1,000ft has appeared in Greece, where locals say unusually high mosquito activity took place before the web appeared. This isn't an ordinary spider web, not even a very large one -- it covers green landscape in a think blanket of webbing, giving a creepy wake-like appearance.

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White Shark Cafe: Why sharks travel to this one spot

White Shark Cafe: Why sharks travel to this one spot

There's a spot in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and Mexico where great white sharks hang en masse. This is the White Shark Cafe, and it's not the plot of a fictional story - it's a real place. Originally discovered 14 years ago by Stanford marine scientist Barbara Block, this year a team of researchers took the plunge to see what was up - or down, rather.

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Hubble discovery could change our understanding of neutron star evolution

Hubble discovery could change our understanding of neutron star evolution

Despite its many years of service, the Hubble Space Telescope is still helping astronomers and scientists to understand the universe. Hubble has discovered features around a neutron star that have never been seen before leaving scientists trying to figure out what has been discovered. Hubble found an unusual infrared light emission around a nearby neutron star.

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Humans may be hardwired for laziness according to new study

Humans may be hardwired for laziness according to new study

When faced with the opportunity to go to the gym or stay home lying on the couch binge-watching Netflix, those already doing the latter may find it very difficult to work up the motivation for physical activity. This sort of laziness may be hardwired into humans, according to new research out of the University of British Columbia.

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