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Stephen Hawking PhD thesis released for free, crashes website

Stephen Hawking PhD thesis released for free, crashes website

Stephen Hawking is arguably one of the greatest minds of our time. But like any genius, he didn’t spring forth fully formed like Athena from Zeus’s head. Before Hawking, the scientist, was Hawking, the postgraduate student. And while we can’t travel back through time (yet), we can at least try to get a glimpse of the young man of 24 through his 1966 thesis. Now anyone can try to do that now that Cambridge University has made it available to anyone for free.

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Scientists discover 9.7 million year old teeth that could change history

Scientists discover 9.7 million year old teeth that could change history

A bit over a year ago a group of archaeologists was in a town called Eppelsheim in southwestern Germany digging at a site where the Rhine River used to flow. During their excavation, the scientists discovered two ancient teeth. The news of the discovery is only making headlines this week because the discovery was so significant the team had to ensure their information was correct before publishing.

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NASA model improves odds of finding habitable exoplanets

NASA model improves odds of finding habitable exoplanets

NASA has a new model that improves the space agency's odds of identifying habitable exoplanets. The model is based on new NASA research that determines conditions across three different dimensions instead of one, as previous models did. With this, NASA says, researchers will be better able to determine which exoplanets are worth exploring (from a habitability standpoint).

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Ancient stone gates spied on Google Earth have experts confused

Ancient stone gates spied on Google Earth have experts confused

Researchers have found hundreds of mysterious stone 'gates' scattered throughout the Saudi Arabian desert, a discovery made possible in part thanks to satellite footage published on Google Earth. These gates aren't exactly what you're probably imaging -- they're not tall structures that swing open, but instead are very large, shallow rectangles that aren't noticeable unless you're looking at them from high above.

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PostBOT delivery robot helps German mail carriers with deliveries

PostBOT delivery robot helps German mail carriers with deliveries

The German town of Bad Hersfeld has been chosen as the test location for a new delivery robot dubbed PostBOT that will be used to help mail carriers make their deliveries. The robot will carry mail items for the mail deliverers on their routes to make delivery of items easier. PostBOT has enough space inside to carry up to six post trays.

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Explore the Mars landscape in Chrome via Google’s Access Mars project

Explore the Mars landscape in Chrome via Google’s Access Mars project

NASA rovers have taken a huge number of photos from the Mars surface, enabling researchers on the ground to combine them into a single massive, highly detailed 3D model of the planet's landscape. This 3D model, thanks to a Google project called Access Mars, is now easily accessible to anyone with access to Chrome or your Internet browser of choice.

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This faux skin gives robots a sense of touch

This faux skin gives robots a sense of touch

Researchers with UCLA and the University of Washington have created a faux skin that gives robots a sense of touch, enabling them to better grasp objects and more. This fake skin, which is described as a flexible sensor, can be stretched over robotic parts or a prosthetic limb, giving the device a sense of vibration and shear force.

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LEGO Women of NASA set release date and pricing info

LEGO Women of NASA set release date and pricing info

This week the folks at LEGO presented the final version of what'll be one of the most awesome Minifigure-centric sets in history. This is the LEGO Ideas "Women of NASA LEGO set". It comes from the awesome mind of fan designer Maia Weinstock who presented her idea to LEGO Ideas under the headline "Ladies rock outer space"!

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Unitree Robotics shows off Laikago quadruped robot

Unitree Robotics shows off Laikago quadruped robot

One glance at the Laikago robot and if you have ever laid eyes on a Boston Dynamics quadruped you will see the resemblance. The builder of the Laikago robot isn't afraid to say that he is a big fan of Boston Dynamics, Xing Wang will tell you that Marc Raibert is his idol. Raibert is the founder and president of Boston Dynamics.

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Hubble makes milestone observation of gravitational-wave source

Hubble makes milestone observation of gravitational-wave source

NASA has announced a new milestone observation made possible via Hubble, which spotted light that has been connected to a gravitational-wave event. According to the space agency, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope first detected a high-energy light pulse on August 17. Following this, the National Science Foundation's LIGO picked up on the gravitational waves from colliding stars that were related to the gamma-ray burst.

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World’s first negative emissions plant turns carbon dioxide into stone

World’s first negative emissions plant turns carbon dioxide into stone

Scientists and people around the world are concerned with the amount of carbon dioxide that we put into the atmosphere globally each year. The fear is that the greenhouse gas could warm the planet enough to cause a catastrophic climate disaster. Work has been ongoing for decades into systems that can capture the CO2 from the air and help the environment.

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Researchers develop 3D morphing material inspired by cephalopods

Researchers develop 3D morphing material inspired by cephalopods

Researchers with Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania have developed a new material that can morph in a way similar to the skin of an octopus. The 3D morphing material doesn't just change color, instead also altering in shape so that it can better mimic other objects. The material was inspired by an octopus's ability to camouflage itself using both colors and textures.

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