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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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Scientists discover world’s first known manta ray nursery

Scientists discover world’s first known manta ray nursery

A group of researchers led by Ph.D. candidate Joshua Stewart from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and scientists from the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries have discovered what they say is the first known manta ray nursery in the world. The manta ray nursery was discovered at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Rare noctilucent clouds dazzled Seattle with starlight this morning

Rare noctilucent clouds dazzled Seattle with starlight this morning

Folks near and in Seattle were treated with a rare type of cloud formation early this morning, one that looked stunning with a backdrop of starlight. Images and details about the clouds were recently published by the National Weather Service, which says the clouds were visible over Lake Washington at the Service's Seattle location earlier today.

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Study warns teen “alternative medicine” use is growing

Study warns teen “alternative medicine” use is growing

A study out of the University of Illinois, Chicago, warns that kids and teens -- especially teens -- are using "alternative medicine" in growing numbers. The research was recently published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, which reports that despite warnings from officials that kids shouldn't use supplements, teens are increasingly using things like melatonin.

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