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Proxima B might have oceans of liquid water on its surface

Proxima B might have oceans of liquid water on its surface

Back in August we first talked about the Earth-like planet called Proxima B. The cool bit about this planet is that it is relatively close to the Earth and is believed to be potentially life supporting. Proxima B lies 4.25 light-years from the Earth and is orbiting the star Proxima Centauri. Now a few months after we first heard about the planet and scientists are talking up something even more interesting.

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Scientists feed silkworms graphene to create super strong silk

Scientists feed silkworms graphene to create super strong silk

Graphene is the subject of all sorts of experiments and is hailed as a wonder material. Graphene has the potential to be used in all sorts of devices from gadgets to medical gear in the future. A group of researchers have taken a new tact on graphene experiments by adding graphene to mulberry leaves fed to silkworms to see what would happen.

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Mars astronauts risk brain damage says new study

Mars astronauts risk brain damage says new study

We know that the magnetosphere of the Earth protects us all from all sorts of damaging radiation that comes from the sun and other celestial bodies in space. In fact we have known for years that astronauts on missions to Mars would face much higher risks for cancer. A new study reports that the astronauts on future Mars missions may also face brain damage in addition to increased risk of cancer.

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Hurricane Matthew wrecks NASA artifacts and buildings at Kennedy Space Center

Hurricane Matthew wrecks NASA artifacts and buildings at Kennedy Space Center

Hurricane Matthew was wreaking havoc in Florida over the weekend and part of the historic Space Coast where the Kennedy Space Center is located was hit by hurricane force winds. The most serious bit of damage to the facility and the public displays happened to the famous rocket garden at the site when the top a Thor-Delta booster fell off during the storm.

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Study says human age limit reached

Study says human age limit reached

Research released this week suggests that human lifespan expectancy has reached its limit. Scientists lead by Xiao Dong, Brandon Milholland, and Jan Vijg have concluded that improvements in survival with age "tend to decline after age 100." These researchers have concluded that maximum lifespan of humans "is fixed and subject to natural constraints." Sorry, Ricky Bobby. You're not going to live to be 245 or 300 years old.

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Air bag bike helmets shown to reduce impacts as much as six-times

Air bag bike helmets shown to reduce impacts as much as six-times

Researchers at Stanford have been developing a new breed of bicycle helmets that use air bags to significantly reduce injuries sustained in the event of an accident. David Camarillo is a bioengineer at Stanford working on the helmet design and according to testing performed at the University, the new airbag helmets can reduce the force of an impact as much as six times compared to a traditional bike helmet.

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Blue Origin’s New Shepard successfully performs in-flight escape test

Blue Origin’s New Shepard successfully performs in-flight escape test

After a string of successful launches and landings, Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket took to the skies one last time today in an effort to test the in-flight escape capabilities of the rocket's crew capsule. The launch turned out to be a success, with the crew capsule successfully performing its in-flight escape and falling back down to Earth safely.

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SIMbot uses a spherical induction motor and magnetic currents to get around

SIMbot uses a spherical induction motor and magnetic currents to get around

Professor Ralph Hollis invented a robot with a special motor that has a very simple drive system about a decade ago called the ballbot. Fast-forward ten years and Hollis' invention called the spherical induction motor (SIM) has been improved in a new robot called the SIMbot that has eliminated the mechanical drive system used on previous ballbots.

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Researchers send secure passwords through a human body

Researchers send secure passwords through a human body

Computer scientists and engineers at the University of Washington have come up with a novel way to send passwords securely with no risk of being intercepted and hacked by eavesdroppers. The potential for passwords to be stolen and hacked when sent over WiFi or Bluetooth is very real and lots of research time and money is spent looking for more effective and secure methods. The UW team believes they have found a secure way of sending passwords through the human body.

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Fossilized dinosaur footprint sets record with massive 3.5ft length

Fossilized dinosaur footprint sets record with massive 3.5ft length

Researchers have discovered one of the largest fossilized dinosaur footprints in existence, with it measuring about 42-inches in length and 30-inches in width. The discovery was made in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert by researchers from Mongolian and Japanese institutions who were on a joint project. According to these researchers, the footprint may have come from a herbivorous long-necked titanosaur, a massive dinosaur that may have been more than sixty feet tall and nearly one hundred feet long.

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NASA RASSOR rover digs for water, oxygen, and rocket fuel components

NASA RASSOR rover digs for water, oxygen, and rocket fuel components

NASA is working on a concept rover called the Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot or RASSOR. RASSOR is apparently pronounced "razor" giving it the cool sound that NASA seems to prefer when naming things. The goal of the rover is to help future missions to other planets overcome weight constraints by mining the surface of the planet for resources like water, oxygen, and rocket fuel components.

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British man may have been cured of HIV

British man may have been cured of HIV

The medical community is abuzz after a new experimental therapy may have cured a 44-year-old British man of HIV. Scientists working on the experimental therapy say that the HIV virus is completely undetectable in the man's blood. The research team investigating the new therapy consists of a team from five UK universities and the trial they are conducting currently has 50 people involved.

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