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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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US bee species placed on endangered list for first time

US bee species placed on endangered list for first time

While some might consider bees a nuisance with a nasty sting, in reality they are vital to humans' survival around the globe, as their pollination process results in the growth of plants that we rely on for food. This is why it's so alarming that seven types of bees in the US were put under the protection of the Endangered Species Act for the first time. On Friday the US Fish and Wildlife Service said the species, found in Hawaii, are now threatened by extinction.

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Rosetta makes controlled comet impact to end mission

Rosetta makes controlled comet impact to end mission

It has been more than two years since Rosetta set off to investigate a comet, and now the mission has reached its end. The European Space Agency reports that Rosetta made a planned impact onto the comet, with that last maneuver having taken place at 22:50 CEST. The spacecraft made its collision from an altitude of almost 12 miles. Though researchers on Earth can no longer communicate with Rosetta, the spacecraft did transmit some final data about the comet before impact, and the researchers are waiting to find out what it contains.

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Challenergy shows off typhoon-proof wind turbine

Challenergy shows off typhoon-proof wind turbine

For many years, Japan thought that its energy needs moving into the future would be provided by nuclear power plants. When a typhoon hit in 2013 and led to the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant plans had to change. The problem for Japan is that normal wind turbines can’t withstand the forces of typhoon-class winds and the country has been hit with six typhoons in 2016. Normal wind turbines that we see in the US and Europe with propellers similar to aircraft can't survive the high winds of a typhoon, but the new design from Challenergy can.

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3D Printed synthetic bone grafts aim for human trials in five years

3D Printed synthetic bone grafts aim for human trials in five years

Researchers are currently working with a new 3D printed synthetic bone that the scientists say overcomes some of the issues that surgeons have with current bone grafting materials. In trials, the surgeons on the research team have used the substance to fuse the spines of rats and repair a skull defect in a monkey. The 3D printed material is strong, elastic, and capable of helping the body grow its own new bone to fix an injury.

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First child born with DNA from three parents

First child born with DNA from three parents

A five-month-old baby was the first to be born using a new technique that allows parents with severe genetic mutations to have healthy children. The child, a boy, is the first to be born using the technique that takes DNA from three people to create a viable embryo. The technique is only approved in the UK right now.

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