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Harvest Moon arrives tomorrow night: here are all the details

Harvest Moon arrives tomorrow night: here are all the details

Yes, you read that correctly: the Harvest Moon arrives tomorrow, an atypically late date for the moniker that is usually applied to September's full moon. Last month brought us the Corn Moon, the name given to the moon that arrives early in September around the same time that corn is harvested. Why the deviation from norm? Because September's full moon came early in the month, not late.

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Australia’s cats kill more than 1 million birds every single day

Australia’s cats kill more than 1 million birds every single day

Ordinary cats in Australia kill more than a million birds every single day, according to a newly published study. The findings were made by researchers from the Threatened Species Recovery Hub of the National Environmental Science Program after looking at evidence from more than 200 different studies. Overall, the majority of birds are killed by feral cats, but pet cats take out a substantial number on their own.

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GDF15: Monkeys and Mice gift humans with Stressful Weight Loss

GDF15: Monkeys and Mice gift humans with Stressful Weight Loss

Mice, Monkeys, and also Rats have given their lab-tested time and stress to a set of researchers searching for weight loss. What they found was a protein by the name of Growth Differentiation Factor-15, AKA GDF15 (also known as MIC-1). This protein was discovered by researchers from three different pharmaceutical companies and published in three papers, each independent of the other - that doesn't sound suspicious to you, does it?

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Researchers develop smart tattoos that use color changing ink for medical info

Researchers develop smart tattoos that use color changing ink for medical info

Researchers working together at Harvard and MIT have developed a new ink for tattoos that is able to monitor health and change color to warn of certain medical issues. The ink could change colors if the person is dehydrated or if the blood sugar rises. The inks used in the tattoos are biosensitive and the tech seeks to merge tattoo art with medical monitoring devices.

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Lockheed Martin Mars Base Camp could take us to the Red Planet in a decade

Lockheed Martin Mars Base Camp could take us to the Red Planet in a decade

Lockheed Martin is at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Australia and at the event it has offered up details on its Mars Base Camp. Among the detail is how Lockheed would align it vision with the NASA lunar deep space gateway and Mars surface lander plans. Mars Base Camp is Lockheed's vision of how to send humans to mars in about ten years.

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Archaeologists have found the lost temple of Artemis

Archaeologists have found the lost temple of Artemis

The ancient temple belonging to the goddess Artemis has been discovered after about 100 years of searching. Greek authorities reported the discovery late last week, saying it was found by archaeologists with the Archaeological School in Greece alongside the Ephorate of Euboea Antiquities. Excavation work has been underway for a handful of years.

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Bed bugs are attracted to unwashed clothes: study

Bed bugs are attracted to unwashed clothes: study

Bed bugs are a scourge that are difficult to spot before it is too late. Bring one home with you from a hotel or someone's home and you could be facing thousands of dollars to eradicate them. People have gone to great lengths to avoid them, including toasting luggage in a heating chamber. Science says there's a simpler solution, though: just wash your dirty clothes ASAP.

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You may soon unlock smartphone via heart sensing biometric scanner

You may soon unlock smartphone via heart sensing biometric scanner

We are all used to biometrics for security on our computers and other items today. Typically this is either a facial, retinal, or fingerprint scan that unlocks the computer and logs us into whatever we want to use. Scientists at the University of Buffalo have invented a new type of biometrics in the form of a system that sans the dimensions of your heart and uses that to identify you.

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NASA explains why the world didn’t end on September 23

NASA explains why the world didn’t end on September 23

People have predicted the end of the world since ancient days, and this past September 23 was no exception. The Internet was alight with a doomsday prediction that billed this past Saturday as a fateful day, one that would result in the fabled planet Nibiru colliding with Earth and killing everyone. Forums were filled with people reporting feeling 'vibes' about the event; psychics said it would happen. But, as expected, the day passed without event.

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Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier just lost a 100 square mile chunk of ice

Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier just lost a 100 square mile chunk of ice

Remember the Larsen C ice shelf that finished breaking earlier this year? Researchers are saying that Antarctic just lost yet another giant chunk of ice, this one measuring 103 square miles in size. To put that in perspective, the now-floating ice is more than four times the size of Manhattan, though it is much smaller than the calving that happened a few months back.

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Sea Horse project aims to generate huge power using the motion of the ocean

Sea Horse project aims to generate huge power using the motion of the ocean

Professor Tsumoru Shintake and the Quantum Wave Microscopy Unit at OIST are working on a new power generation system that could reap huge benefits. The project is called Sea Horse and it aims to harness energy from the Kuroshio ocean current that flows from the eastern coast of Taiwan to the southeastern parts of Japan. Sea Horse would use submerged turbines that anchor to the sea floor using mooring cables to convert the kinetic energy of sustained natural ocean currents into electricity.

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A robot in China performed dental surgery on a living person

A robot in China performed dental surgery on a living person

Going to the dentist is a scary experience for many, but obviously not for the brave person who volunteered to undergo oral surgery performed by a robot. The procedure took place in China, where the robotic dentist successfully implanted a pair of teeth into patient's mouth. No human took an active role in the surgery, according to a local report.

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