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NASA in talks to turn the ISS into a commercial space lab

NASA in talks to turn the ISS into a commercial space lab

NASA wants to turn the International Space Station into a private space lab managed by a consortium of private companies. Details about the plan were recently given by NASA's Administrator Jim Bridenstine in a new interview, during which he explained that he's been talking with "many large corporations" about getting involved. The White House previously revealed that it plans to cut direct government funding for the ISS by 2025.

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That mystery dinosaur sold at the Eiffel Tower

That mystery dinosaur sold at the Eiffel Tower

Someone just bought a bunch of bones at the Eiffel Tower, and we don't yet know what the creature's called. It's a dinosaur, to be sure, but the exact species is not yet set in stone, as it were. The bones were discovered on private land in Wyoming, in the United States, and the bones haven't yet been in possession of any public or governmental entity. The skeleton is presumed to be a near-complete set of bones from a single dinosaur, and it's been put up for auction this month in Paris.

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Firefighting robotic proof-of-concept levitates on streams of high-pressure water

Firefighting robotic proof-of-concept levitates on streams of high-pressure water

Researchers from Tohoku University and the National Institute of Technology, Hachinohe College in Japan have pulled the wraps off a new firefighting robot that looks like a very long snake. This robot can get itself into buildings to help put out flames using streams of water that squirt out in multiple directions. Those streams of water allow the robot to float off the floor on the power of the high-pressure streams.

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Small asteroid caused surprise fireball over Africa this weekend

Small asteroid caused surprise fireball over Africa this weekend

Over the weekend, a small asteroid was detected shortly before entering Earth's atmosphere, where it appeared as a giant fireball. The space rock, which scientists have named 2018 LA, was spotted only a few hours before it hit Earth. The fireball was visible in and around Botswana, Africa, a little before 1PM local time.

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MIT researchers create wireless power delivery for implanted medical devices

MIT researchers create wireless power delivery for implanted medical devices

Researchers at MIT have created a new way to power and communicate with devices that are implanted deep within the human body. Such devices could be used for drug delivery, monitoring internal conditions within the body, or treating disease by treating the brain with electricity or light. The implants are powered by radio frequency waves that are safely passed through human tissues.

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Popular antibacterial ingredient linked to IBD and gut bacteria issues

Popular antibacterial ingredient linked to IBD and gut bacteria issues

A popular antimicrobial ingredient found in a variety of consumer hygiene and health products, including soaps and toothpaste, has been linked to health problems. According to a newly published study, the ingredient triclosan may alter gut bacteria leading to other health issues, including colon inflammation and "exaggerated disease development."

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E-skin made for “fully soft robots”

E-skin made for “fully soft robots”

Researchers are on the verge of creating electronic skin - a component of robots of the future made with "soft" features. Softness here means the opposite of rigidity. The softer the part, the more the part can be bent, molded, and shaped to meet challenges. The problem, said researchers this week, is that existing robots have set of necessary parts that aren't by their nature soft. These researchers presented a "skin-like electronic system" with which the gap between hard and soft can be bridged.

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Beyond Pluto: Countdown to NASA’s flyby of ULTIMA THULE

Beyond Pluto: Countdown to NASA’s flyby of ULTIMA THULE

The same spacecraft that brought us our closest-ever look at Pluto is still traveling outward. The mission goes by the name New Horizons, and Pluto was only its first (and thus far well known) in a string of mission components. Pluto, you see, rolls within the Kuiper Belt, a belt of asteroids that's 20x as wide as the Asteroid Belt we learned about in grade school. Pluto is just the gatekeeper.

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Pluto’s frozen methane dunes show dwarf planet can still surprise

Pluto’s frozen methane dunes show dwarf planet can still surprise

Pluto probably wouldn't be your first choice for a beach holiday, but even if you could get to the distant dwarf planet, recent findings of the New Horizons probe suggest the sand might not be what you'd expect. With a surface temperature of around -230 degrees Celsius, the individual grains may look like Earth sand, but they're made of something very different.

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NASA shares first GOES-17 image of Earth’s Western Hemisphere

NASA shares first GOES-17 image of Earth’s Western Hemisphere

NASA has shared the first image captured by the GOES-17 spacecraft. The image was taken with the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) and was debuted for the first time publicly this week. The image was snapped at 12:00 p.m. EDT on May 20, 2018.

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Researchers create the first 3D printed human corneas

Researchers create the first 3D printed human corneas

One of the important parts of the eye that allows humans to see is the outer layer known as the cornea. That part of the eye has a key role in focusing. For people with cornea problems, the only hope of clear vision is a cornea transplant from a donor, which are hard to come by. Researchers have now been able to 3D print the first human corneas that could eliminate the shortage.

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Astronaut ordered pizza in space before returning to Earth

Astronaut ordered pizza in space before returning to Earth

When far away from home, it's not unusual to crave familiar foods you can't get at the moment. That experience isn't limited to Earth travel, but also includes astronauts in space, particularly those living in the cramped quarters of the International Space Station. During a recent interview, one astronaut revealed that he'd ordered a pizza while still in space to make sure it'd be ready when he got back to Earth.

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