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NASA space photo shows stunning green Earth after Midwest floods

NASA space photo shows stunning green Earth after Midwest floods

The Midwestern states have been slammed with storms in recent days leading to massive flooding in many areas. While the floods are tragic, the rain's overall effect on the Midwest landscape is stunning. New NASA photos of Earth taken from space show multiple Midwestern states covered in a thick blanket of bright green leaves and grass, covering the center of the country with a huge swath of fertile, robust vegetation. The photos hint at a promising summer as far as crop growth is concerned.

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This camera is so fast, it makes light stand still

This camera is so fast, it makes light stand still

Sony might boast of a 1,000 fps CMOS and Samsung might flaunt its 240 fps slo-mo on the Galaxy S8. Neither, however, has anything on this camera that could probably even catch The Flash in action. Besting even scientific high-speed cameras and their 100,000 fps rates, this image capturing device developed by Lund University researchers can record video at an mind-blowing rate of five trillion images per second. In short, 5,000,000,000,000 fps.

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New ‘whiplash’ dinosaur species identified from Wyoming skeletal remains

New ‘whiplash’ dinosaur species identified from Wyoming skeletal remains

Back in 1995, a Swiss team of researchers excavated the skeletal remains of a sauropod dinosaur from a site in Wyoming. The remains date back to the Jurassic period and originate from a type of dinosaur that had a long neck and, most notably, a very long whip-like tail. The tail's design is responsible for the term 'whiplash' dinosaur, as the tail itself likely looked like a long, thin whip. The tail is at odds with the dinosaur's otherwise massive body.

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NASA’s Cassini finds the space between Saturn and its rings is unusually empty

NASA’s Cassini finds the space between Saturn and its rings is unusually empty

NASA researchers have dubbed the space between Saturn and its rings 'the big empty' due to the surprising lack of dust in the expanse. This discovery was made by the space agency's Cassini spacecraft, which made its first pass through the empty space on April 26. Researchers had expected this region to contain a certain level of dust, but instead received data back that indicated quite the opposite -- there's not much dust at all, relatively speaking.

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Alzheimer’s Treatment Restores Memory Function : human trials on roadmap

Alzheimer’s Treatment Restores Memory Function : human trials on roadmap

Human trials are now in the conversation with recently famed "repeated scanning ultrasound" (SUS) Alzheimer's disease treatment research. Alzheimer's research saw a jolt of interest over the past year as scanning ultrasounds were found to be effective at memory restoration. In repeated scanning ultrasound treatments of mice brains, positive results of amyloid-β and memory restoration were enough to publish research in AAAS-certified Science Translational Medicine - a publication of good repute.

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Antarctica’s Blood Falls explained (but it’s still super-creepy)

Antarctica’s Blood Falls explained (but it’s still super-creepy)

Blood Falls in Antarctica received its name for a readily apparent reason: it appears to be a stream of blood flowing from the icy landscape. The liquid is somewhat disconcerting to behold, but of course it isn't blood -- researchers have long known it to be some other substance which, at one time, was thought to perhaps be a red algae. A new study sheds light on the possible cause of Blood Falls, though, and the reason is far more interesting: there may be a body of salt water trapped under the glacier that has been there for more than a million years.

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Watch SpaceX nail Falcon 9 landing after launching US spy satellite

Watch SpaceX nail Falcon 9 landing after launching US spy satellite

Today was a good day for SpaceX, because not only was its Falcon 9 rocket at the center of a military launch - a longtime goal of Elon Musk's - but the entire mission went off without a hitch too. Well, we assume the whole thing went off without a hitch, as we don't have many details on the mission itself. The landing, however, was just about as perfect as SpaceX could want, with the Falcon 9 rocket landing safely back on Earth.

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SpaceX’s first military satellite launch delayed one day

SpaceX’s first military satellite launch delayed one day

Sunday morning was the scheduled time for SpaceX's latest Falcon 9 launch, where it would carry out its first mission for the US military, but the rocket company was forced call a one-day delay at the last moment. The launch was due to take place at Cape Canaveral at 7:00 AM ET on April 30th, but a sensor issue with the rocket prompted a cancellation less than 60 seconds to lift-off.

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NASA showcases inflatable greenhouse for future Mars astronauts

NASA showcases inflatable greenhouse for future Mars astronauts

NASA has published a series of images showcasing the prototype of an inflatable greenhouse that may one day be used to grow food in Earth-like conditions...while on Mars. The greenhouse and others like it would exist to provide food for human astronauts who eventually make their way to the Red Planet. This prototype joins numerous studies conducted by the space agency that evaluate which foods are ideal for space growth and the best ways to encourage their growth in adverse conditions.

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Neanderthal DNA found in cave dirt even though the bones are long gone

Neanderthal DNA found in cave dirt even though the bones are long gone

Researchers have detailed a method by which it is possible to detect the presence of long-gone hominin groups in locations where actual skeletal remains aren't present. The method -- which involves looking for traces of DNA in sediment layers -- has been successfully used to detect the presence of Neanderthal DNA in more than half a dozen sediment layers, as well as an instance of Denisovan DNA detection in what is described as a Middle Pleistocene layer.

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USPS ‘Total Solar Eclipse’ Forever Stamp arrives in June

USPS ‘Total Solar Eclipse’ Forever Stamp arrives in June

As we've previously reported, this upcoming August will offer a rare total solar eclipse that stretches a path from the western coast to the eastern coast of the United States. This will be the first time such an eclipse stretches across the entire nation since the last event in 1918. Overall, people in a total of 14 states will be able to witness the event. Ahead of that, though, comes a new US Postal Service Forever Stamp to mark the event.

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DARPA project will use tech to speed up human learning

DARPA project will use tech to speed up human learning

It has long been the stuff of science fiction -- the dream of enabling rapid human learning via microchips, machine-to-brain cables, or some other type of technology. DARPA, as with many of its mad science projects, is looking into making that dream a reality. The defense research agency has announced a total of eight different projects being run by seven different institutions as part of a larger DARPA-funded research program on this topic that will coordinate the efforts of these institutions. If the teams are successful, humans will be closer than ever to tech-based rapid human learning.

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