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NASA and ESA test effects of artificial gravity for astronaut health

NASA and ESA test effects of artificial gravity for astronaut health

NASA and the ESA have teamed up to conduct studies looking at the value of artificial gravity for the health of astronauts. The study starts with test subjects in Germany that will be confined to a bed for 60 days starting on March 25. The research is jointly funded between the two space agencies.

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NASA’s Fermi clocks Galactic Speedster Pulsar

NASA’s Fermi clocks Galactic Speedster Pulsar

Objects out in the universe can travel at incredible speeds that are hard for humans to comprehend. NASA's Fermi satellite has clocked a pulsar moving through space at an insane velocity. The satellite tracked the pulsar streaking through space at 2.5 million miles per hour.

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Smoking fathers increase heart defect risk in newborns

Smoking fathers increase heart defect risk in newborns

A new meta-analysis study has found that fathers who smoke may increase the risk of their unborn child developing a congenital heart defect, the number one cause of stillbirth. Though innovations in surgeries have improved the quality of life for individuals with congenital heart defects, the medical condition is lifelong, underscoring the need to reduce risk factors that may contribute to its development.

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Canadian T-rex declared largest in world 28 years after discovery

Canadian T-rex declared largest in world 28 years after discovery

Nearly three decades after being discovered, the fossilized remains of a Tyrannosaurus rex have officially been declared the largest in the world. The massive creature died around 66 million years ago in the ancient region now known as the Canadian province Saskatchewan, where paleontologists uncovered the skeleton in 1991. The T-rex has been nicknamed 'Scotty,' and it may have weighed more than 19,400lbs when it was alive.

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Jupiter looks like a giant marble in NASA’s latest stunning image

Jupiter looks like a giant marble in NASA’s latest stunning image

NASA has published a new image of Jupiter, one that shows the full planet with its iconic Great Red Spot visible in its entirety. The giant gas planet looks like a beautiful marble streaked with earthy colors in the new image, giving viewers an distant look to compare with NASA's vast library of close-up Jupiter photos. The image was captured by the space agency's Juno spacecraft.

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Consuming high-potency weed found to increase psychosis risk

Consuming high-potency weed found to increase psychosis risk

A new study has found an association between consuming high-potency cannabis and increased risk of experiencing psychosis. The research builds upon past studies that have found a link between consumption of highly concentrated THC products and negative mental health outcomes. In this latest study, researchers found a link between cities that sell high-potency cannabis products and a large number of new psychosis cases.

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This smart toilet seat has built-in sensors to detect heart failure

This smart toilet seat has built-in sensors to detect heart failure

Imagine if your toilet seat could detect the signs of congestive heart failure -- it's an unusual idea, yes, but one that researchers have turned into reality. Researchers with the Rochester Institute of Technology have developed a smart toilet seat able to measure biometrics while the patient is seated, including heart rate, how much blood the heart is pumping, and more.

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It’s no secret that ‘chickenpox parties’ are a terrible idea

It’s no secret that ‘chickenpox parties’ are a terrible idea

Earlier this week, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin set off a firestorm of criticism after revealing that he had deliberately exposed his nine children to chickenpox as an alternative to getting them vaccinated. Bevin is currently the face of what remains a popular, troubling activity among certain groups: 'chickenpox parties' aimed at infecting healthy children on purpose.

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Antidepressant failure linked to out of shape brain cells

Antidepressant failure linked to out of shape brain cells

When antidepressant medication works as intended, the results can be life-changing for patients suffering from depression. For around 30-percent of sufferers, however, the popular class of antidepressant medications called SSRIs simply does not work. Researchers have puzzled over this unexplained failure for years, but a new study may finally have the answer: out of shape neurons.

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Boeing uncrewed test flight for NASA may be delayed until August

Boeing uncrewed test flight for NASA may be delayed until August

Boeing has delayed its first uncrewed test flight under the NASA Commercial Crew program, at least according to sources claiming to have knowledge of the matter. The delay would be the latest in a long number of setbacks impacting the space agency's program. In contrast, competitor SpaceX successfully conducted its first uncrewed test flight in early March, putting it a full milestone ahead of Boeing.

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Icelandic lava tube explored using LiDAR packing drone

Icelandic lava tube explored using LiDAR packing drone

The SETI Institute and Astrobotic Technology, Inc have announced that they have finished using a drone equipped with a LiDAR system to explore the interior of a lava tube in Iceland. The ice-rich lava tube is located in the remote Myvantn region of Iceland. The LiDAR packing drone was able to document the shape and extent, history of rock falls, and ice formations inside the tube.

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Groundbreaking DNA drive saves data in the building blocks of life

Groundbreaking DNA drive saves data in the building blocks of life

Collaborating with the University of Washington, Microsoft has demonstrated a system that can store information in synthetic DNA and then retrieve the data afterward. The proof-of-concept device is among the first of its kind and can automatically encode data into a DNA sequence and then convert the information back to ones and zeros again so it’s readable by digital machines.

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