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Virgin Orbit successfully drops rocket from plane over Mojave Desert

Virgin Orbit successfully drops rocket from plane over Mojave Desert

A day after detailing its plan, Virgin Orbit has successfully dropped a test rocket from a plane high above the Mojave Desert in California. The test is a key step toward the space company's plan of eventually launching satellites into space from the air, an alternative to the typical ground-based launches used by SpaceX and other companies.

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Saturn V rocket to be projected on Washington Monument next week

Saturn V rocket to be projected on Washington Monument next week

One of the coolest things to happen in Washington in a while will happen next week. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing on July 20 events are being held around Washington D.C. One of the most interesting of these events will take place at the Washington Monument.

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ESA project produces first bioprinted bone and skin samples

ESA project produces first bioprinted bone and skin samples

One of the big challenges that the ESA and NASA are facing is keeping astronauts healthy on future long-duration space mission to other planets. On a trip to Mars, for instance, there is a real chance of injury requiring the sort of medical services readily available on Earth, but not available on Mars or inside a spaceship. To help provide astronauts with anything they might need the ESA has been working on a project to bioprint skin and bone.

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Study finds some video games can boost creativity in players

Study finds some video games can boost creativity in players

Someone who wants to increase their creativity may benefit from playing certain types of video games, according to a new study out of Iowa State University. The researchers looked at massively popular game Minecraft, the entire basis of which is creating new worlds and structures, and found that players experienced increased creativity later on. There was an exception among these players, however, indicating that not all gameplay is the same.

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NASA makes a plan to keep Voyager 1 and 2 operating

NASA makes a plan to keep Voyager 1 and 2 operating

Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 are the oldest operating spacecraft that NASA has with the spacecraft operating for nearly 42 years. Both spacecraft launched in 1977 and as the years have gone buy they have less and less power to run scientific instruments and heaters to keep the components warm and working in the vastness of space. The challenge for engineers at NASA is in deciding what instruments get power and which don't over time.

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Kilometer-sized asteroid orbits the sun every 151 days

Kilometer-sized asteroid orbits the sun every 151 days

Scientists at Caltech have discovered an asteroid that is about a kilometer in size that has what they term the shortest "year" known for any asteroid. What they mean by "year" is the time it takes the asteroid to complete a full orbit around the sun. The asteroid, known as 2019 LF6, orbits the sun once every 151 days.

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Hubble observes star formation in a distant galaxy

Hubble observes star formation in a distant galaxy

The Hubble Space Telescope has been in orbit for many years and has taken some fascinating images over that time that have shown what is happening in the cosmos around us. NASA and the ESA have announced that a new Hubble Space Telescope image has been taken and made public that shows an image of a distant galaxy that has bright and colorful pockets of star formation.

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Scientists use a new technique to measure the spin of five supermassive black holes

Scientists use a new technique to measure the spin of five supermassive black holes

Scientists have used data from the Chandra X-ray observatory and a chance alignment to use a new technique to measure the spin of five supermassive black holes. The team has found that the matter swirling around one of the black holes is doing so at about 70% of the speed of light. The team took advantage of a natural phenomenon called a gravitational lens.

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IBM Hypertaste e-tongue uses AI to rapidly identify liquids

IBM Hypertaste e-tongue uses AI to rapidly identify liquids

IBM has revealed Hypertaste, an 'e-tongue' that can rapidly pick out the flavors in liquids. The company describes its creation as an AI-powered electronic tongue, one that can be used to fingerprint liquids that are less than suitable for ingestion, but that need to be identified more rapidly than is possible using traditional laboratories. Examples include remote water quality checks and testing for counterfeit alcohol.

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LightSail 2 mission dashboard shows public solar spacecraft’s status

LightSail 2 mission dashboard shows public solar spacecraft’s status

LightSail 2, the spacecraft launched as part of the crowdfunded solar sail project called LightSail, was the subject of an update from the Planetary Society today. According to the team behind the project, the public now has direct access to the latest data from the spacecraft via its newly launched mission control dashboard. With this site, anyone can see the LightSail 2's status, location and more.

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How machine learning will be our Gandalf

How machine learning will be our Gandalf

In the near future, we'll be using machines to read research papers and make connections humans have not yet made. A paper published in the scientific journal Nature outlined how old scientific research papers contain "latent knowledge" that we, pathetic humans, are not utilizing fully. As a system called Word2vec proved, the connections are there to be made, and they will continue to be made in a BIG way with machine learning!

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Researchers have stored data inside a molecular thumb drive

Researchers have stored data inside a molecular thumb drive

Researchers at Brown University have announced that they have made a big step towards molecular storage systems that can hold huge amounts of data inside tiny spaces. The team has demonstrated that it is possible to store image files in solutions of common biological small molecules. Scientists are putting lots of effort into creating data storage devices using DNA that can hold vastly more data than current hard drives.

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