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The James Webb Space Telescope bloomed one last time on Earth

The James Webb Space Telescope bloomed one last time on Earth

Like a huge, technological flower, the James Webb Space Telescope has fully opened its vast mirror for the final time while still Earthbound, with the hexagonal array of precisely configured reflectors blooming for one last test before the instrument's launch later in 2021. Set to supplant Hubble as NASA, the ESA, and the CSA's preeminent eye-in-the-sky, Webb is intended to give scientists an unprecedented infrared view of the universe.

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Scientists discover a creature on the ocean floor thought to be extinct

Scientists discover a creature on the ocean floor thought to be extinct

Researchers have discovered a symbiotic relationship between two marine life forms that are thriving on the bottom of the ocean. What's so surprising about these lifeforms, called "Living Fossils," is that they were thought to have gone extinct 273 million years ago. Scientists have discovered non-skeletal corals growing from the stalks of marine animals known as crinoids, or sea lilies.

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Voyager 1 hears a plasma hum in deep space

Voyager 1 hears a plasma hum in deep space

Voyager 1 is one of a pair of NASA spacecraft launched 44 years ago. Voyager 1 is the most distant human-made object in space, and it's still working and getting further from home every day. The spacecraft entered interstellar space after exiting our solar system's heliopause.

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OSIRIS-REx is on its way home packed with asteroid samples

OSIRIS-REx is on its way home packed with asteroid samples

The NASA OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has spent nearly half a decade in space and has finally departed asteroid Bennu and is on its way back to Earth. NASA has announced that on Monday, May 10 at 4:23 PM EDT the spacecraft fired its main engines full throttle for seven minutes. The firing of its main engines represents the most significant maneuver for the spacecraft since it arrived at Bennu in 2018.

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Researchers use an algorithmic approach to understand how cancer changes histone markers

Researchers use an algorithmic approach to understand how cancer changes histone markers

Scientists at EPFL and UNIL have used a new algorithmic approach on cancer cells to gain knowledge and how changes in histone markers (H3K27ac) and induce repositioning of chromatin regions in the cell nucleus. The scientists have also described how modifications to local contacts between regulatory elements known as enhancers and promoters influence oncogene expression. The research is attempting to gain a new understanding of cancer and potential methods to fight it.

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AiFoam helps robots interact with their environment

AiFoam helps robots interact with their environment

Researchers at the National University of Singapore have created something they call AIFoam. The material is a smartphone designed to give machines a more human-like sense of touch, allowing robots to judge human intentions and respond to changes in the environment. Artificially innervated foam, or AIFoam, is a new material that's soft and spongy. It's designed to mimic the sense of human touch and can sense nearby objects without actually having to touch them.

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Geology expertise helps scientists find Earth-like planets

Geology expertise helps scientists find Earth-like planets

University of British Columbia geologist Brendan Dyck has leveraged his expertise in planetary formation to help scientists identify exoplanets that might support life. Astronomers have so far identified more than 4000 exoplanets, with others waiting for confirmation. Some of those planets are orbiting stars in what is believed to be the habitable zone and could sustain life. Dyck is using the geology of early planet formation to help identify exoplanets that might be capable of supporting life.

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Smartphone app helps blind people stand in socially distanced lines

Smartphone app helps blind people stand in socially distanced lines

During the pandemic, everyone is expected to stay socially distanced, with at least six feet between them and the person in front of them. For those with normal vision, standing in line while remaining at a safe distance from the person in front of you isn't a problem. However, for the blind or visually impaired, maintaining an appropriate distance can be a challenge. A team of IBM researchers have created an AI-driven smartphone application called LineChaser to solve this problem.

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Super blood moon will grace the sky later this month

Super blood moon will grace the sky later this month

Backyard astronomers want to look to the skies later this month to witness the "super blood moon." The super blood moon will be visible on May 26 in parts of the United States. The super blood moon happens when two lunar phenomena occur at the same time. We see a supermoon at the point when the moon is slightly closer to the Earth than usual in its orbital cycle, making it appear larger in the sky.

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Mars may have had “recently” active volcanoes

Mars may have had “recently” active volcanoes

Scientists have long known that Mars was volcanically active billions of years ago. However, many believe that volcanic activity had long ago ceased. A team of scientists now believes Mars was volcanically active in much more recent history.

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SpaceX successfully launches 60 new Starlink satellites with its 14th mission

SpaceX successfully launches 60 new Starlink satellites with its 14th mission

SpaceX has been placing satellites in orbit to grow its constellation of Starlink satellites for a while now, and the service is available in beta for users in many areas. Early Sunday morning, May 9, 2021, SpaceX launched another Falcon 9 rocket into orbit packed with 60 Starlink satellites. The launch went off without a hitch, and SpaceX successfully recovered the first stage rocket on its drone ship at sea.

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Tesla pushes pricing on Model 3 and Model Y EVs higher

Tesla pushes pricing on Model 3 and Model Y EVs higher

One common irritation for car shoppers in the automotive world is price increases with each new model year. Typically, those price increases only happen with the introduction of new year models of cars, but sometimes prices go up during the model year. Recently Tesla has increased the price of its Model 3 and Model Y electric vehicles twice over the last month or so.

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