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Engineers create transparent solar panels that last three decades

Engineers create transparent solar panels that last three decades

Engineers at the University of Michigan and other institutions have created a new solar panel that is transparent enough to be used for windows in homes and businesses. In addition to being transparent, the new solar panels are also highly efficient and have estimated lifespans of 30 years. The team believes their new solar panel could be used to create commercial buildings with surfaces made entirely of solar panels.

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NASA study warns smart car features may increase drowsy driving risk

NASA study warns smart car features may increase drowsy driving risk

NASA is looking into the factors behind fatigued driving and how new automation technologies may both help -- and exacerbate -- the problem. Drowsy driving is responsible for many vehicular accidents and deaths every year, according to the NHTSA, but partially automated vehicles equipped with smart features may make this issue worse, not better.

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Astronomers predict Supernova Requiem will reappear in 2037

Astronomers predict Supernova Requiem will reappear in 2037

In the study of astronomy, it's difficult to predict many things that occur in the heavens. We can predict things like annual meteor showers and eclipses, but predicting other astronomical occurrences, such as supernovas, is something astronomers are frequently unable to do. For example, astronomers may know when certain stars appear to be preparing to explode into a supernova, but it's difficult or impossible to know exactly when that might happen.

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“Flying Dragon” pterosaur fossil discovered in the Atacama Desert

“Flying Dragon” pterosaur fossil discovered in the Atacama Desert

Scientists conducting research in the Chilean Atacama Desert have discovered an extremely interesting fossil described as a "Flying Dragon." The fossilized remains are of a pterosaur from the Jurassic era, and before the fossil was discovered, it was only known to exist in the northern hemisphere. The creature was a flying reptile that soared the skies 160 million years ago.

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Researchers create a MooLoo to toilet train cows

Researchers create a MooLoo to toilet train cows

Anyone taking a trip to a ranch where cattle are raised knows that cows go to the bathroom a lot. Cows are also a large source of ammonia and other emissions that are considered to be indirect greenhouse gases. One of the challenges with ranching is that the accumulation of fecal matter and urine from cattle contaminates the soil and can contaminate local waterways.

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Study finds astronaut blood mixed with Mars soil makes ultra-hard concrete

Study finds astronaut blood mixed with Mars soil makes ultra-hard concrete

It is prohibitively expensive to send building materials from Earth to Mars, which is why future habitats will need to be constructed primarily using materials already found on the Red Planet. According to research from the University of Manchester, compounds from urine and blood produced by astronauts may play a key role in this construction process.

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Steve Wozniak just revealed his own space company – with a twist

Steve Wozniak just revealed his own space company – with a twist

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has revealed his latest project, and like many rich men in tech he's looking to space to get his kicks. Privateer Space, emerging from stealth to give us a tease of what Woz and his partners have in mind, doesn't sound like it's trying to replicate Elon Musk's SpaceX or Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, however.

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This startup plans to bring the woolly mammoth back from extinction

This startup plans to bring the woolly mammoth back from extinction

Cutting-edge genetic engineering techniques aim to bring back the woolly mammoth, with a new startup promising that the long-extinct beast could be reborn in as few as six years. Colossal, emerging from stealth today, aims to tap CRISPR technology to restore the mammoth to the Arctic tundra, as a dramatic demonstration of how such an approach could help preserve critically endangered species.

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SpaceX’s milestone Inspiration4 launch gets a blast-off date

SpaceX’s milestone Inspiration4 launch gets a blast-off date

SpaceX has set a date for the Inspiration4 launch, the first all-civilian mission to use the company's Dragon spacecraft. The historic flight will see four would-be astronauts blast off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, and spend several days in orbit around Earth.

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Study finds chewing gum has benefits after heart surgery

Study finds chewing gum has benefits after heart surgery

The new study has investigated the benefits of chewing gum after heart surgery and found it might help with gut problems post-surgery. Researchers discovered that chewing gum after heart surgery could help the digestive tract begin working quicker and allow patients to be discharged sooner than those who don't chew gum. Sirvan S. Seng, one of the study researchers, said that there was no previous work investigating the use of chewing gum for recovery in heart patients.

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Chemical process converts sewer gas into hydrogen

Chemical process converts sewer gas into hydrogen

Researchers have developed a new chemical process that is able to turn gas created in the sewer system into hydrogen that can be used for fuel. The process converts hydrogen sulfide, commonly known as sewer gas, emitted from manure piles and inside the sewer pipes. Hydrogen sulfide is also created as a byproduct in some industrial processes, including oil refining, mining, and others.

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Uchuu software is a massive and realistic simulation of the universe

Uchuu software is a massive and realistic simulation of the universe

Researchers have created a virtual universe and made the software, called Uchuu, available to everyone via the cloud. Uchuu is a Japanese word meaning outer space, and the software is described as the largest and most realistic simulation of the universe so far. The simulation has 2.1 trillion particles in a computational cube measuring 9.63 billion light-years across.

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