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InSight Mars lander has a heat flow probe setback

InSight Mars lander has a heat flow probe setback

NASA has announced that the Insight Mars lander has run into an issue with one of its instruments. The instrument is the heat flow probe, also known as the mole. In an image that NASA released, the probe can be seen sticking out of the ground.

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MIT CO2 removal device works at any concentration

MIT CO2 removal device works at any concentration

Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is a greenhouse gas that causes pollution all around the world. Removing pollution from the air is a key area of research around the world. Engineers from MIT have announced that they have developed a new way of removing carbon dioxide from a stream of air that could be a new way to fight pollution of this sort.

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Air Force X-37B spaceplane lands after record-breaking 780 days in orbit

Air Force X-37B spaceplane lands after record-breaking 780 days in orbit

SpaceX's reusable rockets may have the lion's share of attention and media buzz but the US Air Force has also something to boast that is both closer to home but also more daring. The Boeing-made X-37B spacecraft, or more accurately spaceplane' has just landed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Sunday, October 27 at 3:51 a.m. Not only is this the vehicle's third successful landing, it is also the longest time an X-37B has flown in orbit, finally crossing the two-year threshold.

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NASA says James Webb Space Telescope passed critical sunshield test

NASA says James Webb Space Telescope passed critical sunshield test

Ahead of its planned 2021 launch, the James Webb Space Telescope has passed a new critical test, according to NASA. All five layers of the telescope's sunshields were completely deployed and tensioned last week, meaning the sunshield is now installed in the same way it will be when the James Webb telescope is in space. This is the first time the sunshield has been deployed in this way and the result is described as "stunning."

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Venice Time Machine project temporarily sunk

Venice Time Machine project temporarily sunk

Over a thousand years of history in physical paper documents were in the process of being digitized by a state project called the Venice Time Machine Project. These state archives of Venice would have collected massive numbers of documents through the most modern means, allowing waves of ancient data to be interpreted with machine learning algorithms and utilized by data scientists aplenty. Unfortunately, a few mistakes were made between the start of the project and now. That's effectively a half-decade of scanning data that might be dead in the water.

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NASA VIPER rover will hunt for water ice in Moon’s shadowed regions

NASA VIPER rover will hunt for water ice in Moon’s shadowed regions

NASA plans to get a close-up look at water ice located near the Moon's South Pole, the space agency announced on Friday. The mission will involve the VIPER lunar rover, a new 'mobile robot' scheduled to arrive in 2022 ahead of the manned Artemis Moon landing. In addition to observing this water at a close distance, the rover will also take the first sample of ice from the Moon.

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Groundbreaking fossils reveal how life retook Earth after the dinosaurs

Groundbreaking fossils reveal how life retook Earth after the dinosaurs

An incredible fossil haul unearthed in Colorado could finally bridge the gap between the extinction of the dinosaurs and the reboot of life after that epoch-ending asteroid impact. Helping to answer questions which have long stumped scientists, the new findings pinpoint nature's mysterious recovery immediately after three out of every four living organisms was suddenly killed.

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NASA’s Mars 2020 rover stands on its wheels for the first time

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover stands on its wheels for the first time

The Mars 2020 rover has reached a critical milestone in its design and development. After years of design, analysis, and testing, the rover is on its wheels for the first time. The titanium legs of the rover are the black tubes that stick out the side.

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Drone swarm can explore unknown environments by themselves

Drone swarm can explore unknown environments by themselves

Researchers have created a swarm of small drones that are capable of exploring unknown environments by themselves. The scientists say that the research surrounding the drone swarm is a significant step in the field of swarm robotics. The drones in the swarm are small and weigh in at 33g.

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Curiosity’s latest selfie shows rover after special chemistry experiment

Curiosity’s latest selfie shows rover after special chemistry experiment

On October 11, NASA's Curiosity rover snapped a new selfie showing itself off following the completion of what the space agency says was a 'special' chemistry experiment. The selfie was taken on Mars' Sol 2,553 at the planet's Glen Etive, a clay-bearing unit where Curiosity drilled a couple of holes into the ground. Visible behind the rover is the upper part of Mount Sharp and Vera Rubin Ridge.

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Study shows how a fly lands on a ceiling (with slo-mo video)

Study shows how a fly lands on a ceiling (with slo-mo video)

Today we're looking at how a fly lands upside-down - up on a ceiling - courtesy of a study published this week in the AAAS's Science Advances. Inverted landing is something a fly takes for granted - largely because, as it would appear in this study, most of this process takes place in a fraction of a second. The findings in this paper show an expanded understanding of the various biomechanical, sensory, and neural processes that take place when a fly attempts to land on a ceiling. This data could lead to fantastic future applications - let's take a look at why.

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Researcher teaches rats to drive little cars

Researcher teaches rats to drive little cars

A researcher from the University of Richmond called Kelly Lambert has done something that sounds impossible outside of children's books. She has taught a rat to drive a tiny car. Lambert is a professor of behavioral neuroscience, and she and her team taught the rats to drive.

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