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NASA funds search for evidence of alien technology on exoplanets

NASA funds search for evidence of alien technology on exoplanets

NASA has issued its first grant toward the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) in three decades, funding work that will take place as a collaboration between the University of Rochester and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. This is the first time NASA has ever awarded a grant for non-radio technosignatures, meaning the researchers will study the potential technological signals indicating advanced alien technologies.

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MIT surgical adhesive detaches on demand

MIT surgical adhesive detaches on demand

MIT created a surgical adhesive last year that was able to quickly and firmly stick to wet surfaces like biological tissues. The double-sided adhesive tape was shown to be usable to seal rips and tears in lungs and intestines in seconds. MIT scientists have further developed that adhesive so that it can detach from the underlying tissue without causing any damage.

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Exoplanet HIP 67522 b may be the youngest hot Jupiter ever found

Exoplanet HIP 67522 b may be the youngest hot Jupiter ever found

Over the last two and a half decades, more than 4000 exoplanets have been discovered by scientists. One of the classes of planets that are still quite a mystery to scientists are known as "hot Jupiters." This particular type of exoplanet is similar in size to Jupiter but orbit extremely close to their parent stars.

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Rocket Lab prepares to launch a Canon camera microsatellite into orbit

Rocket Lab prepares to launch a Canon camera microsatellite into orbit

You're probably familiar with Canon's consumer camera products -- its fixed-lens models and DSLRs, for example -- but lesser-known is the company's work on micro-satellites. Back in 2017, Canon tapped India to launch one of its own small satellites, something that paved the way for two more satellite launches that will happen in 2020. The first launch, which involves Canon's CE-SAT-IB satellite, will take place in early July.

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Virgin Galactic will offer trips to ISS in NASA private astronaut program

Virgin Galactic will offer trips to ISS in NASA private astronaut program

Virgin Galactic will run private spaceflights to the International Space Station, inking a deal with NASA that will see it create a new space tourism program. The newly-signed Space Act Agreement will see Virgin Galactic train private astronauts, take them into orbit, and help demonstrate how the ISS could be used as more than the research platform it is today.

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Researchers create a way to cut nanometric patterns into 2D materials

Researchers create a way to cut nanometric patterns into 2D materials

EPFL researchers have developed a new high-precision technology that enables them to carve nanometric patterns into two-dimensional materials. The new technology allows the researchers to break the links between atoms with a miniature scalpel. The team says that it is extremely hard to structure to the materials using conventional lithography.

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Leaks suggest no new hardware for WWDC 2020 after all

Leaks suggest no new hardware for WWDC 2020 after all

Over the last few weeks, there have been numerous rumors that suggest when WWDC kicks off later today, there would be new hardware unveiled at the show. Specifically, rumors have pointed to a new iMac computer to be unveiled at WWDC 2020. Now multiple leaks have surfaced from notable leakers with a history of accuracy that claim there will be no new hardware unveiled today.

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This glorious new all-sky image of the universe gives you X-ray vision

This glorious new all-sky image of the universe gives you X-ray vision

A stunning new image mapping the universe offers unprecedented detail, delivering groundbreaking visuals of our Milky Way's features through to gigantic black holes as they grow in distant galaxies. It's the handiwork of the eROSITA X-ray telescope aboard the Russian-German "Spectrum- Roentgen-Gamma" (SRG), and promises the deepest view of the sky from its 360-degree instruments.

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CERN approves 62-mile super-collider: now it just needs $23bn to pay for it

CERN approves 62-mile super-collider: now it just needs $23bn to pay for it

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, more commonly known as CERN, has approved an ambitious plan to build a 62-mile super-collider in the pursuit of expanding humanity's knowledge of physics. The endorsement came from the CERN Council today, June 19, with costs expected to hit a minimum of €21 billion (approx. $23.5 billion). CERN, of course, is best known for its work involving the Large Hadron Collider.

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Space tourism startup plans big-ticket balloon rides to the atmosphere’s edge

Space tourism startup plans big-ticket balloon rides to the atmosphere’s edge

A startup aims to take space sightseers to the edge of Earth's atmosphere, with Space Perspective planning to launch balloon rides from Space Florida. The latest example of space tourism, the six hour balloon trips will include two hours at the very fringes of space, 100,000 feet above sea level.

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This adhesive film for smartwatch can detect metabolites and nutrients in sweat

This adhesive film for smartwatch can detect metabolites and nutrients in sweat

We can thank Apple for bringing the medical and health-related functions of wearables to the forefront with its Apple Watch, which can detect heart arrhythmias in the latest version. Apple is also rumored to be adding new health features to future versions of its wearable. Researchers and other wearable device makers are also heading in that direction. Engineers at UCLA have designed a thin adhesive film that can turn a consumer-grade smartwatch into a health monitoring system.

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Hubble shows off new images of planetary nebulae

Hubble shows off new images of planetary nebulae

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has taken some of the most iconic images of space that we have. Hubble has shown off its imaging capabilities with two new images of planetary nebulae. The images depict two nearby young planetary nebulae known as NGC 6302 and NGC 7027. The former is also known as the Butterfly Nebula.

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