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Researcher’s ultrafast camera snaps 70 trillion frames per second

Researcher’s ultrafast camera snaps 70 trillion frames per second

A researcher from Caltech named Lihong Wang has created a new ultrafast camera capable of taking images extremely quickly. The ultrafast camera can snap images at a rate of 70 trillion per second. The team says in the length of time it takes a person to blink their eye; the camera can take trillions of pictures.

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These “superhuman eyes” will give NASA’s Perseverance rover its edge on Mars

These “superhuman eyes” will give NASA’s Perseverance rover its edge on Mars

NASA has detailed the advanced cameras that will give the Perseverance rover its "eyes" on Mars, a huge step up from previous Martian robots, as it readies the lab-on-wheels for its big trip to the red planet. If all goes to plan, NASA intends to launch Perseverance sometime in late July or early August of this year.

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New 3D metal printer uses LED light source

New 3D metal printer uses LED light source

Researchers at Graz University of Technology have created a new type of 3D printer that uses LED instead of laser sources for additive manufacturing of metal parts. The new 3D printer can optimize 3D metal printing for construction time, metal powder consumption, device costs, and post-processing work. The team behind the 3D printer has applied for a patent on the technology.

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Tiny spinobots use rat spinal cords to walk

Tiny spinobots use rat spinal cords to walk

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created tiny biological robots that can make walking motions thanks to rat spinal cord segments. The tiny robots that the researchers developed called spinobots and are powered by rat muscle and spinal cord tissue on a soft 3D printing hydrogel skeleton. Past generations of the biological robots were able to move forward by simple muscle contraction.

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Researchers find massive microplastic hotspots on the deep seafloor

Researchers find massive microplastic hotspots on the deep seafloor

Every year, plastic waste discarded by humans -- everything from plastic straws and food packaging to fishing nets and industrial products -- ends up in the oceans. This trash floats around, eventually bumping into each other, where it becomes trapped and forms an 'island' of trash. A new study sheds light on what happens to this plastic over time, namely the microplastic hotspots it can produce.

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Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo glides in test flight over New Mexico

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo glides in test flight over New Mexico

SpaceShipTwo has completed its first test flight conducted from Spaceport America in New Mexico, Virgin Galactic announced on Friday. The company called this a milestone flight, one that is paving the way for eventual commercial service. Virgin Galactic says the spaceplane achieved multiple test-points before ultimately landing safely back at Spaceport America.

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NASA reprocessed Europa images from the ’90s to reveal stunning details

NASA reprocessed Europa images from the ’90s to reveal stunning details

NASA has reprocessed images of Jupiter's moon Europa that were captured by its Galileo spacecraft back in the 1990s. The reprocessed versions of the images reveal the moon's surface in stunning detail, highlighting what NASA refers to as 'chaos terrain' and a variety of details about the features found on the surface. The new versions of the images are made possible using modern image processing technologies.

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Watch SpaceX’s Crew Dragon ace its all-important launch escape system

Watch SpaceX’s Crew Dragon ace its all-important launch escape system

SpaceX has released video of one of its latest Crew Dragon test, with the spacecraft's launch escape system put through its paces should an emergency abort be required. Undertaken back in mid-January, the testing focused on one of the most important safety systems the spacecraft will feature, designed to whisk astronauts out of harm's way in case of something like a Falcon 9 explosion.

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Engineers create thin, stretchable electronic material that is gas permeable

Engineers create thin, stretchable electronic material that is gas permeable

Engineering researchers at NC State University have created an ultrathin, stretchable electronic material that is gas permeable. Being gas permeable allows the material to breathe, making it more comfortable to wear. The researchers designed the material specifically for use in biomedical or wearable technologies where gas permeability allows sweat and volatile organic compounds to evaporate away from the skin.

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NASA space laser mapped ice loss over the last 16 years

NASA space laser mapped ice loss over the last 16 years

NASA has been making observations of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets for the last 16 years. The tool NASA has been using is the most advanced earth-observing laser instrument it's ever placed in space known as the Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite 2 (ICESat-2) launched in 2018 combined with measurements taken by the original ICESat that launched in 2003 and operated through 2009. Researchers found that the small amounts of ice gain in East Antarctica have been dwarfed by massive ice losses in West Antarctica.

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NASA reveals its three Artemis 2024 Moon lander firms

NASA reveals its three Artemis 2024 Moon lander firms

NASA's three picks for human landing systems for the Artemis program have been confirmed, a shortlist for the system which will land US astronauts on the Moon by 2024. The candidate systems each have ten months to demonstrate they're worthy for the next round of the process. Conspicuously absent from the final three, however, is Boeing.

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Scientists discovered a distant planet three times the mass of Jupiter

Scientists discovered a distant planet three times the mass of Jupiter

In our solar system, Jupiter is the largest planet by far. Jupiter has twice the mass of Saturn and 300 times the mass of the Earth. As big as Jupiter is, scientists have now discovered a distant planet that is even larger. The distant planet is called Kepler-88 d and it is three times the mass of Jupiter.

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