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Elon Musk’s SpaceX is gearing up to destroy one of its own rockets on Saturday to test a crucial emergency abort system on an unmanned astronaut capsule, the company’s final milestone test before flying NASA astronauts from US soil. Less than two minutes after liftoff from a launchpad in Florida, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule will fire
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Since devastating wildfires began raging across Australia last year, news emerging from the country has often been dire: 15.6 million acres of land burned, at least 28 people killed, more than one billion animals estimated dead. But this week, there was a heartening development. According to Adam Morton of the Guardian, firefighters have successfully saved
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By now, the story is a familiar one: Tens of thousands of years ago, our human ancestors turned to wolves for companionship, taming and trading their wild ways to make way for the cuddly, docile pooches in our living rooms today. But the tale of dog domestication might not be as simple, or as dramatic,
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The European space agency Arianespace opened its 2020 space missions account with a successful dual satellite launch – India’s communication satellite GSAT-30 and Eutelsat Konnect – into geo-stationary transfer orbit on Friday early hours with its heavy lift of Ariane 5 rocket. The Ariane 5 rocket lifted off from the spaceport in French Guiana. The
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In 1851, a German doctor named Carl Reinhold August Wunderlich took the temperatures of some 25,000 patients in the city of Leipzig and concluded that the average human body temperature sits at 37 degrees Celsius, or 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Though variations are known to exist from person to person, Wunderlich’s standard remains a benchmark for
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A new kind of concrete developed at the University of Colorado, Boulder is teeming with life. Unlike traditional concrete, which is a mix of water, sand, and cement, this new material incorporates two new ingredients: photosynthetic bacteria and gelatin. According to the study, published in the journal Matter, bricks of the so-called “living concrete” are
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In 1967, a young Native American man was murdered while hitchhiking. Authorities were unable to identify his remains—until Betty Pat Gatliff stepped in, producing a facial reconstruction so accurate that the victim was finally positively identified. The case marked Gatliff’s first foray into forensic sculpture. She would go on to pioneer a new technique for
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A group of scientists have succeeded in using living cells from frog embryos into other new life-forms, which they are referring to as a ‘living, programmable organisms’. The newly constructed self-healing creature are called ‘xenobots’ and can approach towards targets. They may also help in carrying medicine inside a patient’s body or conduct similar work.
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Last November, a mutton-chopped visitor was spotted prowling on the edges of Georgetown. It wasn’t the ghost of Martin van Buren—it was a bobcat. The small wildcat was caught by a camera trap placed near the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal by DC Cat Count. DC Cat Count’s goal is to better understand domestic and feral
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Rodents really have it rough. When hit with a Toxoplasma gondii infection, mice don’t just end up with parasites in their brains. They also get weirdly reckless, venturing into scary new environments and brashly investigating the smells of animals they should fear, like cats, foxes and intrusive human researchers, according to a study published this
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In a new catalogue compiled by researchers, nine sources of extremely high-energy gamma rays have been identified. All nine sources produce gamma rays with energies over 56 trillion electron volts (TeV) — more than eight times the energy of the most powerful proton beams produced at particle accelerators on Earth — and three emit gamma
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David Feinberg at the StartUp Health Festival in 2017. (Photo by Kelly Sullivan/Getty Images for … [+] Geisinger Health System) Getty David Feinberg, head of Google Health, defended the company’s partnership with large Catholic hospital system Ascension Tuesday afternoon in San Francisco. The partnership, nicknamed “Project Nightingale,” recently came under criticism after news outlets revealed 
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Should you encounter a herd of cows munching on a field of grass, you might very well hear them emit some emphatic “moos.” It’s hard for humans to decipher these cow calls, but a new study shows that our bovine buddies communicate using unique voices, which remain consistent across a range of emotional circumstances. Previous
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