Why Build Big Rockets at All? It is Time for Orbital Refueling
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Why Build Big Rockets at All? It is Time for Orbital Refueling

On Tuesday, July 30th, NASA announced 19 different partnerships with 13 different companies to use their expertise to help them develop space technologies, from advanced communications systems to…

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Offshore oil and gas rigs leak more greenhouse gas than expected
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Offshore oil and gas rigs leak more greenhouse gas than expected

A survey of offshore installations extracting oil and natural gas in the North Sea revealed far more leakage of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, than currently estimated by…

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Tweaked CRISPR in Neurons Gives Scientists New Power to Probe Brain Diseases
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Tweaked CRISPR in Neurons Gives Scientists New Power to Probe Brain Diseases

A team of scientists at UC San Francisco and the National Institutes of Health have achieved another CRISPR first, one which may fundamentally alter the way scientists study…

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Foraging for information: machine learning decodes genetic influence over behavior
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Foraging for information: machine learning decodes genetic influence over behavior

Mice scurry around while foraging for food, but genetics may be the unseen hand controlling these meandering movements. Researchers at University of Utah Health are using machine learning to draw…

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Moisturizers May Be Turning Your Skin Into ‘Swiss Cheese’
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Moisturizers May Be Turning Your Skin Into ‘Swiss Cheese’

Visit any drugstore and you’ll find a dizzying array of choices for skin-care products. That’s no surprise, says UC San Francisco dermatology professor Peter Elias, MD, since at…

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Nanoscale “Glass” Bottles Could Enable Targeted Drug Delivery
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Nanoscale “Glass” Bottles Could Enable Targeted Drug Delivery

Tiny silica bottles filled with medicine and a special temperature-sensitive material could be used for drug delivery to kill malignant cells only in certain parts of the body,…

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Young Jupiter was smacked head-on by massive newborn planet
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Young Jupiter was smacked head-on by massive newborn planet

A colossal, head-on collision between Jupiter and a still-forming planet in the early solar system, about 4.5 billion years ago, could explain surprising readings from NASA’s Juno spacecraft,…

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New method rapidly detects invisible dangers to food
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New method rapidly detects invisible dangers to food

When food is recalled due to contamination from bacteria such as salmonella, one may wonder how a tainted product ended up on store shelves. New technology being developed…

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Air pollution can accelerate lung disease as much as a pack a day of cigarettes
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Air pollution can accelerate lung disease as much as a pack a day of cigarettes

Air pollution — especially ozone air pollution which is increasing with climate change — accelerates the progression of emphysema of the lung, according to a new study led by the…

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For superconductors, discovery comes from disorder
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For superconductors, discovery comes from disorder

Useful chaos — introduced disorder improves superconductivity. Discovered more than 100 years ago, superconductivity continues to captivate scientists who seek to develop components for highly efficient energy transmission,…

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XSEDE Stampede2, ECSS Helps Simulate Shock Turbulence Interactions
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XSEDE Stampede2, ECSS Helps Simulate Shock Turbulence Interactions

This may come as a shock, if you’re moving fast enough. The shock being shock waves. A balloon’s ‘pop’ is shock waves generated by exploded bits of the…

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Catcher of the rye: Science can now detect any gluten in any food
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Catcher of the rye: Science can now detect any gluten in any food

Scientists from Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, can now detect gluten in any food and show which grain it comes from, making it easier for food companies to…

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Model predicts cognitive decline due to Alzheimer’s, up to two years out
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Model predicts cognitive decline due to Alzheimer’s, up to two years out

A new model developed at MIT can help predict if patients at risk for Alzheimer’s disease will experience clinically significant cognitive decline due to the disease, by predicting…

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Evidence found for cloaked black hole in early universe
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Evidence found for cloaked black hole in early universe

A group of astronomers, including Penn State scientists, has announced the likely discovery of a highly obscured black hole existing only 850 million years after the Big Bang,…

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Printing flattens polymers, improving electrical and optical properties
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Printing flattens polymers, improving electrical and optical properties

Researchers have found a way to use polymer printing to stretch and flatten twisted molecules so that they conduct electricity better. A team led by chemical and biomolecular…

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Scientists reverse ageing process in rat brain stem cells
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Scientists reverse ageing process in rat brain stem cells

New research reveals how increasing brain stiffness as we age causes brain stem cell dysfunction, and demonstrates new ways to reverse older stem cells to a younger, healthier…

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Researchers Say We Could Pump CO2 Into Ocean Rocks: Pros and Cons
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Researchers Say We Could Pump CO2 Into Ocean Rocks: Pros and Cons

There’s an ongoing push from scientists and industries alike to figure out how to reduce CO2 emissions, or at least minimize their effects on the planet. Many solutions suggested…

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Greener, faster and cheaper way to make patterned metals for solar cells and electronics
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Greener, faster and cheaper way to make patterned metals for solar cells and electronics

An innovative way to pattern metals has been discovered by scientists in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Warwick, which could make the next generation of…

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Flame retardant may cause hyperthyroidism in cats
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Flame retardant may cause hyperthyroidism in cats

An epidemic of cats with hyperthyroidism may be explained by exposure to a chemical contained in flame retardants commonly found in furniture, according to an Oregon State University…

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No teeth cleaning needed: Crocodiles shed old teeth, grow new ones
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No teeth cleaning needed: Crocodiles shed old teeth, grow new ones

Unlike people, crocodiles do not clean their teeth to slow down wear and tear. Instead, they get rid of them and replace them with new copies. Having one…

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Why plastic bags are so hard to get rid of
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Why plastic bags are so hard to get rid of

In June, Canada joined a growing list of countries frustrated with the inability of market forces to shrink our plastics dependency and announced a plan to ban single-use…

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Covering only 1% of the World‘s Cropland with Solar Panels could meet Humanity‘s Energy Needs
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Covering only 1% of the World‘s Cropland with Solar Panels could meet Humanity‘s Energy Needs

Sounds too good to be true? Not according to researchers from Oregon State University (OSU), who had conducted the study behind the headline using a method called “agrivoltaics”…

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Solving the Big Problem of Measuring Tiny Nanoparticles
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Solving the Big Problem of Measuring Tiny Nanoparticles

Scientists have long debated the most effective way to measure nanoparticles so that results can be shared across labs. NIST researchers have found that one approach — particle…

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NASA Mission Selects Final Four Site Candidates for Asteroid Sample Return
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NASA Mission Selects Final Four Site Candidates for Asteroid Sample Return

After months grappling with the rugged reality of asteroid Bennu’s surface, the team leading NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission has selected four potential sites for the Origins,…

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One Year, 2 Trips Around Sun for NASA’s Parker Solar Probe
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One Year, 2 Trips Around Sun for NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

Since NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launched on Aug. 12, 2018, Earth has made a single trip around the Sun — while the daring solar explorer is well into…

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An alternate theory for what causes Alzheimer’s disease
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An alternate theory for what causes Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia among the elderly, is characterized by plaques and tangles in the brain, with most efforts at finding a cure focused…

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Bacteria made to mimic cells, form communities
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Bacteria made to mimic cells, form communities

Rice University synthetic biologists prompt dividing bacteria to differentiate like stem cells. Rice University scientists have found a way to engineer a new kind of cell differentiation in…

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Milky Way’s Black Hole Just Flared, Growing 75 Times as Bright for a Few Hours
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Milky Way’s Black Hole Just Flared, Growing 75 Times as Bright for a Few Hours

Even though the black hole at the center of the Milky Way is a monster, it’s still rather quiet. Called Sagittarius A*, it’s about 4.6 million times more…

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Researchers investigate how the brain changes with different learning experiences
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Researchers investigate how the brain changes with different learning experiences

A new collaboration with an independent school in Menlo Park, Calif., is helping Stanford researchers better understand how different learning experiences drive changes in the brain. The Brainwave Learning…

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Sandia abuses batteries for better energy storage
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Sandia abuses batteries for better energy storage

Researchers create ‘ninth way of killing a battery’ They crush ‘em. They pierce ‘em. They roast ‘em, soak ‘em in saltwater and short circuit ‘em. They overcharge and…

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Glitch in Neutron Star Reveals Its Hidden Secrets
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Glitch in Neutron Star Reveals Its Hidden Secrets

If parts of the neutron star interior start to move outwards, the star spins faster. This is called a “glitch,” and it’s providing astronomers with a brief insight…

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First evidence of human-caused climate change melting the West Antarctic Ice Sheet
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First evidence of human-caused climate change melting the West Antarctic Ice Sheet

A new study reveals the first evidence of a direct link between human-induced global warming and melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. A research team led by…

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New retroreflective material could be used in nighttime color-changing road signs
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New retroreflective material could be used in nighttime color-changing road signs

A thin film that reflects light in intriguing ways could be used to make road signs that shine brightly and change color at night, according to a study published in…

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Why even a small change in Earth’s carbon dioxide makes a big difference
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Why even a small change in Earth’s carbon dioxide makes a big difference

“Just because it’s a small percentage of the atmosphere, that in no way means it’s unimportant,” explains U of A climatology researcher. In July 2015, U.S. Environmental Protection…

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Virtual “Universe Machine” Sheds Light on Galaxy Evolution
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Virtual “Universe Machine” Sheds Light on Galaxy Evolution

By creating millions of virtual universes and comparing them to observations of actual galaxies, a UA-led research team has made discoveries that present a powerful new approach for…

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A Monster Black Hole has been Found with 40 Billion Times the Mass of the Sun
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A Monster Black Hole has been Found with 40 Billion Times the Mass of the Sun

If contemplating the vast size of astronomical objects makes you feel rather puny and insignificant, then this new discovery will make you feel positively infinitesimal. Credit: NASA. Click…

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MarCO Wins the ‘Oscar’ for Tiny Spacecraft
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MarCO Wins the ‘Oscar’ for Tiny Spacecraft

The first briefcase-size CubeSats to journey to another planet have been honored for their role in NASA InSight’s successful Mars landing. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics…

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Twig-mimicking caterpillars sense colour through their skin
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Twig-mimicking caterpillars sense colour through their skin

It is difficult to distinguish caterpillars of the peppered moth from a twig. The caterpillars not only mimic the form but also the colour of a twig. Now…

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Blinking eye-on-a-chip used for disease modeling and drug testing
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Blinking eye-on-a-chip used for disease modeling and drug testing

People who spend eight or more hours a day staring at a computer screen may notice their eyes becoming tired or dry, and, if those conditions are severe…

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Thermally-stable TB vaccine closer to reality thanks to microscopic silica cages
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Thermally-stable TB vaccine closer to reality thanks to microscopic silica cages

Scientists working on a new tuberculosis (TB) vaccine have achieved a major step forward by showing that a promising TB antigen and a novel vaccine adjuvant can be…

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