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Dec 7, 2018

An Astronaut Spotted a Soyuz Crew Launch from Space and the Video Is AMAZING!

Posted by in category: space

European astronaut Alexander Gerst captured a stunning time lapse video of his new roommates launching to the International Space Station.

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Dec 7, 2018

Kepler Telescope Captures First Moments of a Star’s Death

Posted by in category: cosmology

Using NASA’s Kepler space telescope, astronomers detected the light of a supernova called SN 2018oh, which exploded about 170 million years ago.

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Dec 6, 2018

Major breakthrough in quest for cancer vaccine

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

The idea of a cancer vaccine is something researchers have been working on for over 50 years, but until recently they were never able to prove exactly how such a vaccine would work.

Now, a team of researchers at the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) at Université de Montréal has demonstrated that a vaccine can work. Not only that, it could become an extremely effective, non-invasive and cost-effective -fighting tool.

The team’s work was published yesterday in Science Translational Medicine.

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Dec 6, 2018

NASA Animation Shows Arctic Ice Rapidly Depleting

Posted by in category: space

This animation shows how Arctic ice is disappearing at a stunning rate.

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Dec 6, 2018

The Most Powerful Ion Drive in Space Is Ready for Its Visit to Mercury

Posted by in category: space travel

The BepiColombo mission is traveling to Mercury powered by ion thruster engines built into the Mercury Transfer Module component visible at the bottom of this artist’s depiction.

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Dec 6, 2018

NASA Science Shows Human Impact of Clean Air Policies

Posted by in categories: health, science, sustainability

As local, federal, and international policies targeting the quality of the air we breathe continue to evolve, questions arise of how effective existing policies have been in improving human health. For example, how many lives have been saved by tough air pollution policies? How many illnesses have been caused by lax policies?

US ozone levels map highlighting highest levels

Annual mean levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution declined in the United States between 1990 (left) and 2010 (right), leading to thousands of lives saved, according to researcher Jason West.

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Dec 6, 2018

What Bodies Think About: Bioelectric Computation Outside the Nervous System — NeurIPS 2018

Posted by in category: biological

That was pretty interesting…

Presented December 4th 2018 by Prof. Michael Levin (Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University)

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Dec 6, 2018

China Preps for Launch of Historic Mission to Moon’s Far Side on Friday

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

China is getting set to launch the first-ever surface mission to the moon’s far side.

The robotic Chang’e 4 mission is scheduled to launch atop a Long March 3B rocket on Friday (Dec. 7) at around 1:30 p.m. EST (1830 GMT; 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 8 local China time).

If all goes according to plan, Chang’e 4’s lander-rover duo will touch down within the moon’s South Pole‐Aitken (SPA) basin after a 27-day flight, then study both the surface and subsurface of this region. [China’s Moon Missions Explained (Infographic)].

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Dec 6, 2018

An Ancient Case of the Plague Could Rewrite History

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A 4,900-year-old skeleton has turned the accepted story of the disease on its head.

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Dec 6, 2018

The massive ocean cleanup device invented by a 24-year-old is running into problems in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Posted by in category: materials

The Ocean Cleanup, which is trying to remove plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, ran into problems in its first month of deployment.

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