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Gaia Telescope Launches Next Week: Space Observatory Will Create Stunning 3D Map Of Milky Way
Dec 12, 2013 13:26 PM E
The Gaia telescope launch date has been set for December 20, 2013. Gaia will create a 3D map of the Milky Way that will "transform our ideas about the cosmos," according to Gerry Gilmore, a lead scientist for the mission.
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NASA Unveils Valkyrie: 6-Foot 'Superhero Robot' Will Compete In The DARPA Robotics Challenge —And Maybe Go To Mars [VIDEO]
Dec 11, 2013 18:09 PM E
NASA has unveiled Valkyrie, a 6-foot robot that could one day go to Mars ahead of human astronauts. But before that happens, the humanoid robot will compete in the Darpa Robotics Challenge, where is seems poised for an epic battle against Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot. The winner of the Challenge will receive $2 million.
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2013's Craziest Creatures On Earth: A Year In Weird Animal Stories, From TV-Eating Ants To Exploding Whales
Dec 11, 2013 16:32 PM E
In a year filled with strange animal stories, here are the craziest creatures of 2013. Dumpster-stealing bears, jellyfish-shredding robots and of course crazy ants are just a few of the things that made the list this year.
Coldest Place On Earth
Scientists Find Coldest Place On Earth: What It Be Like To Spend Time On The East Antarctic Plateau?
Dec 10, 2013 18:47 PM E
Scientists have recorded the lowest temperature ever on the earth's surface. On August 10, 2010, the the East Antarctic Plateau measure negative 135.8 degrees Fahrenheit. The measurement came from NASA satellites, and not ground-level measurements, so it will not certified by Guinness Book of World Records or the World Meteorological Organization as the coldest place on earth.
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Mars One Plans Unmanned Mission For 2018, Pushes Back Manned Mission By 2 Years
Dec 10, 2013 15:56 PM E
The Mars One Foundation has contracted Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology to develop mission concepts and a lander and satellite for an unmanned launch in 2018. Mars One also pushed back the first manned mission to Mars by two years. The first humans should now arrive on Mars in 2025.
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China-Brazil Satellite Fails To Orbit: $250M CBERS-3 Likely Fell Back To Earth
Dec 09, 2013 18:47 PM E
The Chinese-Brazilian satellite CBERS-3 failed to enter orbit after its launch today. The satellite was "not positioned in the right orbit," China said. This is the fourth environmental observation satellite launched as part of the China-Brazil Earth Resources program.
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Moon Express Unveils MX-1, A Lunar Lander With A Planned 2015 Launch
Dec 06, 2013 19:30 PM E
Moon Express unveiled their MX-1 lunar lander yesterday in Las Vegas. The company plans to launch the unmanned spacecraft in 2015. Moon Express is competing with 21 other company's for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, which carries a $20 million grand prize.
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Sharks Can Get Cancer: Tumor Found In Great White Shark For First Time Ever
Dec 06, 2013 18:42 PM E
Researchers have found tumors on a great white shark and a bronze whaler shark. A long-running myth holds that sharks don't get cancer, which is not at all true: 23 shark species have been observed contracting cancer. Because of the myth, shark cartilage has been used in alternative medicine to fight cancer in humans, although no science supports the treatment.
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Pilot Whales Stranded In Florida: Officials 'Cautiously Optimistic' As Pods Slowly Swim Away From Shore
Dec 06, 2013 14:43 PM E
Thirty-five of the 51 stranded pilot whales have been slowly herded away from the Everglades shore in Florida, but the animals are not in the clear yet. Blaire Mase of the NOAA is "cautiously optimistic" that the whales will survive. It isn't known what caused the mass stranding. Necropsies have been performed on 11 of the whales whi...
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Crocodiles Hunt Birds With Sticks, The First Reptile Observed Using Tools
Dec 05, 2013 19:22 PM E
Vladimir Dinets of the University oF Tennessee discovered that two crocodilian species, India's mugger crocodile and the American alligator, lure prey by placing sticks on their noses. Nest-building birds are attracted to the sticks, and Dinets noticed that crocs placed sticks on their noses more frequently during birds' nest-building season.
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World's Hardest Tongue Twister Created By MIT: Can You Say It?
Dec 05, 2013 14:45 PM E
Researchers led by MIT's Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel have come up with one of the world's hardest tongue twisters, "pad kid poured curd pulled cod." Verbal slip-ups that occur due to tongue twisters can give researchers insight into the brain's speech-planning processes.
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Animal Rights Group Files Lawsuit Seeking 'Legal Personhood' For Chimpanzees
Dec 04, 2013 18:26 PM E
An animal rights group is seeking legal rights for chimpanzees in a series of lawsuits. In the first lawsuit, the Nonhuman Rights Project is asking the courts to declare chimps "a cognitively complex autonomous legal person with the fundamental legal right not to be imprisoned."
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Man Survives 3 Days Underwater, Trapped In Shipwreck Air Bubble [VIDEO]
Dec 04, 2013 14:57 PM E
A Nigerian man spent 3 days in a sunken tugboat on the Atlantic Ocean floor. Harrison Okene, 29, was trapped in an air bubble, which kept him alive until a diving team rescued him. All other 11 crew members on the ship died.
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5 Exoplanets With Water Detected By Hubble Telescope, But They're Probably Too Hot For Alien Life
Dec 03, 2013 18:13 PM E
Five exoplanets show evidence of water signatures, two new studies in The Astrophysical Journal find. But that planets, WASP-17b, HD209458b, WASP-12b, WASP-19b and XO-1b, are all "hot Jupiters," meaning that they orbit nearby stars but are probably too hot to harbor alien life.
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