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Cape Canaveral FL (AFP) Apr 19, 2018
NASA's newest planet-hunting spacecraft blasted off today after a two-day delay to check out the Falcon 9 rocket's navigation systems. The $337 million Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, aims to search for planets where life may exist by scanning 85 percent of the skies for planets beyond the solar system, known as exoplanets. "All systems and weather are go for Falcon 9's lau
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Chicago IL (SPX) Apr 18, 2018
The pull-up, an exercise dreaded by most, answers a basic question: are your muscles strong enough to lift your own body weight? Some Illinois researchers working on artificial muscles are seeing results even the fittest individuals would envy, designing muscles capable of lifting up to 12,600 times their own weight. Assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering Sameh Taw
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Rochester UK (SPX) Apr 18, 2018
Imagine if, many millions of years ago, dinosaurs drove cars through cities of mile-high buildings. A preposterous idea, right? Over the course of tens of millions of years, however, all of the direct evidence of a civilization - its artifacts and remains - gets ground to dust. How do we really know, then, that there weren't previous industrial civilizations on Earth that rose and fell long befo
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Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 17, 2018
Russia and China have developed increasingly sophisticated space countermeasure weapons to destroy US satellites, according to a new report. Evidence "strongly indicates" that "China has sustained a broad effort to develop a broad range of counter-space capabilities," the US-based Secure World Foundation said in its April 2018 report. "China has at least one, and possibly as many as
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Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 17, 2018
Two thirds of Earth's surface are covered by water - and two thirds of Earth's atmosphere reside over the oceans, far from land and the traditional ways that people measure the gases and pollutants that cycle through the air and around the globe. While satellites in space measuring the major gases can close some of that gap, it takes an aircraft to find out what's really happening in the c
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Washington (UPI) Apr 17, 2018
New analysis of a slice of a meteorite containing unusual diamonds suggest the space rock came from a long lost planet. In 2008, an asteroid measuring 13 feet across penetrated Earth's atmosphere and exploded above Sudan, scattering rocky fragments across the Nubian Desert. The fragments were gathered and organized into the Almahata Sitta collection. The Almahata Sitta fragments
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Washington DC (UPI) Apr 16, 2018
Scientists have published the first global CO2 maps compiled using data collected by China's TanSat. The maps, published in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, are powered by TanSat observations made between April and July 2017. Researchers expect the maps and related data to help scientists build more accurate climate models. "Global warming is a major problem, for whi
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Damascus, Syria (AFP) April 17, 2018
Syrian air defence shot down missiles over the central province of Homs, the state news agency said Tuesday, with the strikes reportedly targeting regime air bases. The news agency did not give further details and it was unclear who was behind the attack, which Syrian state television branded as an "aggression". Big explosions were heard near Al Shayrat Air base, southeast of the city of
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Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 17, 2018
Last spring, NASA researchers flew over the Everglades and Puerto Rico to measure how mangroves and rainforests grow and evolve over time. Five months later, hurricanes Irma and Maria tore through those study areas - creating a unique opportunity to investigate the devastating effects of massive storms on these ecosystems, as well as their gradual recovery. Flying the same paths over the E
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Beijing (XNA) Apr 17, 2018
Chinese are now eagerly looking to its own navigation app that's expected to debut next month and greatly improve the navigation accuracy to within a meter. Many netizens expressed the hope of shifting from GPS to China's own Beidou navigation and positioning system. "I'm very happy to see that Chinese are willing to support Beidou," said Xu Ying, a Beidou navigation expert at the Ac
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