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The hunt for extraterrestrial life just got a big leg up. Internet investor Yuri Milner and his Breakthrough Prize Foundation will spend $100 million supporting Breakthrough Listen, a project that will use radio telescopes, lasers and other equipment to search for alien signals. The cash will no...

July 20th 2015 at 8:58pm 0 Comments
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It looks like the Philae comet lander's moment in the sun was short-lived. Just weeks after getting back in touch, the European ground crew has once again lost contact with its celestial explorer -- the lander is sending irregular bursts of data, but that's about it. It's not clear as to what went...

July 20th 2015 at 2:13pm 0 Comments
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The days of putting up with crumbling asphalt streets might just come to an end. Construction company VolkerWessels has revealed plans for recycled plastic roads that are both more sustainable and more practical than old-fashioned blacktop. Besides reusing material, they'd last about three times l...

July 19th 2015 at 9:45pm 0 Comments
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An implant, the size of a human hair, can deliver drugs to the brain with the click of a button. A team of researchers from Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Illinois have demonstrated the wireless technology in mice. While a previous iteration of the device delivered LED to...

July 19th 2015 at 7:01pm 0 Comments
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Today on In Case You Missed It: A kid exhibit in New York uses Kinects for an immersive environment experience. A robot is hitchhiking across the U.S. and wants strangers to take it to places like the Grand Canyon for the photo-ops. And game coders hacked up Doom to play another version of Doom...

July 18th 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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Scientists in Antarctica have come across one of the rarest specimens on record: ancient, fossilized worm sperm. "Because sperm cells are so short-lived and fragile, they are vanishingly rare in the fossil record," explains Benjamin Bomfleur, one of the palaeontologists who discovered the preserve...

July 15th 2015 at 8:27pm 0 Comments
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Today on In Case You Missed It: A prototype marijuana breathalyzer came out and oh lord, the glory days are over. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft got the best ever photos of Pluto and these scientists are adorably jacked up about it. And a Swiss motion capture company wants to put sensors and VR...

July 15th 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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It didn't take long for the Large Hadron Collider to push the boundaries of science once more. The LHCb experiment team has discovered the existence of "pentaquarks," or subatomic particles where there are four quarks and one antiquark in specific states. Scientists have known for decades that the...

July 14th 2015 at 9:20am 0 Comments
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It doesn't take a whole lot to stop the tiny air sacs in your lungs from doing their jobs -- trauma, a nasty case of pneumonia or sepsis could lead to what's called Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, a situation in which your blood doesn't get all the oxygen it should. ARDS can be tricky to trea...

July 13th 2015 at 3:05pm 0 Comments
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Sure, Pluto may be hogging the spotlight (if deservedly so), but what about its largest moon, Charon? Don't worry, NASA hasn't forgotten about checking in on this celestial neighbor. The New Horizons probe has delivered one of the first true close-ups of Charon, and it's clear that this is much...

July 12th 2015 at 11:51pm 0 Comments
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Crowdfunding isn't just useful for getting clever inventions off the ground... it could also save an endangered species from fading into oblivion. Scientists have successfully funded a project that will sequence the genome of the black rhino, only 5,055 of which live in the wild. The public-backed...

July 12th 2015 at 9:26pm 0 Comments
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Many servers, supercomputers and other monster systems thrive on high-speed RAM to keep things running smoothly, but this memory is wildly expensive -- and that limits not just the number of nodes in these clusters, but who can use them. MIT researchers may have a much more affordable approach in...

July 12th 2015 at 7:28pm 0 Comments