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Musk says under 5 percent of SpaceX is working on Mars mission, 2024 launch is ‘optimistic’

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-5-03-02-pm Elon Musk has a plan to colonize Mars, but he’s not rushing it. In a conference call following the SpaceX CEO’s presentation today at the International Astronautical Conference, Musk noted that the project is still essentially a hobby at the company, drawing only a fraction of its efforts. Read More
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Devin Coldewey

September 27th

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Monsanto Just Got Access to the World’s Most Powerful Gene-Editing Tool

Agriculture company Monsanto has acquired a non-exclusive global licensing agreement from MIT’s Broad Institute and Harvard to use the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing system. The firm will use it to design and grow new seeds and plants, but there are key restrictions on its use to prevent Monsanto from abusing this revolutionary new technology.

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George Dvorsky

September 23rd

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We Now Know What Caused the Weird Erruptions Rosetta’s Comet

We Now Know What Caused the Weird Erruptions Rosetta's Comet
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Last summer, something strange happened on Rosetta’s comet. After a period of calm, the comet began erupting, throwing huge jets of comet dust into space before abruptly stopping. Now, we finally know what happened.

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Ria Misra

September 23rd

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Gorgeous Video Shows Crystals Forming from Up Close

Gorgeous Video Shows Crystals Forming from Up Close

Chemistry sure is a pretty science, especially in macro. Just check out the stunning crystallization process of things like potassium chromate, sodium chloride, ammonium chloride, and more. Each one is totally unique and packs its own flair, you don’t know how it’s going to end up until it’s finished. The colors, the structure, the wild design, they’re all basically their own precious little snowflake.

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September 23rd

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NASA’s asteroid-harvesting mission solicits proposals for its robotic spacecraft

arm_nasa_asteroid_mission Asteroid mining is coming soon to a planet near you: this planet, and in 2021, to be specific. But NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission has lots of work to do before that point. Today the space-faring organization issued an official “request for proposals” from four partners on how they would go about creating the robotic spacecraft that would perform the actual asteroid… Read More

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Devin Coldewey

September 20th

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IBM and MIT partner up to create AI that understands sight and sound the way we do

shutterstock_228897490 When you see or hear something happen, you can instantly describe it: “a girl in a blue shirt caught a ball thrown by a baseball player,” or “a dog runs along the beach.” It’s a simple task for us, but an immensely hard one for computers — fortunately, IBM and MIT are partnering up to see what they can do about making it a little easier. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

September 20th

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The vivacious, acrobatic Minitaur robot will definitely improve your day

ghost-robotics-minitaur Mondays, as we all know, are the worst. That’s why it’s important to keep an eye out for heart-warming videos like puppies sliding on hardwood floors, otters holding hands, or energetic robots doing flips and climbing fences. It helps if, as in this case, the background music is a jam. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

September 19th

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Russian Scientists Stationed at Lonely Arctic Outpost Now Also Surrounded by Bears

While working at a remote weather station in the Russian Arctic might sound like a lot of fun, the reality is apparently far grimmer. In addition to the cold, the isolation and the possibility of literally falling off a cliff thanks to climate change, researchers have to deal with unruly locals, like the dozen or so polar bears currently “besieging” scientists on Troynoy Island in Russia’s Great Arctic State Nature Reserve.

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Hudson Hongo

September 14th

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X-ray vision: Scientists read a closed book

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Most people read books by opening them. Scientists, however, have devised a new method to see what’s inside a volume while its cover remains closed.

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September 12th

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Scientists name new species of flatworm after President Obama

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A flatworm that infects freshwater turtles in Malaysia has been given a presidential name: Baracktrema obamai. The newly-discovered worm, or blood fluke, inhabits the lungs of turtles that live in three Malaysian states, according a study describing the new species that waspublished in the Journal of Parasitology in August. (Flukes are part of the flatworms phylum, in terms of taxonomy.)

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FoxNews.com

September 10th

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