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Buzz Aldrin in ‘good spirits’ in New Zealand hospital

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Trailblazing astronaut Buzz Aldrin is being treated for fluid in his lungs at a hospital in Christchurch, New Zealand following his evacuation from the South Pole, according to a statement published on his website.

Aldrin, who made history with Neil Armstrong in 1969 when they became the first men to walk on the moon, was evacuated from the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station to another Antarctic station by the National Science Foundation on Thursday, local time, and then on to New Zealand.

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December 2nd

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Russian Cargo Ship Destroyed En Route to the ISS

Earlier today, an unmanned Russian Progress MS-04 cargo spacecraft broke up in the atmosphere and crashed over Siberia while making its way to the International Space Station.

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George Dvorsky

December 1st

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Someone is planning a trip back to the Apollo moon landing site, but it isn’t NASA

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The Apollo 17 landing site is the last place where humans hung out on the Moon, and now we're going back. Well, not us exactly, but a couple of fancy robots may soon get the chance to cruise around the historic landscape and check out all the junk we silly meat creatures left behind.

PTScientists, a Berlin-based group, is teaming up with private launch company Spaceflight in a contract that would send a rover-toting lander to the Moon. But sending robots to the moon isn't the team's only aim; there's also the matter of winning Google's Lunar XPRIZE.

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Mike Wehner

December 1st

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Chinese resort reportedly working on Titanic replica and sinking simulation

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What could possibly go wrong?

As part of a resort, a full-size replica of the Titanic is reportedly under construction in China’s Sichuan province— and not only that, guests will even get the chance to experience a simulation of its sinking.

The simulacrum of the world’s most famous ship will measure about 885 feet long and 92 feet across (the same size as the original), according to the South China Morning Post, which reported that a keel-laying ceremony occured this week. The cost is reported to be about $145 million dollars.

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December 1st

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Giant Manta Rays Are More Badass Than We Realized

New research shows that giant manta rays, known only to consume plankton near the ocean surface, are far more predatory than we thought, swimming to extreme depths to catch their prey.

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George Dvorsky

November 30th

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Don’t panic, but Google’s AI is now smarter than human doctors

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Humanity's relentless march towards a future where machines rule everything gained some ground today, as Google revealed that one of its fancy artificial brains is now better at diagnosing some medical conditions than human doctors are. This should prove extremely valuable for whenever the inevitable robot uprising results in a swift demise for the human race.

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Mike Wehner

November 29th

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How technology is helping catch nighttime poachers in Africa

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The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is harnessing sophisticated technology to catch nighttime poachers in Eastern Africa.

Since the deployment of thermal imaging cameras and human detection software nine months ago, more than two dozen poachers have been arrested in Kenya’s Maasai Mara, the wildlife conservation organization announced this week. The technology has also been used to catch two other poachers at another undisclosed national park in Kenya.

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November 26th

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High school students unearth rare 4,000-year-old jug in Israel

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A group of high school students participating in an archaeological excavation in Israel expected to uncover artifacts from long-ago civilizations buried deep in the ground. But what they found went far beyond the routine fragments of pottery, instruments and bones they anticipated.

The students, digging in the city of Yehud prior to the construction of residential buildings, helped uncover a nearly 4,000-year-old jug with the sculpture of a person sitting on top of it, a Middle Bronze Age artifact archaeologists said was unlike anything they’d ever seen.

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November 24th

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Scientists Discover Why Diet Coke Is Probably Undermining You

Aspartame—the artificial sweetener found in drinks like Diet Coke—is probably not good for you. If you believe otherwise, I admire your commitment to self-delusion. A new study published by a team of investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital found a possible reason aspartame doesn’t help you lose weight—oh…

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Eve Peyser

November 23rd

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Turning This Toy Fish Inside Out Reveals All Its Glorious Guts

Way back in 2014, Rachel Ciavarella created an unusual plush toy called Morris that could be turned inside out, revealing the fish’s inner biology. The stuffed animal was actually just an experiment in textures and materials, but so many people reached out wanting to buy one that Rachel is finally making the toy…

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Andrew Liszewski

November 22nd

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