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Watch Live: Meet Proxima Centauri, Home to Our Newest Exoplanet

It’s been an exciting week for planet hunters with the discovery of the nearest exoplanet yet found, orbiting a star called Proxima Centauri. Now you can get a closer look at that star system via a live broadcast tonight, courtesy of the robotic telescope service Slooh. The fun starts at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT.

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Jennifer Ouellette

August 26th

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Student projects leapfrog governments and industry in ‘Data Science for Social Good’ program

milan-deprivation Big Data is hardly new at this point — nor has it wrought anywhere near its potential effects on many companies and institutions insulated by inertia and red tape. A summer program at the University of Washington called Data Science for Good shows that fresh eyes and good code can make more in 10 weeks than some have done in as many years. Read More
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Devin Coldewey

August 26th

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Harvard scientists develop first autonomous soft robot

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Meet the octobot, a unique new creation out of Harvard that the university says could be the first step in a new kind of bot. This totally soft robot has eight movable legs, just like its flesh-and-blood marine cousin, which was the inspiration for the device. Created partially through 3-D printing, the octobot is autonomous, according to Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Its power source is hydrogen peroxide, which together with a catalyst of platinum, creates gas that travels into the bot’s appendages to move them.

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August 26th

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Scientists Invite Conspiracy Theorists to Check Out Alleged Mind-Controlling Weather Machine

For decades, tin foil fashionistas have attributed a number of sinister happenings to the atmospheric research program known as HAARP, including hurricanes, earthquakes and even the destruction of the Space Shuttle Columbia. After this week, however, it will be a lot harder to entertain those claims: On Saturday, the supposed weather-altering secret weapon is holding an open house.

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Hudson Hongo

August 25th

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‘MegaMIMO 2.0’ wireless routers work together to triple bandwidth and double range

various offices connected via light trails in city Wireless interference is one of those things that we tend to not think about, because, well, we can’t see it. But routers are all over the place, sometimes several in a room when you’re in an office, conference, or campus — and make no mistake, it’s an epic battle at the frequencies they share. Some enterprising researchers have found a way to make those routers work… Read More

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Devin Coldewey

August 25th

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Harvard’s Octobot is the first autonomous machine to be made with all soft robotics

Octobot For years roboticists have been looking into using softer materials for parts rather than the usual metal and plastic — sometimes even building entirely soft robots. But this Octobot from Harvard is the first that not only contains no hard parts but is also entirely autonomous. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

August 25th

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World’s largest aircraft damaged on 2nd test flight

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The developer of the world's largest aircraft says the blimp-shaped airship sustained damage after it made a bumpy landing Wednesday on its second test flight in eastern England. Hybrid Air Vehicles said it is trying to figure out what caused the rough landing of the 302-foot (92-meter) Airlander 10 during its 100 minute flight Wednesday in Bedfordshire, north of London.

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August 24th

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NSF puts $110 million toward building out the XSEDE national computing initiative

illustris_box-2_xsede It’s in the country’s best interest to stay at (or at least near) the forefront of advanced computing techniques, and the National Science Foundation has just put $110 million down to make sure that happens. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

August 23rd

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This all-analog DNA circuit calculates without going digital

DNA It’s a sign that we’re living in the future when using our own genetic machinery as a form of calculator or storage is nothing new — but make no mistake, it’s still very early days in this field and there are plenty of surprises ahead. Today’s surprise, for instance, is the use of DNA to do exact arithmetical calculations entirely in analog. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

August 23rd

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New ‘jellyfish’ material means the Apple store will always know about your water damage

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Jellyfish and squids are inspiring creatures of the sea and researchers already created a material that mimics some of the properties of their skins. The material could be used to display hidden messages, such as telling an Apple genius that your iPhone was submerged in liquid for a certain amount of time, regardless of what your version of the story is.

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Chris Smith

August 23rd

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