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Mars Rover Opportunity Marks 11-Year Anniversary with Stunning Photo

NASA’s Opportunity rover celebrated 11 years on Mars Saturday (Jan. 24), and the robot’s handlers are marking the occasion with a gorgeous panoramic photo that Opportunity took of its Red Planet home. Opportunity landed on Mars on the night of … Continue reading

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Needle-Free Tattoos Can Check Diabetics’ Sugar Levels

A temporary electronic “tattoo” may one day offer diabetics a bloodless way to check blood sugar levels, researchers say. Diabetes affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide and is among the leading causes of death and disability. People with diabetes … Continue reading

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Ancient Knife-Toothed Reptile Is Crocodile Cousin

The fossil of a prehistoric 9-foot-long (2.7 meters) carnivorous reptile that had sharp, serrated teeth is helping researchers fill out the early branches of the reptile family tree, according to a new study.  It’s unclear where the reptile, Nundasuchus songeaensis, … Continue reading

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Venomous Cone Snails Weaponize Insulin to Stun Prey

At least two species of cone snailhave turned insulin into an underwater weapon, a new study finds. When these stealthy aquatic snails approach their prey, they release insulin, a hormone that can cause blood sugar levels to plummet. Nearby fish … Continue reading

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The smoke around e-cig science

By Sara Ledwith LONDON (Reuters) – From Apple Pie to Bubbly Bubble Gum, Irish Car Bomb or Martian bar – from Mars!, the flavors of electronic cigarette offer something for every taste. Researchers have counted 7,764 varieties of ‘vape.’ That adds … Continue reading

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Art embraces science in new British play ‘Oppenheimer’

LONDON (AP) — Suddenly, science is sexy. With Benedict Cumberbatch nominated for multiple trophies as Alan Turing and Eddie Redmayne turning heads as Stephen Hawking, young British actors playing scientists are all the rage this awards season. So it’s good … Continue reading

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In a first, sea otter pup conceived in wild born in California lab

By Victoria Cavaliere (Reuters) – A baby sea otter has made history as the first pup born in captivity to a mother impregnated in the wild, and is healthy and developing normally, researchers in California said on Friday. The bundle … Continue reading

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Why Your Next Fitness Tracker Will Be Smarter

Fitness trackers that only count steps are so last year. The newest fitness trackers are going beyond just a simple accelerometer to carry a host of new sensors, from devices that measure the electrical properties of your skin to optical … Continue reading

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NASA Finds Mysterious Bright Spot on Dwarf Planet Ceres: What Is It?

A strange, flickering white blotch found on the dwarf planet Ceres by a NASA spacecraft has scientists scratching their heads. The white spot on Ceres in a series of new photos taken on Jan. 13 by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, which is … Continue reading

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NASA Finds Mysterious Bright Spot on Dwarf Planet Ceres: What Is It?

A strange, flickering white blotch found on the dwarf planet Ceres by a NASA spacecraft has scientists scratching their heads. The white spot on Ceres in a series of new photos taken on Jan. 13 by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, which is … Continue reading

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