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The Science of Adorable: What It Takes to Win #CuteOff

Science Twitter has gone full squee. Biologists are tweeting pictures of their adorable research subjects in a #CuteOff, and the results are downright nom-able. Baby elephants? Adorbs. Pert-nosed pikas? Too cute. Hummingbird nestlings? Heart-stopping. Meanwhile, #TeamHerpetology is making a strong … Continue reading

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Confirmed: Wing Part Is From Missing Malaysian Flight

French authorities confirmed today (Sept. 3) that a piece of debris that washed up on an island in the Indian Ocean in July came from the Malaysia Airlines plane that mysteriously disappeared last year. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 seemingly vanished … Continue reading

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Snot-filled whale research takes flight

By Ben Gruber Gloucester, Mass. (Reuters) – Snotbot is a drone whose name describes it perfectly, it’s a robot that collects snot, specifically whale snot. Up until now, gathering samples for whale research involved shooting darts that penetrated the body. … Continue reading

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Three-man international crew safely reaches space station

ALMATY (Reuters) – A Russian Soyuz spaceship safely delivered a three-man international crew, including Denmark’s first astronaut, to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, a day after having had to maneuver to avoid colliding with space debris. The Soyuz … Continue reading

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Robot mother builds and improves its own children

By Matthew and Stock Scientists from the University of Cambridge have built a mother robot that independently builds its own children and then tests their performance to inform the design of the next generation. By analyzing the data it collects … Continue reading

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Scientists turn to aspirin to turbo-charge cancer immunotherapy

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) – Giving cheap aspirin to cancer patients may turbo-charge the effectiveness of expensive new medicines that help their immune systems fight tumors, experiments on mice suggest. Immunotherapy promises to revolutionize cancer care by offering a … Continue reading

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Explosive news: Plants can fight back against TNT pollution

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists have discovered why TNT is so toxic to plants and intend to use this knowledge to tackle the problem of cleaning up the many sites worldwide contaminated by the commonly used explosive. Researchers … Continue reading

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Key radar fails on $1 billion NASA environmental satellite

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – A key instrument on a $1 billion NASA satellite has failed, reducing scientists’ ability to capture data to measure the moisture in Earth’s soil in order to improve flood forecasting and monitor … Continue reading

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Rocket with ‘Denmark’s Gagarin’ lifts off to space station

By Shamil Zhumatov BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (Reuters) – A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying a three-man international crew, including Denmark’s first astronaut, roared off on Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, beginning a two-day journey to the International Space Station (ISS). … Continue reading

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United Launch Alliance rocket blasts off with military satellite

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) – An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Florida on Wednesday to put a next-generation communications satellite into orbit for the U.S. military. The 20-story tall rocket, manufactured and launched by United … Continue reading

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