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Space tourism firm offers flight around the moon on Soyuz crafts

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US space tourism firm Space Adventures is offering a spaceflight around the moon to private tourists on “proven” Russian Soyuz spacecraft, saying that the sponsors will not have to wait for long for their trip. “Using flight-proven Russian space vehicles we will fly two private citizens and one professional cosmonaut on a free return trajectory around... 

NASA finds ‘monster’ black hole in tiny galaxy

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The M60-UCD1, discovered by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope in 2013, is one of the smallest known galaxies. But now the space agency has discovered that the dwarf galaxy is harboring a “monster” black hole. The diameter of M60-UCD1 is about 300 light years – just 1/500th of our galaxy’s width. However, it is packed with 140 million stars, which... 

Boeing, SpaceX win NASA approval for transport project

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This handout photo provided September 16, 2014 by the Boeing Company shows an artist’s rendition of the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 next to the International Space Station (ISS). Boeing and Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, aka SpaceX, have won the US space agency’s approval to undertake the project to transport astronauts to the International... 

Steve Jobs Didn’t Let His Kids Use iPads

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Technocratic elites realize electronic devices are tools of distraction, dumbing down. A recent New York Times article exemplified how technological and billionaire elites live by different standards than they prescribe to the American populace. A piece entitled “Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent,” discusses how the late Apple CEO refused to allow his children... 

Australia develops paper-thin 3D Printable Solar Panels capable of powering Anything

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Printable solar panels are going to be available to us very soon and could power “entire skyscrapers,” Australian researchers say. The very near future will see personal electronic charging transformed, but the potential is growing quickly. A team of 50 scientists in various fields worked for years to develop paper-thin, printable solar panels as part of... 

DS brand’s split from Citroen confirmed

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The Divine DS previewed the decision to remove Citroën badging from future DS models. Premium brand will go its own way with next round of new cars. Citroën has confirmed that its DS brand is to be separated from its parent for good, which means future European-market DS models won’t feature any Citroën badging. According to the company, Citroëns will... 

Activating single gene could extend human lifespan by 30%

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David Walker In an experiment on fruit flies, UCLA biologists activated just one gene, AMPK, which extended their lifespan by nearly a third, by helping them to get rid of “cellular garbage” causing old age diseases such as Parkinson’s. Humans have the same gene. “Instead of studying the diseases of aging Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease,... 

​Extreme solar storm approaches Earth

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An X1.6 class solar flare flashes in the middle of the sun on Sept. 10, 2014. This image was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory and shows light in the 131 Angstrom wavelength, which is typically colorized in teal. A powerful solar flare sparked on an Earth-facing section of the sun. A subsequent coronal mass ejection is expected to reach our... 

Discovered fossils in Argentina yield giant dinosaur

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A new species of titanosaur unearthed in Argentina. The new fossil remains excavated in southern Argentina have represented the most complete giant sauropod dinosaur ever discovered. The skeletal analysis of the found bones demonstrated size of the beast measured 26m from head to tail and weighed in at almost 60 tones, as heavy as 14 African elephants. The palaeontologists... 

China to get electronic vehicle charging network

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A tie-up between electronic car pioneer Tesla Motors and mobile phone company China Unicom is to see the setting up of a charging network for electronic vehicles across the country. Peggy Yang, a spokeswoman for Tesla, which already has 200 dedicated charging outlets across China, said the project eyes setting up of 400 charging points in 120 cities. She said... 

Russia, China closing military gap with US, Hagel says

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US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Russia and China are increasingly closing the technology gap with the US military by developing weapons systems that challenge traditional US advantages, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said. Hagel was speaking Wednesday to members of the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance at a conference on defense innovation,... 

US scientists working on mind-controlled drones for military use

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A U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle University researchers in Texas say they are designing a new type of drone, one that could be controlled simply and only with a soldier’s mind. If successful, the project would allow soldiers to command future drones in ways beyond simple navigational commands. While troops would be able to order a drone... 

Experimental Ebola vaccine’s human trial begins in US

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A girl walks past a slogan painted on a wall reading “Stop Ebola” in Monrovia on August 31, 2014. An experimental US Ebola vaccine is being trialed on humans at the country’s National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The vaccine has been developed by the agency’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases... 

Memories can be overwritten, scientists find

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Scientists have been capable of switching mice’s good memories with bad ones and vice versa. The discovery was the result of work done by a team, formed from a collaboration between Japan’s RIKEN institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US. The scientists injected two groups of male mice with light-sensitive algae protein, which... 

US hypersonic weapon mission aborted after launch

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This US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) artists rendering shows the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2). Technical complication has resulted in the termination of a mission to test a US hypersonic weapon and the destruction of the weapon itself. The weapon, known as the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon, which was developed by Sandia National... 
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