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Futuristic new Russian streetcar revealed

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Russian cities that want to develop their public transit systems will soon have a stellar option to buy. A sleek new black streetcar looks like something Darth Vader would pilot in Star Wars and promises new levels of comfort and safety to commuters. The R1, or Russia One, was developed by a subsidiary of Uralvagonzavod, a company best known for producing advanced... 

Scientists create ultrahigh res nano-pixel images

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Scientists have created images of ultrahigh resolution by applying electrical current to phase-change material. To do so, the Oxford University researchers placed a layer of the material, which can switch between amorphous and crystalline state, between two transparent electrodes. The images thus produced feature pixels just 300 nanometers across and are smaller... 

Indiana stores babies’ DNA for research without parental consent

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The Indiana State Department of Health has been collecting babies’ blood and DNA without their parents’ permission since 1991, according to an investigation by a local news station. Now the state wants to know what to do with the blood samples. When a baby is born in Indiana, as with other states, the state conducts a newborn screening test. A nurse or... 

US Navy unveils electromagnetic railgun prototypes

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Prototypes of the US Navy’s much vaunted electromagnetic railguns were unveiled this week. The new technology, capable of firing projectiles at up to 5,600 miles per hour, is set to revolutionize naval warfare. The Navy demonstrated two working railgun prototypes aboard the USS Millinocket in San Diego, developed by the Office of Naval Research. The high-tech... 

South Korea’s KAIST develops self-powered pacemaker

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The unit works by harvesting electrical energy from the patient’s minute body movements to stimulate the heart. A team of Korean scientists have invented a self-powered semi-permanent cardiac pacemaker using advanced nanotechnology. The pacemaker designed by a research team from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) operates semi-permanently... 

Mystery ‘meteor’ over Australian sky shocks everyone

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A bright object that dazzled in the sky over Australia left people confused. Social media was abuzz with the pictures of the mystery fireball, with users claiming it was either a plane crashing into the ocean or a ‘meteor.’ A round object with a burning tail was spotted in the sky over Victoria, NSW, Tasmania and South Australia at about 9:45pm local time... 

80% of light in space is missing, scientists say

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Scientists now believe that a tremendous amount of light that would otherwise be illuminating our universe is mysteriously absent. How much light exactly? According to new research conducted by a team of international scientists and funded in part by NASA, the National Science Foundation and the Ahmanson Foundation, around 80 percent of the universe’s light... 

Paralyzed man moves hand with thoughts using bionic tech

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A US man’s brave decision and hard work have given hope to thousands of paralyzed people worldwide. Being paralyzed himself, Ian Burkhart took part in a breakthrough test and became the first person in the world to move his limb by using his thoughts. The last time 23-year-old Ian Burkhart moved his hands on his own was on a summer day in June 2010, when... 

UK to produce self-healing transformer drones by 2040

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Future aircraft should be able to heal themselves in flight, include 3D printers that could produce mini-drones during a mission, and even use a ‘transformer’ technology, believes BAE Systems claiming all of this could become a reality by 2040. Scientists and engineers from the British defense company BAE Systems and the Ministry of Defense believe that... 

Scientists translate 66 chimpanzee gestures

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Studying footage of chimpanzees from Uganda between 2007 and 2009, scientists have arrived at translations for 66 gestures used between the apes as means of communication. Previous research had revealed that the animals use gestures to communicate. The authors from the University of St Andrews in Scotland said the messages ranged from “simple requests... 

Well-preserved dinosaur carcass uncovered in Siberia

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A well-preserved carcass of a dinosaur, whose age is estimated at more than 120 million years, was found during excavations at the paleontological complex Shestakovsky in the Kemerovo region of Russia, Siberia. Researchers uncovered the carcass of, supposedly, Psittacosaurus Sibiricus, the Director of the Kemerovo Regional Museum, Olga Feofanova told Interfax. The... 

Mad scientist’s ‘incurable’ swine flu virus

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University Research Park, where Kawaoka conducts flu GOF experiments. A controversial flu researcher has modified the flu virus responsible for the 2009 pandemic to allow it evade the human immune system. His lab’s previous works include recreating the Spanish flu and making a deadly bird flu strain highly transmittable. The yet-to-be-published research by... 

China plans to land rover on Mars by 2020

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China is planning to land a rover on Mars by 2020 and bring back samples from the Red Planet a decade later, according to a top scientist with the country’s Lunar Exploration Program. The Mars probe will be launching an orbiter and a landing rover, Ouyang Ziyuan of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and one of the chief scientists of China’s Lunar Exploration... 

NASA tests new technology for Mars landing

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This handout photo provided June 3, 2014 by NASA/JPL/Caltech shows the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) in the Missile Assembly Building at the US Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kaua‘i, Hawaii. The US space agency has conducted a launch test on a saucer-shaped flying object to see whether it can land the vehicle properly in circumstances... 

Earth thunderstorms as seen from ISS

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Lightning storms over Malaysia NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman is at it again, posting another mesmerizing Vine video from space. This one, taken from the International Space Station, shows lightning flashes during a thunderstorm above Houston, Texas. The Firestation instrument, launched to the ISS in August 2013, is used to observe and dissect lightning bolts from... 
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