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Scientists to map Mount St. Helens volcano’s interior

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Scientists have begun installing mapping instruments on Mount St. Helens as means of mapping the volcano’s interior. The project, called Imaging Magma Under St. Helens, or iMUSH, would further acquaint scientists to the volcano’s internal workings. It intends to help improve warning systems prior to eruption. The mapping devices, which would scan the volcano’s... 

World biggest aquatic insect found in China

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Experts have reported the discovery in southern China of the world’s yet-biggest aquatic insect, which has been found to be a giant dobsonfly. The specimen, discovered in China’s Sichuan Province, has been described as having long teeth and fearsome pincers. So far also spotted elsewhere in China, as well as in northern Vietnam, and India’s Assam state,... 

Scientists crack bread wheat’s genetic blueprint

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Having evaded scientists due to its large and complex nature for long, bread wheat’s genome has finally yielded to sequencing. The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium, as the international team of scientists who have been working on the problem is known, rendered a genetic blueprint of the plant on Thursday. The discovery promises development... 

Giant sinkhole in Russia’s north puzzles scientists

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Russian scientists conducted a primary examination of the giant sinkhole in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District. The video of the bizarre hole on YouTube has received more than two million views in several days. As a result of the examination, the scientists concluded that the crater was of natural origin and did not appear either as a result of a manmade... 

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... 
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