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World’s largest dinosaur footprint discovered in Australia

World’s largest dinosaur footprint discovered in Australia

A team of paleontologists from the University of Queensland has announced the discovery of the world’s largest dinosaur footprint in Western Australia.

The massive footprint, measuring 5 feet and 7 inches in length, was discovered along a Walmadany beach in Australia’s Kimberley region. Paleontologists believe that it was left by a long-necked sauropod.

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Mice entered human settlements far earlier than formerly thought: study

Mice entered human settlements far earlier than formerly thought: study

A new study has suggested that the common house mouse first entered human settlements far earlier than formerly thought but the despised pest had to fight a rival species.

For decades, researchers assumed that mice first came into contact with humans after they started cultivating and storing crops. However, the new study suggested that wild mice started entering human habitats from the very moment when they started to settle down and construct permanent structures.

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NASA working on high-speed space internet project

NASA working on high-speed space internet project

U.S. space agency NASA is working on a LASER-based technology that could eventually become the high-speed internet of the sky.

The ongoing Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) will allow NASA scientists to better understand the best ways to run laser communications systems. The new technology could enable unprecedentedly higher data rates for connections between spacecraft and scientists on Earth’s surface.

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SpaceX to launch a used rocket next week

SpaceX to launch a used rocket next week

A Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to take off from Cape Canaveral, Florida-based Kennedy Space Center Florida next week, marking the first time SpaceX will re-fly one of the rockets that it recovered from its past missions.

The 14-story-tall booster, which originally flew in April 2016, will carry a communications satellite into the orbit for Luxembourg-based SES SA.

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Newly developed robotic skin is more sensitive than human skin

Newly developed robotic skin is more sensitive than human skin

A team of researchers at University of Glasgow claimed to have developed an electronic, self-powered robotic hand that is more sensitive to touch than a human hand.

Prof. Ravinder Dahiya, an electrical engineer at the university, explained that the new robotic skin is made of a single atomic layer of graphene, and is essentially a touch sensor.

It requires just 20 nanowatts of power per square centimeter to operate, and the researchers turned to the Sun for that. Under the surface of the graphene skin, there is a solar panel that absorbs sunlight and turns it into power.

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SpaceX’s Dragon containing space research arrives in San Pedro

SpaceX’s Dragon containing space research arrives in San Pedro

An array of scientific samples, including research into new life-saving drugs, arrived in San Pedro inside SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft on Monday, a day after the spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean.

The reusable cargo ship loaded with 3,800 pounds of scientific samples, no-longer-needed equipment and trash was released by the International Space Station’s robotic arm at 0900 GMT, and it took more than 6 hours to return to Earth, landing off the coast of Baja California at around 1600 GMT.

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Spider venom may help save stroke victims: researchers say

Spider venom may help save stroke victims: researchers say

Venom of potentially deadly funnel-web spiders may be used to save the lives of stroke patients as a protein in the venom have been found effective in minimizing the effects of brain damage after a stroke, according to Australian researchers.

A team of researchers from the Monash University and University of Queensland administered an electric charge to three funnel-web spiders’ fangs, making the deadly creatures to squeeze out venom.

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SpaceX reusable cargo ship returns to Earth

SpaceX reusable cargo ship returns to Earth

Ending a mission to supply astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS), a SpaceX reusable cargo ship loaded with 3,800 pounds of no-longer-needed equipment and trash splashed down into the Pacific Ocean safely on Sunday.

The Dragon capsule had docked with the ISS on 23rd of February, and remained there for around a month to allow astronauts to unload more than two tones of food, water and scientific equipment and reload it with scientific samples, no-longer-required equipment and trash.

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Total solar eclipse to cross America for first time in 99 years

Total solar eclipse to cross America for first time in 99 years

For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States this summer, prompting tens of millions of people to cram into a 60-mile-wide path from Oregon to the Carolinas to witness the rare phenomenon.

NASA astronomers have predicted that a total solar eclipse crossing the nation will take place on August 21, 2017, when the sky will go dark in the middle of the day.

Jay M. Pasachoff, an astronomer from Williams College, said that the upcoming total solar eclipse will last for up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

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Oceans are heating up 13% faster than previously thought: study

Oceans are heating up 13% faster than previously thought: study

Earth’s oceans are warming 13 per cent faster than previously thought and the pace of warming has accelerated over the past few decades, a new study has warned.

Using a new strategy to improve upon their understanding of ocean warming to estimate overall global warming from 1960 to 2015, researchers estimated that the rate of warming from 1992 is almost twice as higher as the warming rate from 1960.

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