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Ice volcanoes not unusual on Ceres: researchers conclude

Ice volcanoes not unusual on Ceres: researchers conclude

Ceres, a dwarf planet with an orbit between Mars and Jupiter, might once be home to numerous cryovolcanoes that might have disappeared over millions of years, a new study suggested.

While volcanoes on Earth are fueled by molten rock, Ceres is too small and cold to melt silicate rock in its core. Yet scientists discovered the huge Ahuna Mons volcano of icy rock that they call a cryovolcano.

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NASA overhauls its archive of Earth views from space

NASA overhauls its archive of Earth views from space

NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) website is now providing daily, up-close views of our planet in both natural and enhanced color, thanks to a recent overhaul.

The American space agency recently overhauled its archive of Earth views from space provided by Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite’s EPIC. The satellite orbits the Sun at a distance of one million miles from Earth, providing scientists with data to study the planet’s weather and climate.

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Full-scale JWST model on show at Super Bowl

Full-scale JWST model on show at Super Bowl

Football fans descending on the city of Houston for Super Bowl are enjoying an additional fascination, thanks to Northrop Grumman Corp. that has provided them with an opportunity to have a glimpse into the future of deep space exploration.

Northrop has put a full-scale model of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) in downtown Houston as part of NASA’S “Future Flight” exhibit at the Super Bowl Live festival. It will be used by NASA scientists to explore deep space.

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Space causes changes to astronauts’ gut bacteria: study

Space causes changes to astronauts’ gut bacteria: study

Space not only physically impacts astronauts’ body and brain but also cause changes to certain gut “bugs,” according to a new research.

A team of researchers at Northwestern University studied the gut bacteria of NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Mark Kelly, identical twin brothers who are part of a unique human study, and found that changes occur to gut bacteria in space.

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Scientists produce blueprint to actually build quantum computer

Scientists produce blueprint to actually build quantum computer

An international team of scientists claimed to have produced a real blueprint to actually build a large-scale quantum computer -- super-fast machines that can revolutionize computing and solve problems that existing computers can’t.

Scientists have long been trying to harness the world of quantum mechanics but the challenges of creating practical, large-scale models have kept thus far the quantum technology confined to laboratories.

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Columbia Shuttle disaster remembered on its 14th anniversary

Columbia Shuttle disaster remembered on its 14th anniversary

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, marked the 14th anniversary of the devastating Columbia Space Shuttle disaster that had claimed seven lives as the shuttle broke up and burnt to ashes while returning from a 16-day space mission.

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Zoo orangutan to have a chance to find her mate online

Zoo orangutan to have a chance to find her mate online

Samboja the orangutan at a zoo in the Netherlands will search for a mate through an online project called “Tinder for orangutans,” zoo authorities have confirmed.

The Apenheul Primate Park Zoo in the Netherlands has confirmed that Samboja has approached the age where she could start mating and having kids.

Zoo officials also announced a plan to show the female orangutan photographs of eligible males on a touchscreen tablet. In case she pays extra attention to a photo or video of certain male that would be a sign that she might be interested in that male.

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Researchers discover ancient critter at the other end of humans’ family tree

Researchers discover ancient critter at the other end of humans’ family tree

An international team of researchers have discovered the fossilized remains of a 540-million-year-old critter the size of a grain of sand, which researchers believe might be at the other end of humans’ family tree.

The tiny ancient creature called Saccorhytus coronaries’ remains were discovered in Shaanxi Province, central China. It lived nearly 540 million years ago, during the early Cambrian period, when the region was covered by a shallow ocean.

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NASA’s Cassini captures Saturn’s rings in unprecedented detail

NASA’s Cassini captures Saturn’s rings in unprecedented detail

Heading toward its grand finale phase, U.S. space agency NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has provided images showing Saturn’s rings in unprecedented detail.

Cassini is currently in its “Ring-Grazing” orbits phase, and it is observing rings of icy debris of the gaseous planet. The views are the closest-ever pictures of the outer parts of the planet’s main rings, providing researchers with an eagerly awaited opportunity to observe features like “straw” and “propellers.”

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Three teams send their Hyperloop pods through mile-long vacuum tube

Three teams send their Hyperloop pods through mile-long vacuum tube

Three student teams, one each from the America, Germany and the Netherlands, sent their Hyperloop pods through a mile-long vacuum tube yesterday to test the futuristic mode of transportation.

The Hyperloop project, a concept for a high-speed ground transport system, was first announced by SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk in 2013. Students were invited from around the globe to designs and build prototypes for new transportation system.

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