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April 14 2014

Pluto May Have Deep Seas and Ancient Tectonic Faults


In July 2015 we get our first close look at the dwarf planet Pluto and its moon, Charon -- a fact that has scientists hypothesizing more than ever about what we might see there.

One of the latest ideas put forward is that perhaps the collision that likely formed Pluto and Charon heated the interior of Pluto enough to give it an internal liquid water ocean, which also gave the small world a short-lived plate tectonics system, like that of Earth.

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April 14 2014

Ancient Mars probably too cold for liquid water


Mars’ atmosphere was probably never thick enough to keep temperatures on the planet’s surface above freezing for the long term, suggests research published today in Nature Geoscience1. Although the planet’s topography indicates that liquid water has flooded Mars in the distant past, evidence increasingly suggests that those episodes reflect occasional warm spells, not a consistently hospitable phase of the planet’s history.

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April 14 2014

After The Flood: Ancient Waters Carved These Martian Channels


This picture is an example of why Martian scientists like to get their groove on. This late 2013 snapshot of Osuga Valles — a part of the vast Valles Marineris gorge that cuts across the Red Planet — shows the leftovers of an ancient flood. The European Space Agency highlighted the area in a release this week.

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April 14 2014

Mars Makes Closest Approach to Earth in 6 Years Monday Ahead of Lunar Eclipse


A huge night for stargazers is nearly here: On Monday evening (April 14), Mars will make its closest approach to Earth in six years, just ahead of a total eclipse of the moon.

Mars will be at its closest to Earth since 2008 when the Red Planet comes within 57.4 million miles (92.4 million km) of our planet.

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April 14 2014

Astronaut Pee Turned Into Fuel


It’s a classic fact that astronaut urine can be processed into drinkable water. Now a new bioreactor could turn the waste filtered from that pee into an energy source as well.

When water supplies run low on a space mission, astronaut urine can be treated to become drinking water. But the waste removed is still, well, waste. University of Puerto Rico scientists Eduardo Nicolau and Carlos R. Cabrera, working in collaboration with the NASA Ames Research Center, came up with a new approach to make use of the waste.

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April 13 2014

US Navy 'game-changer': converting seawater into fuel


Washington (AFP) - The US Navy believes it has finally worked out the solution to a problem that has intrigued scientists for decades: how to take seawater and use it as fuel.

The development of a liquid hydrocarbon fuel is being hailed as "a game-changer" because it would signficantly shorten the supply chain, a weak link that makes any force easier to attack.

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April 13 2014

Power arm band for wearables harvests body heat


A group of Korean researchers have turned their focus on supplying a reliable, efficient power source for wearables. Professor Byung Jin Cho of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and his team, recognizing that supplying power that is stable and reliable is critical to the successful commercialization of wearables, have come up with a wearable power band that made technology news this week.

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April 13 2014

UMMS researchers show fruit flies have latent bioluminescence


New research from Stephen C. Miller, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, shows that fruit flies are secretly harboring the biochemistry needed to glow in the dark—otherwise known as bioluminescence.

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April 13 2014

Eco-Friendly Diapers Made From Jellyfish


Move over Brawny, there’s a new product in the works with the strength to get the job done, and it comes from the sea. Cine’al Ltd., an Israeli nanotechnology start-up, is developing a line of super-absorbing products made from jellyfish.

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April 13 2014

New Self-healing Plastics Developed


Scratches in the car finish or cracks in polymer material: Self-healing materials can repair themselves by restoring their initial molecular structure after the damage. Scientists of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Evonik Industries have developed a chemical crosslinking reaction that ensures good short-term healing properties of the material under mild heating.

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April 13 2014

So About That Hawk The Vatican Hired To Protect Those Doves...


Has the Vatican enlisted the help of a hawk to protect the pope’s cherished doves?

After two of its peace doves were fatally attacked by a seagull and a crow above St. Peter's square on Jan. 26, the Vatican apparently decided it was time to enlist the help of a bird of prey. Officials reportedly said they hope the hawk, named Sylvia, will stave off other predatory birds and help the doves avoid any future attacks, according to the Agence France-Presse.

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April 13 2014

Researchers show off 'bird' drones that can land on power lines to recharge themselves


The days of drones needing to return to base to top up their batteries could soon be over.

An MIT student has shown off a prototype system allowing a craft to land on a power line and recharge itself.

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April 13 2014

Amazon already designing eighth generation of delivery drones, says Jeff Bezos


Amazon has plenty of issues to resolve before its Prime Air delivery drones stand a chance of getting in the air, but CEO Jeff Bezos says the company is rapidly testing more prototypes. In a letter to shareholders published with the SEC, Bezos said that the Prime Air team is "already flight testing our fifth and sixth generation aerial vehicles, and we are in the design phase on generations seven and eight.".

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April 13 2014

Don't Panic About Heartbleed but Have a Spring Clean Anyway


The web is full of scare stories about the Heartbleed security vulnerability but panicking won’t help. Better to use this situation as an opportunity to clean up our acts. Few of us do it but we should all be in the habit of changing our passwords regularly.


Related: 'Heartbleed' bug a critical Internet illness
NSA Said to Exploit Heartbleed Bug for Intelligence for Years

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April 13 2014

Russia Wants To Annex The Moon


Because Russia hasn't been accused of imperial behaviour quite enough lately, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin announced on Friday that the nation plans to carve out an area of operations on the moon.

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April 13 2014

Faraway moon or faint star? Possible exomoon found


Titan, Europa, Io and Phobos are just a few members of our solar system's pantheon of moons. Are there are other moons out there, orbiting planets beyond our sun? Researchers have spotted the first signs of an "exomoon," and though they say it's impossible to confirm its presence, the finding is a tantalizing first step toward locating others.

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April 13 2014

Ringed asteroid will make a star blink out over Africa


This rock's got some bling. A star that is about to wink out over Africa will give us a good look at the first known asteroid with rings.

Last month, astronomers described icy rings around the asteroid 10199 Chariklo. They were found during an occultation, when the asteroid crossed in front of a star from Earth's perspective. Seen from South America, the star's brightness dipped in a distinctive pattern, indicating a set of sharply defined rings.

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April 13 2014

Four Blood Moons: Total Lunar Eclipse Series Not a Sign of Apocalypse


There has been a lot of interest recently in an upcoming series of lunar eclipses that begins April 15. These are usually described as "four blood moons" and taken by some to prophesy upcoming disasters.

The total lunar eclipse of April 15 will begin a so-called tetrad series of eclipses that is making the rounds online as a potential harbinger of doom, due in part to a recent book on the four blood moons that makes the dubious claim.

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