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August 9 2014

NASA bets on asteroid mission as best path to Mars


Somewhere above the clouds, way up into the deep space of the inner solar system, there’s an asteroid tumbling near Earth with NASA’s name on it.

Within the next decade or so, the space agency wants to snag the space rock and haul it to the moon. And they’ve hatched two fantastical plans to do it. One would snare an asteroid with a gigantic inflatable bag; the other might send a sticky-fingered robot out to grab a golf cart–sized boulder off an even bigger rock.

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August 9 2014

NASA 'Flying Saucer' Air Brake Aces Test Flight


A prototype inflatable braking system to land heavy payloads on Mars aced a debut test flight in June, but its supersonic parachute will need to be reshaped to better accommodate the turbulent airflow of rapid descent, NASA engineers said Friday.

NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) rocketed to an altitude of 190,000 feet after being carried into the stratosphere by a massive helium balloon.

The thin air and low pressure at that altitude is as close as engineers can come to simulating flight in Mars’ atmosphere.

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August 9 2014

Twin Alien Planets Could Boost Chances for Extraterrestrial Life


Alien planets could host life well into their old age if they have companion worlds tugging at them, researchers say.

Such exoplanets could potentially be the longest-lived life-friendly areas in the universe, enduring for up to 10 trillion years, scientists added.

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August 9 2014

Dramatic 'supermoon' and Perseid meteor shower to light up night skies on Sunday


A 'supermoon' will light up the night sky on Sunday as it coincides with a meteor shower in one of the most dramatic events on the astronomical calendar.

The moon will be at its biggest and brightest for 20 years as it reaches the point in its orbit closest to Earth – known as perigee – at the same time as it becomes full.

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August 9 2014

Can We Call Pluto and Charon a 'Binary Planet' Yet?


As NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft continues its epic journey into the outer solar system, its Kuiper Belt target is becoming brighter and more defined. Seen through the mission’s Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) camera, this new set of observations clearly shows Pluto and its biggest moon Charon locked in a tight orbital dance separated by only 11,200 miles. (Compared with the Earth-moon orbital separation of around 240,000 miles, you can see how compact the Pluto-Charon system really is.).

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August 9 2014

Astronauts cannot sleep properly in space


Astronauts putting their lives at risk on space missions because they are not getting enough sleep, a new study has found.

A new study by Harvard Medical School has found many astronauts suffer serious levels of sleep deprivation that could be putting their lives in danger.

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August 9 2014

You Could Wake Up Convinced You're In a Duplicate World


Or, at least, that you're in a duplicate town, house, and hospital. Reduplicative paramnesia victims believe that someone or something has constructed a duplicate structure, that looks exactly like the one they remember being in. What part of the brain can make you think you're on the set of your own life?

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August 9 2014

The Fish Matrix is real: this gigantic deep ocean sphere will raise 1,000 tons of tuna


This is the Oceansphere, a gigantic highly automated fish farm that will grow 1,000 tons of ahi and bluefin tuna from eggs to harvest size at a depth of 1,300 feet a few miles off the coast of Hawaii.

There's lots to say here about the technology, which includes an automatic feeding system, water quality sensors, and thrusters that keep the sphere stationary, but let's all just marvel at the fact that the Fish Matrix is real and set to begin installation by the end of the year.

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August 9 2014

Something’s in the water making these fish live longer — and it’s not necessarily a good thing


Pharmaceutical waste in surface waters has negatively affected marine life in the past—drugs containing the hormone estrogen making male fish pregnant, for example. But in Sweden, there may something in the water making fish live longer. According to a new study in the Institute of Physics’ Environmental Research Letters, the waste from anxiety medication Oxazepam is decreasing Eurasian perch mortality rates in the surface waters of a Swedish lake.

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August 9 2014

Rat moms’ behavior reflected in their babies’ brains


In their first year, babies grow and change in all sorts of obvious and astonishing ways. As their bodies become longer, heavier and stronger, so do their brains. Between birth and a child’s first birthday, her brain nearly triples in size as torrents of newborn nerve cells create neural pathways.

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August 9 2014

Scientists Turn Cigarette Butts Into Electrical Storage


The electrical power of the future just might be waiting in ashtrays across the world. Researchers in South Korea discovered that, with a one-step conversion process, cigarette filters turn into great supercapacitors. This is great news for anyone who wants new electronics that smell like Bourbon Street at 3 A.M.

Supercapacitors are an electrical storage alternative to batteries.

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August 9 2014

The Gift Of Graft: New York Artist's Tree To Grow 40 Kinds Of Fruit


It sounds like something out of Dr. Seuss, but artist is developing a tree that blooms in pink, fuchsia, purple and red in the spring — and that is capable of bearing 40 different kinds of fruit.

No, it's not genetic engineering. Van Aken, an associate professor in Syracuse University's art department, used an age-old technique called grafting to attach branches from 40 different kinds of stone fruit onto a single tree. It's called the "Tree of 40 Fruit." Weekend Edition's Arun Rath spoke to Van Aken about the project, and what inspired it.

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August 8 2014

Cunning Neanderthals hunted and ate wild pigeons


Neanderthals had the brains and guile to catch and eat birds, a skill many had assumed was beyond them. Bones found in Gibraltar suggest Neanderthals hunted wild pigeons, possibly by climbing steep cliffs to reach their nests.


Related: Neanderthals ate barbecued pigeon

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August 8 2014

Stone Age Skull Unearthed with Bits of Brain Clinging to It


A Stone Age skull with what may be bits of brain clinging to it has been unearthed at an ancient hunter-gatherer site in Norway.

The skeletal fragment, which is about 8,000 years old, may have once belonged to an infant or a small child, though it is so packed into the soil that researchers still haven't been able to remove most of it, said Gaute Reitan, an archaeologist at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo, Norway, who is excavating the site in conjunction with the University of Oslo.

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August 8 2014

Egyptologist sheds light on Tulane mummies


Answers don't come easily when the mystery is 3,000 years old. Egyptologist Melinda Nelson-Hurst has spent two years researching the Egyptian artifacts that have resided at Tulane University since 1852. Her work is yielding surprising details about two mummies, two intact coffins and funerary materials that reside in Dinwiddie Hall.

Nelson-Hurst, a research associate in the Department of Anthropology, and professor John Verano have written a scholarly paper on the topic for publication soon.

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August 8 2014

Archaeologists piece together evidence of bloody apocalypse in 12th century America


After building a thriving society over centuries, one Native American society in the 12th century underwent a violent collapse that left the southwestern region of what is now the U.S. virtually depopulated.

According to a report from WSU, the years between 1140 and 1180 A.D. were the bloodiest per capita years on North American soil, with an astonishing nine of ten corpses exhumed from the era showing signs of death by traumatic injuries to the head and arms.

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August 8 2014

Origins of our solar system revealed


The cloud that formed our solar system brewed for 30 million years before the birth of the Sun, a new study has found.

The event coincided with the death of a giant red star, says one of the study's co-authors Professor John Lattanzio of Monash University in Melbourne.

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