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Nuro’s driverless delivery pod greenlighted for California trial

Nuro is getting ready to test its compact autonomous delivery pod on the streets of California. Other trials have already taken place in Texas and Arizona.
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SpaceX Dragon spacecraft completes final mission ahead of crewed launch

SpaceX’s trusty Dragon spacecraft has completed its final cargo mission after returning from the International Space station. Next up: the Crew Dragon.
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Mayo Clinic is using autonomous shuttle buses to transport COVID-19 tests

Mayo Clinic in Florida is using autonomous vehicles to transport vital medical supplies and COVID-19 tests from a nearby drive-thru testing site.
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This Borderlands 3 minigame will help map the bacteria in your gut

Borderlands 3 is getting a new interactive minigame, Borderlands Science, which will directly contribute to research in biomedicine.
SpaceX's Dragon resupply ship slowly approaches the orbiting lab as both spacecraft were orbiting 258 miles above the Mediterranean Sea Dec. 9, 2019. Filled with more than 4,000 pounds of valuable scientific experiments and other cargo, Dragon is now set to leave the International Space Station Monday, April 6.

How to watch the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft depart the ISS today

A SpaceX Dragon resupply craft will depart from the International Space Station Tuesday, carrying scientific experiments back from space to Earth.
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Mysterious drone tells New Yorkers to socially distance during pandemic

A drone equipped with a loudspeaker was recently spotted telling people in a New York City park to socially distance. But no one knows where it came from.

Boeing to attempt second Starliner test flight after bungled debut mission

Boeing says that it is determined to test its Starliner passenger spacecraft a second time following a botched orbital test flight in December 2019.
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Tesla shows how it’s using EV parts to build ventilators

Tesla has released a video showing how its is working to create a ventilator from car parts to aid in the treatment of patients with coronavirus.
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Meet the sci-fi startup building computer chips with real biological neurons

Australian startup Cortical Labs is building brain-inspired neural networks using actual neurons. Here's why the company thinks that's a big deal.
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Joint Mission to Mercury makes a ‘goodbye flyby’ of Earth

The BepiColombo mission to Mercury will get a gravity assist from Earth as it passes by the planet this week.
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Hubble may have found the ‘missing link’ in black hole formation

Researchers using the Hubble Space Telescope have found first evidence for intermediate-mass black holes, a type that has only been hypothesized so far.
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The largest astronomical project on the planet shut down due to coronavirus

Telescope facilities in the Chilean desert including the world's largest ground-based astronomical project, ALMA, have been shut down due to coronavirus.
A new NASA mission called SunRISE will study what drives solar particle storms - giant surges of solar particles that erupt off of the Sun - as depicted in this illustration. Understanding how such storms affect interplanetary space can help protect spacecraft and astronauts.

NASA wants to launch a set of six mini spacecraft to observe the sun

NASA will be launching a set of six miniature spacecraft to study the sun, in the hopes of understanding more about how space weather and solar storms develop.
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NASA lays out plans for building a long-term moon base

NASA has released a report detailing how it intends to set up a base on the moon, which can then be used as a staging area for exploration of Mars.
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NASA’s WFIRST telescope has a new approach to the hunt for exoplanets

NASA is working on an new instrument for spotting distant exoplanets -- the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope, or WFIRST.
Three of the six flight wheels that will travel to Mars can be seen attached to NASA's Perseverance rover (which is inverted on a handling fixture) on March 30, 2020 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The protective antistatic foil covering the wheels will be removed before launch this summer.

NASA’s Perseverance rover’s new wheels can grip and better withstand rocks

NASA's Mars rover, Perseverance, nears completion as it is fitted with new wheels and a massive air brake parachute.
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IBM turned its Jeopardy-winning A.I. into the world’s smartest COVID-19 chatbot

IBM’s Watson A.I. is most famous for whooping the butt of human champions at quiz show Jeopardy. Now, it's helping us answer essential questions about COVID-19.
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Another SpaceX Starship prototype destroyed during pressure test

SpaceX has lost a Starship prototype during a pressure test. Video of the test shows the mid-section of the prototype buckling and collapsing during the test.
Deployment tests like these help safeguard mission success by physically demonstrating that NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is able to move and unfold as intended.

Watch the James Webb Space Telescope deploy its massive origami mirror

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has passed an important test by deploying its huge mirror into the configuration it will use once it's launched into space.
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Most art galleries are closed, but you can still tour this one — with a robot

An art gallery in the U.K. has teamed up with roboticists to continue giving tours while it's shuttered due to coronavirus. Here's what they've developed.
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NASA reveals how many Americans applied to become an astronaut

NASA's recent call for astronaut wannabes led to an astonishing 12,000 applications. The successful candidates could bag a trip to the moon, and even beyond.
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How risky is air travel right now? A new supercomputer model has answers

How likely are you to contract a virus on a flight? Researchers from the Department of Computer Science at the University of West Florida investigated.
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NASA’s Mars helicopter spins blades for last time before launch

NASA has completed final testing of its Mars Helicopter, which is set to become the first aircraft to fly on another planet during the Mars 2020 mission.
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Urine luck: Astronauts’ pee could be the secret ingredient to future moon bases

A mix of astronaut urine and moon dust could be used to create a material for 3D-printing future moon bases. It sounds crazy, but could make perfect sense.

Groundbreaking A.I. brain implant translates thoughts into spoken words

Researchers from UC San Francisco have built a brain implant which uses deep-learning artificial intelligence to transform thoughts into complete sentences.
The spiral galaxy NGC 4651, captured in by the Hubble Space Telescope in an image released on March 30, 2020.

The peaceful-looking Umbrella Galaxy has a violent, cannibalistic past

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured another image of one of the strange and wondrous sights of our universe -- this one showing the Umbrella Galaxy.
A placard commemorating NASA's "Send Your Name to Mars" campaign was installed on the Perseverance Mars rover on March 16, 2020, at Kennedy Space Center. Three silicon chips (upper left corner) were stenciled with 10,932,295 names and the essays from 155 finalists in NASA's "Name the Rover" contest.

11 million names to be carried to Mars on NASA’s Perseverance rover

When it heads to the red planet, NASA's Perseverance rover won't just carry scientific instruments, it will also carry the names of millions of space fans.
Illustration of the SpaceX Dragon XL as it is deployed from the Falcon Heavy's second stage in high Earth orbit on its way to the Gateway in lunar orbit.

SpaceX selected to deliver cargo to NASA’s Lunar Gateway space station

NASA has announced SpaceX as its first commercial partner for Gateway, part of the Artemis program to have astronauts back on the moon in the next few years.
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AR therapy for kids with autism may be headed for FDA approval

Stanford's Autism Glass Project helps kids on the autism spectrum recognize the emotions on faces around them. Its creators are now aiming for FDA approval.
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See the strange and beautifully layered terrain of Mars’ Juventae Chasma

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured a particularly stunning image of the strange ridges and channels formed by erosion on the Red Planet's surface.
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Problem in parachute test forced SpaceX to drop its mock spacecraft

NASA is confident the planned launch of the Crew Dragon will still go ahead
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Cops use drones to shame people flouting lockdown rules

The U.K. is currently in lockdown in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus. But it seems that some folks there are finding it hard to stick to the rules.
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Pandemic drones that can detect fevers and coughing will soon take to the sky

Draganfly will be launching pandemic drones capable of detecting fever and coughing from the air to fight the coronavirus crisis. First stop: Australia.
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A.I. could help spot telltale signs of coronavirus in lung X-rays

Could A.I. analyze x-rays of patients’ lungs to spot signs of potential coronavirus-induced lung damage? That's a problem multiple groups are working on.