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New ‘reverse solar panel’ generates power at night by radiating heat into space

Solar cells don’t usually work at night. But researchers from the University of California, Davis believe that they may have come up with a solution. And it’s one that would allow specially designed photovoltaic cells to keep generating power even when it’s dark. Here's how.
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Sleep pods give health care workers some much-needed rest

A growing number of health care facilities in the United Kingdom are trying out so-called “sleep pods” in a bid to give staff a decent rest during breaks.
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The red planet looks almost Earth-like in the detailed maps of the Mars Atlas 

If Mars seems mysterious and foreboding to you, the Mars Atlas might make the Red Planet a little more accessible, though there's still much more to discover.
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Watch record-breaking astronaut Christina Koch return to Earth on Wednesday

Record-breaking astronaut Christina Koch and two of her colleagues will head back to Earth this week, and the departure and landing will be shown on NASA TV.
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Autonomous sub videos the underside of an Antarctic glacier for the first time

An autonomous underwater vehicle named Icefin has captured a video showing the view from underneath the Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica for the first time.
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Amateur photographers discover new type of aurora called ‘the dunes’

In 2018, amateur photographers spotted auroras oriented horizontally, reaching across the horizon. Now scientists confirm they are a new type of aurora.
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Terminator Tape could tackle space debris by efficiently de-orbiting satellites

A company has demonstrated a solution for disposing of satellites once they are no longer required, using a 230-foot-long strip of conductive Terminator Tape.
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Changes in Mars’ atmosphere are driven by enormous CO2 ice cap at its pole

A new study has looked at the carbon dioxide ice deposit on Mars' south pole and found that it appears to affect atmospheric pressure across the planet.
The Space Infrastructure Dexterous Robot (SPIDER) technology demonstration is slated to take place on NASA’s Restore-L spacecraft. The payload will assemble a functional communications antenna and manufacture a spacecraft beam.

NASA wants to manufacture spacecraft parts in low-Earth orbit

Maxar Technologies will develop a system for NASA to manufacture and robotically assemble spacecraft parts in low-Earth orbit on the Restore-L spacecraft.
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Spitzer’s last hurrah is a beautiful image of the spooky Tarantula Nebula

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has ended scientific observations after a sixteen-year mission. But its legacy lives on in an image of the Tarantula Nebula.
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Europe’s newest planet-hunting satellite opens its eyes for the first time

The ESA launched the CHEOPS satellite in December. There was still one big challenge: Opening the telescope's cover, which protects the instrument during launch.
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Human trials take inflating needle-filled smart pills closer to market

Who wouldn’t want to be able to replace regular painful injections with an inflating smart pill? That’s what San Jose, California-based company Rani Therapeutics has developed with its innovative RaniPill. Now, thanks to a new human trial, the company is one step closer to it hitting the market.
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Caltech wants to explore the ocean with swarms of bionic jellyfish

Engineers from Caltech and Stanford University have a plan to create bionically augmented jellyfish which may one day help explore the oceans.
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NASA’s James Webb Telescope faces a new challenge: Time

NASA's James Webb Space Telescopes is unlikely to meet its launch date later this year, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office. The report, titled 'James Webb Space Telescope: Technical Challenges Have Caused Schedule Strain and May Increase Costs,' details the status of the troubled telescope.
NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has concluded after more than 16 years of exploring the universe in infrared light.

NASA’s Spitzer telescope mission comes to an end after 16 years of investigating space

After a 16-year-long mission to image our galaxy and beyond, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope mission ended this week. The spacecraft will no longer collect data.
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Can Voyager 2, exploring space beyond the solar system, survive a power glitch?

One of the most distant man-made objects in the universe, NASA's Voyager 2, has suffered from a power glitch. Can it be repaired while in interstellar space?
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Google deploys its SOS Alerts system for reliable coronavirus information

Google is helping to highlight verified information on the coronavirus by pushing it to the top of search results. Powered by Google’s SOS Alerts system, those using its search engine for information on the virus will see relevant news and safety tips from the World Health Organization at the top of the results.
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Wild new ‘Trojan horse’ nanoparticle clears your arteries by gobbling up plaque

A hungry nanoparticle that eats away at your insides sounds like a nightmare straight out of a Michael Crichton novel. In fact, it could be a future defense against heart attacks, strokes, and potentially other fatal diseases -- as strange as that might initially sound.
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Drone delivery: Medical supplies will soon be flying around San Diego

UPS and drone specialist Matternet are teaming up for a trial drone delivery service for health care facilities in San Diego. It follows a similar trial by the two firms in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 2019. The San Diego effort will see medical samples flown between facilities.
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Wawa data breach: Hacker is selling 30 million credit cards on the dark web

Credit card data from a security breach last year that affected Wawa, an East Coast convenience store chain, was discovered being sold in the corners of the dark web this week. The estimated 30 million credit cards affected makes it the third-largest credit card breach in history.
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Feds ban Chinese-made drones over spying fears. Could your drone be next?

The U.S. Department of Interior essentially banned Chinese-made drones and drone parts because of the fear of these drones’ potential to be used for spying. The new no-fly rule is explicitly aimed at foreign drones and the only exceptions would be for responding to natural disasters or other emergencies.
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Robot fry cook Flippy is getting a makeover to make it even more useful

Robot fry cook Flippy is getting a makeover. Here's how Miso Robotics' machine kitchen assistant is receiving an overhaul that will make it more useful than ever. While taking up a whole lot less kitchen floor space in the process. Coming soon to a burger joint near you?
The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope has produced the highest resolution image of the sun's surface ever taken

This is the most detailed photo ever taken of the surface of the sun

To learn more about the enormous nuclear reactor that is our sun, the National Science Foundation has debuted the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope. With a 13-foot mirror, it is the world's largest solar telescope. The telescope's first light image has been released, showing a close-up view of the surface of the sun.

Two orbiting satellites could collide tonight over Pittsburgh

According to estimates based on a network of ground-based radars that are used to detect and track low-Earth-orbit objects, the chance of a possible collision between two satellites tonight is approximately one in 20. There will be no more than 40 feet between the two space bodies.
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Microsoft wants to use A.I. to make health care better for everyone

Microsoft is bringing artificial intelligence into the health care world with the launch of a new program that aims to improve the health of people and communities around the globe. A.I. for Health will focus on advancing medical research, reducing health inequality, and compiling global health insights.
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Google’s next virtual assistant could chat your ear off on just about any topic

In a new paper, Google detailed a "human-like" chatbot called Meena that can "engage in conversation on any topic." Meena, unlike its peers such as Google’s own Assistant, is an open-domain chatbot and is designed to contextually and constantly converse with you -- no matter the topic.
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Get off the sidewalk! Lime’s new scooter aims to make you ride on the road

Lime is testing a novel way to gently persuade its riders to stick to the street and stay off the sidewalk. The scootersharing company has added sensors to its electric two-wheelers that can distinguish between a street and sidewalk, and will send notifications to riders if they spend too much time on the latter.
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Meet the robot helping doctors treat coronavirus patients

There have been five confirmed cases of the quickly spreading coronavirus in the U.S. Since the coronavirus can transmit from person to person, doctors at a hospital in Washington treating one of the patients have taken extra caution to protect themselves by using a robot.
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Chemists find a way to transform trash into wonder material graphene

Chemists at Rice University have developed a process that can transform trash or any large source of carbon into flakes of graphene, the all-around wonder material that promises all kinds of valuable applications. Here's how the process works -- and what they've got planned next.
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NASA’s Lucy spacecraft could unravel the mystery of how the solar system formed

Next year, NASA launches the Lucy spacecraft to visit the Trojan asteroids of Jupiter. Digital Trends spoke with Hal Levison, principle investigator of the project, about how the mission could reveal clues about the formation of our solar system and could even offer insights into the origin of life on Earth.
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Take a tour of the space station from the comfort of your own sofa

If you’ve ever wondered what it's like to stay on the International Space Station, then this fascinating video tour should give you a good idea. Astronauts Luca Parmitano and Drew Morgan kindly take us on a leisurely journey through the orbiting outpost, visiting an array of interesting features along the way.
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Boeing hails first test flight of 777X, world’s largest twin-engine jet

Boeing on Saturday sent its new 777X jet on its first test flight ahead of deployment in 2021. Described as the world’s largest twin-engine plane in terms of length and width, the jet features specially designed folding wings that will enable it to operate at all of the airports that handle existing models of the 777.
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This ancient dwarf star has oxygen from the Milky Way’s earliest supernovae

Astronomers studying one of the oldest known stars have found an unexpectedly high level of oxygen in its atmosphere. This suggests that oxygen was produced in the very earliest supernovae in our universe. The star is over 5,000 light-years away in the constellation of Lynx, and is a type called a halo star.
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Hubble images dusty galaxy to learn about supermassive black holes

This week's image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1022, located in the constellation of Cetus. Scientists are observing this particular galaxy in order to study the relationship between the size of a galaxy and the size of the supermassive black hole at its center.