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SpaceX gears up for 12-mile-high test flight with Starship SN8 prototype

SpaceX gears up for 12-mile-high test flight with Starship SN8 prototype

The next big leap for SpaceX’s Mars-colonizing Starship spacecraft appears to be right around the corner. Two full-size Starship prototypes, known as SN5 and SN6, recently performed 500-foot-high (150 meters) test hops at SpaceX’s South Texas facilities, near the village of Boca Chica. And the next vehicle in line is nearly ready to soar much...

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Greenland sharks could live nearly 400 years-study

Greenland sharks could live nearly 400 years-study

While time may feel like it’s standing still for many of us in 2020, this pandemic year is but a blink of an eye for the world’s longest-living vertebrates– Greenland sharks. Greenland sharks, which are found in north Atlantic and Arctic waters, can live for centuries. Some of the oldest known members of the species...

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US Air Force to Use ‘Robot Dogs’ for Base Security

US Air Force to Use ‘Robot Dogs’ for Base Security

The US Air Force will test “electric pets”, this time for base security. If you’re a fan of the Black Mirror series, the news about a robot dog being used to guard a military objective against intruders may sound like predictive programming, but here’s what reality will look like in a few short years: The...

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Space travel can lead to new motor skills but impaired vision—study

Space travel can lead to new motor skills but impaired vision—study

A recent study examined the brains of eight male Russian cosmonauts roughly seven months after they returned from lengthy missions to the International Space Station and it showed them develop new motor skills. The researchers in the study published last Friday discovered minor changes in the cosmonauts’ brains that suggested the men were more dexterous...

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Flying-V Airplane Makes Successful Maiden Flight

Flying-V Airplane Makes Successful Maiden Flight

An energy-efficient aircraft called the Flying-V has made a successful test flight in Germany last week. Researchers and engineers from the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) conducted the successful test flight together with a drone pilot operator in a German airbase on September 1 The first real test flight of the scaled flight model...

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Honeybee venom kills breast cancer cells – Australian research

Honeybee venom kills breast cancer cells – Australian research

Honeybee venom has been found to quickly kill aggressive and often hostile breast cancer cells, according to a young Australian scientist’s recent groundbreaking research. Dr. Ciara Duffy, 25, of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and The University of Western Australia’s potentially groundbreaking study, found venom from the honeybee could kill cancer cells in...

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Dozens of mammoth bones found at Mexico airport

Dozens of mammoth bones found at Mexico airport

Archaeologists have found the bones of about 60 mammoths at an airport under construction just north of Mexico City, near human-built “traps” where more than a dozen mammoths were found last year. Both discoveries reveal how appealing the area – once a shallow lake – was for the mammoths. The National Institute of Anthropology and History...