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Europe’s CHEOPS planet-hunting satellite left Earth on Wednesday a day after its lift-off was delayed by a technical rocket glitch during the final countdown. The 30-centimetre (12-inch) telescope has been designed to measure the density, composition, and size of numerous planets beyond our solar system – so-called exoplanets. According to the European Space Agency (ESA),
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From finding the building blocks for life on Mars to breakthroughs in gene editing and the rise of artificial intelligence, here are six major scientific discoveries that shaped the 2010s — and what leading experts say could come next. Are we alone? We don’t yet know whether there was ever life on Mars — but
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A prominent group of researchers alarmed by the harmful social effects of artificial intelligence called Thursday for a ban on automated analysis of facial expressions in hiring and other major decisions. The AI Now Institute at New York University said action against such software-driven “affect recognition” was its top priority because science doesn’t justify the
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An Australian research team say they have come up with a “lifespan clock” which provides accurate maximum age estimates for vertebrates, a key variable in the study of both living and extinct animals. The scientists identified specific areas — called CpG sites — in DNA which have been linked to lifespan and then checked them
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After grappling with the rugged reality of asteroid Bennu’s surface, the US space agency has finally selected a sample collection site on asteroid Bennu. The OSIRIS-Rex mission team selected the site designated “Nightingale” – located in a crater high in Bennu’s northern hemisphere. Since its arrival in December 2018, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has mapped the
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Blue Origin, the space company owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, launched the 12th crewless test of its New Shepard rocket on Wednesday, pushing the first flights with passengers to 2020. The 60-foot-long (18-meter) suborbital rocket reached an altitude of 65 miles (105 kilometers), according to preliminary information, crossing the internationally recognized boundary of space
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Scientists said Wednesday they have come up with an environmentally-friendly method that uses artificial sunlight to transform plastic into power-generating chemicals, as countries worldwide battle to reduce waste. Huge quantities of plastic have piled up on land and been dumped in the sea across the world, with Asian nations in particular facing criticism for failing
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India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-QL (PSLV-QL) rocket carrying the country’s advanced radar imaging earth observation satellite RISAT-2BR1 and nine foreign satellites lifted off from the first launch pad of the rocket port here on Wednesday. At about 3:25pm the 44.4 metres tall rocket broke free of the first launch pad and started its upward one-way journey carrying
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India on Wednesday successfully placed into orbit its latest radar imaging earth observation satellite RISAT-2BR1 and nine foreign satellites from four countries using its PSLV rocket. In the process, India touched 319 foreign satellite launch mark ever since 1999. India’s latest radar imaging earth observation satellite RISAT-2BR1 now up in the sky will send sharp
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‘Curiosity’ won’t be NASA’s only active Mars rover for much longer as in next summer, ‘Mars 2020’ will be headed for the Red Planet. Built and managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, each has its own role in the ongoing exploration of Mars and the search for ancient life. The Mission behind
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SpaceX made an early holiday delivery to the International Space Station on Sunday, bringing muscle-bound “mighty mice,” pest-killing worms and a smart, empathetic robot. The station commander, Italy’s Luca Parmitano, used a large robot arm to grab onto the Dragon three days after its launch from Cape Canaveral. The two spacecraft soared 260 miles (420
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FILE PHOTO: Bret Greenstein, IBM Global Vice President of Watson Internet of Things Offerings, holds a clone of an artificial intelligence bot named CIMON, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, U.S., June 28, 2018. REUTERS/Joey Roulette WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An intelligent robot equipped with emotion-sensing voice detectors was headed to the International Space Station
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