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Scientists to plan movies originating ‘inside the mind’

It may sound like an idea out of a bad science fiction movie, but according to research, scientists at UC Berkeley have designed a system that can decode, then recreate human perception. This means that imagery can be created ‘inside’ the minds of people. Jack Gallant, a UC Berkeley Neuroscientist …

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NASA fear blindness for long term astronauts

NASA have been investigating a new condition for astronauts who spend a lot of time in space. They have found possibilities of eye problems occuring for those who spend months aboard the International Space Station. Doctors are now concerned that astronauts could go blind by the end of long missions, …

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$1.6 billion to be funded into ‘Space Taxis’ by NASA

NASA are going to pump around $1.6 billion into private companies, willing to develop space transportation services. The US space agency will be requiring complete systems to transport astronauts to the International Space Station by the middle of the decade. US President Obama has filed for $850 million for the …

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Star attacks nearby planet with destructive X-rays

NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory has been the source of some fascinating reports in recent months, and the latest is proof enough to make the hairs on your arms stand on end. They have found that a star, close to an alien planet is sending out mega powerful X-Rays – 100,000 …

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‘Invisible World’ found by NASA craft

The NASA Kepler spacecraft has apparently found an ‘invisible’ world after detecting a planet which revolves around its orbit at irregular intervals. Sarah Ballard of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is the lead author on the study and she said “This invisible planet makes itself known by its influence …

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Brightest Supernova in 40 years found by scientists

The brightest Supernova in 40 years have been found in the PinWheel Galaxy. This is around 21 million light years away from Earth. It is being called ‘PTF11kly’ and is classified as a 1a supernova. A supernova is a stellar explosion that creates more energy than a ‘nova’. They are …

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Tweeting robots from outer space

Social networking has taken over many peoples lives, and it appears that even the Robots can’t escape it. The first astronaut Robot – R2, has been activated at the International Space Station. One of his first actions wasn’t to walk around and start analysing data – they had him make …

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Nasa claims $8.7bn cost for Space Telescope

NASA have said that the James Webb Space Telescope will cost $8.7bn to run and maintain over a period of five years, when the project is started in 2018. According to documents which were sent to the US Congress, the updated figures are $2 bn higher than the previous estimates. …

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Is the Moon younger than we thought?

New research has shown that the Moon might be 200 million years younger than we originally thought. The new, detailed analysis of a rock which was brought to Earth in 1972 by Apollo 16 has led to the breakthrough findings. The findings were published yesterday by the journal Nature will …

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Hubble telescope captures stunning image of Necklace Nebula

NASA have released a fantastically detailed image of the Necklace Nebula, a planetary nebula. The nebula is formed around a bright ring which measures 12 trillion miles across and is populated with bright formations of gas pockets that look almost like valuable diamonds in the image. These formations glow intensely …

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Sun produces largest solar flare in years: earth not in danger

Scientists have said that the Sun yesterday emitted the largest solar flare in more than four years. Thankfully the report adds that it is unlikely to cause serious problems for the Earth. Joe Kunches, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Space Weather Prediction Center said “It was …

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Eggs of unknown species found in Alaska

News reached us last week that an orange substance was found in an Alaskan village. Initial reports seemed rather far fetched, with some people claiming the unknown orange material was in fact a form of ‘alien life’. Fast Forward to today and the Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration lab has claimed …

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Lego Men Invade Jupiter – Official!

As a kid, you always know that there was something a little magical about those simple shapes. You’d spend hours creating marvellous scenes and impossible inventions, which in all honesty, hardly looked the way you’d envisioned them. All that’s changing. The plastic men are on the move. And they are …

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Could there be life on Mars?

Scientists have found what they think may be signs of salty water, which has been spilling over the rims of craters. They have noticed that ‘finger like’ features, which are seen as formations of dark lines, fading out during winter and reappearing in the spring time. Pictures have been taken …

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Scientists claim time travel is impossible: but is it?

Science Fiction fans will be saddened to hear that we won’t be traveling through time, well at least not according to a group of Hong Kong scientists, who claim that their research proves it is impossible. The team, which is based at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology …

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Evidence of volcano activity found on Moon

Latest reports have emerged that scientists have found evidence of volcano activity on the surface of the far side of the Moon. The Nature Geoscience journal has reported the rare example of volcano activity on the surface, not associated with asteroid, comet or meteor impact events. There are examples of …

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Largest water body found on Quasar

Astronomers have found the largest water body in the universe. The volume is enough to fill the earth’s oceans by more than 100 trillion times and it was located on a quasar. It was located about 12 billion light years from the earth. Quasars are extremely luminous and were first …

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Sandia Robots transform into museum pieces

Whichever way you look at it, the Sandia National Laboratory can’t help but describe itself in grandiose and emotional ways. It’s nice to know that, every now and then, the billions invested into its various programmes, produces something which doesn’t improve the way we kill people. KitGuru eats re-fried beans …

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Tiny insect rubs penis to emit 99.2dBa: new record

Scientists in France and Scotland have recorded a tiny water boatman insect ‘singing’ at up to 99.2 dBa – the same noise that an orchestra will produce while sitting in the front row. This little insect creates the noise by rubbing its penis against its abdomen. The process ‘stridulation’ has …

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Single living cell produces laser light

Nature Photonics has an interesting story online which details that the first single living cell has been able to produce laser light. Malte Gather and Seok Hyun Yun from the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital has the scientific world buzzing. The scientists have been able to engineer …

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