Monthly Archives: August 2016

Still no aliens: Lessons learned from SETI signal

Fifteen months after an intriguing radio signal was picked up from a sunlike star in the constellation Hercules, follow-up observations over the past couple of days have so far yielded nothing notable. That shouldn’t be too surprising. It’s the way things … Continue reading

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NASA spotlights cloud app for citizen scientists

One of NASA’s longest-running citizen science programs isn’t just for kids anymore: A newly released app called GLOBE Observer can turn any smartphone user into a cloud researcher. And we don’t mean “cloud” in the computing sense. A program called … Continue reading

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Hunt for Planet Nine leads to mini-worlds

The hypothetical world known as Planet X or Planet Nine hasn’t yet been found, but thanks to the search, astronomers have discovered smaller worlds on the solar system’s edge. Mapping such objects could lead to the big discovery: a planet that’s thought to … Continue reading

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777X tool sets record for 3-D-printed objects

A trim-and-drill tool that will be tested during construction of the Boeing Co.’s next-generation 777X jet has already produced something notable: recognition from Guinness World Records as the world’s largest solid 3-D-printed object. The trim tool, developed at the Department … Continue reading

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Dogs get what you say, and how you say it

Scientists have put dogs through brain scans to confirm what pet owners already suspected: Dogs not only comprehend the words we speak, but also how we say them. The patterns of brain activity suggest that dogs process the words of their trainers much … Continue reading

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Crew ends a year on Hawaii’s make-believe Mars

After spending 365 days cooped up in a habitat and mock spacesuits in Hawaii, six volunteers say astronauts can cope with an even longer, real-life mission to Mars and back. “A mission to Mars in the close future is realistic,” … Continue reading

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DNA sequenced in space for the first time

NASA biologist-astronaut Kate Rubins performed the first DNA sequencing experiment in space over the weekend, using a miniaturized device that was delivered to the International Space Station just last month. The palm-sized MiniON DNA sequencer, built by Oxford Nanopore Technologies, could eventually open … Continue reading

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