Month: December 2017

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A small, adorable-but-deadly carnivorous marsupial thought extinct in the Australian state of New South Wales has been unexpectedly rediscovered. The crest-tailed mulgara, one of two species of mulgara, still lives in the desert of Central Australia in other states, but now it’s been found living in the Sturt National Park, right in the northwest corner
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Today is a monumental day in SpaceX’s history. For the first time ever, the spaceflight company flew a mission using mostly refurbished technology. This is no test mission either. The CRS-13 is an important resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), meaning NASA has just cast a major vote of confidence in SpaceX’s reusable technology.
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Practical quantum computing has been big news this year, with significant advances being made on theoretical and technical frontiers. But one big stumbling block has remained – melding the delicate quantum landscape with the more familiar digital one. This new microprocessor design just might be the solution we need.   Researchers from the University of
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Patients often can’t help but wonder what doctors and nurses are doing while they’re sedated. Some suspect trash talking. Others are wary of racially charged comments. On Wednesday, a British surgeon gave patients something new to worry about: Getting their doctors’ initials burned into their organs while they are unconscious.   Simon Bramhall, 53, pleaded
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Achieving nuclear fusion without needing radioactive fuel or producing radioactive waste is now “within reach” thanks to a new laser-driven technique, according to researchers.   The type of fusion we’re talking about is hydrogen-boron fusion, which produces no neutrons and therefore no radioactivity in its primary reaction. The downside, and part of what’s made it
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Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the secretive rocket company Blue Origin, has successfully test-launched a rocket system with a dummy and several experiments inside. On Wednesday night, Bezos tweeted a video showing the seventh successful launch and landing of New Shepard, a rocket-and-crew-capsule system that Blue Origin scientists and engineers have quietly been