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The geekiest signs from the 'Stand up for Science' rally

At a rally full of scientists, things were bound to get a bit geeky. On Sunday, thousands scientists and supporters gathered in Boston's Copley Square to "stand up for science" under the Trump administration.  Their signs were, predictably, quite clever.  My favorite sign so far. #standupforscience http://pic.twitter.com/2pSlU5UPdz — Tomas Green (@TomasWGreen) February 19, 2017 I can't tell you how many older people have come up to me today to say, "I remember polio. Thank you." #standupforscience #AAASmtg http://pic.twitter.com/hrkIY3d5wh — Kathleen Bachynski (@bachyns) February 19, 2017 #standupforscience (and other essentials) http://pic.twitter.com/Hy1buB2IWY — Karin (@Sage_Risotto) February 19, 2017 #standupforscience http://pic.twitter.com/wZforidd1s — Caitlin MacKenzie (@CaitlinInMaine) February 19, 2017 Many rally-goers were in Boston for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest ge…

SpaceX Launches Supply Rocket From Historic Apollo Pad

Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. successfully launched its second rocket in as many months on Sunday, bringing it a 10th of the way to its goal of deploying 20 to 24 rockets this year.


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Roaming telescope brings Kenyan kids views of night sky

Thousands of schoolchildren in Kenya are getting a rare opportunity to look at the stars. The Traveling Telescope visits some of this East African country's most remote areas, showing students the night ...


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NASA’s Juno To Stay In 53-Day Jupiter Orbit

The space agency dropped its plan to fire the spacecraft’s main engine, a risky maneuver that would have reduced the orbital period to 14 days for its fifth flyby of Jupiter.


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UK government to set out powers paving way for first space satellite launch

Britain will set out powers this week which would allow the launch of space satellites from the country for the first time, the government said on Monday. Draft legislation, which will also allow for horizontal flights to the edge of space for scientific experiments and the establishment of space ports around Britain, will set out rules and regulations for the sector. Along with funding for commercial space businesses looking to create space launches in Britain, the government said the new powers could see a commercial spaceflight from a UK space port possible by 2020.


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SpaceX launches space station cargo ship

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket took off from NASA's historic pad 39A Sunday, successfully boosting a cargo ship into orbit for a flight to the space station


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NASA’s Juno spacecraft will stay in its long orbit for the remainder of its mission

On Friday, NASA announced that it Juno spacecraft would remain in its current 53-day orbit of Jupiter for the duration of its mission. The decision is a new setback for the spacecraft, which was scheduled to shift to a shorter, 14 day orbital schedule. This isn’s the first time that Juno has run into issues orbiting Jupiter.


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Wait, there’s ANOTHER new continent?

Apparently, while we were busy with other stuff, science just determined there’s a new continent. Hard to imagine how that’s possible, given…


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Justin Ross Harris goes to trial for son's hot car death: Part 4

At trial, it is publicly revealed that Harris had been having affairs and exchanging text messages with other women.


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Deadly spider’s strange silk may help capture space debris, research says

Intrigued by the strength of the recluse's silk, researchers from Oxford University and William & Mary began to study the spider and discovered they use a unique ribbon geometry not found in any other arachnid.


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Here’s a drone’s eye view of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 landing

SpaceX Rocket launches are always fun to watch, but witnessing SpaceX (or Blue Origin, for that matter) land a rocket is always an awe-inspiring event. This morning, Elon Musk’s company successfully landed its third rocket after delivering its payload into space, and there was a drone in the sky to capture the moment. It’s a unique vantage point, and SpaceX has released some neat videos in the past of its landings and attempted landings. You can check out landings in a 360-degree view, from onboard cameras, from a plane, or from drones hovering near the landing site. ...


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Gender Equality Through The Microscope: Encouraging More Women In Labs

Rosalind Franklin and Ada Lovelace - among the great scientists who have paved the way for Women in STEM. 65% of early career researchers in biomedical sciences are female, yet a huge drop off rate is reported when looking at progression to professor level with less than one in five biomedical professor positions across the research sector currently held by women. I am fortunate to be able to pursue my passion for science in my role as Reader in Renal Sciences and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist at Kings College London and King's College Hospital, whilst still having the flexibility to focus on my family, whenever they need me.


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The United Arab Emirates wants to build a city on Mars

Elon Musk isn't the only person who wants to build a city on Mars. Now the United Arab Emirates has announced that it wants to establish a "mini-city" on the red planet by 2117.  UAE prime minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum explained the monarchy's Mars plans in a series of tweets on Feb. 14. SEE ALSO: Dubai is bringing the world its first rotating skyscraper "The project, to be named 'Mars 2117,' integrates a vision to create a mini-city and community on Mars involving international cooperation," Sheikh Mohammed said. "Mars 2117" is a seed we are sowing today to reap the fruit of new generations led by a passion for science and advancing human knowledge. http://pic.twitter.com/IExtnpiO2B — HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 14, 2017 "Mars 2117 includes a major space sciences focus in our universities. We're building a space pioneering passion among our young people."  It makes sense for officials to use thi…

Gender Equality Through The Microscope: Encouraging More Women In Labs

Rosalind Franklin and Ada Lovelace - among the great scientists who have paved the way for Women in STEM. 65% of early career researchers in biomedical sciences are female, yet a huge drop off rate is reported when looking at progression to professor level with less than one in five biomedical professor positions across the research sector currently held by women. For example, setting up decision-making meetings at 8am when female colleagues are on the school run - so it's harder to get involved - undoubtedly having an impact on career progression somewhere along the line.


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CDC says reviewing air hoses used in biosafety labs

(Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday it is reviewing the use of air hoses attached to protective suits worn in its Biosafety Level-4 labs. The CDC said it has suspended laboratory work that involves the use of these air hoses, which have been in use since 2005, during the review period.


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Magnetic implant could deliver personalized doses of medication

A magnetic implant has been developed by researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC). It could help ease treatments for patients required to take many pills or undergo regular intravenous injections.


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SpaceX Is Investigating Leak In Falcon 9 Rocket Just Hours Before Launch

Space CEO Elon Musk says company is investigating leak prior to launch.


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SpaceX is pushing back the target launch date for its first Mars mission

Last year, SpaceX announced a bold plan to launch its Dragon spacecraft to Mars as soon as 2018 — in what would be the first ever private mission to the Red Planet. SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell confirmed today that SpaceX is now targeting the year 2020 for the Mars trip, a move that will allow the company to better focus on its other ambitious projects.


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Hybrid woolly mammoths could soon walk the Earth, thanks to Harvard scientists

Miss the woolly mammoth? Soon you won't have to, because Harvard scientists are working to develop a "hybrid elephant-mammoth embryo," which could be grown within the next couple of years.


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Japan Goes Back To The Future With Lithium-Ion Battery Powered Submarines

Diesel electric submarines may be on the verge of returning to their simpler roots with the help of lithium-ion batteries. 


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Princeton physicist: There’s a ‘cult’ building around climate scientists

Princeton physics professor William Happer explains why he describes some climate change scientists as a ‘cult.’


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Liquid metal nano printing will shape the future of electronics: RMIT

A new discovery made by RMIT and other universities could mean the future of chip production is significantly cheaper and more efficient.


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Ingredients Of Life Discovered On Ceres

The discovery, made by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, bolsters the possibility that the frigid dwarf planet may have had conditions suitable for life as we know it in the distant past.


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