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Tiny living Pac-Man robots have learned how to reproduce

Tiny living Pac-Man robots have learned how to reproduce

Whenever we’re confronted with aspects of science fiction becoming scientific reality, philosophical questions arise. This week, many were asking this one: What is a robot, really? Films and TV shows have offered us myriad archetypes of what robots could be like — as varied as the terrifyingly clever Cylons of “Battlestar Galactica,” the intrepid R2-D2…MORE

International Space Station swerves to avoid space junk, Russia says
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International Space Station swerves to avoid space junk, Russia says

The International Space Station had to adjust its orbit to avoid collision with a piece of debris from a US rocket, the head of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, said on Friday, according to state news agency TASS. “Five minutes ago, the ISS avoided a conjunction with the US space debris, the Pegasus carrier…MORE

NASA is about to launch a laser demo that could revolutionize space communication
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NASA is about to launch a laser demo that could revolutionize space communication

The use of invisible lasers in space may sound like something from science fiction, but it’s real. NASA’s upcoming Laser Communications Relay Demonstration could revolutionize the way the agency communicates with future missions across the solar system. These lasers could lead to more high-definition videos and photos from space than ever before, according to the…MORE

A year on this exoplanet only lasts about 8 hours

A year on this exoplanet only lasts about 8 hours

If you think there aren’t enough hours in the day on Earth, this newly discovered planet will make your head spin. On an exoplanet called GJ 367 b that’s orbiting a star 31 light-years away from our sun, a year only lasts for about eight hours. The discovery could shed light on these mysterious, rapidly…MORE

A ferocious marine reptile with gnarly teeth for crushing prey was discovered in Colombia
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A ferocious marine reptile with gnarly teeth for crushing prey was discovered in Colombia

Scientists revealed a newly discovered marine ichthyosaur species with gnarly teeth that was found in Colombia. The partial skull of an ichthyosaur, an extinct marine reptile, that looked like a swordfish was unearthed in Loma Pedro Luis, Villa de Leyva, in Boyacá, Colombia in the 1970s, according to a study published in the Journal of…MORE

Repealing Roe v. Wade would set the US apart from other leading democracies. Here’s how some key nations view abortion
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Repealing Roe v. Wade would set the US apart from other leading democracies. Here’s how some key nations view abortion

The United States Supreme Court appears poised to pare down, or even entirely overturn, nearly five decades of constitutional protection of abortion — a move that would have reverberations not just in America, but around the world. Oral arguments began on Wednesday in a landmark Mississippi case that threatens the existence of Roe v. Wade.…MORE

NASA astronauts successfully conduct spacewalk postponed due to debris risk
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NASA astronauts successfully conduct spacewalk postponed due to debris risk

During a six and a half hour spacewalk Thursday, NASA astronauts Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron replaced a malfunctioning communications antenna and achieved other “get ahead” tasks. The duo began their spacewalk at 6:15 a.m. ET and ended at 12:47 p.m. ET. NASA postponed the spacewalk until Thursday, originally scheduled for Tuesday, after receiving a…MORE

How South African scientists discovered Omicron and set off a global chain reaction
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How South African scientists discovered Omicron and set off a global chain reaction

In the early days of November, laboratory technicians at Lancet Laboratories in Pretoria, South Africa, found unusual features in samples they were testing for the coronavirus. Essentially, a gene was missing in what would be a normal genome profile of the virus. PCR tests weren’t detecting one of their expected targets, a signal that something…MORE

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