The Akatsuki Probe nears Venus five years after its first failed attempt.
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Japanese Probe Salvages Mission to Orbit Venus

Five years after the Japanese space probe Akatsuki failed its mission to orbit Venus, the probe completed a critical rocket burn on December 6 in a second attempt to become the first probe to orbit around Earth’s twin. What happened was that Akatsuki’s main engine, designed for 112 pounds of thrust, was unavailable after a failed …

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Autonomous racecars will soon be taking over the track.
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The Future of Autonomous Racecars

Next year, Formula E is coming out with a new series of racing. However, this one will be different than any that has premiered before because Formula E is only allowing autonomous, electric cars. These autonomous racecars will have no driver and will have to be programmed beforehand to react to the …

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Tennessee’s Spider Web Blanket

Walking through an occasional spider web is not pleasant regardless of its size, but a nearly half-mile long covering of web gives a brand new perspective on what classifies as a spider problem. Many citizens of Memphis, Tennessee were shocked to see the massive amount of webs covering the area. …

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Chimpanzees, Jane Goodall Institute
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People and Primates

Chimpanzees have four limbs, two eyes, and one heart, just like humans. These are just three of the many similarities between mankind and these primates. Humans share about 98% of their genes with chimpanzees, making chimps one of our closest relatives. However, humans today are not treating chimpanzees anything like family. …

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Pigeons can identify cancer.
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Pigeons Identify Cancer as Well as Paid Professionals

When most people think of pigeons, they imagine small gray birds who aren’t very smart. After all, they are bird brains, right? A recent study on the fascinating creatures will make you think twice. In a study led by Richard Levenson from UC Davis and Edward Wasserman from the University …

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New pacemaker, medical care.
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The Pacemaker Powered by the Heart

First implemented in 1960, the pacemaker is an essential invention for over 3 million people worldwide with over 600,000 more people becoming dependent on them annually. In the body, the pacemaker is a device that regulates the heart by emitting electrical signals. However, this device’s need for a battery to …

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Battery technologies and their different types.
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The Barrage of Battery Technologies

  To those who are active in perusing the latest in technological advances, it is not uncommon to see some research group or company flaunt a new experimental battery technology that is still far from being in our present devices. Here, some of these technologies are rounded up and summarized for your …

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Halloween and the science behind fear.
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The Science Behind Fear

Boo! Did I scare you? I’m willing to bet not. Halloween has passed, and while the surge of scary movies and creepy décor is laid to rest, sources of fear remain present throughout the year. While I certainly wouldn’t want to be thrown into Sleepy Hollow, I, like many, find …

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Milky way, night sky panoramic photo.
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The Cosmic Forecast for November

During the month of November, the night sky is predicted to have a beautiful and expansive display of planets, constellations, and meteor showers. With Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, and Venus lighting up the sky early in the month, along with the Virgo and Leo constellations and the Leonid meteors flashing by …

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Giant Sequoia trees
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The California Drought is Killing Giant Sequoias

The years of Californian drought have begun to take their toll on the trees within Sequoia National Park. Despite being the oldest living things on Earth, many mature Giant Sequoias show signs of browning leaves. With this in mind, biologist Amber Ambrose and his team travel to the Sequoia National …

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