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Scientists Just Discovered 300,000 New Galaxies

On the Map The Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) telescope is quickly making good on its promise. The Netherlands-based array picks up low radio frequencies, including the traces of radiation that form when galaxies merge. Now, an international team of scientists has published the first research made possible by LOFAR — and...

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Anti-Aging Drug That Kills Old Cells Passes First Human Trial

Cleaning House Not all damaged cells die. Some stick around as senescent cells, unable to divide but still able to produce chemical signals — and they could play a major role in the battle against aging. “It is thought that these cells and the substances they produce are involved in the process of aging,”...

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Elon Musk: A Round-Trip Ticket to Mars Will Cost Just $100,000

Sticker Shock SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter Sunday night that he expects a round–trip ticket to Mars to eventually cost less than a luxury wedding. “Very dependent on volume, but I’m confident moving to Mars (return ticket is free) will one day cost less than $500k & maybe even below $100k,” he wrote....

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Doctors Wired a Prosthetic Hand Directly Into a Woman’s Nerves

Sans Hand In a world first, doctors in Sweden say they’ve wired a prosthetic hand directly into a woman’s nerves, allowing her to move its fingers with her mind and even feel tactile sensations. The hand is an enormous step up from existing prostheses, which often rely on electrodes placed on the outside of the...

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Bizarre New Data Suggests That Dark Energy Is Getting Stronger

Dark Energy Physicists have long assumed that the mysterious force they call dark energy was a constant. But now, strange new observations from quasars suggest that it could be getting stronger over time. “We observed quasars back to just a billion years after the Big Bang, and found that the universe’s expansion rate...

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This Massive All-Electric Excavator Has a 3.4 Ton Battery Pack

Under Construction Personal vehicles aren’t the only kind going electric — we’ve already reported on all-electric planes, garbage trucks, and even cargo ships. We can now add one more type of vehicle to the list: Construction equipment companies Caterpillar and Pon Equipment have teamed up to create a...

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Israeli Scientists: We’ll Have a Cure for Cancer Within a Year

Cure All An Israeli pharmaceutical company is claiming it will have a “complete cure for cancer” within the next year. The company is Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies (AEBi), and based on the claims of its board chairman Dan Aridor, the treatment it’s working on sounds nothing short of revolutionary. “Our...

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MIT Says a New Gadget Could Use Wi-Fi to Power Your Smartphone

Wi-Fi Power Right now, electromagnetic signals are probably bouncing around the room between your phone, laptop, and other internet-connected devices. For researchers looking for ways to power small, flexible wearables or medical devices, these Wi-Fi signals are a promising alternative to batteries — thanks to a new...

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MIT Used a Laser to Transmit Audio Directly Into a Person’s Ear

Frickin’ Laser Beams Scientists have figured out how to use a laser to transmit audio, ranging from music to speech, to a person across a room without any receiver equipment — a potential breakthrough for the future of audio and communication. “Our system can be used from some distance away to beam information...