SS John Glenn Arrives at Space Station with Science and Supplies

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – The SS John Glenn commercial Cygnus resupply vessel arrived at the International Space Station early this morning, April 22, carrying nearly four tons of science and supplies crammed inside for the five person multinational Expedition 51 crew.
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Exciting New Views Of Opportunity’s Remarkable Landing Site

The HiRise camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured color images of the Opportunity’s 2004 Hole In One landing site inside Eagle Crater.
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Security News This Week: A Coachella Smartphone Thief Forgot About ‘Find My iPhone’

Security News This Week: A Coachella Smartphone Thief Forgot About ‘Find My iPhone’

Each weekend we round up the news stories that we didn’t break or cover in depth but that still deserve your attention. The post Security News This Week: A Coachella Smartphone Thief Forgot About ‘Find My iPhone’ appeared first on WIRED.

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Want to Stop Facebook Violence? You Won’t Like the Choices

Want to Stop Facebook Violence? You Won’t Like the Choices

No one wants murder videos on Facebook. But no one wants Facebook to censor their baby videos, either. The post Want to Stop Facebook Violence? You Won’t Like the Choices appeared first on WIRED.

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Wonder material? Novel nanotube structure strengthens thin films for flexible electronics

Reflecting the structure of composites found in nature and the ancient world, researchers have synthesized thin carbon nanotube (CNT) textiles that exhibit both high electrical conductivity and a level of toughness that is about fifty times higher than copper films, currently used in electronics.

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Forces that threaten sensitive coastlines

Wind-driven expansion of marsh ponds on the Mississippi River Delta is a significant factor in the loss of crucial land in the Delta region, according to new research. The study found that 17 percent of land loss in the area resulted from pond expansion, much of it caused by waves that eroded away the edges of the pond.

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First Detailed Image Of Accretion Disk Around A Young Star

For the first time ever, an international team of astronomers – using the ALMA array – have taken a clear image of an accretion disk around a young protostar.
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Are Drylanders The Minority On Habitable Worlds?

We assume that habitable exoplanets will have significant land masses, because that’s what we have on Earth. Are we wrong?
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New discovery could aid in detecting nuclear threats

A new way to detect nuclear materials has been developed by researchers. Made of graphene and carbon nanotubes, the researchers’ detector far outpaces any existing one in its ultrasensitivity to charged particles, minuscule size, low-power requirements, and low cost.

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Making bins more convenient boosts recycling and composting rates

Want to recycle or compost more? Try moving the bins closer, new research suggests. The study shows that placing bins 1.5 meters away from suite doors drastically boosts recycling and composting rates by 141 per cent. The findings highlight how small changes in convenience can have a big impact on performance.

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Atomic-level motion may drive bacteria’s ability to evade immune system defenses

A study has found evidence that extremely small changes in how atoms move in bacterial proteins can play a big role in how these microorganisms function and evolve traits, such as antibiotic resistance. …

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Hubble’s cosmic bubbles

Hubble has revealed a few of the tenuous threads comprising Sh2-308, a faint and wispy shell of gas located 5,200 light-years away in Canis Major. …

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Weight expectations: Context and distraction skew what we predict and remember

Context can alter something as basic as our ability to estimate the weights of simple objects. As we learn to manipulate those objects, context can even tease out the interplay of two memory systems and shows how distraction can affect multitasking.

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Quantum mechanics is complex enough, for now…

Physicists have searched for deviations from standard quantum mechanics, testing whether quantum mechanics requires a more complex set of mathematical rules. To do so a research team designed a new photonic experiment using exotic metamaterials. Their experiment supports standard quantum mechanics and allows the scientists to place bounds on alternative quantum theories. The results could help to guide theoretical work in a search for a more general version of quantum mechanics.

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Plant’s parent genes cooperate in shaping their child

Plant biologists discovered for the first time how factors arising from the mother and father in flowering plants cooperate to develop the shape of their child. Until now, it has been unknown whether paternal factors cooperate or conflict with each other to bring about zygote asymmetry. The outcome of this discovery is expected to shed light on the exact mechanism of plant body shape formation and possibly lead to the generation of new hybrid plants. …

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Nanoimprinted hyperlens array: Paving the way for practical super-resolution imaging

Research has demonstrated a scalable and reliable fabrication process of a large scale hyperlens device based on direct pattern transfer techniques. The research team’s new cost-effective fabrication method can be used to proliferate practical far-field and real-time super-resolution imaging devices that can be widely used in optics, biology, medical science, nanotechnology, and other related interdisciplinary fields.

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How Venus flytrap triggers digestion

The Venus flytrap digests its prey using enzymes produced by special glands. For the first time, a research team has measured and meticulously analyzed the glands’ activity. …

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Faster biosensor for healthcare now developed

A new technology has been designed that is 20 times faster than the existing biosensors using micromagnetic pattern of spider web. The technology can be used for early diagnosis and recurrence diagnosis of diseases such as cancer.

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