Betelgeuse being dimmer does not mean supernova likely

Betelgeuse being dimmer does not mean supernova likely

Astronomers from Villanova University recently published an article noting that Betelgeuse in the constellation Orion has been significantly dimmer in recent months, leading some to speculate it could go supernova.
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Taiwan signs US arms deal for advanced F-16 jets: Report

Taiwan signs US arms deal for advanced F-16 jets: Report

Taipei has signed a U.S. arms deal for 66 F-16V fighters while upgrading older models to F-16V standard earlier in December, Taiwan's state run Central News Agency reports on Saturday.
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U.S. Navy should seek minelaying capabilities for underwater drone program

U.S. Navy should seek minelaying capabilities for underwater drone program

A retired commander has proposed using the U.S. Navy's Boeing Orca underwater drone offensively in future conflicts.
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Satellite imagery spots expansion to missile launcher factory in North Korea: report

Satellite imagery spots expansion to missile launcher factory in North Korea: report

NBC News reports that civilian satellite imagery by Planet Labs has revealed an expansion to the March 16 factory in North Korea's Pyongsong.
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Twin skyscraper designs unveiled for Brooklyn waterfront

Twin skyscraper designs unveiled for Brooklyn waterfront

Danish architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group and New York-based landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations have unveiled plans for a mixed-use development on the waterfront in Brooklyn, New York.
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Conquistador anchors discovered off Mexico Gulf Coast

Conquistador anchors discovered off Mexico Gulf Coast

Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History have announced that two 500-year-old iron ship anchors have been discovered on Mexico's Gulf Coast.
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NASA's Mars 2020 rover successfully completes its first test drive

NASA's Mars 2020 rover successfully completes its first test drive

As part of NASA's preparation for next year's Mars mission, the Mars 2020 rover took its first driving test at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California on December 17.
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President Trump impeached, set to face trial in Senate

President Trump impeached, set to face trial in Senate

Donald Trump has now been officially impeached, making him the third U.S. president after Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton to face removal from office.
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Volcanic climate change pre-asteroid impact may have contributed to dinosaur extinction

Volcanic climate change pre-asteroid impact may have contributed to dinosaur extinction

A new study published in Nature Communications has found evidence that another event may have contributed to the extinction of the dinosaurs.
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Easter Island's Moai statues may have fertilized ancient inhabitant's crops

Easter Island's Moai statues may have fertilized ancient inhabitant's crops

Easter Island's Moai[b] stone monoliths might have been created out of the belief they would make crops more fertile, according to new research by the University of California, Los Angeles.
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Sloped toilets proposed to reduce long bathroom breaks

Sloped toilets proposed to reduce long bathroom breaks

British company StandardToilet has unveiled a new design in which the toilet is tilted downwards at a 13 degree angle in a bid to reduce the amount of time spent in the bathroom.
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NASA selects asteroid target site for spacecraft to sample

NASA selects asteroid target site for spacecraft to sample

NASA has selected a target site for the spacecraft OSIRIS[c]-REx[d] to gather samples on the asteroid Bennu, according to the mission's principal investigator Dante Lauretta.
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How Facebook shows consumers ads based on their offline shopping habits

How Facebook shows consumers ads based on their offline shopping habits

Facebook is able to gather data about user shopping habits, both online and offline, in order to serve targeted ads on its platform, according to a new report by Business Insider.
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More brain-power for sight needed than previously thought

More brain-power for sight needed than previously thought

Researchers say that the visual world humans perceive is produced by parts of the brain lying outside of the visual cortex, according to a new study published in Current Biology.
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Ocean contains a million times more microplastic particles than previously thought

Ocean contains a million times more microplastic particles than previously thought

A new study from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego suggests that the ocean could potentially contain a million times more microplastic particles than previously thought.
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NASA reveals plans for antennas on far side of moon

NASA reveals plans for antennas on far side of moon

Space researchers have proposed building a network of radio antennas on the far side of the moon, according to a NASA funded report.
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'Impossibly big' black hole not as big as previously calculated

'Impossibly big' black hole not as big as previously calculated

Two new studies have called into question the size of the "impossibly big" black hole named LB-1, according to papers published independently to the arXiv database.
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Stressed out plants emit sounds

Stressed out plants emit sounds

New research from Tel Aviv University has found that plants make noise when stressed.For the study, scientists focused on tomato and tobacco plants. They placed plants into three groups.
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New recluse spider species discovered in Mexico Valley: biologists

New recluse spider species discovered in Mexico Valley: biologists

Biologists at the National Autonomous University of Mexico said they have discovered a new species of recluse spiders named Loxosceles tenochtitlan in Mexico Valley.
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Sinkhole causes chaos in Xiamen

Sinkhole causes chaos in Xiamen

A massive sinkhole swallowed up several cars and part of a busy road intersection in Xiamen, China at 9:50 pm on Thursday, Chinese officials told China News.
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Saving ozone layer reduced climate change effects

Saving ozone layer reduced climate change effects

A new study from the University of New South Wales has found that in addition to allowing the ozone layer to recover, the Montreal Protocol has also slowed the rate of climate change by up to 25 percent.
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ClearSpace wins contract for space debris collecting spacecraft: ESA

ClearSpace wins contract for space debris collecting spacecraft: ESA

The European Space Agency has commissioned the world's first mission to capture a piece of space debris from Earth's orbit in 2025.
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How hackers could use smart home devices to access personal data

How hackers could use smart home devices to access personal data

The FBI issued a statement earlier this month warning consumers about smart home devices that could be vulnerable to hacks.This includes smart digital assistants, smart watches, smart refrigerators, home security devices, and gaming systems.
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LED fishing nets could save turtles and dolphins

LED fishing nets could save turtles and dolphins

Researchers at the University of Exeter and Peruvian NGO ProDelphinus have found that by putting LED lights on top of floating commercial fishing nets, the number of critically endangered species caught in them, can be reduced by 70 percent or more.
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Physics of 'tiger stripes' on Saturn Moon Enceladus explained

Physics of 'tiger stripes' on Saturn Moon Enceladus explained

Scientists may have finally solved the mystery of the 'tiger stripes' on Saturn's moon Enceladus, according to a study published in Nature Astronomy.
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Oceans are being depleted of oxygen due to climate change and run offs

Oceans are being depleted of oxygen due to climate change and run offs

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) warns that climate change and nutrient pollution are depleting the oceans of oxygen in a report published in December.
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New luxury superyacht inspired by killer whales

New luxury superyacht inspired by killer whales

Italian shipyard Rosetti Superyachts has unveiled its new luxury yacht that is designed to look like an orca.Project Orca will be 65 meters long and consist of four decks, SuperYacht Times reports.
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Architects propose self-sustainable vertical city of the future

Architects propose self-sustainable vertical city of the future

The Italian firm, Luca Curci Architects have proposed 'Vertical City', a project involving a self-sustaining, zero energy building that intends to house 25,000 people.
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'Seahorse hotels' planned for endangered White's seahorses in Australia

'Seahorse hotels' planned for endangered White's seahorses in Australia

New artificial habitats could help save the endangered White's seahorse species in Australia.
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Pensacola shooting under investigation as presumed act of terror: FBI

Pensacola shooting under investigation as presumed act of terror: FBI

A Saudi trainee at the US Navy Pensacola Air Station carried out a shooting early morning on Friday that the FBI is assuming to be a terrorist attack.
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White Island eruption was difficult to anticipate: report

White Island eruption was difficult to anticipate: report

The sudden eruption of New Zealand's White Island volcano has left 5 people dead and injured dozens of others, reports CNN.According to the University of Otago, White Island straddles the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates.
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220-pound ball of trash discovered in stomach of dead sperm whale

220-pound ball of trash discovered in stomach of dead sperm whale

A sperm whale that became stranded and died on a Scottish beach had 220 pounds of garbage in its stomach, according to the Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme (SMASS).
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Plastic waste traps hermit 560,000 crabs on remote islands

Plastic waste traps hermit 560,000 crabs on remote islands

A new study led by the University of Tasmania has found that more than 560,000 hermit crabs have died from being trapped in plastic waste on the remote Cocos Keeling and Henderson Islands.
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China turns 'Great Cannon' on Hong Kong web forum

China turns 'Great Cannon' on Hong Kong web forum

A Chinese cyberweapon dubbed the Great Cannon is launching DDoS attacks on a Hong Kong webform after years of silence, AT&T Cybersecurity reported on Wednesday.
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Doctors 'reanimate' human heart from deceased donor

Doctors 'reanimate' human heart from deceased donor

For the first time in the U.S, doctors have successfully "reanimated" a heart from a deceased donor, prior to the heart being transplanted to an adult recipient.This procedure is known as donation after circulatory death or DCD.
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NASA to attach 'robot hotel' to International Space Station

NASA to attach 'robot hotel' to International Space Station

NASA plans to launch a storage space for robotic tools called the Robotic Tool Stowage, or RiTS, to the International Space Station.
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Mandatory face-scanning may be implemented across U.S. airports

Mandatory face-scanning may be implemented across U.S. airports

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has proposed a new regulation that would require all travelers including U.S. citizens and green card holders to undergo mandatory facial scans when entering and leaving the country.
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How your Smart TV could be spying on you

How your Smart TV could be spying on you

The FBI warned consumers this week that their smart TVs may be collecting extensive data about them.In a message to Christmas shoppers, the agency warned that smart TVs are vulnerable to cyberattacks.
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NASA's dummies to fly around Moon to test anti-radiation vests

NASA's dummies to fly around Moon to test anti-radiation vests

NASA will send astronaut dummies around the moon in the Orion spacecraft for the uncrewed Artemis I mission scheduled for next year, Space.com reports.
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NASA & ESA to conduct planetary defense tests on asteroid

NASA & ESA to conduct planetary defense tests on asteroid

NASA and the European Space Agency are joining hands for a planetary defense mission in order to learn how to protect Earth from a possible asteroid collision.
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Researchers convert banana cellulose into biodegradable plastic

Researchers convert banana cellulose into biodegradable plastic

According to researchers at Australia's University of South Wales, banana growing can be a highly wasteful process with 88 percent of the plant being discarded after fruit harvesting.
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Underwater loudspeakers could help boost coral reef recovery

Underwater loudspeakers could help boost coral reef recovery

New research has found that deploying underwater loudspeakers to play the sounds of healthy coral reef could help restore damaged reefs.
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Australia is getting cell phone detecting cameras

Australia is getting cell phone detecting cameras

The Australian government has rolled out a smart traffic camera system to catch drivers who use cell phones on the road.
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NASA showcases mid-size lunar lander for future missions

NASA showcases mid-size lunar lander for future missions

NASA has unveiled designs for a medium-sized lunar lander that would be able to carry payloads that weigh up to 300 kilograms to the moon's polar regions.Payloads may include scientific instruments, a robotic rover and even a ramp for the rover.
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Scientists discover extremely massive black hole

Scientists discover extremely massive black hole

Researchers have discovered a massive black hole 15,000 light years from Earth in the Milky Way Galaxy.
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Smoke from Amazon fires could accelerate glacial melting in Andes

Smoke from Amazon fires could accelerate glacial melting in Andes

The fires burning in the Amazon rainforests are accelerating the melting of Andean glaciersThe fires burning in the Amazon rainforests are accelerating the melting of Andean glaciers, according to a study Nature published on November 28.
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Architects propose building towers to clean Delhi air

Architects propose building towers to clean Delhi air

An Indian architectural firm is proposing to build huge air purifying towers to address air pollution in Delhi.
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Air bubble barrier helps stop plastic waste from entering the ocean

Air bubble barrier helps stop plastic waste from entering the ocean

Dutch-based startup "The Great Bubble Barrier" says that air bubbles could stop plastic waste in rivers from reaching the ocean.
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