JAXA teams with GITAI for world-first private sector space robotics demo

Space robotics startup GITAI and JAXA are teaming up to carry out the world's first robotics demonstration in space by a private company. The new agreement aims to demonstrate the potential for robots to perform specific tasks aboard the ISS.

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High-tech material used to create a thin, flat fisheye lens

Ultra wide-angle fisheye lenses are typically thick, bulbous contraptions, that can't easily be incorporated into devices such as smartphones. That could be about to change, though, as engineers have now created one that's completely flat.

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Point-of-care prototype blood test reveals brain injuries in minutes

A blood test that reveals the severity of brain injuries in hours through a key biomarker was recently approved for clinical use, but researchers are now setting their sights on a point-of-care solution that can deliver results within 15 minutes.

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Mysterious match-up as giant planet spotted orbiting tiny star

NASA has discovered a strange star system where a gas giant planet is tightly orbiting a tiny white dwarf. This the first sighting of such an arrangement, raising questions about how the planet survived the star’s expansive death in the first place.

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Diamond planets could be born from carbon-rich worlds – just add water

Perhaps on other planets, diamonds are as common and boring as rocks. Astronomers suggest that some planets might actually be largely made of diamonds, and now a team has calculated how such a planet could form and how it would be structured.

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Growing gold nanoparticles inside tumors can help kill cancer

Gold has shown promise in fighting cancer in many studies, and now researchers have found a way to grow gold nanoparticles inside cancer cells within 30 minutes. From there, the gold can help with imaging and even be heated up to kill the tumors.

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WWF report details 68 percent drop in wildlife numbers since 1970

Drawing on extensive analysis of species populations around the world, a new report from the WWF reveals an average decline of 68 percent in vertebrate species numbers between 1970 and 2016, a decline the authors describe as "catastrophic."

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Engineered “Mighty Mice” sent to space retain their mass in low gravity

The results of an interesting experiment in which muscled-up mice were sent into space has shed some new light on how the low-gravity environment impacts physiology, with the rodents retaining muscle mass when engineered to lack a certain protein.

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Conservation efforts prevented dozens of extinctions, says study

We're on the brink of a sixth major extinction event, largely thanks to human activity and climate change. The least we could do is try to prevent some of them, and now a study has quantified how many species we may have saved in the last few decades.

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Astronomers detect strongest known magnetic field in the universe

Astronomers have detected the strongest magnetic field ever observed in the universe. Studying X-ray signals from a neutron star, the team calculated that its magnetic field is tens of millions of times stronger than any created in a lab on Earth.

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