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‘Superduck’ Dinosaur Provides Insight Into Elaborate Head Crests

In a warm, lush environment near a meandering river 79.5 million years ago in Montana, a dinosaur nicknamed “Superduck” munched on leaves and kept a lookout for predators related to Tyrannosaurus rex that might threaten its herd. Scientists on Wednesday announced the discovery of fossils of the dinosaur they named …

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Isro’s GSAT-18 Communication Satellite Successfully Launched on Ariane 5 Rocket

An Indian communication satellite GSAT-18 was successfully put into orbit by Ariane 5 rocket belonging to French company Arianespace on Thursday, Indian space agency said. The rocket lifted off from its spaceport in Kourou (French Guiana). According to Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) its Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan …

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Prototype of Implantable Artificial Kidney Developed

Scientists have developed a coffee-cup-sized prototype of a surgically implantable artificial kidney that uses a silicon nanofilter to remove toxins, salts and other molecules from the blood. The advance could be a promising alternative to kidney transplantation or dialysis for people with end stage renal disease (ESRD), researchers said. “We …

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Artificial Intelligence Can Find and Map Poverty, Researchers Say

A new technique using artificial intelligence to read satellite images could aid efforts to eradicate global poverty by indicating where help is needed most, a team of US researchers said on Thursday. The method would assist governments and charities trying to fight poverty but lacking precise and reliable information on …

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In Case You Missed It, SpaceX Successfully Launched Another Satellite

SpaceX’s eighth launch this year proved successful Sunday morning, when a Falcon 9 rocket landed on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship after launching a Japanese communications satellite into orbit. The whole launch went relatively quickly and seemingly without any issues. The white rocket launched from Cape Canaveral …

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Nasa’s Curiosity Mars Rover to Resume Full Operations

After it was brought out of the “safe mode” on July 9, the Curiosity Mars rover will now resume full operations on Tuesday, Nasa said in a statement. The rover put itself into a precautionary safe standby mode on July 2. After investigating why the rover put itself into a …

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Sony to Develop a Robot That Can Connect Emotionally With People

Japanese tech giant Sony announced on Wednesday that it was working on developing a robot which can connect emotionally with people, and expects to launch it soon. This will mark Sony’s return to the market of artificial intelligence (AI), robots for homes, an area the company pioneered in 1999 when …

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IBM’s Watson to Help Treat 10,000 US Veterans With Cancer

IBM’s supercomputer Watson, known for its “Jeopardy” prowess, is teaming up with the Department of Veterans Affairs to try to revolutionize cancer care for veterans. The VA-IBM partnership is one of dozens of initiatives being announced Wednesday as part of Vice President Joe Biden’s all-day cancer summit at Howard University. …

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Nasa Set to Test-Fire Booster for World’s Most Powerful Rocket

US space agency Nasa is set to test-fire a booster for the world’s most powerful rocket Space Launch System (SLS) which will power astronauts on the journey to Mars and on other deeper space missions The booster will be fired up at Orbital ATK Propulsion Systems’ test facilities in Promontory, …

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Microsoft Helps Tackle Spread of Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Technology giant Microsoft recently launched a prototype trap for detecting mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue and Zika, says a report. The prototype trap is being developed as part of theMicrosoft’s Project Premonition – a novel autonomous system for monitoring, detecting and preventing emerging infectious disease outbreaks and marks the company’s biggest …

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