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How the panda’s ‘thumb’ evolved twice

Nature.com - 3 hours 16 min ago

Two species of distantly related panda may have adapted to a bamboo-centric diet in similar genetic ways.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21300

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ESA Planetary Science Archive gets a new look

ESA - 3 hours 16 min ago
Today, ESA launches a new version of its Planetary Science Archive (PSA) website, the online interface to data from the agency's space science missions that have been exploring planets, moons and other small bodies in the Solar System. With a new design and enhanced search functionalities, the platform now provides a direct and simple access to the scientific data, helping scientists to discover and explore the archive content.
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Festive nebulae light up Milky Way Galaxy satellite [heic1623]

ESA - 3 hours 16 min ago
The sheer observing power of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is rarely better illustrated than in an image such as this. This glowing pink nebula, named NGC 248, is located in the Small Magellanic Cloud, just under 200 000 light-years away and yet can still be seen in great detail.
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Rosetta's last words: science descending to a comet

ESA - 3 hours 16 min ago
On 30 September 2016, at 11:19:37 UTC in ESA's mission control, Rosetta's signal flat-lined, confirming that the spacecraft had completed its incredible mission on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko some 40 minutes earlier and 720 million km from Earth. Rosetta was working up to the very end, collecting reams of science data as it descended towards a region of pits in the Ma'at region on the comet's 'head'.
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LISA Pathfinder's pioneering mission continues

ESA - 3 hours 16 min ago
On 7 December, LISA Pathfinder started the extended phase of its mission, an additional six months during which scientists and engineers will push the experiment to its limits in preparation for ESA's future space observatory of gravitational waves.
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New evidence for a warmer and wetter early Mars

ESA - 3 hours 16 min ago
A recent study from ESA's Mars Express and NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provides new evidence for a warm young Mars that hosted water across a geologically long timescale, rather than in short episodic bursts – something that has important consequences for habitability and the possibility of past life on the planet.
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Two-year extensions confirmed for ESA's science missions

ESA - 3 hours 16 min ago
ESA's Science Programme Committee (SPC) has today confirmed two-year mission extensions for nine scientific missions in which the Agency is participating. This secures their operations until the end of 2018.
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Next step towards a gravitational-wave observatory in space

ESA - 3 hours 16 min ago
Today, ESA has invited European scientists to propose concepts for the third large mission in its science programme, to study the gravitational Universe.
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The LISA Pathfinder Science Archive is online

ESA - 3 hours 16 min ago
Today, ESA's LISA Pathfinder Science Archive opens its virtual gates to the world. It contains data collected by the satellite during the mission's first few months, covering the nominal operations phase of the LISA Technology Package (LTP) – the European payload on LISA Pathfinder.
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Cosmic explosions: the first ESA–Ars Electronica residency

ESA - 3 hours 16 min ago
Aoife van Linden Tol, an artist working primarily with explosive media, is the recipient of the first art&science@ESA residency, organised by Ars Electronica in partnership with ESA.
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MIT develops 3-D printing 'undo' option

Christian Science Monitor - 3 hours 16 min ago

A new technique brings the ability to edit, among other things, to 3-D printing. 

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Amazon seeks FCC permission to run undisclosed tests in Washington State

Christian Science Monitor - 3 hours 16 min ago

The online retailer has remained tight-lipped about the nature and scope of its plans.

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Devices sprout ears: What do Alexa and Siri mean for privacy?

Christian Science Monitor - 3 hours 16 min ago

The Echo is taking the US by storm, with Google Home hot on its tracks. What are the privacy risks of having an always-listening digital assistant in your home?

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How yesterday's industrial workplaces are becoming today's data centers

Christian Science Monitor - 3 hours 16 min ago

Factories, mines, printing press buildings, bakeries, and other icons of 20th century industrial activity are now being adapted to the information age.

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How to combat sexism in 2017? With an app, of course.

Christian Science Monitor - 3 hours 16 min ago

Whistle, an app where users can document sexism in real time, is one of a growing number of digital tools to help address the problem.

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Will this EU privacy proposal lead to a more trustworthy internet or a more annoying one?

Christian Science Monitor - 3 hours 16 min ago

The legislation proposed by the European Commission is meant to protect web surfers' privacy, but online advertising advocates say it could lead to more pop-up ads. 

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Why China still forbids Pokémon Go (+video)

Christian Science Monitor - 3 hours 16 min ago

China’s state censor said Tuesday Nintendo’s hit smartphone app and other augmented reality games carry potential security risks, and will not be licensed until these concerns have been evaluated.

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Why Snapchat picked London for its new headquarters, Brexit and all

Christian Science Monitor - 3 hours 16 min ago

More tech firms seem to be gravitating toward London, despite Brexit.

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Google launches self-driving minivans: are autonomous cars inching closer to mass movement?

Christian Science Monitor - 3 hours 16 min ago

Over the past few years, autonomous vehicle technology has made exponential leaps forward. But are they ready to hit roads across the United States?

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Why is Uber giving away traffic data?

Christian Science Monitor - 3 hours 16 min ago

A new, free website Uber is launching will give away valuable traffic data to city planners and the public. 

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