Robotic xArm designed to lend a hand to smaller businesses

Robot arms have been lending a hand on production lines for decades, but handy as they are, that kind of help usually costs an arm and a leg. To get these tools into the hands of smaller businesses, UFactory has now unveiled the xArm, an entry-level robot arm designed to be affordable enough for those […]

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Microbial “spacesuits” help bacteria convert CO2 to useful chemicals

Bacteria have been found living in some pretty hostile environments, but they’re not invincible. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have now developed “spacesuits” that wrap around bacteria to not only protect them from the elements, but turn them into biohybrids that capture carbon dioxide and turn it into useful chemicals. The so-called spacesuits […]

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Hypervelocity alien stars could be invading the Milky Way

Astronomers have discovered a population of incredibly fast-moving stars bearing down on the Milky Way. It is possible that these newly found “hypervelocity” stellar bodies were created in another galaxy, before being hurled out into intergalactic space on a collision course with the Milky Way. Our galaxy is populated by over a hundred billion stars, […]

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Bad news for Mars-bound astronauts – cosmic rays damage your GI tract

In more bad news for future voyagers to Mars, a team of scientists at the Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) has found the kind of Galactic Cosmic Radiation (GCR) that astronauts will encounter on long space voyages can cause heavy damage to their gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Using animal tissue bombarded by artificial cosmic ray particles, […]

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Larger lander joins Japan’s hopping robots on asteroid Ryugu

The tiny robots currently skipping across the surface of asteroid Ryugu have gained some company today, with mothership Hayabusa 2 successfully deploying their bigger sibling, the Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT). The shoebox-sized rover has touched down safely on the surface, with mission control confirming that all seems to be in working order. JAXA’s Hayabusa […]

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“Goblin” dwarf planet found lurking at the extreme fringes of the solar system

Our solar system is home to far more worlds than you might think. While there are only eight known planets, there could be thousands of dwarf planets – Pluto-sized or smaller – lurking at the very edges of the Sun’s influence. Now, astronomers have spotted a new distant dwarf with an incredibly wide orbit, lending […]

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