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Deep space communications goes commercial

The commercial tracking system will use the GHY-6 antenna at Goonhilly

Commercial spaceflight may bring to mind flashy images of dramatic rocket launches and sleek space capsules, but it also means the infrastructure to support such endeavors. Case in point is a co-operative project between Britain and the European Space Agency to establish the world's first commercial deep-space tracking and communications station in Goonhilly, Cornwall. Using a repurposed 32-m (105-ft) dish built in 1985, it will be able to communicate with spacecraft millions of miles away.

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Category: Space

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Opportunity rover notches up 5,000 days on Mars and counting

The Opportunity rover has spent 5,000 Martian days on the Red Planet

It was only meant to last about three months, but NASA's Opportunity Mars rover has officially clocked up 5,000 Martian days exploring the Red Planet. That's a little over 5,151 Earth days in which the robotic geologist has traversed a record 28 mi (45 km) across the surface of Mars to unlock the secrets of the planet's history and geology – and it's not done yet. To commemorate this anniversary, New Atlas has put together a gallery of some of the mission's highlights from the past 14 years.

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Respiratory-driven, non-surgical artificial larynx produces more human voice

A study has shown that a Pneumatic Artificial Larynx (PAL) device can return a more natural ...

In a move that could give a voice to the 300,000 people around the world who have had their larynx removed due to cancer, scientists at the MARCS Institute at Western Sydney University have tested a non-invasive artificial larynx and found it capable of generating a high-quality voice. Unlike existing prosthetics that rely on input from the nerves or muscles of the larynx, the Pneumatic Artificial Larynx (PAL) device uses the patient's respiratory system and doesn't need to be surgically implanted.

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Category: Medical

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Toyota launches a cute, cozy Proace camper van

Toyota's new Lerina camper van, designed by Wellhouse Leisure

Volkswagen has the California. Mercedes has the Marco Polo. Nissan has the Michelangelo. And now Toyota has the Lerina, developed not by Westfalia but by a different "W" of camper conversions. The new Proace-based van comes with an interior dressed by Wellhouse Leisure, a British converter with plenty of experience in creating compact camper vans like the SsangYong Tourist and Ford Terrier Bianco. A versatile multi-use van, the Lerina can sleep and feed four on a camping holiday before switching over to six-seat people mover mode.

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Streamlined swim tracker goes for the goggles

The Phlex Edge is presently crowdfunding on Indiegogo

If you're a serious swimmer, then it's possible that you use a swim-tracking watch. The folks at Florida-based startup Phlex, however, felt that wristwatches weren't hydrodynamic or accurate enough. That's why they designed the goggle-mounted Edge.

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Category: Sports

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Gallery: The Cassini team's top 2017 mission snaps

A mosaic of Saturn, its rings, and six of its moons constructed from 80 images captured ...

The science team responsible for NASA's Cassini spacecraft has released a gallery of the stand-out images from the probe's final hectic year exploring the Saturnian system. The collection shows off the majesty of the colossal gas giant, its iconic rings, and its impressively diverse and sometimes bizarre population of moons.

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Tears may be the key to early Parkinson's diagnosis

According to the study, Parkinson's disease affects protein levels in the tears

As is the case with so many other maladies, the sooner that Parkinson's disease is definitively diagnosed, the better. With that in mind, scientists from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles now believe that it may be possible to detect the disease earlier than ever, via analysis of the patient's tears.

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Category: Medical

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New firefighting robot gets put to the test

The new version of WALK-MAN operates a fire extinguisher

SAFFiR, the US Navy's experimental firefighting robot, may be in for some competition. That's because researchers at Italy's IIT-Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia have successfully tested a new-and-improved version of the WALK-MAN humanoid robot, which is designed to support firefighters.

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Category: Robotics

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Work begins on sustainable and recyclable concept EV

The Noah concept electric city car from TU/ecomotive will be constructed over the coming months, ahead ...

Every year for the past few years, the ecomotive team at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands has built an electric concept city car of the future. This year's project is called Noah, and is being billed as the world's first circular car. This doesn't refer to its appearance but rather its sustainable production and usage, and its end of life recyclability.

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Category: Automotive

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Shipping containers turned into green-roofed weekend retreat

House 28 comprises three 20 ft (6.1 m)-long containers clad in galvanized steel

Studio Edwards recently completed an interesting take on the shipping container house with this project in Wye River, Victoria. Dubbed House 28, the home is used as a weekend retreat and features a green roof and rainwater collection system.

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Category: Architecture

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How brain scans can read your mind to reconstruct the face you're thinking of

Neuroscientists have developed a system that can digitally recreate images seen through someone's eyes, like faces, ...

It's frustrating to have a clear mental image of something but not be able to exactly get it across in words or a drawing. Now, a team of neuroscientists from the University of Toronto Scarborough has developed a way to digitally recreate exactly the image someone is thinking about, by scanning their brain.

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Category: Medical

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Peugeot brings the Rifter to life with concept 4x4 camper van

Peugeot Rifter 4x4 Concept

Before the new Peugeot Rifter van has even hit the road, it's going overlanding into the great unknown. Peugeot, reigning Dakar king that it is, has built up one of the meanest competitive off-roaders out there, and now it's designed a 4WD camper van for the everyday off-road adventurer. Debuting right alongside the new Rifter van, the Rifter 4x4 Concept is a compact, off-road-ready multi-adventure tourer with 4x4, off-road LEDs, a fold-out roof-top tent and more.

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Category: Automotive

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Latest corruption data shows the world's governments are still just as rotten

The 2017 numbers are in and just as with 2016, they show that public sector corruption ...

The latest corruption perceptions data covering 2017 was released overnight by Transparency International, making it the 25th year such data has been available. New Atlas has been reporting TI's annual corruption data now for 18 years and sadly, very little has changed.

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Category: Science

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UPS expands its zero-emissions fleet with 50 Workhorse electric trucks

A rendering of UPS and Workhorse's forthcoming electric delivery truck

Shipping giant UPS has slowly been adding electric vehicles to its fleet of delivery trucks, with 300 already doing the rounds in the US and Europe and an order for 125 Tesla Semis placed in December last year. But a new partnership with EV-builder Workhorse sees it get in on the ground floor, with the pair to build zero-emission plug-in vehicles from scratch at a cost comparable to its conventionally fueled trucks.

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Category: Urban Transport

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CERN scientists get antimatter ready for its first road trip

CERN scientists are getting ready to transport antimatter to a new location, using the strange substance ...

Antimatter is notoriously tricky to store and study, thanks to the fact that it will vanish in a burst of energy if it so much as touches regular matter. The CERN lab is one of the only places in the world that can readily produce the stuff, but getting it into the hands of the scientists who want to study it is another matter (pun not intended). After all, how can you transport something that will annihilate any physical container you place it in? Now, CERN researchers are planning to trap and truck antimatter from one facility to another.

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Category: Physics

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Peugeot reveals sporty and stylish next-gen 508 sedan

The Peugeot 508 will be available to order from summer 2018

Peugeot has revealed the next-generation 508 ahead of next month's Geneva Auto Show, showing off a lower and more compact coupe-inspired sedan. The sharper and sportier five-door fastback is promised to bring better aerodynamics to the D-class segment, and packs the French automaker's future-focused safety tech onboard.

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E-cigarette vapor contains potentially unsafe levels of chromium, nickel and lead

A new study suggests that e-cigarette heating coils could be leeching toxic metals into the vapor ...

New research from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found that a number of e-cigarette vapors contain unsafe levels of toxic metals, including lead and chromium. It is suspected that blame lies with e-cigarette heating coils that are contaminating the aerosols generated by the device.

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Category: Medical

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Porsche keeps things au naturel with hot, new 911 GT3 RS

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS: 520 horsepower of shouty, naturally aspirated flat 6

If the GT3 isn't quite exclusive or sharply focused enough for you, try the RS model on for size. Forget hybrids and turbos, this pounds out 520 horsepower worth of noisy, naturally aspirated power. It's also lighter, with better aeros, twice the downforce and a big ol' sticker kit down the sides to underscore your expenditure.

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SpaceX launches first Starlink satellites for global broadband internet access by 2024

The latest SpaceX mission successfully deployed two test satellites for an upcoming communications network that could ...

Earlier today, SpaceX successfully launched and deployed its first two test satellites for Starlink, the rocket company's own constellation of thousands of communications satellites that aims to provide worldwide broadband internet access by 2024.

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Category: Space

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Big beef looms over definition of lab-grown meat

Can lab-grown meat still be called meat?

The US Cattlemen's Association is petitioning the United States Department of Agriculture to restrict the definition of "beef" and "meat" exclusively to products born, raised and slaughtered in a traditional manner raising the question: Can lab-grown meat still be called meat?

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Category: Science

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Blood-analyzing device designed to warn of heart attacks

If used properly, the device may help keep this from happening

Are you in danger of having a heart attack? Scientists from Taiwan's National Tsing Hua University and National Cheng Kung University are developing an inexpensive medical biosensor that could let you know, so you can take preventative measures before it's too late.

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Computer-generated fur gets more realistic

A raccoon with fur created using the new technique

If you're not satisfied with the realism of computer-generated animals in movies and games, then you might be interested in the latest news out of the University of California San Diego. Working with colleagues from UC Berkeley, computer scientists there have developed a new method of rendering fur that's reportedly much more accurate than existing techniques.

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Category: Computers

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Ricoh updates flagship K series full-frame DSLR

The Pentax K-1 MkII is capable of capturing high-resolution images with minimal noise in even in ...

Ricoh announced the mighty Pentax K-1 back in February 2016, and we couldn't wait to get our hands on the camera. When we did so just a month later, the small-but-powerful full-frame DSLR didn't disappoint. Now the rugged 36-megapixel Pentax flagship has been updated to the MkII.

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Category: Digital Cameras

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Robot snake harnesses ancient Japanese paper craft

Get your fric-tion: kirigami is key to this snake robot's movement

Though clearly inspired by the snake, a new soft robot out of Harvard takes cues from another fascinating source: the ancient Japanese paper craft kirigami. Unlike origami, kirigami uses cuts rather than folds to achieve the desired result. Here, the Harvard team applied the artform to create a soft robot that grips the ground much like a snake.

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Category: Robotics

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BBC micro:bit wins first Grand Digital computer race

The winning computer (and its young programmer) managed to find nearly 7,000 Fibonacci numbers in 15 ...

As part of its 10th birthday celebrations, the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park in the UK set eight computing machines spanning 80 years against each other in a race to find numbers in a mathematical sequence. An old WITCH machine and a modern iPhone were among the competitors of the Grand Digital computer race, but the clear winner was a BBC micro:bit with a 9 year-old coder as its "jockey."

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Category: Computers

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