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Russia stakes claim on Venus, saying it is a ‘Russian planet’ – 7NEWS.com.au

Russia plans to explore more of the planet in the coming years.

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Can’t crush this: Beetle armor gives clues to tougher planes – Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s a beetle that can withstand bird pecks, animal stomps and even being rolled over by a Toyota Camry. Now scientists are studying what the bug’s…

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NEW YORK (AP) Its a beetle that can withstand bird pecks, animal stomps and even being rolled over by a Toyota Camry. Now scientists are studying what the bugs crush-resistant shell could teach them about designing stronger planes and buildings.
This beetle is super tough, said Purdue University civil engineer Pablo Zavattieri, who was among a group of researchers that ran over the insect with a car as part of a new study.
So, how does the seemingly indestructible insect do it? The species aptly…

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AI and photonics join forces to make it easier to find ‘new Earths’: Australian scientists’ invention will decipher the ‘twinkle’ of stars – Science Daily

By combining photonics with artificial intelligence, scientists have developed a sensor that will help decipher the ‘twinkle’ of stars and allow for Earth-based…

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Australian scientists have developed a new type of sensor to measure and correct the distortion of starlight caused by viewing through the Earth’s atmosphere, which should make it easier to study the possibility of life on distant planets.Using artificial intelligence and machine learning, University of Sydney optical scientists have developed a sensor that can neutralise a star’s ‘twinkle’ caused by heat variations in the Earth’s atmosphere. This will make the discovery and study of planets in…

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‘Starman’ just zipped past Mars in his rapidly-decaying Tesla Roadster – Live Science

He probably doesn’t look so pretty anymore.

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Starman the dummy riding a cherry-red Tesla Roadster through space has made his closest approach ever to Mars.
That electric convertible with its mannequin passenger bolted to the top of a Falcon Heavy rocket as a stunt during the SpaceX rocket’s first test launch Feb, 6, 2018. (It’s common for test launches to include heavy payloads, but they’re usually more boring than cherry-red sportscars.) Two years later, the Falcon Heavy upper stage and the vehicle at its tip are making their second trip…

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