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Orbiter data confirms manned Mars missions face severe radiation hazards

Artist's concept of the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter

Data returned by the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter indicates that astronauts on even short future Mars missions could face significant space radiation hazards. The readings from the orbiter show that even on a flyby mission to Mars with no landing or orbiting, a crew would be exposed to at least 60 percent of their total lifetime career radiation exposure limit.

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Volkswagen debuts hydrogen-powered Crafter HyMotion van concept with 310-mile range

The Crafter HyMotion remains a concept vehicle for now

As part of a wider rollout of brand new zero emission vehicles, Volkswagen has announced a new cargo van concept with a hydrogen fuel cell-powered drivetrain. The Crafter HyMotion was designed with longer journeys in mind, and boasts a larger payload capacity than its electrically powered predecessor, the e-Crafter launched by VW in 2016.

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Multipurpose robotic skins bring stuffed animals to life

Robotic skins can be wrapped around everyday objects, like stuffed animals, to make them move

There's no denying that robots are great at certain tasks, but take most of them out of the specific role they were designed for and they'll struggle. In an effort to make robots that are more adaptable, Yale researchers have developed "robotic skins" that can be fitted over a range of everyday objects, like soft toys or pieces of foam, to turn them into robots programmed for different tasks.

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Clearing out brain’s “zombie cells” offers new approach against dementia

Zombie cells, aka senescent cells, have been found to accumulate in the brain ahead of the ...

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic have identified a new target in the battle against dementia and age-related cognitive decline – zombie cells. More formally known as senescent cells, these are cells that have stopped dividing but don't die, and tend to accumulate with age. The new research reveals that many pathological signs of neurodegenerative disease can be eliminated by removing these cells from the brain.

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Robotic hoppers prepare to skip across the surface of asteroid Ryugu

JAXA's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft launched for the asteroid Ryugu in 2014

More than four years have passed since JAXA's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft set sail for the asteroid Ryugu, and mission scientists are now preparing for the intrepid probe to start bearing fruit. Before heading in for a closer look itself, the probe will drop a pair of small rovers onto the asteroid this week, which will bounce across the surface and scope out the scene.

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Space cleanup net successfully captures first “debris” in orbit

The RemoveDEBRIS net zeroes in on it's first target

Technology designed to clean up space has captured its first bit of simulated space debris in orbit. Part of the RemoveDEBRIS mission led the the University of Surrey, a cubesat designated DS-1 inflated a balloon on September 16 that acted as a target for the RemoveDEBRIS satellite, which fired a weighted net developed by Airbus from a range of seven meters (23 ft) and successfully snared the "debris."

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