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2016

Two technologies that could be invaluable to the search for life

Artist's impression of the starshade unfirling

NASA and its partners are in the process of developing two cutting-edge technologies with the potential to significantly advance the hunt for extraterrestrial life on distant Earth-like planets. The ambitious designs currently under development could allow astronomers to cut through the intense disturbance caused by an exoplanet's parent star, allowing them to image the remote worlds directly, and make detailed observations.

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3
May
2016

Add-ons let iPhones perform anterior and retinal eye exams

The visoClip and visoScope (pictured) are compatible with every Apple smartphone since the iPhone 5

Visual impairment and blindness is an extremely widespread issue that affects an estimated 285 million people across the globe, with nine of out of 10 cases occurring in developing regions. oDocs Eye Care is hoping to put a dent in those numbers, producing low-cost, portable eye examination accessories designed to harness the power of the iPhone.

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3
May
2016

Journey toward Milky Way’s dark heart in new Hubble video

The Hubble image on which the video is based is comprised of nine separate shots

Do you have 37 seconds of time to spare today? If so, you can zip towards the very center of our galaxy thanks to a new video put out by the Hubble Space Telescope team. The video is really just a long zoom into an image released last month, but it definitely provides the sensation of heading through our galactic core to the black hole that lies at its center.

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