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Planet nine might be pulling our solar system out of alignment

Planet nine might be pulling our solar system out of alignment Their observations indicate that planet nine could be causing a “wobble” in the solar system.While we can’t see planet nine, astronomers have detected a number of bizarre effects in the solar system that could be explained by the object.

Security firm claims implantable cardiac devices can be hacked

Security firm claims implantable cardiac devices can be hacked Now a security firm says that a connected implantable cardiac device made by Minnesota-based healthcare company St.After implantation, it uses small flexible wires to detect your heart rate and applies an electric current to stop abnormal cardiac rhythms.

Nearby exoplanet Proxima b could be a habitable ocean world

Nearby exoplanet Proxima b could be a habitable ocean world That’s not the case with Proxima b, a small exoplanet that orbits the nearest star to our own, Proxima Centauri.Scientists haven’t been able to spot Proxima b transiting its star yet, but a new study of the Proxima Centauri system shows how Proxima b could be a habitable ocean planet.

SpaceX says recent rocket explosion the result of helium loading issue

SpaceX says recent rocket explosion the result of helium loading issue It has been almost two months since a SpaceX rocket exploded during launch preparation, taking a Facebook internet satellite along with it.The company has been hard at work to track down the cause of the failure, and SpaceX now says the explosion was caused by a helium loading issue.

NASA completes construction of the James Webb Space Telescope

NASA completes construction of the James Webb Space Telescope The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) comes up a lot when we talk about the very boundaries of our understanding of the cosmos.For more than a quarter century, the Hubble Space Telescope has been our best window to the wider universe, but it can only do so much.

NASA and FEMA hold exercise to simulate unavoidable asteroid impact

NASA and FEMA hold exercise to simulate unavoidable asteroid impact Technology gives us a shot at stopping the worst-case scenario, something that experts from NASA and FEMA recently got together to simulate.The exercise included representatives from NASA, FEMA, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories, the US Air Force, and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

The Air Force's X-37B space plane could become an astronaut ambulance

The Air Force's X-37B space plane could become an astronaut ambulance ” The best archetype for that design might be the mysterious Air Force X-37B space plane.They might be gentler, but the best way to transport an injured astronaut would be with a space plane.

Scientists create new fluorescent protein to monitor the cell cycle

Scientists create new fluorescent protein to monitor the cell cycle When you need new cells, they can be created through a process called mitosis, whereby a cell makes a copy of itself.A new technique from Stanford (PDF) allows the cell cycle to be observed with more precision than ever before.

Researchers develop 'breathalyzer' that can detect diabetes

Researchers develop 'breathalyzer' that can detect diabetes Breathalyzers to detect alcohol intoxication have existed for years, as the relationship between blood-alcohol content and alcohol in the breath is well understood.A team of researchers from Oxford University have succeeded in building a device that can flag patients as diabetic without the need for a blood test.

DARPA tests network of 1,000 handheld radiation detectors in Washington

DARPA tests network of 1,000 handheld radiation detectors in Washington As the first large-scale test of the SIGMA program, DARPA put together a mock kidnapping adventure game.Participants in the exercise were each given a backpack with a small SIGMA radiation detector.

SpectroDrone system uses lasers to detect explosives from afar

SpectroDrone system uses lasers to detect explosives from afar They can aid in construction, explore nuclear disaster sites, and even detect explosives and other dangerous materials.Now, a company called Laser Detect Systems is taking that mission to the air.

Scientists push for 2020 launch of asteroid deflection test

Scientists push for 2020 launch of asteroid deflection test The ESA and NASA are pushing for a 2020 mission to test technologies that could help us deflect an object before it smacks into Earth.The joint European-US Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment (AIDA) is still in the planning stages, but it could launch in 2020.

Stephen Hawking warns humanity may only have 1,000 years left

Stephen Hawking warns humanity may only have 1,000 years left Famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has spent his life pondering big questions about the wider universe.In recent years, he’s turned his attention closer to home, talking about AI, climate change, alien invasion, and other threats to the future of humanity.

Research ethics board halts zombie apocalypse ahead of time

Research ethics board halts zombie apocalypse ahead of time While the zombie apocalypse is a fun topic for speculation, comparatively few people actually believe that it could happen.Jokey comments aside, a planned research trial to reanimate “living cadavers” has been halted by the Indian research ethics board, amid a cloud of fatal problems with the study.

NASA and NOAA launch most advanced weather satellite ever

NASA and NOAA launch most advanced weather satellite ever A new weather satellite is on its way into space, but it’s unlike any of the weather satellites we have right now.The satellite is currently on its way to a geostationary orbit at 22,300 miles above the Earth.

Top holiday gift picks for hard-core science geeks in 2016

Top holiday gift picks for hard-core science geeks in 2016 For this year’s winter holiday season, put a sparkle in your favorite STEM enthusiast’s eye with one of these science-minded picks.Unlike a French press, too, this rig can make coffee just as fast as you can pour water through the grounds.

Take it from a Canadian: Science in America is headed for dark, dark days

Take it from a Canadian: Science in America is headed for dark, dark days This week, we saw the first of what will surely be many headlines pitting the incoming Trump administration against the outgoing principles of science in government research.One of the President-elect’s key advisers has informed the media that NASA’s climate research division will be dramatically defunded.

Homeopathic solutions now have to be labeled to disclose that there's no science behind them

Homeopathic solutions now have to be labeled to disclose that there's no science behind them Their latest comments contend (PDF) that the standard disclaimer isn’t enough to dissuade consumers from buying this crap, so now not only do homeopathic products have to carry the standard disclaimer, they also have to say there’s no science behind them.But the only reason I can’t make a blanket statement that homeopathy provides no benefit whatsoever is the placebo effect.

MDMA rolls onto the psychotherapy scene as FDA greenlights Phase III clinical trial

MDMA rolls onto the psychotherapy scene as FDA greenlights Phase III clinical trial And it’s true that the brain changes in response to drug use.In light of what we know, the FDA has just made a controversial decision to greenlight a Phase III clinical trial, using MDMA to treat PTSD.

This week in space: The future of NASA, the ESA diagnosed its Mars probe failure, and setbacks while resupplying the ISS

This week in space: The future of NASA, the ESA diagnosed its Mars probe failure, and setbacks while resupplying the ISS A Russian Progress spacecraft was lost six minutes into its resupply flight to the ISS on Thursday.But the ISS crew is all fine, they’re not out of supplies, and there’s another resupply flight scheduled for next week.