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Scientists hope JWST will help detect alien life on exoplanets

Scientists hope JWST will help detect alien life on exoplanets

Scientists searching for alien life hope that an upcoming megatelescope could reveal whether any of the recently discovered 7 Earth-size planets of the TRAPPIST-1 star system have life-supporting atmospheres.

Scheduled to be launched in 2018, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will be sensitive enough to detect or identify the chemical components of the exoplanets' atmospheres as these planets will be passing in front of their host star.

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New robot can be controlled with thoughts

New robot can be controlled with thoughts

A team of MIT researchers claimed to have developed a robot that can change its actions almost instantly by takings its cues from human brain waves.

Daniela Rus, the director of the Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT explained that the new robot uses new algorithms that enable it to monitor brain activity for specific signals.

Rus added that the new technology could lead to a future where humans will be able to control robots easily by merely observing their actions.

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Researchers store human-generated data in DNA

Researchers store human-generated data in DNA

As existing storage technologies are having a hard time keeping up with ever increasing data, scientists are trying to find a solution in biology rather than computers.

DNA molecules use biological codes to store genetic information, but a team of scientists in New York has unveiled a new technique that can allow humans to use DNA for storing human-generated data.

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This year’s drastic decline in Antarctic sea ice perplexes scientists

This year’s drastic decline in Antarctic sea ice perplexes scientists

Sea ice surrounding the Antarctic continent has been extraordinarily stable amid increasing global warming, but this year sea ice at the South Pole is crashing, and researchers are struggling to find out the precise cause.

Antarctica sea ice typically hits its annual minimum during late summer every year. But this year’s minimum level of sea ice has marked a dramatic new record.

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