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Age Reversing Pill


A group of scientists have developed an age-reversing pill after discovering a key signaling process in DNA repair and cell aging. After human trials are conducted over the next 6-months, NASA wants to give them to astronauts on Mars to protect them from solar radiation. "The cells of the old mice were indistinguishable from the young mice after just one week of treatment. This is the closest we are to a safe and effective anti-ageing drug that's perhaps only three to five years away from being on the market if the trials go well," said lead author Professor David Sinclair. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a white hot 3000°C tungsten cube versus a watermelon and steak.

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Automatic Bullseye Dartboard

Former NASA engineer Mark Rober spent the past 3-years creating a robotic dartboard that almost guarantees a bullseye every throw, or at least if the conditions are met. His creation consists of a Vicon motion capture system with 6-cameras that track the dart using infrared LEDs and darts equipped with retro-reflectors attached, which are used determine its exact location in 3D space. The trajectory of the dart can be then calculated with physics to predict where it will hit with extreme accuracy. The dartboard itself is attached to two sliders with a system of six stepper motors to maneuver it around. Once the motion tracking system calculates the bullseye location, a computer then transmits instructions to move the board, and all of this happens in milliseconds. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of the world's simplest electric train.

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Mars HiRISE

The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment is basically a 143-pound camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. It consists of a 0.5 m (19.7 in) aperture reflecting telescope, the largest so far of any deep space mission, which allows it to take pictures of Mars with resolutions of 0.3 m/pixel (about 1 foot), resolving objects below a meter across. This false-color subimage shows the north polar layered deposits at top and darker materials at bottom exposed in a scarp at the head of Chasma Boreale, a large canyon eroded into the layered deposits. Jan Frojdman wanted to see animated versions of these images, so he created a 3D conversion to make it a reality. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Voyager Spacecraft Message

The Voyager 1 probe is currently the farthest human made object from Earth. Voyager 1 has reached interstellar space, the region between stars where the galactic plasma is present. Like their predecessors Pioneer 10 and 11, which featured a simple plaque, both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 were launched by NASA with a message aboard - a kind of time capsule, intended to communicate to extraterrestrials a story of the world of humans on Earth. "This is a present from a small, distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours," signed President Jimmy Carter. Continue reading for more interesting historical images.

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NASA Earth-Like Planets

NASA scientists working with telescopes at the European Southern Observatory announced today that an entire system of Earth-like planets exists just 40-light-years away. Of these seven, three lie in the star's habitable "Goldilocks" zone, meaning that all may have entire oceans of liquid water, increasing the possibility of life. "The energy output from dwarf stars like TRAPPIST-1 is much weaker than that of our Sun. Planets would need to be in far closer orbits than we see in the Solar System if there is to be surface water. Fortunately, it seems that this kind of compact configuration is just what we see around TRAPPIST-1," said researcher Amaury Triaud. Continue reading for two more videos, including one explaining how long it would take for humans to get there.

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Saturn Moon Titan

On Jan. 14, 2005, the European Space Agency's Huygens probe successfully descended through the atmosphere of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, after a seven-year journey through the Solar System on board the Cassini spacecraft. The probe was designed to gather data for a few hours in the atmosphere, and possibly a short time at the surface. It continued to send data for about 90 minutes after touchdown. It remains the most distant landing of any human-made craft. At the landing site there were indications of pebbles of water ice scattered over an orange surface, the majority of which is covered by a thin haze of methane. Early aerial imaging of Titan from Huygens was consistent with the presence of large bodies of liquid on the surface. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a homemade machine that sorts candy by color.

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Saturn Rings

Photo credit: via Peta Pixel

Saturn's rings are the most extensive planetary ring system of any planet in the Solar System. They consist of countless small particles, ranging in size from micrometres to metres, that orbit about the planet. The ring particles are made almost entirely of water ice, with a trace component of rocky material. There is still no consensus as to their mechanism of formation; some features of the rings suggest a relatively recent origin, but theoretical models indicate they are likely to have formed early in the Solar System's history. Today, NASA has released the most detailed pictures yet of the rings of Saturn. Continue reading to see more.

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Boeing Starliner Spacesuit

Set for liftoff in 2018, the CST-100 spacecraft will be headed to the ISS with astronauts wearing a lighter, more versatile Boeing Starliner Spacesuit, which weigh in at just 12-pounds. That's right, they are 40% lighter than its predecessor, and don't require an external cooling system to boot. The gloves will also features touch-screen compatibility, but unfortunately, the suits aren't designed to go outside the cockpit, as it is more of a precautionary measure against sudden cabin depressurization. Continue reading for another video and more information. Click here for a few bonus space facts, illustrations and images.

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Jaguar Persona

Nobody really knows what the future may hold, or at least in the automotive world, but Jaguar wants to take a stab at it with "Persona". It's powered by NASA-designed motors, which include self-recharging battery cores, that have been embedded into an aerodynamically-designed exterior. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Andromeda Galaxy Sky

Photo credit: Sandro Casutt

Ever wonder what the Andromeda Galaxy would look like in our night sky, without having to wait 4.5-billion-years for it to collide with the Milky Way? Photographer Sandro Casutt who lives in a remote Swiss village shows us with these amazing images. These are essentially two photos stitched together of Andromedia and the Zervreila Mountain Lagoon region in Switzerland. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Cilian Murphy's screen test for Batman Begins.

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