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Largest Solar System Ever Discovered Dwarfs Our Own

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A huge alien world orbits 600 billion miles (1 trillion kilometers) from its host star, making its solar system the largest one known, a new study reports.

Astronomers have found the parent star for a gas-giant exoplanet named 2MASS J2126, which was previously thought to be a “rogue” world flying freely through space. The planet and its star are separated by about 7,000 astronomical units (AU), meaning the alien world completes one orbit every 900,000 years or so, researchers said. (One AU is the average distance from Earth to the sun — about 93 million miles, or 150 million km).

For comparison, Neptune lies about 30 AU from the sun, Pluto averages about 40 AU from Earth’s star and scientists think the newly hypothesized “Planet Nine” never gets more than 600 to 1,200 AU away from the sun. [The Strangest Alien Planets (Gallery)]

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A Groundbreaking New Saliva Test Could Instantly Detect “Date Rape” Drug GHB

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A recent scientific breakthrough could be a huge help to victims of drug-facilitated sexual assault.

Scientists from the British Loughborough University and Spain’s University of Cordoba have shown that a simple saliva test could be used to detect the date rape drug GHB, as well as various types of alcohol, in a patient’s system. 

To conduct their study, published in the Journal of Breath Research, the researchers “spiked” healthy saliva samples with methanol, ethanol, ethylene glycol, 1,3-propanediol and GHB. Then they successfully used techniques called thermal desorption, gas chromatography and differential mobility spectrometry to isolate and detect the potentially harmful substances.

Using that process, the researchers hope to eventually develop a GHB test that’s as quick and easy as spitting in a cup. According to the Engineer, researcher Paul Thomas intends for the test to be “as simple as taking temperature with a thermometer that detects when patients are more than just drunk.”

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With Big Pharma Support, Human Gene Editing Could Be Closer Than We Thought

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Here’s how you know CRISPR, the revolutionary gene-editing technology getting all kinds of hype around the web, is poised to go mainstream: Big Pharma’s getting in the game.

It was recently announced that a $300 million joint venture between Bayer AG (best known for its aspirin) and bio startup CRISPR Therapeutics will aim to develop drugs for blindness, blood disorders and congenital heart disease. It’s a logical next step, especially since scientists at a Los Angeles-based medical institute recently proved they could use CRISPR/Cas9 to treat a type of inheritable blindness in mice.

For a little background, CRISPR/Cas9 gives scientists the ability to directly modify or correct changes in our genome, especially ones that come from disease, by “cutting” the genes with a protein called Cas9, which you might call the scissors. When CRISPR is successful, it means that we can change a busted protein — like one from cancer or HIV — and fully correct the problem.

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Watch a Drone Capture Another Drone in a Net, Just Like Me Stealing Your Man

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It’s hard out there for a drone, especially when there’s another drone out there that isn’t afraid to fire a net at you and drag you around like a dead animal.

The latest in cutthroat drone warfare comes courtesy of the Human-Interactive Robotics Lab (HIRo Lab) at Michigan Technological University. The lab just filed a patent for a “drone catcher system” that uses a giant, quick-moving net to apprehend rogue drones. The net is attached to another drone, which can either be controlled by a person on the ground or by the drone itself. (In other words, the robot takeover will probably be upon us soon.)

According to Mo Rastgaar, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at MTU, “It’s like robotic falconry.”

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The Hyperloop Is Finally Being Built

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A series of pipes that just arrived in a Nevada desert could be the future of transportation in the U.S.

Hyperloop Technologies is starting to test a high-speed transit system that doesn’t involve railways, according to a new video from CNNMoney. The Hyperloop technology was first outlined by Elon Musk in 2013.

What is the Hyperloop? Potentially the fastest-ever way to travel. The basic principles are this: Rather than using rail and a train, the Hyperloop uses a long, depressurized tube to shoot a cylindrical pod carrying people or goods 700 miles per hour to a given destination. CEO of Hyperloop Technologies Rob Lloyd tells CNNMoney the fundamentals are actually quite simple. 

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 The Hyperloop Is Finally Being Built — See the Photos Here
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This 21-Year-Old May Have Invented a Way to Clean Up Our Oceans

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Dutch entrepreneur Boyan Slat wants to build the largest floating barrier ever deployed and use the ocean’s own currents to capture plastic to clean up the massive Pacific garbage patch.

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This Genius Bucket Sucks Trash And Oil Right Out Of The Sea

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This Genius Bucket Sucks Trash And Oil Right Out Of The Sea

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Two Australian surfers have quit their jobs and come up with a brilliant solution to combat the millions of tons of trash in our oceans.

Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski’s Seabin invention is an ocean-cleaning device so simple and effective, we’re wondering why it took so long.

The water filtration system is much like what you’d find in a fish tank, but it has the potential to clean up an entire ocean.

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