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These 21 Teams Will Battle For £5.8 Million in a Race to Explore the Ocean Floor

We know very little about our planet’s seafloor, but that’s poised to change as autonomous underwater scouting technology gets better and better. To that end, nearly two dozen teams are racing to develop robots that can investigate, map, and conduct science at extreme depths, and under serious time constraints. They’re also competing for $7 million (£5.8 million) in prize money. Read More >>

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German Mission to the Moon Will Prove the Apollo Landings Weren’t a Hoax

A German Lunar X-Prize team has announced its intentions to send two mobile probes to the Moon to inspect the lunar rover left behind by the Apollo 17 mission. Finally, something that’ll get the Moon landing conspiracy nutters to shut the hell up. Read More >>

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New XPrize Encourages Robotic Ocean Exploration

We know surprisingly little about our oceans. To help with this glaring blind spot, the XPrize has announced a new $7/£4.6 million contest to foster innovations in ocean exploration technology. Read More >>

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This Blood Sensor Isn’t Quite a Star Trek-Style Tricorder, But it’s Pretty Damn Close

Star Trek's tricorder is up there with flying cars and hoverboards as one of those futuristic inventions that always just seems a few years away. We're not quite there yet, but this sensor, which can diagnose diseases from a single drop of blood, is a pretty massive baby step. Read More >>