November 8 – 15: The Week in Science and Technology

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In this photo taken Friday, November 7, 2014, laundry detergent packets are held for a photo, in Chicago. Accidental poisonings from squishy laundry detergent packets sometimes mistaken for toys or candy landed more than 700 U.S. children in the hospital in just two years, researchers report. Coma and seizures were among the most serious complications. (Photo by Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photo)

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Fang Jianguo sits in a wheelchair as his dogs, Beier and Laer, pull it along a street in Longyou, Zhejiang province November 9, 2014. Fang, 47, was paralyzed from the waist down after an accident at work in 1987, following which, he developed muscle atrophy in his arms. Thirteen years ago, he adopted Beier and Laer and trained them to help pull his wheelchair to facilitate his mobility, according to local media. (Photo by William Hong/Reuters)

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A panoramic image of the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko captured by Rosetta’s lander Philae’s CIVA-P imaging system, with a sketch of the lander in the configuration the lander team currently believe it is in superimposed on top, is seen in this European Space Agency (ESA) handout image released November 13, 2014. The European probe that landed on the comet in a first for space exploration is resting on the surface despite technical problems, pictures beamed half a billion kilometres (300 million miles) back to Earth showed on Thursday. (Photo by Reuters/ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA)

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People look at home-made armoured vehicle look-alikes on a street in Shenyang, Liaoning province, November 12, 2014. A man surnamed Zhang and his friends converted two cars into these two vehicles, for his son, and will be displaying them on show at a local park. The cannons on the vehicles can fire paintballs and smoke shells, local media cited Zhang as saying. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

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A man surnamed Zhang sits in his home-made armoured vehicle look-alike on a street in Shenyang, Liaoning province, November 12, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

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Members of the Japanese team Tokai get ready for the start of the first stage of the Atacama Solar Challenge – a solar car race in the Atacama Desert – in Iquique, some 2000 km north of Santiago, Chile, on November 13, 2014. Twenty teams from five countries are participating in the five-day 1200 km-race. (Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP Photo)

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A computer genius has become the worlds youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) at just five years old. Gifted Ayan Qureshi now six passed the exam when he was five years and 11 months old, smashing the previous record of six and a half. The test is normally taken by adults after the graduate from university, and invigilators were so shocked at Ayans age they initially stopped him from sitting the exam. (Photo by Caters News)

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In this October 30, 2014 photo, Arx Pax engineer Shauna Moran demonstrates riding a Hendo Hoverboard in Los Gatos, Calif. Skateboarding is going airborne this fall with the launch of the first real commercially marketed hoverboard which uses magnetics to float about an inch off the ground. (Photo by Jeff Chiu/AP Photo)

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Thai models use mobile phones as they wait for the start of a promotion event by Thailand’s second largest mobile phone network, DTAC, at a shopping center in Bangkok, Thailand, 10 November 2014. More than 93.7 million mobile phone numbers are registered in Thailand of which the old 2G service has about 50.8 million subscribers and 3G and 4G services has about 42.9 million subscribers while the population of Thailand is about 65 million people. (Photo by Narong Sangnak/EPA)

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In this November 12, 2014 picture ESA physicist Matt Taylor shows his “Rosetta” tattoo at the satellite control center of the European Space Agency (ESA) in Darmstadt, Germany. British physicist Matt Taylor brimmed with excitement as the European Space Agency’s Philae lander successfully separated from the Rosetta spacecraft, showing off a colorful tattoo on his thigh of both, while proclaiming “we’re making history”. But it was his bowling-shirt that attracted more attention than the unconventional Rosetta project scientist’s words or ink – a garish collage of pinup girls in various states of undress. (Photo by Arne Dedert/AP Photo/DPA)

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The Orion Spacecraft moves by the Vehicle Assembly Building on its approximately 22 mile journey from the Launch Abort System Facility at the Kennedy Space Center to Space Launch Complex 37B at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Tuesday, November 11, 2014, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The test flight for Orion is scheduled to launch on December 4. (Photo by John Raoux/AP Photo)

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A Russian scientist stands at the edge of a mysterious crater recently discovered in northern Russia. One theory is that gas trapped underground burst through the surface, creating the crater. (Vladimir Pushkaryov/Russian Center for Arctic Exploration)

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Ground personnel work on the Soyuz TMA-13M capsule, carrying International Space Station crew members Alexander Gerst of Germany, Maxim Surayev of Russia and Reid Wiseman of the US, after its landing near the town of Arkalyk in northern Kazakhstan. (Shamil Zhumatov/AFP/Getty)

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In this handout photo provided by the European Space Agency (ESA).German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst took this image of an aurora as he circled Earth whilst aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Gerst returned to earth on Monday after spending six months on the International Space Station completing an extensive scientific programme, known as the ‘Blue Dot’ mission (after astronomer Carl Sagan’s description of Earth, as seen on a photograph taken by the Voyager probe from six billion kilometres away). (ESA/Getty)

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Workers wearing protective gear rest at the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, Okuma, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan. (Shizuo Kambayashi/EPA)