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February 26, 2015

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4:00 PM | Trained Polar Bears Volunteer To Give Blood For Science
Meet Tasul, an elderly polar bear at the Oregon Zoo. (Salmon do not come in that shape in the wild.) He has worked with scientists before, wearing a camera to record his…

February 25, 2015

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7:45 PM | Scientific Journal Publishes Papers Of 200 Words Or Less
In brief, indeed. A scientific journal launched this month publishes "papers" that are 200 words or less. (Most of the papers are more like hypotheses or study proposals…
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6:01 PM | Google's New AI Plays Atari Games As Well As You Can, Or Better
Researchers at Google's DeepMind team have developed an artificial intelligence that's loosely inspired by how the human brain works… and that's able to play 49 classic…

February 24, 2015

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7:07 PM | Bacteria Pipe Food To Each Other Using Tiny Tubes
Throw me a line here! Or how about a nanotube? In a new study, biologists discovered that hungry E. coli bacteria are able to request food from their neighbors by sending a…

February 23, 2015

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11:30 PM | In Oscar Predicting, Data Still Beats Expertise
You may judge a film by its heart, but for some folks, it’s just about the cold, hard numbers. Since 2013, Popular Science has profiled the statisticians that have tried…
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10:15 PM | A Solar Panel You Wear On Your Arm
A team of engineers has developed a solar-powered, plastic armband that measures the wearer’s body temperature.
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7:00 PM | The World Health Organization Wants Everybody To Use Smart Syringes By 2020
By 2020, the World Health Organization wants every hospital and clinic to use only “smart syringes” that are designed so they can’t be used more than once.

February 18, 2015

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10:15 PM | DARPA Wants To Make Computer Networks Look More Like Sci-Fi Graphic Novels
Even for the experts, lines of computer code can be tedious to read. But what if it all looked like a video-game world, or like a rendering of the stars in space? DARPA,…
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8:00 PM | This Computer Program Can Tell Whether You’ve Taken A Placebo
What’s the difference between a working painkiller and a placebo? Well, you can see it in people’s brains. Brain and pain researchers in the U.K. and U.S. report they’ve…

February 17, 2015

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5:45 PM | You'll Be Able To Buy A GMO Apple In 2017
The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the country’s first genetically modified apples for sale this Friday. The apples are dosed with extra copies of apple genes so…

February 16, 2015

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4:00 PM | Amateur Astronomers Discovered A 120-Mile-Tall Plume Coming Off Mars
On March 12, 2012, amateur skywatchers noticed something unusual coming off of Mars' southern hemisphere. It was an extremely bright plume, extending 120 miles or more into…

February 11, 2015

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8:00 PM | Fantastic Physics Valentines You Can Use To Woo
I'm sure (P<0.003) I would fall for anyone who gave me one of these.
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7:00 PM | Once, People Thought Chocolate Could Make You Pregnant
It's not just store displays around Valentine's Day. Scientists seem obsessed with chocolate, too. In the last 15 years, scientists have published steadily increasing…
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3:00 PM | Biology Ideas That Billionaire Peter Thiel Thinks Are Worth Funding
Investor Peter Thiel may be best known for founding PayPal and investing early in Facebook, but it seems he has a soft spot for biology too. Since 2011, the Thiel…

February 10, 2015

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6:45 PM | IBM's Watson Could Become A Japanese Banker
IBM's premiere artificial intelligence product, Watson, has just taken its first job in Japan. Watson is designed to learn from example, to understand people's questions…

February 09, 2015

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10:45 PM | Laser-Controlled And See-Through Brains Get Biomedical Prize
The scientist who figured out how to make organs see-through and how to control brain cells with laser light is getting a shiny new award today.
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6:33 PM | The Forgotten Artifacts Neil Armstrong Brought Back From The Moon
Neil Armstrong, it seems, forgot an important purse in his closet. The white cloth bag, of a type known among astronauts as a McDivitt Purse, held tools, a tether Armstrong…
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