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January 29, 2015

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7:00 PM | New Evidence That Baby Chicks Have Mental Number Lines Like Humans Do
Think about a series of numbers, 1 through 10. Chances are, you imagined the numerals in a line, in increasing order from left to right. That's the effect of your mental…
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2:30 PM | Modeling Suspects' Faces Using DNA From Crime Scenes
This winter, a biotechnology company began offering a whole new service to police departments.

January 28, 2015

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6:30 PM | Charles Townes, One Of The Fathers Of The Laser, Dies
Townes' science achievements are evident from how frequently he shows up Popular Science's archives.
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4:15 PM | Watch Sodium Explode In Water At 10,000 Frames Per Second
Just before sodium and water react, spikes of sodium metal shoot out into the water, a team of chemists discovered.

January 26, 2015

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8:45 PM | Pediatrician Group Recommends Decriminalizing Marijuana For Youngsters
Today, the American Academy of Pediatrics is publishing a report on recreational marijuana use among kids under the age of 18. Like a good pediatrician, the report…

January 21, 2015

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6:34 PM | Redesigned E. Coli Resists Viruses And Might Make GMOs Safer
Over the past decade bioengineers have been playing around with the essential language of life's genetic code.
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2:45 PM | Bubble-Propelled Microbots Zoom Around Inside Live Mice
Last year, researchers fed mice a small drop each of a very special liquid. In the drops were thousands of tube-shaped, microscopic motors.

January 14, 2015

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5:15 PM | New Super-Earth-Hunting Telescope Array Opens Its Eyes To The Sky
Oh, snap. A powerful new array of telescopes took its first pictures, the European Southern Observatory announced today. "First light" photos aren't always scientifically…
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4:30 PM | Watch A Chainsaw Made With Shark Teeth Slice Through Salmon
Sometimes you just have to make a chainsaw out of shark teeth, for science. This video shows a reciprocating saw, named Jawzall, that a team of biologists built to…
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3:00 PM | How Bread, Beer, And Soy Sauce Changed The Human Microbiome
Something funny happened when people began consuming beer and wine.

January 08, 2015

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4:15 PM | Drive-By Thermal Camera Finds Houses That Need Better Insulation
Since 2011, the startup Essess has gazed upon 4 million buildings at night, using its heat-seeking cameras. The cameras attach to the tops of cars, and the company does…

January 07, 2015

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6:21 PM | New Levitator Lofts Styrofoam Bits *And* Moves Them Around
So this is a new acoustic levitator. It's able to float those little blebs that make up Sytrofoam.
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4:31 PM | 23andMe To Sell Customers’ Genetic Data To Biotech Company
In its largest deal yet, personal genomics company 23andMe plans to analyze 3,000 of its customers’ genetic data for Genentech, a biotechnology company. 23andMe sells $99…
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2:30 PM | The U.S. Looks Absurdly Bright From Space
Everything's brighter in America, literally.

January 06, 2015

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9:30 PM | See The Largest Image The Hubble Space Telescope Has Ever Made
Hello, Andromeda. I've ever seen you quite like this before.
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7:00 PM | Join The World's Biggest High-Altitude Balloon Flight
This spring, Earth's stratosphere will be invaded by giant latex balloons carrying cameras and scientific experiments…

January 05, 2015

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10:15 PM | New Diet Pill Works In Mice By Making Them Digest Without Eating
Safe and effective weight loss doesn't come in a pill, but maybe one day it will.
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