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December 18, 2014

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12:09 PM | Watch An iPad Land An Airplane [Exclusive]
High above rural Arkansas, I'm jammed in the back of a small four-seat airplane. Andrew Barker pilots the aircraft while Austin Meyer sits beside him. Everything is going…
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12:04 PM | Welcome To The SURE House: Students Respond to Climate Change
We’ve all gotten the memo: climate change is real and it’s happening. That means we have to adapt to it while working to fix it. Our contribution to the cause is the SURE…

December 17, 2014

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10:00 PM | Diagnose An Ear Infection With A Smartphone Accessory
The Oto Home is a smartphone accessory that lets doctors potentially diagnose ear infections remotely.
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8:54 PM | How 3-D Printing Made The Perfect Prosthetic Legs For Derby The Dog
You should see this dog run. Derby was born with deformed front legs, but recently received a pair of 3-D printed prosthetics, which he is quite good at maneuvering…
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7:17 PM | Microscope Uses Holograms Instead Of Lenses To Diagnose Disease
This new prototype microscope doesn't use lenses to magnify objects. Instead, it makes holograms that a computer digitally records and magnifies.
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6:30 PM | What’s So Scary About A Nuclear-Armed Drone?
It's a plane designed for the war no one wants to fight. The Long Range Strike Bomber is the Air Force’s secretive and long-running project to develop the next generation of nuclear-armed bombers, designed to unload hell in hostile skies. And there's a chance that it'll be optionally manned, allowing it to fly some missions as a drone. Sounds pretty terrifying, right? Well, despite years of advancement in unmanned technology, military brass isn’t comfortable trusting a drone […]
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6:00 PM | Sony Device Aims To Turn Any Glasses Into Smart Glasses
Sony's announced a micro display unit that can be used to turn any pair of glasses into an augmented reality device.
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5:15 PM | Moon Rover 'Andy' Takes Home Two XPrize Milestone Awards, Totaling $750,000
In the Google Lunar XPrize competition, three-dozen teams are racing to become the first private enterprises to land a rover on the moon. The winner takes home $30 million.
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4:34 PM | Satellite Images Show How Much More Light Americans Use During The Winter Holidays
U.S. cities use so much more light at night during December that the difference can be detected by satellite.
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3:23 PM | The Felton Annual Report: A Year's Worth Of Communication In One Chart
For nearly a decade, Nicholas Felton has been observing himself and using the information he collects to create a mock corporate annual report. In 2013, he tried to record and render all of his communication. Some channels, like text messages, were easy to track. Others, like phone calls or in-person conversations, required him to write down the length, topics, and participants of every encounter—a huge task. Here, each dot is one of the 1,000 people Felton talked with most. The […]
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1:00 AM | See The Most Sophisticated Mind-Controlled Robot Arm Yet
This mind-controlled robot arm now moves in more ways than ever.
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12:29 AM | Drugs Made By Living Cells Will Go Generic In 2015
That's good news for patients' wallets…
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12:29 AM | 2015: The Year Virtual Reality Finally Reaches Living Rooms
A handful of VR devices in development will soon make their way to consumers.
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12:28 AM | What To Expect In 2015: Robots Join The Open-Source Revolution
Android for androids…
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12:28 AM | Forecast For 2015: Western States Face Enduring Water Crisis
New data will reveal the actual scale of groundwater resources…
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12:27 AM | Commercial Space Habitats Will Go For Launch In 2015
The ISS is about to get some company…
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12:27 AM | What To Expect In 2015: General Relativity Gets Put To The Test
Experiments could lead to a "theory of everything"…
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12:26 AM | Prediction For 2015: Probes Solve The Mystery Of Dwarf Planets
Scientists don’t know what they’ll find when probes finally reach Pluto and Ceres, but it’s going to be wild.
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12:25 AM | What To Expect In 2015: Ultrafast Data Transfer Speeds Up Science
All aboard the fiber-optic express…
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12:25 AM | What To Expect In 2015: Vital Ebola Drugs Reach West Africa
In December 2013, a toddler in Guinea developed a fever and began vomiting. A few days later, he was dead. His sister, mother, and grandmother soon fell ill and died too.

December 16, 2014

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5:00 PM | Can New GMO Techniques Make Crops That Are More “Natural”?
Over the past 10,000 years—and especially in recent decades, as agricultural technology has improved—plant breeders have coaxed crops to be increasingly easier to farm. This…
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5:00 PM | The Problem Of The Parotid Paramyxovirus (aka Mumps)
The recent outbreak of mumps in the NHL reveals how a vaccine-preventable disease can make a comeback.
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5:00 PM | An Epic Timelapse Of The Soyuz Rocket Launch [Video]
On November 23, the second half of Expedition 42 launched from Kazakhstan, sending a Soyuz TMA-15M rocket with three on-board astronauts toward the International Space…
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4:03 PM | Build A Sled For Slinging Snowballs
You don’t need an army to wage an epic snow battle. With this sled-mounted slingshot, you can fire a fusillade of snowballs with an accuracy and speed that would impress a…
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3:45 PM | Pubic Bacteria May Help Catch Sexual Assaulters
For decades, DNA testing has been the standard test used to identify sexual assaulters. Authorities try to gather samples of DNA from hairs or bodily fluids found on…
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3:00 PM | What Happens When We Stuff Ourselves At Holiday Time?
On a Sunday that’s usually a week or two after “Western” Easter, my parents set up an electric spit to roast a whole lamb in their suburban Massachusetts backyard. We welcome…
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12:00 PM | We Know What You've Been Googling
We asked the mega search engine for its top science and tech terms of 2014…

December 15, 2014

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9:45 PM | This Is What A Shipwreck Looks Like After 113 Years
Scientists have created new images of the wreckage of the SS City of Rio de Janeiro which sank into the San Francisco bay in the early morning of February 22, 1901. Only 82…
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8:45 PM | What It Looks Like Falling To Earth In A Soyuz
A short animation of bright bursts of light shooting past a window pane rocketed to the front page of Reddit today, with good reason. The clip, above, shows the view from…
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7:45 PM | Some Exoplanets May Get Squashed By Gravity From Stars
The latest addition to the exoplanet freakshow…
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