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February 28, 2015

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2:30 PM | Selfies From Space, Slush Waves, And Other Amazing Images Of The Week
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February 27, 2015

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11:00 PM | From The Archives: Designing Products For Aliens
In the October 1952 issue of Popular Science, we wrote about the fascinating, but strange, project spearheaded by 20 MIT students. They were tasked with designing new…
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10:45 PM | In Japan, A Funeral For Robot Dogs
Sony made the Aibo virtual home companion for seven years. For a piece of consumer technology, that’s an eternity, but even by the truncated standards of a dog’s lifespan…
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8:15 PM | Weapons For Future Wars On Sale At Abu Dhabi Arms Show
The International Defense Exposition is a technology conference with a whole lot of sellers and very few buyers. On display are the latest in weapons that countries are…
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7:06 PM | Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83
Sad news today: Leonard Nimoy has passed away at the age of 83. Nimoy was many things—an actor, a poet, a singer of hobbit songs, and someone who understood what it was…
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5:47 PM | The Science Of Why No One Can Agree On The Color Of That Dress
Over the past 24 hours, Internet users have been locked in an intense, friendship-ending debate… over a dress. A horribly blown out image (seen below) shows a formal dress…
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4:32 PM | Drones Mapped This Giant Volcano, And The 3D Rendering Is Awesome
Volcanoes are cool, but it’s hard to get close to them sometimes because they are literally made out of hot lava. Drones, with their ability to carry a camera, fly into places humans shouldn’t go, and not feel pain, are a great alternative for exploring the molten floor of a crater. Humans have flown drones into volcano smoke plumes, sent a rolling robot into volcanic fissures, and casually piloted quadcopters over lava flows and around craters. In 41 seconds, the video below […]
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3:00 PM | A Delicate Chameleon Displays Vivid Colors Under The Microscope
Photographer Elizabeth Marchiondo doesn’t often have the opportunity to handle organisms as delicate as this chameleon. “I’m used to photographing live aquarium scum through…
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2:00 PM | This Is One Seriously Big Wels Catfish
Fishermen are known for their tall tales of big catches. Turns out, this one has a lot of truth to it: Italian fisherman Dino Ferrari caught this monstrous 280-pound…
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1:15 PM | No, Human Head Transplants Will Not Be Possible By 2017
If you believe Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero, the first human head transplants are just around the corner. Canavero, from the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group in…

February 26, 2015

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11:36 PM | New 5-Mile-Around Hyperloop Test Track Will Cost $100 Million
Two years ago, Elon Musk had an idea. What if, instead of traveling by road, rail, air, or boat, we all travelled in giant tubes that could move pods of people at up to…
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10:45 PM | Scientists Observe Temperatures Warming In Response To Increased Carbon Dioxide
Greenhouse gas emissions, particularly those from carbon dioxide, are on the rise. They have been for a while, to the alarm of governments, activist groups, and just about…
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10:00 PM | This Small Robot Boat Can Patrol Megayachts
From a distance, the Hydra looks like a jet ski that’s lost its rider. The result of a partnership between Al Seer Marine and 5G International, the Hydra is an unmanned…
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8:45 PM | 3 'Crimes From 2025' That Could Happen Today
Just how scary is the future? In a question posed on Twitter, the Science Friday radio show asked people to come up with #CrimeHeadlinesFrom2025. There were a lot of great…
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7:53 PM | FCC Approves Major Net Neutrality Rules
After years of debate, the FCC voted in favor of sweeping new rules on net neutrality, which prevent blocking, paid fast lanes, and more.
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7:45 PM | Hammerhead Drone Makes First Flight
The laws of aerodynamics require a certain smoothness of form, a kind of mandatory design elegance. The Piaggio Aerospace Hammerhead stands in contrast to this romantic…
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7:00 PM | New Mysterious Craters Found In Siberia
They're baaack... Remember those weird craters that suddenly appeared in Siberia last year? They just showed up in the middle of nowhere, unannounced and unexpected. At the…
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6:18 PM | Second Bright Spot Is Further Evidence That Ceres Is A Death Star
You can’t trick us, Ceres. Out there in the asteroid belt, in the dark space between Mars and Jupiter, you’ve been keeping secrets. Scientists thought your shiny white spot…
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5:42 PM | Chemicals From Beauty Products Have Migrated To Antarctica
You make contact with a lot of cyclic volatile methyl siloxanes every day, and you probably don't even know it. The mouthful of a name refers to groups of chemicals found…
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5:15 PM | The Month In Plagues: Pig MRSA Threat, There’s Probably No Plague On The NYC Subway, And More
Your monthly roundup of infestations, contagions, and controls from around the web: In outbreak news Measles continues to spread in the United States, with more than 150…
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4:45 PM | Marketing Drones Scanned Los Angeles For Cellphone Location Data
Acting as cheap flying cameras, drones already raise a lot of questions about privacy. But it’s not just aerial photography people should worry about with drones. Earlier…
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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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11:15 PM | 4 Acidic Ocean 'Hot Zones' That Threaten Oyster And Clam Populations
Typically when you think of acid and shellfish, you might picture some fresh lemon juice or a light mignonette to brighten up a perfectly shucked raw oyster. But another…
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10:45 PM | Connect Tiny Devices To The Internet With Spark's Electron
Makers constructing their own electronic devices can now add cellular networking with Spark's Electron board.
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10:16 PM | Glassbrain Maps Your Brain Waves In Real Time
Part education tool, part neuroscience party trick, the Glassbrain app was first used publicly in 2012 on Mickey Hart, former drummer for the Grateful Dead, to show his brain…
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9:15 PM | Found: Young Black Hole 12 Billion Times More Massive Than Our Sun
Deep within the universe, there lies a gigantic black hole in the midst of an extremely luminous disc. This space-time warp is so gigantic, it’s estimated to be 12 billion…
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8:32 PM | More Evidence That Gut Microbes Exacerbate Severe Childhood Malnutrition
Humans have about 100 trillion microbes in their intestines, and scientists are constantly finding that these gut microbes can play a huge role in our lives, potentially…
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8:00 PM | FedEx Refuses To Ship Milling Tool That Makes Untraceable Metal Gun Parts
Exactly how much of a gun is a machine that makes untraceable metal gun parts? That’s a question FedEx wrestled with, as they debated whether or not to ship a machine…
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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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6:30 PM | Secret Service Will Fly Its Own Drones To Protect The White House
Washington, D.C. is officially off-limits for drones. But just because it’s the law doesn’t mean people listen; in January, a small quadcopter crashed onto the White House…
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