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March 28, 2015

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2:00 PM | How To Make Fake Snow From Clean Diapers
There's nothing like the sight of gently falling snowflakes outside the window. Too bad they're so impermanent. But you can make your own unmelting snow substitute. It's…

March 27, 2015

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9:37 PM | Behold, The Cyber Ant [Video]
In a lab in Germany lives a strange breed of ant. These ants have ceramic limbs and 3D-printed bodies. They gain sustenance by charging their batteries through metal…
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9:11 PM | DARPA's Response to Mounting Robophobia is Adorable
DARPA knows that people are afraid of robots. And the agency's response--a video contest for high school kids--is equal parts adorable and insightful.
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8:15 PM | Four Visions Of The Future From DARPA’s Latest Report Card
Yesterday, DARPA released their latest vision for the future. As the far-seeing technological eye of the Defense Department, DARPA’s had its hand in everything from the…
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7:34 PM | Eschew Glue: Make Your Own Sticky Liquid Glass Instead [Video]
Sodium silicate, better known as water glass, can bond projects together where regular glue fails. But not all hardware stores keep water glass in stock. On the bright side,…
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5:30 PM | We Finally Know How Long A Day Lasts On Saturn
Ten hours, 32 minutes, and 44 seconds. That’s how long a day lasts on Saturn. Researchers finally calculated this elusive statistic thanks to a new method developed by Tel…
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4:45 PM | 6 Vegetarian Animals We Never Suspected Would Have A Taste For Blood
Lorikeets are cute, colorful parrots that typically eat pollen and nectar. But some populations have also developed a taste for flesh. The species’ carnal appetite was…
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3:42 PM | The Bracket of Brackets, Round 2
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3:40 PM | How Do We Know When A Pilot Isn’t Mentally Fit To Fly?
On Tuesday, the news of the Germanwings flight crash en route to Dusseldorf appeared to be another tragic accident, like the AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines flights of the…
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3:00 PM | Watch Engineers Extinguish Fire With Sound [Video]
In the near future, putting out grease fires in the kitchen might be as easy as turning up the music, thanks to engineering students Viet Tran and Seth Robertson at George Mason University. The students just unveiled a 20-pound backpack prototype that blasts out flames using low-frequency sound waves. The students used their own money to fund their project, and had an uphill battle from the start--including searing skepticism from both classmates and faculty. “My initial impression […]
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2:15 PM | Astronaut Twins Scott And Mark Kelly Lend Their Bodies To Science
This afternoon, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko take off for a yearlong stay on the International Space Station. The record-breaking…
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1:45 PM | Biotech Company Working On A Cure For Colorblindness
People with congenital colorblindness can see about 1 percent of the colors that a typical person can, and the condition can have negative impacts on their lives.
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1:00 PM | Japan Proposes Giant Sea Wall To Fight Tsunamis
The 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami wiped out whole neighborhoods along Japan’s north eastern coast. Now, Japan is considering an extraordinary measure to protect…
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12:17 AM | Do Insects Get Stressed?
Welcome to the third and final installment of my stress series, in which I ask whether the organisms I talk about the most on this blog—plants, microbes, and insects—get…

March 26, 2015

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10:15 PM | Folding Wings Help Drones Bounce Back After A Crash
Airplane wings are rigid structures. They're great for wide open skies, but one bad collision with a wall or a tree branch and suddenly the flying machine has trouble…
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9:44 PM | Our Line Of Defense Against Sea Level Rise Is Melting Fast
Antarctica is a frozen, beautiful continent, that might not be completely frozen for much longer. Just like the Arctic, Antarctica's ice shelves are disappearing, and fast,…
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8:48 PM | Harmful Blooms Of Algae Could Be Turned Into Biofuel
Pollution in waterways can cause terrible algae blooms that choke out marine life and contaminate water supplies. In some places, the blooms are so big that they are visible…
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7:45 PM | Engineering Lightbulbs To Keep Insects Away
Spending long summer evenings outside comes with a big nuisance: bug bites. Mosquitos and other insects are drawn to the lights illuminating your dinner party, which helps…
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7:01 PM | Run, Leia, It’s The Star Destroyer Drone
French drone hobbyist Olivier C is building a drone navy. It started with a Millenium Falcon drone, then followed by a TIE Interceptor drone. Now, Olivier C has moved…
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6:30 PM | China's Endangered 'Magic Rabbit' Photographed For The First Time In 20 Years
In remote northwest China, the cliffs of the Tian Shan mountains provide the last holdout for the Ili pika, a tiny rabbit relative with a shrinking habitat. The Ili pika…
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5:30 PM | Indiana Governor Declares State of Emergency For HIV Outbreak
This morning, Governor Mike Pence of Indiana declared a state of emergency in Scott County, in the southeast of the state, due to what is being called the worst HIV outbreak in the state’s history. The cases were all caused by intravenous drug use, but some health officials fear that a rapid, short-term response will not be enough in the face of a large drug abuse problem. “This is an epidemic,” Governor Pence said in a statement. Since the middle of December, 72 people […]
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5:00 PM | In The Future, Non-Toxic Antifreeze Could Keep Your Car Cool
Antifreeze comes in a variety of sports drink-evoking hues, and has a sweet taste and smell that belie the fact that it is deadly to both people and animals. It poisons nearly 90,000 animals and 6,000 people every year. But it doesn't have to be this way. Researchers at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society announced the development of a new antifreeze that uses the harmless propylene glycol instead of the incredibly toxic ethylene glycol that is currently used. Propylene […]
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4:50 PM | How An Airbus Cockpit Locking Mechanism Works [Video]
Speculation abounds this morning over what brought down Germanwings Flight 4U 9525, which crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday. The Airbus A320 plane, en route to Düsseldorf from Barcelona, had just reached a cruising altitude of 38,000 feet when it began descending unexpectedly. Eight minutes later, it crashed into a mountainside. Clues are emerging as to what might have caused the crash, and it now seems the accident wasn't an accident at all. At a televised news conference in […]
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12:48 AM | 5 Possible Causes Of The Germanwings Jetliner Crash [Updated]
Update (3/25/2015, 8:48 p.m. ET): An initial analysis of the cockpit voice recorder suggests one of the pilots was locked out of the cockpit at the time Flight 9525 began…

March 25, 2015

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10:00 PM | Soon A Texas Town Will Run On 100 Percent Renewable Energy
Renewable energy is having its moment in the sun...and wind, and water. Costa Rica managed to run on 100 percent renewable power for over 75 days. And in Texas, a state…
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9:00 PM | NASA Aims To Capture And Bring Back An Asteroid Boulder By 2025
NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission, the space agency’s initiative to capture a small piece of an asteroid and then bring it into lunar orbit, is moving on to Phase A. That…
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8:48 PM | Amazon, Eager To Get Drones In The Air, Hates FAA's Regulations
Last week, the FAA did something strange: it granted Amazon a certificate to test drones, provided Amazon test those drones under a set of incredibly tight restrictions…
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8:00 PM | Cyborg Germ Could Help Detect Leaks In Space Station
Though we’re a long way from Robocop, cyborgs are real, even if they’re sometimes too small to see. The newest iteration is a bacterial spore with quantum dots on its cell…
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7:15 PM | Drones Will Look For Stray Dogs In Houston
Drones, as low-cost flying machines, make great rescue tools. They can look and go places people can’t--or at least can’t go safely--and with infrared cameras, they can…
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6:30 PM | Alien Spaceships Traveling At Near Light Speeds Will Still Be Visible
Aliens traveling at near the speed of light won’t go undetected, according to two researchers at Raytheon. Posted on the arXiv, their paper argues that fast-traveling…
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