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April 24, 2015

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10:15 PM | Why Aren’t We Eating More Bugs?
Crispy cricket tacos, bee larvae sandwiches, banana worm bread--you may already know that bug-based recipes are all the rage lately. But even in the face of evidence that…
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9:46 PM | Oculus Rift and Robotic Heads: A Match Made In Geek Heaven
DORA, a student-built robot with a highly-articulated neck, maps its head movements to an Oculus Rift. This is telepresence done right.
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9:30 PM | Is This Weird 3-Story Solar Powered Jet The Airliner Of The Future?
The Progress Eagle is a gigantic concept airliner by designer Oscar Viñals. It's an amazing air transit behemoth, with solar panels and a giant wind turbine, all for a…
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9:00 PM | Volcano Eruptions, A Pocket Shark, And Other Amazing Images Of The Week
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8:30 PM | Drones Fly Over Melting Arctic Ice For Science
North of Norway, the robots wait. From a laboratory on Svalbard, a team of researchers led by Christopher Zappa of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory…
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7:45 PM | Falcon With GPS Could Save Birds From Wind Turbines
Falcons are perfected aerial machines, evolved over millennia to be very, very good at being falcons. Unfortunately, upstart Homo sapiens have put a few obstacles in the…
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7:11 PM | French Company Plans To Make Custom Perfume That Smells Like Your Loved One
People find all sorts of inventive ways to continue the legacy of their recently deceased relatives. Some start charity funds; others hang on to photographs or old keepsakes. But as Katia Apalategui, a 52-year-old French insurance saleswoman, mourned the death of her father seven years ago, she was inspired to try to capture his scent in a perfume. She teamed up with researchers from the Université du Havre, who have also been working on distilling the human scent. Though no one […]
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6:00 PM | Vaccine Prevents Hundreds Of Cases Of Malaria During Experiment
In 2013, almost 600,000 people died of malaria, a disease caused by a parasite passed to humans through mosquito bites. But these deaths--mostly among children in…
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5:15 PM | Human And Drone Swim With Alaskan Sharks
The normal human response to reports of a deadly shark in the water is to boil the sea, move inland, and spend the rest of one’s life in peaceful isolation at the top of a…
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4:30 PM | China Signs Huge Arms Deal With Russia, Buys World's Best Missile
China and Russia, as part of closer strategic ties, have finalized a long awaited deal for very long range S-400 surface to air missile system. The deal is not only the…

April 23, 2015

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9:45 PM | Scientists Can Trick You Into Thinking You’re Invisible
It looks like Muggles have finally caught up with the wizarding world. Neuroscientists from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet gave 125 study participants the illusion of being…
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9:00 PM | Maine Search And Rescue Company Gets FAA Approval To Use Drones
Drones are well known for their ability to search. Now, an emergency rescue service in Maine is going to see how well drones can do rescue too. Down East Emergency Medical…
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8:30 PM | For The First Time, Visible Light From An Exoplanet Detected
One does not simply look at an exoplanet. In order to learn more about these space rocks lurking many light years away, researchers have various indirect methods for…
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8:00 PM | Computer Program Diagnoses Cancer
In recent years, researchers have figured out that the constellation of diseases known as cancer is in fact hundreds of distinct diseases. Though each one may manifest…
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7:15 PM | Homemade Iron Man Glove Fires Lasers
Patrick Priebe isn’t Iron Man, but he’s getting pretty close. In a video uploaded to YouTube earlier this week, the Priebe shows off his homemade Iron Man gauntlet, which…
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6:30 PM | See Inside A Guy's Head As He Sings From 'The Wizard Of Oz' [Video]
The longest half-hour of my life was spent in an MRI machine, getting my knee scanned after an athletic injury. If you don’t lie perfectly still, the image could blur and…
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5:45 PM | Tesla's Next Product: A Battery To Run Your House?
On March 30, Elon Musk sent out this tweet: Since then, we've all been waiting with bated breath to see what kind of "new product line" Tesla could possibly be getting…
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5:00 PM | To Get Rid Of Mitochondrial Diseases, Just Edit Them Out Of DNA
While mitochondrial DNA transfers, or “three-parent babies,” are now legal in the United Kingdom, the debate (largely an ethical one) is still ongoing in the United States.
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4:15 PM | Chile's Calbuco Volcano Erupts Spectacularly
Chile's Calbuco volcano has been sleeping since 1972--and yesterday, it woke up with a start. The peak finally erupted, sending a huge ash plume into the air followed by…

April 22, 2015

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11:00 PM | Blue Train Dramatically Cuts Down On Pollution
The Little Engine That Could was a bright, friendly blue locomotive who managed to overcome impossible odds through sheer force of will--I think therefore I can. GE's new…
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10:30 PM | Google Wants To Be Your Wireless Carrier
Forget being your search engine and email service: now Google wants to be your wireless carrier as well.
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10:00 PM | 8 Disgusting Diseases You Can Catch From Your Pet
Between 2012 and 2014, 160 people became infected by Salmonella Cotham, a rare strain of bacteria that causes vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. Sixty-one people were…
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9:15 PM | For The First Time, Researchers Edit The Genes Of Human Embryos
Rumors have been buzzing for months that a team of Chinese researchers was intending to edit the genes of a human embryo. According to a study published this week in…
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8:30 PM | This Security Flaw Can Cause Your iPhone To Reboot Endlessly
A security vulnerability discovered by researchers could allow a Wi-Fi network to crash your phone--without you even connecting to it.
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7:45 PM | Check Your Vitals With Wi-Fi
To feed our need for health-related data, engineers have created specialized wearable gadgets or have added capabilities to the devices already integrated into our lives.
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7:00 PM | Augmented Reality Glasses Are Coming To The Battlefield
Using a pair of augmented reality glasses, a Marine signals intelligence (SIGINT) specialist monitors web traffic while he lies on the ground, his assault rifle trained on…
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6:01 PM | Male And Female Stegosaurus May Have Had Different Plates
T. rex has its big head and tiny arms, triceratops has horns, and brontosaurus (yes, brontosaurus) has its super long neck. The stegosaurus, on the other hand, has a tiny…
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6:00 PM | Device Automatically Tests Different Drugs In An Actual Tumor To Find The Best
In the past, cancer drugs have been indiscriminate killing machines—they would kill the cancerous cells, but take healthy cells too, sometimes making the patient even…
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5:30 PM | Drone Bombs Crops With Beneficial Bugs
A lot of agriculture is bug herding. Predators and pesticides keep the bad bugs off, while strategically placed plants attract the good bugs. It’s a lot of work, but a…
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4:45 PM | Craft Beer Is Annihilating The Hop Supply
Even the diviest bar’s tap list will tell you: The craft beer boom is upon us. In 2014, the U.S. was home to 3,200 craft breweries; this year, a new one will open every 16…
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