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January 30, 2015

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10:13 PM | Skin-Implanted Microchips Open Doors At Swedish Office Complex
To hear biohacker Hannes Sjoblad talk about it, getting a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip installed under your skin is like an inoculation against obsolescence.
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9:52 PM | Bill Gates Fears A.I., But A.I. Researchers Know Better
As Bill Gates joins the ranks of luminaries warning about the dangers of artificial intelligence research, the general obsession with superintelligence is only getting…
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8:58 PM | How To Build A Cannon That Shoots Wiffle Balls At 50MPH [Video]
Chances are, your leaf blower is collecting dust in a garage right now--and it will until this fall. So rescue that yard-clearing device for a far nobler purpose: blasting…
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7:46 PM | Lunching Lemurs, A Tropical Cyclone, And Other Amazing Images Of The Week
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6:31 PM | Evidence Of Expanding Universe May Have Been Just Dirt
It was a huge win for Big Bang supporters when, in March 2014, a team of astronomers claimed they had found direct evidence to support the concept of cosmic inflation—the…
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6:24 PM | Survey Says Scientists And Public Disagree On Climate Change, GMOs, And More
A new set of surveys of scientists and the public finds the two groups have widely different views about scientific issues. Conducted by the Pew Research Center in…
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4:00 PM | This Spider Weaves A Web Of Charged Silk
Spider silk is legendarily strong and light. So much so, that researchers are incorporating (or, at least, attempting to incorporate) variations of the material into…
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3:15 PM | Watch A Rocket Blast Off Into An Aurora [Video]
A few weeks ago, we wrote about an experiment that would launch a probe through an aurora, to try to unravel the Northern Lights' mysterious electrical structure. The…
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2:30 PM | The Month In Plague: Measles In Disneyland, Guinea Worm Eradication, And More
Your monthly roundup of infestations, contagions, and controls from around the web: In outbreak news A measles outbreak at Disneyland has now infected a reported 100 people in several US states—mostly California—as well as in Mexico. Some experts say the spread is directly related to the anti-vaccine movement, although others point out that it’s a little more complicated. And Vox has a great piece explaining the nuances of recent measles outbreaks across the […]
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2:30 PM | To Keep Airplanes On The Map, Track Them From Space
Two commercial airplanes vanished from radar in 2014. Although the wreckage of AirAsia QZ8501 has been recovered, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is still missing, with and…

January 29, 2015

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11:11 PM | Get Ready For The Next Generation Fighter Jet
Since the dawn of the jet age, military planners and industrialists have grouped the fighters borne forth from their iron loins into generations. Borrowing the term from…
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8:30 PM | How We Used To Talk About Measles
The happiest place on Earth isn't so cheerful these days. In December, a large number of people started coming down with measles after visiting Disneyland in California.
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7:45 PM | We Computer-Simulated The Deflategate Football Scandal
Last week, after the New England Patriots destroyed the Indianapolis Colts by a whopping 38 points, the Colts accused their opponents of under-inflating footballs. Thus…
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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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5:38 PM | Three Body Hacks You Shouldn't Try At Home
To improve themselves, a growing number of people are going beyond meditation or exercise. These brave pioneers are trying to hack their bodies with bacteria, special diets,…
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3:00 PM | FAA Declares Super Bowl A 'No Drone Zone'
Every day, people find new places where they shouldn’t fly drones. Earlier this week, it was the White House grounds. Before that, a meth-smuggling remote control copter…
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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.
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1:00 PM | Next Generation of Chinese Space Vehicles Begins Its Long March (By Standing Up)
The CZ-7 is one of China's next big rockets, and engineers are putting it together for China's big space future.

January 28, 2015

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9:55 PM | 'Super Saturn' Exoplanet Has Massive Rings
The rings of Saturn are one of our most instantly recognizable images of outer space, but those beautiful rings of rock and dust now have some competition. In a paper that…
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8:00 PM | This 3D Render Of A Paris Apartment Looks Amazingly Real
One 3D artist has created an impressive photorealistic computer rendering of a surprisingly mundane subject: a Paris apartment.
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7:15 PM | Bat-Like Bot Soars In The Sky And Crawls On The Ground
DALER is a flying wing that swoops like a bat in the sky, and wobbles forward like a bat on the ground. Created by Ludovic Daler, the Deployable Air-Land Exploration Robot…
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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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6:00 PM | How To Master Your Third Arm
In the 2002 movie Minority Report, Tom Cruise plays with a futuristic computer like a maestro. With a flick of his wrist, data moves from one screen to the next, and a…
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5:36 PM | Humans, Not Climate Change, Caused Caribbean Bat Extinctions
A new study challenges earlier theories of how some species of Caribbean bats died out.
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5:14 PM | YouTube Now Plays HTML5 Video By Default, Eschews Adobe Flash
YouTube is putting another nail in Adobe Flash's coffin as it switches to streaming HTML5 video by default in most modern browsers.
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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.
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3:30 PM | Animation Shows How SpaceX Will Reuse Its Rockets [Video]
These days, space enthusiasts are keeping a watchful eye on SpaceX as it strives for a potentially revolutionary goal. The private spaceflight company is trying to figure…
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1:00 PM | Did An Armed Chinese-Made Drone Just Crash in Nigeria?
Nigeria's been bearing new Chinese weapons to bear against Boko Haram, including this armed and formerly operational CH-3 attack drone.

January 27, 2015

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11:15 PM | An Underwater Volcano Just Created A New Island
There’s a new island in the Pacific Ocean, thanks to an underwater volcano eruption that’s been going on for the past month. The new island is in the Tonga archipelago--a…
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10:50 PM | Prynt Wants To Be A Polaroid For The Smartphone Age
Crowdfunded project Prynt aims to bring the Polaroid instant photos into the digital age, by attaching a small printer to your phone.
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