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Goat born without eyes and with ‘human lips’

June 19, 2017

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It’s a sad comment on humanity that anything different is branded as “evil.” A goat branded “evil” by villagers after it was born with no eyes and ‘human-like lips’ will be hand-reared by a kind hearted farmer. The farmer, known as V Chandra, admitted he was shocked when he saw the newborn animal for the […]

Boeing 737 Autopilot 

May 17, 2017

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A robot can successfully land a Boeing 737 in a simulator in the year 2017. Hmm. A new video shows an autonomous ‘robot pilot’ successfully flying and landing a Boeing 737 in a simulator. The creepy robotic arm shifts around the cockpit as it rhythmically changes the air speed, adjusts the wing flaps and fires […]

Can you solve a chess puzzle that could prove quantum consciousness? 

March 14, 2017

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The creator of this puzzle is brilliant. It might look like a simple chess problem, but this puzzle could finally help scientists uncover what makes the human mind so unique, and why it may never be matched by a computer. 75 years after Bletchley Park sought codebreakers in the Second World War by placing a […]

Brain balls, the beginning of better beings?

February 10, 2017

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Brain cells self-organize into structures given the right conditions. Research using them may contribute to less animal cruelty and to more customized drugs in the future, but answer me this: how many nerve cells does it take for awareness? For dreams? How do you know you aren’t yourself a brain ball in a lab? If […]

Irony: Altitude sickness stops second man on moon 

December 4, 2016

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Buzz Aldrin said he was evacuated from the South Pole last week because he became short of breath and began showing signs of altitude sickness. The 86-year-old adventurer, who was the second man to walk on the moon, released details Sunday of his dramatic medical evacuation from Antarctica. He is continuing to recuperate in a […]

Robotic Cheetah that can jump over small walls

November 23, 2016

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This robotic cheetah from MIT is fun to watch (video below) To get a running jump, the robot plans out its path, much like a human runner: As it detects an approaching obstacle, it estimates that object’s height and distance. The robot gauges the best position from which to jump, and adjusts its stride to […]

Ninja breaks in, steals sword

November 14, 2016

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A katana sword is missing from an Alaska card shop after a burglar in a ninja outfit broke in. CBS affiliate KTVA reported that security cameras filmed the costumed suspect entering the Anchorage business sometime after it closed Friday and leaving with what looked to be the Japanese-style, curved sword.Spenard Bosco’s employee Erich Helmick said […]

Real Popular Vote: Nobody for president won by a landslide

November 13, 2016

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Nearly half of eligible voters (231,556,622 people) did not vote in the 2016 presidential election, according to data of early turnout rates compiled by the United States Election Project and crunched by Josh Nelson. The full results may not be available until two weeks. The early data found that of the U.S. population: 46.6% didn’t […]

Watch the X-Files Reboot episodes, How?

January 24, 2016

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There is no live streaming of the X-Files on Fox.com, so if you missed the new X-Files first episode tonight due to the stupid extra long football game, you’ll need to wait for the episode to be posted on the fox.com web site. (a week? Who knows), or do this, search for “The.X-Files.S10E01.HDTV.x264” to find […]

‘Alien Megastructure’ Star Mystery Deepens

January 18, 2016

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Three months back, after conducting a detailed study of the star KIC 8462852, astronomers came to the conclusion that it was, unequivocally, “the most mysterious star in our galaxy.” Now, the star, whose bizarre behavior sparked speculation over existence of an alien civilization around it, is grabbing headlines once again. First, some background. In September, […]

RIP Severus Snape (Alan Rickman)

January 14, 2016

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British actor Alan Rickman, whose roles ranged from Hollywood villains to Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films, has died after a battle with cancer at the age of 69. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Rickman One thing you didn’t know about Severus Snape http://news360.com/article/331030671     Sad week. Alan Rickman joins David Bowie as another black star. Live today […]

Legionnaires’ disease spikes in Flint amid poisoned water crisis; National Guard activated

January 14, 2016

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Between June 2014 and November 2015, there were 87 cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Flint, with 10 ending in death, according to Wells. The fatality rate for the disease ranges from 5 to 30 percent depending on access to antibiotics and other factors, according to the US National Library of Medicine. The source of the […]

All advanced life on Earth might have come from one biological mistake, scientists say

January 11, 2016

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WashPost- If life is effectively an endless series of photocopies, as DNA is transcribed and passed on from one being to the next, then evolution is the high-stakes game of waiting for the copier to get it wrong. Too wrong, and you’ll live burdened by a maladaptive mutation or genetic disorder. Worse, you might never […]

Iconic singer David Bowie dies at 69

January 11, 2016

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NEW YORK — David Bowie, the innovative and iconic singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades with hits like “Fame,” ”Heroes” and “Let’s Dance,” died Sunday after a battle with cancer. He was 69. Representative Steve Martin said early Monday that Bowie died “peacefully” and was surrounded by family. The singer had battled cancer for […]

Scientific Discovery: Neanderthal Genes To Thank For Allergies, Strong Immune System

January 11, 2016

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Itchy eyes once the flowers start blooming each Spring time? For that, you can thank your Neanderthal ancestors, two newly released studies suggest. Although scientists once thought of Neanderthals as mindless beasts, a growing body of evidence has turned up showing that Neanderthals not only lived sophisticated lives, but also sometimes mated and coexisted with […]

NASA’s new office to fight an asteroid apocalypse

January 10, 2016

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If and when the interplanetary asteroid apocalypse comes, NASA plans to be prepared. In a little noticed move this week, the space agency announced that it had created a directorate for “detecting and tracking near earth objects (NEOs).” The new Planetary Defense Coordination Office—which, despite its science fiction-sounding name, is part of a very real […]

New: The vaginal sound system, Babypod

January 1, 2016

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Spanish gynecology clinic Institut Marquès wants to tap into the fetal-music market with Babypod, a speaker that expecting mothers insert into their vaginas a la tampons to play songs for their unborn babies. Babypod connects to a smartphone and plays music directly in the vagina, which is the only way for a fetus to hear […]

Urine powered fuel cell socks generate electricity when you walk

December 12, 2015

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From charging your phone to powering your car, urine is tipped to be a fuel for the future. Now researchers have created a pair of ‘socks’ which generate energy when urine is pumped over fuel cells by the wearer’s footsteps. The socks, which contain microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are able to power a wireless transmitter […]

Google, NASA: Our quantum computer is 100 million times faster than normal PC

December 9, 2015

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Two years ago Google and NASA went halfsies on a D-Wave quantum computer, mostly to find out whether there are actually any performance gains to be had when using quantum annealing instead of a conventional computer. Recently, Google and NASA received the latest D-Wave 2X quantum computer, which the company says has “over 1000 qubits.” […]

California Robot Is Teaching Itself to Walk Like a Human Toddler

December 7, 2015

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Will robots soon be able to teach themselves … everything? There’s a robot in California teaching itself to walk. Its name is Darwin, and like a toddler, it teeters back and forth, trying and falling, and then trying again before getting it right – all in a UC Berkeley lab. But it’s not actually Darwin […]

Genetic Fountain of Youth boost lifespan 25 per cent

December 4, 2015

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Scientists believe they have stumbled closer to a biological ‘fountain of youth’. They have identified 30 genes linked to physical aging, one of which they say could possibly be modified to extend the lifespan of humans. Researchers analysed 40,000 genes in their search for clues to longevity. Scientists from ETH Zurich in Switzerland and the […]

Neuroplasticity: The Brain that Changes Itself

November 30, 2015

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Scientists Can Now Establish Your Gender From a Fingerprint

November 29, 2015

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Fingerprints may be unique, but without an existing record they can’t help identify a person. Now, though, researchers can use chemical analysis of the prints to identify the gender of whoever left them behind. A team of researchers from the University at Albany has developed a technique which uses the chemical composition of a fingerprint […]

Strange Radio Signals Could Be Messages Coming From Aliens On Distant Planet, Scientists Say

November 29, 2015

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Parkes radio telescope in Australia has picked up a series of mysterious radio signals that feature a new “double burst” output that cannot be explained by events previously believed to have caused single bursts in the past. The new fast radio bursts, or FRBs, are causing controversy in the scientific community as scientists say they […]

Secret to indestructibility: stealing DNA

November 24, 2015

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Washington (AFP) – The minuscule but nearly indestructible tardigrade gets a huge chunk of its genome from the DNA of foreign organisms, which scientists say may hold the key to its survival. Also known as water bears, or moss piglets due to their morphology, these micro animals live all across the world. They are usually […]

Happiness and the size of your precuneus

November 22, 2015

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 Where does happiness exist in the brain? Are the brains of happy people different from those of unhappy people? Researchers from Kyoto University, in a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports, say the precuneus region is larger in people who report more happiness in their lives than in people who aren’t as happy. […]