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MP3 Player Lives In Your Ear, Controlled With Your Teeth

Say goodbye to getting wrapped up in miles of cord connecting your MP3 player to your headphones as you listen to music. These little earphones, named Split, make up a completely wire-free music player in their own right. Though only in the prototype stage, it’s designed to have 256 megabytes...

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The Space Station Is Getting A UPS-Style Shipping Service

It’s easy to forget that the International Space Station isn’t just a place for astronauts to hang out and take epic selfies. Because of its unique microgravity environment, the station is actually avaluable hub for research and development, housing hundreds of ongoing experiments that involve everything from human tissue growth...

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Squid Protein Could Help Brains ‘Talk’ to Computers

In the most advanced prosthetics–such as this crazy mind-controlled robotic arm–electronic hardware interfaces directly with nerves and muscles in the human body. But getting living tissue to play nice with a circuit board is anything but easy, for a number of reasons. One fundamental obstacle you may not have considered: electronics send signals via negatively...

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Uncontacted Amazonian Tribe Voluntarily Contacts Scientists, Catches Flu.

Amazon Rainforest: This photo was taken near the city of Manaus, Brazil, which is northeast of the Acre region discussed below. Phil P. Harris on Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.5 Late last month, something extraordinary happened at the edge of the rainforest in Acre, Brazil. Members of an uncontacted Amazonian...

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Robots Morph From Solid To Squishy

Well it looks like science has brought us another step towards a real-life Skynet and the destruction of mankind. Researchers led by MIT’s Anette Hosoi have developed a low-cost phase-changing material that could be used to allow robots to shift between soft and hard states – just like the T-1000...

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The Quest To Harness Wind Energy At 2,000 Feet

How to Capture Energy at 2,000 Feet A The body, or shroud, of Altaeros’s Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT) is kept aloft by 1,000 cubic meters of helium. Four air-filled stabilizing fins passively steer the BAT into incoming gusts. The company worked with airship and spacesuit pioneer ILC Dover to develop...

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WWII Prep, Hurricane Houses, And Texas Gunslingers

In this Throwback Thursday we look back 75 years to to P October 1939 issue. War was just breaking out across the world, and superior American creativity seemed like the solution to all our worries. Back in those days our magazine explored many of the same themes that excite us today– covering...

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Friends Who Are Unrelated Share A Surprising Amount Of DNA

You and your best friend have a lot in common: your favorite food, your taste in music, maybe your hometown. But a new study finds that your similarities may even extend to a genetic level. The researchers, James Fowler of University of California San Diego and Nicholas Christakis of Yale...

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NASA Flies Over Lake Erie To Scan For Dangerous Algae Blooms

What started as a small research project at NASA has become an important tool in a campaign to combat the toxic algae blooms that recently left 500,000 people in the Toledo area without drinking water. NASA is deploying flight missions equipped with hyperspectral imaging instruments similar to those intended to...