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  • How An Evangelical Christian Researcher Reconciles Science With Her Faith

    The Christian Scientist

    Editor's note: Our profile of Bill Nye [September 2014] elicited an impassioned response from readers. We received more than 100 letters, many from readers grappling with how to reconcile ... More >
  • In Africa, Ebola Patients Need More Than Medicine

    Ebola Patients Need More Than Medicine

    The dusty hills around Lima sprout concrete at all angles. There are many words here for the gray delineation of poverty-struck areas: áreas tugurizadas (slum zones), the less formal tugurios ... More >
  • Space Combat Won't Look At All Like 'Star Wars'

    Space Combat Won't Look At All Like 'Star Wars'

    If humanity brings war into space, what will those battles look like? Well, if our understanding of physics is anything close to correct, they won’t look at all like Star Wars. In this six ... More >
  • Climate Week 2014: The Wrap-Up

    Climate Week 2014: The Wrap-Up

    As Climate Week NYC slips into the rearview mirror, what can we take away? Did anything, you know, happen? More >
  • Facebook Says Wi-Fi Drones Will Be Jumbo Jet-Sized

    Wi-Fi Drones the Size of 747s

    If a new Facebook plan is successful, the easiest way to access the cloud may be ... in the clouds. Facebook wants to spread Wi-Fi Internet to unconnected parts of the world with drones, and ... More >
Emily Gertz
at 08:09 AM Oct 2 2014
Eric Erbe, digital colorization by Christopher Pooley
Science // 

It's not often we encounter a story that begins with a line like this: “AS THE SUN set over Lake Eyasi in Tanzania, nearly thirty minutes had passed since I had inserted a turkey baster into my bum and injected the feces of a Hadza man – a member of one of the last remaining hunter-gatherer tribes in the world – into the nether regions of my distal colon.”

Loren Grush
at 08:09 AM Oct 2 2014
Russell Bonduriansky
Nature // 

Even after a breakup, past boyfriends can still have a hold over your future relationships (usually by providing a negative point of comparison). But for some types of flies, ex-lovers can pop up in a much more permanent way – by passing on traits to another male’s offspring.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 08:09 AM Oct 2 2014
PeteBobb, via Wikimedia Commons
Drones // 

A California bill that would require police to obtain warrants before using drones for most purposes was vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown this week. While the bill contains exceptions for emergency situations, wildfires, coordinating traffic accident first responders, and environmental disasters, it does rule out police using drones for routine traffic stops or other searches, without getting a warrant a first. 

Francie Diep
at 08:08 AM Oct 2 2014
CDC

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced yesterday that a patient with Ebola has been identified in the U.S. He apparently got infected while in West Africa, boarded a plane before he had any symptoms, and then visited a U.S. hospital when he fell ill. He's now getting care at a hospital in Dallas.

Andrew Rosenblum
at 08:08 AM Oct 2 2014
via Twitter
Gadgets // 

“When I first heard the news, I was doing cartwheels,” says Cindy Southworth, a technology expert at the National Network to End Domestic Violence. “But my official statement is ‘Yippee! One down and 400 to go.’  There’s a long list of really vile products right behind StealthGenie that need to be investigated and taken down too.”  

Sarah Fecht
at 08:08 AM Oct 2 2014
U. of Southern Denmark
Science // 

Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark say they’ve invented a crystal that pulls oxygen out of the air and even water. Apparently, just a spoonful of the stuff can suck up all the oxygen in a room. 

Francie Diep
at 09:55 AM Oct 1 2014
Barrett Technology
Robots // 

Some things are just harder for robots to do. You know, things like appreciating literature, or writing music. Or grasping objects with their fingers.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 09:55 AM Oct 1 2014
National War College, via Wikimedia Commons
Space // 

If humanity brings war into space, what will those battles look like? Well, if our understanding of physics is anything close to correct, they won’t look at all like Star Wars. In this six minute clip by PBS Digital Studios, host Joe Hanson explores the physics of space battles.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 09:31 AM Oct 1 2014
Team Nixie
Drones // 

Sure, Apple's new smart watch brings smartphone features to users' wrists, but can it fly free and take video in the air? The Nixie, which has none of the features of a watch other than wrist-wearability, is a drone for people who like robots as fashion statements, as well as aerial photography.

Francie Diep
at 09:31 AM Oct 1 2014
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Make // 

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has released printable files that will help turn your smartphone into a microscope of up to 1000X magnification. If you have access to an  3D printer--which you may through your local library or community center--this is something you could put together in 15 minutes.

Sarah Fecht
at 09:31 AM Oct 1 2014
Hans Hillewaert via Wikimedia Commons
Nature // 

Remember those old sea monkey kits, with the pictures that made it look like you could raise tiny mermen in a fish tank? My parents never bought me one (despite my best efforts), but apparently a lot of kids were severely disappointed when their freeze-dried eggs hatched and looked like this instead:

Francie Diep
at 09:31 AM Oct 1 2014
Photo by Toby Hudson on Wikimedia Commons
Nature // 

Well, it certainly sounds nicer than real cicadas would otherwise. To help them analyze data they had recorded about when cicadas sing, a team of scientists set their data to music. The musical notes—which replace recordings of actual cicada screeching—make the pattern in cicada-calling clear. The little bugs sing less intensely at first, and in waves. Then they build up in a noisy, near-constant chorus. Finally, they fade off in waves again. Take a listen:

Rafi Letzter
at 09:31 AM Oct 1 2014
Aude via Wikimedia Commons
Tech // 

What the FBI is not disclosing is how, exactly, they did it -- and when and on whom the technology might also be used.

Emily Gertz
at 09:31 AM Oct 1 2014
United Nations
Nature // 

As Climate Week NYC slips into the rearview mirror, what can we take away? Did anything, you know, happen?

Emily Gertz
at 09:27 AM Oct 1 2014
ESA, DGFI/Planetary Visions
Nature // 

Just when you wondered if climate change news couldn't get much worse, along comes proof that it's affected one of the fundamental forces of nature: The ice sheet covering West Antarctica lost enough mass between 2009 and 2012 to cause a measurable dip in the region's gravity field.

 
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