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  • When We Weren't Looking, A Star Passed Within 0.8 Lightyears Of Earth

    The Star that 'Nearly' Hit Earth

    Around 70,000 years ago, earth was a pretty bleak place. Homo erectus had just gone extinct, and we were all in mourning. But while we were distracted by things like the near-extinction ... More >
  • This Winter Is One Of The Warmest On Record

    This Winter Is One Of The Warmest On Record

    Winter on the East Coast of the United States has been brutal, and it isn't over yet. Freezing temperatures are predicted to break even more frigid records over the next two days. Boston has been ... More >
  • World Health Organization Approves 15-Minute Ebola Detection Test

    A Super Fast Test for Ebola

    Today, the World Health Organization gave the green light to doctors in West Africa to use the first ever rapid test for diagnosing the Ebola virus. More >
  • Thermal Solar Towers Are 'Vaporising' Birds

    Thermal Solar Towers Are 'Vaporising' Birds

    The Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Nevada is set to come online in March. Once completed, it will use thousands of mirrors to focus sunlight on a tower, melting millions of pounds of salt ... More >
  • Farmers Eye Drones For The Future

    Farmers Eye Drones For The Future

    Even though humans have been farming for thousands of years, there's always a new trick to learn or a new technology to try. In modern times, these tricks often come attached to small flying ... More >
Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:39 AM Mar 4 2015
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Tech // 

Next year in Vienna, architects will start working on a 275-foot-tall building made almost entirely out of wood. The Guardian reports that the approximately 25-story building will cost 60 million Euros ($67 million) and will save 2,800 tons of carbon emissions compared to building a similar structure made of concrete.

Michael Nuñez
at 09:39 AM Mar 4 2015
Mobile // 

Before this week's Mobile World Congress 2015 (MWC) in Barcelona, Samsung had its back against the wall. The company reported slumping sales of its flagship smartphone , and many believed its dominance in the smartphone world was coming to an end. But after Samsung's latest smartphone release it's clear that there are plenty of innovative ideas coming from the company.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 09:39 AM Mar 4 2015
Olivier C, screenshot via YouTube
Drones // 

Last time we saw the handiwork of hobbyist YouTuber Olivier C, he was smuggling for the Rebel Alliance with a custom-built Millennium Falcon body for his drone. Now, it appears Olivier has turned over to the Dark Side, as he's built a custom-made TIE Interceptor body for a drone.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:39 AM Mar 4 2015
Nature // 

What could possibly be worse than the skittering impression left by a New York City rat after it runs across your foot? The knowledge that the rodent could be carrying disease-ridden fleas.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:39 AM Mar 4 2015
Google
Drones // 

Google likes taking their cameras to strange places, letting people explore viking ruins or walk under the aurora all from the comfort of their computers. Google also has a long history with zip lines; back in 2008, some employees at the company decided to build a zip line as a shortcut to get to lunch. (The city of Mountain View asked them to take it down.)

Alexandra Ossola
at 09:39 AM Mar 4 2015
Credit: (http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.098102 "Tomas Ekeberg et al.")

Even though mimiviruses are some of the largest viruses we know of, they measure only one tenth the width of a human hair at their largest. Understanding the structure of something so small is not an easy task, so researchers have been working to find different ways to look inside it. In a paper published today in Physical Review Letters, researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden used a new technique to make a 3D reconstruction of the large virus out of almost 200 x-ray snapshots.

Dan Moren
at 09:39 AM Mar 4 2015
Tesla
Cars // 

James Bond may favor Aston Martins and Bentleys when he hits the road, but it turns out that Tesla Model S owners can channel a bit of the British superspy.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 09:39 AM Mar 4 2015
Grant Thompson, screenshot via YouTube

Blowguns are profoundly simple weapons. A tube for darts, powered by the shooter's lungs, is enough to guide silent projectiles swiftly through the air, embedding a narrow point in wood, concrete or whatever else is on the receiving end.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 09:39 AM Mar 4 2015
Quadcopter Stories, screenshot via YouTube
Drones // 

Trying to get a building to tell you how it's feeling is, well, like talking to a brick wall. But it doesn't have to be that way. Researchers with the GENESI project want to make it so walls can talk back, by creating various sensors to fit inside buildings, tunnels, and bridges. With the feedback collected from these sensors, inspectors will have a better understanding of how a city's infrastructure is holding up

Michael Nuñez
at 09:39 AM Mar 4 2015
Popular Science/Michael Nunez
Gadgets // 

There's nothing worse than getting hacked. Ask anyone at Sony, which lost an estimated $100 million in the malicious hacks committed against the company last year. Silent Circle, a company founded by Internet security legend Phil Zimmerman, wants to bring those type of hacks to a halt. The company's solution: An end-to-end service that starts with an ultra secure smartphone called the Blackphone 2.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:39 AM Mar 4 2015
Reuters
Nature // 

Earlier this morning the Villarrica volcano erupted in Chile, forcing thousands of residents and tourists to flee from the city of Pucón. Images of the eruption show a towering lava fountain glowing against the dark backdrop of the pre-dawn sky. One image, distributed by the Associated Press shows something even stranger: lightning, arcing through the cloud of ash.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 09:41 AM Mar 3 2015
5G International
Drones // 

From a distance, the Hydra looks like a jet ski that's lost its rider. The result of a partnership between Al Seer Marine and 5G International, the Hydra is an unmanned surface vessel (USV) or, in common parlance, a sea drone. The vehicle debuted at the International Defense Exposition in Abu Dhabi and completed its first sea trials.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:41 AM Mar 3 2015
Jonathan Gero
Nature // 

Greenhouse gas emissions, particularly those from carbon dioxide, are on the rise. They have been for a while, to the alarm of governments, activist groups, and just about anyone vaguely concerned with environmental issues around the world. Greenhouse gases get their name because they have properties that make them act like glass in a greenhouse, keeping energy from the sun concentrated in our atmosphere, causing temperatures to rise. But until now, that particular effect hadn't been observed and documented in the scientific literature. Now, it has.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:41 AM Mar 3 2015
Omegabyte3D/Business Wire

Two years ago, Elon Musk had an idea. What if, instead of traveling by road, rail, air, or boat, we all travelled in giant tubes that could move pods of people at up to 800 miles per hour? He called the idea the Hyperloop and released his idea to the world hoping that someone else would do the building part, while he worked on other massive projects like Tesla and SpaceX.

Sarah Fecht
at 09:41 AM Mar 3 2015

If you believe Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero, the first human head transplants are just around the corner. Canavero, from the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group in Italy, claims that surgeons will be able to transplant the head of one patient onto a completely different body by 2017. Canavero outlined his ideas on what the procedure could look like in a recent publication. He plans to announce the project at a meeting of the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons in June.

 
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