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  • Cooking With Lava

    Lava Cooking

    British art and design duo Bompas and Parr love crazy cooking projects and lava seemed like the ideal way to give their steak a unique flavour. Teaming up with Professor Robert Wysocki from ... More >
  • Welcome To Mars. Here's Where You'll Be Staying

    Welcome To Mars. Here's Where You'll Be Staying

    NASA has plans to put humans on Mars in the 2030s or 2040s, and the private company Mars One is already interviewing applicants for its one-way trip to the Red Planet. But a couple of crucial ... More >
  • Japan's Military Will Patrol Earth's Orbitals

    Japan's Military Will Patrol Earth's Orbitals

    Japan's military plans to take defense to the heavens in 2019. According to a report by Japan's Kyodo News Agency, Japan's Self-Defense Forces plan to add a space monitoring branch, to be ... More >
  • New Mars Rover Will Have Lasers, X-Ray Vision, And More

    New Mars Rover Does Cool Tricks

    The Curiosity rover (or Mars Science Laboratory, as NASA wonks call it) has been an immensely successful mission so far. But now NASA is planning the next mission to Mars, and today the agency ... More >
  • Milky Way Has The Mass Of 800 Billion Suns, Study Finds

    How Much Does The Milky Way?

    Astronomers have performed yet another checkup on our home galaxy, this time asking it to step on a scale. The Milky Way has a mass equal to 800 billion suns, according to the team of ... More >
Lindsay Handmer
at 11:48 AM Aug 28 2014
SkySaver USA
Tech // 

In today's high-rise cities, emergencies such as fires can leave people trapped in buildings with no way out. Enter SkySaver - a portable escape route that lets you jump safely from a window and be lowered gently to the ground. Self contained in a backpack, the life saving devices can operate from up to 35 stories up.

Sarah Fecht
at 07:37 AM Aug 28 2014
NASA

In 1969, mankind got its first few whiffs of the lunar surface after astronauts tracked moon dust into the Apollo lander.

Francie Diep
at 07:37 AM Aug 28 2014
Internet map 1024 by The Opte Project - Originally from the English Wikipedia.

Some Americans who looked at the news or Twitter this morning -- or perhaps couldn't, because the Internet was malfunctioning -- might have heard: Time Warner suffered a major outage in its Internet service at about 4:30 a.m. Eastern. The outage, affecting much of the U.S., lasted two hours, Reuters reported. Maps created by the outage-tracker DownDetector showed problems throughout the country. So how exactly could this happen?

Loren Grush
at 07:37 AM Aug 28 2014

Ai Hin was all set to be a star. The 6-year-old giant panda had shown signs of pregnancy last month, and staff at the Chengdu Breeding Research Centre in China had planned to film her labor in the first ever live broadcast of a panda giving birth.

Lindsay Handmer
at 10:28 AM Aug 27 2014
Wikimedia Commons
Tech // 

The Iron Dome is a mobile all weather air defense system deployed in Israel. In operation since 2011, it has already shot down hundreds of missiles. The amazing technology in action reminds us of Atari Missile Command, but check out the video for yourself.

Francie Diep
at 07:14 AM Aug 27 2014
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Public and private donors in the U.K. have launched an emergency fund for researchers studying Ebola. They want a quick turnaround time for the research they bankroll. Applications for the fund are due September 8 and funders are hoping studies will finish within two months, the Guardian reports. The tight timeline is designed to make a difference in the current outbreak in West Africa, which Doctors Without Borders expects to last longer than six months.

Loren Grush
at 07:14 AM Aug 27 2014
Peking University Third Hospital

Doctors at Peking University Third Hospital have successfully implanted the first ever 3-D-printed section of vertebra into the young patient. The boy, named Minghao, had developed a malignant tumor on his spinal cord, and some of his bones needed to be removed. So, during many hours of spinal cord surgery, surgeons at the hospital replaced part of the cancerous vertebra in his neck with the implant.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 07:14 AM Aug 27 2014
TASER
Gadgets // 

Surveillance cameras permeate modern life. Mounted in convenience stores, retail outlets, bars, clubs, ATMs and elsewhere, silent observers record everything from the mundane to the criminal. The cameras serve a dual function as both deterrent and instant legal record. In light of the police shooting of unarmed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, national attention has focused on wearable cameras for police officers. For the (less lethal) weapon manufacturer Taser, there is opportunity in this civic need.

Francie Diep
at 07:14 AM Aug 27 2014
Photo by Lance Cheung, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Before 2012, outbreaks of so-called "influenza A variant" infections in the U.S. only popped up once in a while in the medical literature. The strain normally infected pigs and was rarely seen in humans. Then, in 2012, healthcare workers across the U.S. reported 309 human cases of influenza A (H3N2) variant, also known as H3N2v. Sixteen people were hospitalized, and one woman in Ohio died. Researchers think there were likely thousands of cases of H3N2v that year that went unreported or unconfirmed.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 07:14 AM Aug 27 2014
Courtesy photo, U.S. Army

The art of the war is complicated, but the science of war is often just a matter of shooting something pain-inducing at the other guy faster and from further away. The Army’s Advanced Hypersonic Weapon program wants to do just that, by creating a missile that moves faster than Mach 5, or almost 3,800 miles per hour. That hypersonic future may be just a little further away than expected. During testing of the weapon in Alaska early Monday morning, the rockets propelling the missile exploded four seconds after liftoff. No one was injured, but the cause of the failure has yet to be determined. 

Lindsay Handmer
at 09:40 AM Aug 26 2014
Lockheed Martin
Tech // 

Big powered exoskeleton suits are great and all, but Lockheed Martin has built a passive model. Dubbed the FORTIS, the system doesn't use any power at all yet still aids the users strength. In fact, it allows you to wield a 16KG tool with almost no effort. But how is that possible without any motors?

Francie Diep
at 09:26 AM Aug 26 2014
Photo by Dean Peterson
Science // 

One U.S. Department of Agriculture researcher is experimenting with a sandblasting-style method of killing weeds that could be certified organic, Minneapolis' Star Tribune reports. Agronomist Frank Forcella is blasting weeds with a spray of ground-up corncobs, walnut shells, corn gluten meal and other plant material. Sounds like he's exfoliating the weeds to death.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 09:25 AM Aug 26 2014
Malloy Aeronautics
Make // 

A white plastic robot zooms a hoverbike over the English countryside, grains blowing beneath the bike's four fans. The robot's 3-D printed body is lightweight, and where its face would be there’s a GoPro camera instead, filming the flight. This isn't a scene from a dystopian science fiction movie; The bike is less than four feet long, and combined robot and bike weighs a maximum of 15.4 pounds. Created by Malloy Aeronautics, the Drone 3 hoverbike is a 1/3rd scale model of the version ultimately intended for human pilots and passengers.

Sarah Fecht
at 09:25 AM Aug 26 2014
BAE Systems

If the engineers succeed in bringing the idea to fruition, the aircraft coating will be able to sense changes and report back to a remote operator—similar to how human skin provides feedback to help the brain to make decisions. The hope is that by sensing anomalies, the coating could prevent small problems from turning into big disasters. 

Francie Diep
at 09:25 AM Aug 26 2014
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Science // 

With a temperature below -268 degrees Celsius, liquid helium keeps MRI machines and particle accelerators properly cooled (yay!). Take liquid helium's temperature even lower than that, however, and things start to get a little less practical -- and a lot more weird.

 
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