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  • The First Stage Of The Hyperloop Contest Will Be In Texas

    The Hyperloop wars begin!

    Remember that Hyperloop Pod Racing competition we mentioned in June? Yeah, that's still happening. More >
  • What's the Deal With the Apollo Milkstool?

    What's the Deal With the Apollo Milkstool?

    The sight of a rocket standing tall on its launchpad ready to carry men to the Moon is an iconic and powerful image of the Apollo era. The sight of a rocket sitting on a stool on the same ... More >
  • A Drug Meant For Narcolepsy Can Boost Brain Function

    Is Modafinil really a 'smart pill'?

    In 1998, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug modafinil as a treatment for narcolepsy, a condition in which the brain has trouble regulating its sleep-wake cycle that results ... More >
  • Why NASA Helped Ridley Scott Create 'The Martian' Film

    Why NASA Helped Create 'The Martian'

    The day Ridley Scott called NASA was a great day for NASA. Scott, or Sir Ridley, or the dude who has directed several of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time, plus Thelma and Louise, ... More >
  • Tiny, Sophisticated Human Brain Grown In A Dish

    Tiny, Sophisticated Human Brain Grown In A Dish

    Researchers from Ohio State University have made the most sophisticated lab-grown brain yet, according to results presented yesterday at the 2015 Military Health System Research Symposium. It ... More >
Xavier Harding
at 11:10 AM Sep 2 2015
Google
Gadgets // 

It's official: Google's plans to release an Android Wear for iOS app: The search giant announced today that iPhone users will be able to pair use any third-party smartwatches running Android Wear using Bluetooth and the app. Until today, iPhones were only able to pair up with the Apple Watch.

Xavier Harding
at 11:10 AM Sep 2 2015
Google
Cars // 

Our first glimpse of Google's driverless cars came in 2012. Since then, Google has confined most of its test-drives of these vehicles to the roads outside its headquarters in Mountain View, California, and recently expanded tests to Austin, Texas (reports of other self-driving car tests by traditional automakers have surfaced in a few other spots around the globe).

G. Clay Whittaker
at 11:09 AM Sep 2 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur4KQakkmA8

Virtual reality just took its first step into a larger world: Player two has successfully entered the game.

Amy Shira Teitel
at 11:08 AM Sep 2 2015
via spacerockethistory.com
Space // 

Korabl-Sputnik 1, called Sputnik 4 in the West, wasn't one of the Soviet Union's greatest triumphs of the early space age. Following a successful mission, a flawed retrofire burn kept the spacecraft aloft until its orbit decayed, splrinkling radioactive metallic debris over Wisconsin.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 11:06 AM Sep 2 2015
TailorToys
Drones // 

Is a paper airplane a drone? For the Federal Aviation Administration, responsible for regulating America's skies, this is no longer an idle question. The commercial use of drones is currently prohibited in the United States, unless an operator receives an exemption from the FAA that allows them to fly their drone.

Alexandra Ossola
at 11:06 AM Sep 2 2015
Science // 

In 2005, a forensic pathologist named Bennet Omalu published a paper about a disease he had just discovered called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). You might have heard of it—CTE causes the brain to break down as a result of repeated head trauma and has been found to affect dozens of former football players. But when Omalu published his paper, he faced staunch opposition from the National Football League (NFL), which wanted to suppress the discovery even though the organization was putting 1,700 players at risk every year, a story chronicled in the 2009 GQ article "Brain Game."

Alexandra Ossola
at 11:06 AM Sep 2 2015
Hacks // 

Those days of slurping up the sides of your rapidly melting ice cream cone may soon be over; researchers have discovered a naturally occurring protein that could be added to everyone's favorite summertime snack to keep it solid for longer, according to a press release from the University of Edinburg in Scotland.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 11:06 AM Sep 2 2015
Nature // 

Termites get a bad reputation in the housing business. They are often looked at as signs of the domestic apocalypse, causing billions of dollars in damage to houses every year. But when it comes to building their own homes, termites are master engineers. Such is their architectural prowess as some of their mounds even have solar-powered ventilation systems.

Xavier Harding
at 11:06 AM Sep 2 2015
Gaming // 

The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time is lauded as one of the most important titles in video game history. Originally released for then high-tech game console Nintendo 64 in 1998, one of its most famous levels has now been remade in ultra-HD using Unreal Engine 4, the new graphics rendering software engine that has lately inspired numerous incredibly lifelike simulations and tributes to other older, similarly beloved, less graphically-advanced games.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 11:06 AM Sep 2 2015
Drones // 

Because swans are lean, mean fighting machines.

Lindsey Kratochwill
at 11:06 AM Sep 2 2015
John H. Costello et al (Nature Comm. DOI: 10/1038/ncomms9158, 2015)
Nature // 

Think about how jellyfish or squid move. You're imagining a graceful display of jet propulsion, right? It's not uncommon for underwater species to take advantage of their environment to propel themselves through it. In a study released in Nature Communications today, researchers from the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Oregon University, and Stanford University detail how colonies of tiny hydrozoans use jet propulsion in concert with each other.

carlfranzen
at 11:05 AM Sep 2 2015
Google

The Google logo has become one of the most iconic pieces of branding in the world in the 17 years since the company was founded: the six letters of the company's name in the four basic colors (red, yellow, blue, and green) rendered in a tweak on the font Catull BQ. That logo was actually first introduced in 1999, and a variation of that logo has appeared on nearly every major Google product and division since. But today, Google is unveiling a brand new logo that marks the biggest branding change yet in the company's history (or at least since the new Google parent company Alphabet was announced last month).

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 11:05 AM Sep 2 2015
Screenshot by author, from YouTube
Cars // 

What might the world of driverless cars look like in the future? If this MIT production is any indication, it will be very smart golf carts, safely ferrying people about. MIT, as part of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, created a vehicle that maps and sees its environment, all on its own. Last fall, the carts ferried guests riding for free around gardens in Singapore. A video released today shows the carts in action.

Lindsey Kratochwill
at 11:05 AM Sep 2 2015
Nature // 

Last week, scientists on Twitter started the #JunkOff hashtag, filling Twitter with well, animal genitalia. But this week, there's a more adorable hashtag to follow along. It's appropriately named #CuteOff, and here are a couple of our favorite contenders. It's certainly a tough field.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 11:05 AM Sep 2 2015
Patrick Lynch
Nature // 

If you think scorpions are scary today, be very glad that you weren't around 467 million years ago. Today, these stealthy stingers are found on land, but back then, scorpion ancestors ruled the seas.

 
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