Francie Diep
at 11:12 AM Apr 23 2014
Dani Machlis

It was more than ten years ago that Dr. Tally Lerman-Sagie first saw babies with PCCA, a genetic disorder that causes severe mental and physical disabilities and brain atrophy—all before age three. Parents would bring in months-old infants with these unexplained seizures. Lerman-Sagie tested the babies as fully as she could in the pediatric neurology clinic she heads, just outside of Tel Aviv.

Douglas Main
at 11:12 AM Apr 23 2014
visitcumbria.com
Energy // 

Right. The United Kingdom's Environment Agency has determined in a report released to The Guardian that the "dump is virtually certain to be eroded by rising sea levels and to contaminate the Cumbrian coast with large amounts of radioactive waste." The report also noted, in a somewhat underwhelming fashion, that "it is doubtful whether the location of the [dump] site would be chosen for a new facility for near-surface radioactive waste disposal if the choice were being made now." Tanks for nuttin', EA! JK.

Colin Lecher
at 11:12 AM Apr 23 2014
Liberty North High School
Hacks // 

What is one of The Worst Things In The World? (In the listicle sense, not the human tragedy sense.) Answer: when you empty the first squirt of ketchup from the bottle and it's a watery, brown, puddle-like mess, and you can feel each individual shard of your slowly shattering heart as the liquid dampens your fries.

Paul Adams
at 10:34 AM Apr 23 2014
courtesy Modernist Pantry
Make // 

Palcohol will be available in vodka and rum varieties, as well as mojito, margarita, and other premixed cocktail flavors. It was officially approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) earlier this month, and Mark Phillips, its creator, says we can expect to see it in stores this fall.

Francie Diep
at 10:34 AM Apr 23 2014
U.S. Department of Defense

Until recently, it's been used exclusively in U.S. government agencies and military schools. But now, a test for how easily a person will become fluent in a foreign language could be made available for civilians. Nautilus calls the test "one of the first civilian benefits to come out of America's war on terror."

Corinne Iozzio
at 10:33 AM Apr 23 2014
Corinne Iozzio
Cars // 

Carmakers seem to want to shout one simple phrase when they talk about adding high-speed 4G LTE radios into their cars: "Apps! We have apps now, too!"

Emily Gertz
at 10:33 AM Apr 23 2014
Karen Smith
Space // 

Did life here begin...out there? We don't yet know and may never. But there is compelling evidence that I might not be sitting here writing this today, or you reading it, if not for meteorite-enabled distribution of a simple vitamin billions of years ago.

Ina Yang
at 10:33 AM Apr 23 2014
Grant Thompson
Make // 

DIY enthusiast Grant Thompson, who previously made a 10-penny battery that powered a small light for almost two weeks, is at it again. Inspired by another project tutorial, Thompson created seven variations of a mini-pistol that can fire matches over 20 feet.

Douglas Main
at 09:52 AM Apr 23 2014
Yathin S Krishnappa via Wikimedia Commons
Nature // 

Great spotted cuckoos lay their eggs in other birds' nests, and the host does all the work of raising the impostor. But if the new foster parent doesn't cooperate and ditch the new arrival, the  the cuckoo sometimes retaliates, destroying the poor birds' other eggs. Brown-headed cowbirds behave similarly. Whaddaya gonna do about it?

Colin Lecher
at 09:52 AM Apr 23 2014
ZUtA Labs
Gadgets // 

The printer, if you even own one, is likely your most despised device. It's loud; it jams; it requires a fountain of ink that is literally more expensive than imported Russian caviar. Any forward progress on that front is appreciated.

Ina Yang
at 09:52 AM Apr 23 2014
Korea.net / Samsung Electronics
Gadgets // 

South Korea is a country known for its absurdly fast internet access, whether it's on smartphones or desktop computers. It’s also home to Samsung, the native-Korean tech conglomerate that sweeps a whopping 30 per cent of the global mobile device market.

John Perlin
at 09:51 AM Apr 23 2014
Ethan Miller/ Getty Images
Energy // 

The great Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell wrote in 1874 to a colleague: “I saw conductivity of Selenium as affected by light. It is most sudden. Effect of a copper heater insensible. That of the sun great.”

Francie Diep
at 09:51 AM Apr 23 2014
Screenshot from "World's Fastest Electric Superbike – Mojave Mile!" by Chip Yates on YouTube
Gadgets // 

Among the muscles in the body, the ones in the tongue are probably the most overlooked. You don't go to the gym to work out your tongue. (Please do not tell me about your tongue workouts, kaithx.) Still, it's strong and dexterous. That's why engineers are looking into making tongue-controlled wheelchairs for people who aren't able to steer themselves with their hands or arms. A tongue-driven electric wheelchair could be an alternative to sip-and-puff wheelchairs, which users control using their breath.

Douglas Main
at 09:51 AM Apr 23 2014
P. Elliott et al
Nature // 

While dozens of new minerals are discovered each year, it is rare to find one that is unrelated to already-known substances. "Most minerals belong to a family or small group of related minerals, or if they aren't related to other minerals they often are to a synthetic compound--but putnisite is completely unique and unrelated to anything," said Peter Elliott, co-author of a study describing the new substance and a researcher at the South Australian Museum and the University of Adelaide. "Nature seems to be far cleverer at dreaming up new chemicals than any researcher in a laboratory."

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 09:51 AM Apr 23 2014
Solar Flight

Aeroplane wings - which are in fact, technically speaking the "aero-planes" themselves - are broad, flat surfaces that almost always face the sky, which means they are ideal mounts for solar panels. Built by Solar Flight, a team of European engineers, the Sunseeker Duo is a two-seater airplane that flies purely by solar power. On December 17, 2013, it completed its first flight powered solely by its own battery. Earlier today, Solar Flight released video of that flight.

 
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