Boeing Star Wars Force Fields

Boeing’s crazy plan to use Star Wars-like force fields to protect vehicles from explosions

By on March 24, 2015 at 8:05 PM.

Boeing’s crazy plan to use Star Wars-like force fields to protect vehicles from explosions

We’re a long way from having to develop technology capable of fending off alien attacks like we see in sci-fi movies. All the same, Boeing has already patented a technology that seems to be inspired by Star Wars-like stories and that could bring actual force fields to current military vehicles in order to protect them from nearby explosions. More →

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Earth from Space: Vine Videos

Watch: Spectacular Vines show Earth like you’ve never seen before

By on March 23, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

Watch: Spectacular Vines show Earth like you’ve never seen before

If you’re the type of person who loves looking at spectacular video clips of Earth taken from outer space, then we’ve got a page for you. As CNET points out, NASA astronaut Terry Virts’s Vine page is loaded with beautiful short videos of Earth that will give you a completely new perspective on our planet. More →

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Study: Learn and Speak Second Language

Learning new languages will literally make you see the world differently

By on March 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

Learning new languages will literally make you see the world differently

Researchers have found that people who speak more than one language literally see the world differently, ScienceMag reveals. Researchers have found that depending on the primary language spoken, people looking at the same set of events perceive things differently. For example, Russian speakers apparently can distinguish shades of blue faster than English speakers, while Japanese speakers group objects by material rather than shape. More →

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March 20th Total Solar Eclipse Video

Watch: Mesmerizing video gives an incredible look at Friday morning’s solar eclipse

By on March 20, 2015 at 2:35 PM.

Watch: Mesmerizing video gives an incredible look at Friday morning’s solar eclipse

The total eclipse of the sun came and went on Friday morning, though many people were out of luck when it came to actually enjoying the rare show. Cloudy skies ruined the experience for many, though there were places where the solar eclipse was clearly visible, with certain TV networks even broadcasting it live. However, the best look at the March 20th total solar eclipse comes from the European Space Agency, which used a satellite to capture stunning footage of the spectacle. More →

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Mars One Is Fake

Ex-Mars One candidate alleges entire project is a ridiculous scam

By on March 17, 2015 at 8:45 PM.

Ex-Mars One candidate alleges entire project is a ridiculous scam

We’ve been highly skeptical of the Mars One project that’s been promising that it will fly humans to Mars starting in 2024. Not only has the project not explained how it plans to raise the $6 billion it supposedly needs to make multiple one-way trips to Mars, but some of the finalists it’s selected for the project don’t seem to really be the kinds of people who are up to the task of being the first human explorers on the Red Planet — one finalist, for instance, actually described themselves as being an unemployed “drifter.” More →

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Buzz Aldrin Mars

Buzz Aldrin tweets an epic photo for the ages

By on March 17, 2015 at 6:30 PM.

Buzz Aldrin tweets an epic photo for the ages

When it comes to moon travel, astronaut Buzz Aldrin has already been there and done that. As the second man to ever walk on the moon, Aldrin these days has his eyes set on a bigger goal and an even tougher challenge: Mars.

Indeed, the moon is seemingly old news nowadays, what with people like Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk championing the need to colonize mars.

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Hearing Voices Study

Scientists are trying to figure out whether you’re actually hearing voices in your head

By on March 17, 2015 at 6:05 PM.

Scientists are trying to figure out whether you’re actually hearing voices in your head

Hearing voices in your head is often a symptom associated with schizophrenia, but a team of researchers from the Durham University in England believes there might be something else at work besides this particular mental illness. The scientists designed an exploratory survey to determine whether there’s more to hearing voices than what existing research reveals, Ars Technica reports, and they’ve come up with some interesting findings. More →

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Penis Transplant: First Successful Surgery

A miracle of modern medicine: The world’s first successful penis transplant surgery

By on March 15, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

A miracle of modern medicine: The world’s first successful penis transplant surgery

Doctors from Stellenbosch University and the Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town performed the world’s first successful transplant of an organ that wasn’t previously easy to transplant, Bloomberg reports. More →

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Alzheimer's Ultrasound Treatment on Mice

Promising Alzheimer’s treatment on mice might lead to major breakthrough for humans

By on March 14, 2015 at 11:15 AM.

Promising Alzheimer’s treatment on mice might lead to major breakthrough for humans

Researchers from the University of Queensland, Australia, have figured out how to treat mice suffering from a form of Alzheimer’s, Ars Technica reports. While it’s not clear yet whether the same findings can be applied to human trials, the results are certainly interesting and might lead to further improvements in treating the disease. More →

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Google Robot Video

Video: Incredible Google robots know how to exercise and keep their balance

By on March 13, 2015 at 1:29 PM.

Video: Incredible Google robots know how to exercise and keep their balance

In late 2013, Google acquired Boston Dynamics, an engineering company focused on pushing the envelope when it comes to advanced robotics. With each passing year, the sophistication of Boston Dynamics’ robots keeps reaching new, and at times, terrifying heights. After all, what other word is there to describe a robotic cheetah capable of running 28.3 miles per hour? More →

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Kickstarter Naked Filter

Scientists have invented a water filter that could change the world

By on March 12, 2015 at 11:00 AM.

Scientists have invented a water filter that could change the world

Liquidity’s Naked Filter is an interesting new project with a name you might want to remember for when it hits Kickstarter, as the company has apparently found a clever way to turn any kind of water — whether it’s tap water from your home or from any other source you encounter during your hikes and travels — into clean, germ- and bacteria-free water. More →

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How Do Chameleons Change Skin Color

Mystery solved: How chameleons change their skin color

By on March 10, 2015 at 5:06 PM.

Mystery solved: How chameleons change their skin color

There are plenty of mysteries in nature that have yet to be solved, but you can mark this one off the list.

Scientific American reports that a recent study has outed the secret of how chameleons change the color of their skin.

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