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Scientists name new species of flatworm after President Obama

September 9th at 9:00 PM

Scientists name new species of flatworm after President Obama

A flatworm that infects freshwater turtles in Malaysia has been given a presidential name: Baracktrema obamai.

The newly-discovered worm, or blood fluke, inhabits the lungs of turtles that live in three Malaysian states, according a study describing the new species that waspublished in the Journal of Parasitology in August. (Flukes are part of the flatworms phylum, in terms of taxonomy.)

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Scientists help solve 37-year-old anthrax mystery

September 7th at 8:30 PM

Scientists help solve 37-year-old anthrax mystery

Some 37 years after the deadliest known release of anthrax spores in history in the Soviet city of Sverdlovsk, American scientists have sequenced the genome of anthrax DNA from the bodies of two people who died in the 1979 accident.

The study by scientists at Northern Arizona University and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) used deep DNA sequencing methods to recreate the genome of the anthrax spores that infected 77 people living near the Soviet anthrax production facility, 66 of whom died when a tiny amount of anthrax spores — between a few milligrams and a gram, or one-thirtieth of an ounce — escaped from a military facility known as Military Compound 19.

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Robot patrol: Israeli Army to deploy autonomous vehicles on Gaza border

September 1st at 7:30 PM

Robot patrol: Israeli Army to deploy autonomous vehicles on Gaza border

Israel is planning to bolster its high-tech arsenal by deploying fully autonomous military vehicles along the country’s dangerous border with Gaza.

“This is the future — the border is a very dangerous place,” an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) official told FoxNews.com, citing the threat of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), snipers, anti-tank missiles and terrorist tunnels. “Sending unmanned vehicles to do these patrols means that troops lives’ are not at risk.”

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SpaceX Explosion Video

Jaw-dropping video shows the moment SpaceX’s rocket goes up in flames

September 1st at 2:29 PM

Jaw-dropping video shows the moment SpaceX’s rocket goes up in flames

Earlier today, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket undergoing testing for a launch on Saturday exploded. Video footage at the time just showed a plume of black smoke from miles away, but the first video from the launchpad tells a far more dramatic tale.

The rocket underwent what scientists delicately call a “static fire anomoly” — basically, the rocket was being test-fired on the launchpad, something critical failed, and–well, you can see the result.

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A brief history of SpaceX rockets going boom

September 1st at 12:27 PM

A brief history of SpaceX rockets going boom

SpaceX is the fastest-innovating space company out there, and also the most public about conducting all of its testing in the public eye. But as a result, when things go wrong, they go wrong publicly.

This morning’s explosion of a Falcon 9 on the pad was an unexpected setback for SpaceX, but it’s hardly the first time one of its rockets has had an unplanned violent disassembly.

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Harvard scientists develop first autonomous soft robot

August 25th at 9:00 PM

Harvard scientists develop first autonomous soft robot

Meet the octobot, a unique new creation out of Harvard that the university says could be the first step in a new kind of bot.

This totally soft robot has eight movable legs, just like its flesh-and-blood marine cousin, which was the inspiration for the device.

Created partially through 3-D printing, the octobot is autonomous, according to Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Its power source is hydrogen peroxide, which together with a catalyst of platinum, creates gas that travels into the bot’s appendages to move them.

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World’s largest aircraft damaged on 2nd test flight

August 24th at 7:30 PM

World’s largest aircraft damaged on 2nd test flight

The developer of the world’s largest aircraft says the blimp-shaped airship sustained damage after it made a bumpy landing Wednesday on its second test flight in eastern England.

Hybrid Air Vehicles said it is trying to figure out what caused the rough landing of the 302-foot (92-meter) Airlander 10 during its 100 minute flight Wednesday in Bedfordshire, north of London.

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Jellyfish Squid Artificial Skin Material

New ‘jellyfish’ material means the Apple store will always know about your water damage

August 22nd at 10:00 PM

New ‘jellyfish’ material means the Apple store will always know about your water damage

Jellyfish and squids are inspiring creatures of the sea and researchers already created a material that mimics some of the properties of their skins. The material could be used to display hidden messages, such as telling an Apple genius that your iPhone was submerged in liquid for a certain amount of time, regardless of what your version of the story is.

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FreeSense Wi-Fi Router Indoor Tracking

New invention could let your home Wi-Fi network track your every move

August 22nd at 4:25 PM

New invention could let your home Wi-Fi network track your every move

Whenever we see the word “tracking,” we expect to find out more details about a covert NSA operation that was unearthed in a new series of Snowden leaks, a story about an application that may have breached your privacy, or an online service that found novel ways of tracking its users. That is the future we live in. And that future is only getting better when it comes to smart connected devices able to perform magical tricks at home.

But for them to automate some of the smart home controls we set up, they’ll need to be able to figure out whether we’re present in a room. So, a team of researchers created a Wi-Fi tracking system that can recognize a person in a room by the way he or she interacts with Wi-Fi signals.

A laptop connected to a dumb Wi-Fi router would be able to tell exactly who it is at home with the help of the new invention. More →

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