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Science Has Built A Robotic Hand, The feels Touch

David Smothers June 18, 2013

Amputees may one day regain actual feeling thanks to Darpa and researchers at Case Western University who have created what we thought was once only possible in science fiction. As a part of DARPA’s Reliable Neural-Interface Technology (RE-NET) program, CWRU’s flat interface nerve electrode (FINE) system has demonstrated that it can provide enough sensation to… Continue Reading »

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Americans Have No Idea Whether Their Supplements Will Kill Them

David Smothers June 18, 2013

Scientific studies show that the vast majority of Americans are not doctors. That does not, however, prevent Americans from medicating themselves with “alternative” medicines and supplements, as if they were doctors. Why are we Americans so dumb? Do You Believe in Magic? is a new book, by Paul Offit, about alternative medicine, and how you… Continue Reading »

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Gaze Upon All Of Mercury For The First Time Ever

David Smothers June 17, 2013

The existence of our solar system’s innermost planet has been common knowledge since ancient times, but that doesn’t actually mean we’ve always know much about it. Mercury’s proximity to the Sun has allowed it to jealously guard its secrets, and so this NASA video offers an unprecedentedly detailed view of the planet’s surface. This video… Continue Reading »

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The Impossible History of Perpetual Motion

David Smothers June 14, 2013

On November 12th, 1717, clockmaker and mechanic Johann Bessler placed a 12-foot diameter, strange-looking wheel into a room. With a tender push, he started the contraption rotating, then confidently turned and strolled outside. Guards promptly secured and locked the door behind him. Nobody would be allowed to enter the room for two weeks, lest the… Continue Reading »

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Croatian Bees Are Being Trained to Hunt Down Deadly Land Mines

David Smothers May 22, 2013

Sending animals to do our dirty work—specifically of the drug-sniffing, bomb-hunting variety—isn’t a novel concept by any means. But while an animal bomb-sniffing squad might conjure up the image of a noble K9 dog, Croatians are now depending on a very different, perhaps not quite as lovable bomb fiend: the common honeybee. Because though the… Continue Reading »

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The Science of Six Packs

David Smothers April 11, 2013

If you’ve always yearned for a washboard stomach, and you can do a thousand crunches but you still aren’t seeing results, you’re not alone. But never fear! Everyone has a six pack under there (somewhere), you’ve just got to know what to do to get it out in the open. Welcome to Fitmodo, Gizmodo’s gym… Continue Reading »

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How NASA’s Nuclear Rockets Will Take Us Way Beyond Mars

David Smothers April 2, 2013

The first people to step on to the surface of Mars won’t arrive aboard the chemical-fueled rockets that delivered Apollo 11 to the Moon—they simply don’t provide enough thrust to get to the Red Planet before exposing their crews to months of dangerous space radiation. Instead, NASA is turning to long-ignored nuclear-thermal rocket technology to… Continue Reading »

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Sex in Space Could Be Deadly?

David Smothers March 14, 2013

In a new study that’s sure to make everyone’s world just a little darker, scientists have discovered that sex in space could lead to severe health problems and life-threatening illnesses—brain disease and cancer included. Specifically, the study wanted to look at how zero gravity would affect the reproduction process, and since sperm cells in plants… Continue Reading »

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Just How Incomprehensibly Massive Is the Universe? (Hint: Even Bigger Than That)

David Smothers February 25, 2013

Have you ever stared up at the stars and wondered just how far you’d have to travel before you reached the edge of the universe? The answer—as Minute Physics illustrates—is far. Like really far. Like somewhere in the neighborhood of 46 billion light years starting wherever you’re standing. And not only is that distance getting greater every… Continue Reading »

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Scientists Find Lost Continent In the Indian Ocean

David Smothers February 25, 2013

Scientists have found proof of a sunken continent in the Indian Ocean. According to a study published in Nature Geoscience, the continent “was separated from Madagascar and fragmented into a ribbon-like configuration by a series of mid-ocean ridge jumps during the opening of the Mascarene ocean basin.” Its name is not Atlantis, though. According to the… Continue Reading »

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