Science & Technology
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Move over Abba, Sweden has found new fame. The small Nordic country is breaking records — in waste. Sweden’s program of generating energy from garbage is wildly successful, but recently its success has also generated a surprising issue: There is simply not enough trash.
Only 4 percent of Swedish garbage ends up in a landfill, according […]
While the U.S. geared up for the second presidential debate last Tuesday, a building sat pulsing with computers, electronic surveillance, and security systems in the Utah high desert.
The unoccupied site was awaiting the test of a weapon the Pentagon requested four years ago to the day on 16 October, 2008.
The Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP), led by […]
Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner has jumped from a balloon 24 miles above Earth in a death-defying free fall that could make him the world’s first supersonic skydiver.
After his parachute deployed he landed safely on the New Mexico desert about 10 minutes later.
He set records for the highest free-fall and the fastest free-fall ever.
Baumgartner climbed into […]
Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner is more than halfway to reaching 120,000 feet over New Mexico in an attempt to break the sound barrier in a free fall.
Here’s an incredible shot from his space capsule nearly 80,000 feet above Earth.
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Keith Campbell, the scientist who helped pioneer the birth of Dolly the sheep, the world’s first mammal cloned from fully developed adult cells, has died, according to The University of Nottingham.
Campbell, 58, died on October 5, according to a university statement released Thursday. His funeral has been scheduled for October 24.
The university did not say […]
A new species of monkey with a distinctive blue rear end has been identified in Africa, researchers have said.
The species, known locally as the lesula, was discovered after a young female was seen kept captive at the home of a primary school director in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2007.
The young animal resembled an […]
In a sign that nature still has an awful lot to teach us, a Stanford biologist and computer scientist have discovered that harvester ants hunt for food the same way Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) operates to determine and manage network congestion. …
The way ants use the networking process is by measuring the rate of return by hunters […]
Thanks to a remarkable combination of engineering and mathematics, a NASA satellite in orbit around Mars was able to capture this picture of the split second when Curiosity fell from the skies to its successful landing on the surface of the red planet.
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There are a lot of cool things you can do with $1,000, but scientists at an Austin, Texas college have come across one that is often overlooked: for less than a grand, how’d you like to hijack a US government drone?
Read more at RT.com
Some of the most fantastic military innovations come from places that most people have never heard of.
DARPA, along with Boeing’s underground Phantom Works unit and Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works, all make it their business to cook up designs from the Pentagon’s wildest dreams.
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Tired of being like everyone else? Want to brighten the glimmer in your eyes?
Dr. Gregg Homer told KTLA Morning News that he can perform a surgery to turn any person’s brown eyes into blue ones permanently.
Blue eyes are associated with a number of potential benefits such as being more intelligent.
Read the whole story at BusinessInsider
SEOUL - A US military reconnaissance plane came under electronic attack from North Korea and had to make an emergency landing during a major military exercise in March, a political aide said Friday.
The aide said the plane suffered disturbance to its GPS system due to jamming signals from the North’s southwestern […]
People love to hype 2012 as the end of the world. It’s BS, but hey, when it gets into the public consciousness, things stick.
Anywho, a scientist named Brad Carter is predicting that the star Betelgeuse is expected to go super-nova very soon. If this happens, the sky that we look at could […]
The human brain is truly awesome.
A typical, healthy one houses some 200 billion nerve cells, which are connected to one another via hundreds of trillions of synapses. Each synapse functions like a microprocessor, and tens of thousands of them can connect a single neuron to other nerve cells. In the cerebral […]
Google’s and Facebook’s lobbying efforts have continued to grow this quarter. For the third quarter of 2010, Google spent $1.2 million on lobbying efforts compared to $1.08 million in the same quarter last year. The seach giant is already close to spending more in the first three quarters ($3.92 million so far […]
US astronomers said Wednesday they have discovered an Earth-sized planet that they think might be habitable, orbiting a nearby star, and believe there could be many more planets like it in space.
The planet, found by astronomers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Carnegie Institution of Washington, is orbiting […]
ATM hacked to make it spew cash
New Zealand computer security expert Barnaby Jack has shown “hacking” into an automatic teller machine can be easy with the right software.
Jack, director of security testing at Seattle-based computer security consultant IOActive Inc, hauled two ATMs on to a Las Vegas conference stage and demonstrated how, with the press […]
Electric cars are all the rage. Last Sunday’s New York Times contained a long profile of Elon Musk, the entrepreneur behind Tesla Motors, the startup that has produced about 1,000 electric sports cars. On Tuesday, the news was dominated by the announcement of the sticker price ($41,000) of the new Chevrolet Volt. And late Tuesday, […]
India just debut a $35 tablet prototype. Of course, the tablet will not compete with Apple iPad. But this is a step in the right direction for a developing nation like India. The human resources minister expects the price to fall to $10 per tablet.
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