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Always in a Hurry: So Much to See
Mantis Shrimp Eyes See Through A One-Stop Process: Crustacean's Photoreceptors Don't Send Visual Info To Brain
Jan 24, 2014 15:09 PM E
The mantis shrimp is a big crustacean is a big hurry: It may see faster, and punch faster, than any other creature on the planet.
In the new Cyber-Economy, Many Parents need their Children's Assistance
Kids Who Have Less, May Help Their Parents Get Online More
Jan 24, 2014 11:36 AM E
Children are often their parents' guides through cyberspace, and, if they're from lower-income families, they're probably going to be more helpful about it.
Robot Whiskers
How Electronic Whiskers Will Help Robots 'See' Their Way Around The World
Jan 24, 2014 11:27 AM E
New electronic whiskers constructed at the Berkeley Lab at the University of California demonstrate that synthetic whiskers could one day help robots feel their way around a room or measure someone's pulse.
ghost ship
A 1500-Ton Ghost Ship Infested With Cannibal Rats Is Headed Towards UK Shores (Maybe)
Jan 23, 2014 19:08 PM E
The Lyubov Orlova cruise ship is infested with cannibal rats and headed for the the UK. That's the fear, at least, surrounding the old cruise ship which became untethered from a tugboat one year ago. Little has been heard from, or seen of, the "ghost ship" since then. Salvage crews are eager to capture the ship, which is worth about $1 million in scrap.
oculus rift
Oculus Rift 'Gender Swap': Virtual Reality Headset Lets You Change Bodies With Your Partner [NSFW VIDEO]
Jan 22, 2014 16:18 PM E
"Gender Swap," an Oculus Rift art experiment taking place in Sabadell, Spain, allows users to see what life is like through their partner's body. In the virtual reality experiment, which was created by the group The Machine To Be Another, a user mimic the movements of her partner, seeing what her partner sees while hearing her voice as well.
Clock Made of just Thousands of Atoms Promises to be Most Accurate Clock Ever
Most Accurate Clock In The World: New Strontium Clock Is So Precise It Won't Change One Second in Five Billion Years
Jan 22, 2014 13:49 PM E
A new experimental strontium atomic clock, developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, may be the most accurate clock in the world: it ticks at a maddening 430 trillion per second, setting new records in both precision and stability.
Turkey neck
Scientists Make Turkey Skin Inspired Toxin-Detecting Biosensor: Tool Will Mimic How Turkey Necks Can Change Colors
Jan 22, 2014 10:53 AM E
Scientists at the UC Berkeley are making a biosensor designed to change color in the presence of certain chemicals, inspired by a characteristic inherent in turkey skin.
Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Batteries That Run On Sugar Could Be In Gadgets In Just 3 Years
Jan 21, 2014 16:22 PM E
A sugar battery developed by Virginia Tech researchers could be in cell phones and tablets in just three years, the battery's creators say. The biodegradable battery could saved billions of batteries from clogging up landfills every year. While sugar batteries have been developed before, they haven't been able to last long between charges.
Iron Beam
Israel's Laser Beam Defense System Can Blow Up Incoming Rockets In Mid Air
Jan 20, 2014 15:01 PM E
Israel has plans to deploy a missile-defense laser called Iron Beam, a high-powered weapon that can heat up incoming short-range missiles until they explode, Israeli media reported over the weekend.
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Sperm-Like 'Bio-Bots' Made Of Polymer And Heart Cells May Deliver Targeted Medicine One Day
Jan 20, 2014 14:06 PM E
University of Illinois scientists have created a "bio-bot" capable of moving through the viscous fluid of a biological body. Made up of flexible polymer and heart cells, the bio-bot could be used one day to deliver targeted payloads of medicine. A study on the sperm-like bio-bots was published in Nature Communications.
Hypersonic Technology Vehicle
China's Hypersonic Vehicle Highlights Cutting Edge Military Technology; Authorities Defend Test Launch As Routine, Not Antagonist
Jan 20, 2014 10:00 AM E
China's test of a hypersonic missle vehicle is a sign of the nation's progress in the development of military technology, but defense officials there said the test is part of routine programs and not aimed at any specific country, apparently to calm concerns in the U.S.
solar power
New Solar Power Device Uses Heat To More Efficiently Capture Energy
Jan 19, 2014 13:45 PM E
MIT engineers created a solar power device that more efficiently captures the sun's various rays of light and turns it into energy.
bioglow
Glow-In-The-Dark Plants: 'Starlight Avatar,' The World's First Bioluminescent Plant, Can Now Be Yours
Jan 16, 2014 17:52 PM E
The first glow-in-the-dark plant, Missouri company Bioglow's "Starlight Avatar," is being auctioned off. Twenty of the plants, which produced an dim ambient glow," are being released. The company splices luciferns into the plant to create the glow.
alligator
Cameras Strapped To Alligators' Backs Reveal Their Deadly Hunting Habits [VIDEO]
Jan 16, 2014 15:46 PM E
Researchers strapped National Geographic Crittercams onto 15 American alligators to learn more about their hunting habits. Led by James Nifong of the University of Florida, the researchers found that alligators had a predatory success rate of about 50 percent, making them among the deadlist hunters.
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