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The Periodic Table’s Endangered Elements

We’re all familiar with the periodic table, but the majority of non-chemists probably aren’t familiar with the everyday uses of some of the many …

After finding water, NASA's Mars rover moves to a new location on the Red Planet

<b>Washington:</b> After investigating the "Marias Pass" region where it found a geological contact zone and rocks that are unexpectedly high in silica and …

Scientists think they've found the key gene that makes people fat

The work solves a big mystery: Since 2007, researchers have known that a gene called FTO was related to obesity, but they didn't know how, and could not tie it to appetite or other known factors.<p>Now experiments reveal that a faulty version of the gene causes energy from food to be stored as fat …

America needs your money for giant robot battle

It. Is. <i>On</i>. America is going to take on Japan in a giant robot battle! The only thing the competitors need first? Your money.<p>Well, MegaBots Inc. does, …

This is what the United States looks like if you scale states by population

Looking at a standard map of the US can sometimes give you a skewed idea of where Americans live. After all, some states have way more people than others. Here's what the US would look like if each one is scaled relative to its population:<p>Like any alternative map, it involves some subjective …

Study: People with autism have a specific, long-overlooked type of creativity

Autism is commonly, if mistakenly, associated more with logical thinking than creative expression. But new research suggests we might need to rethink our views on creativity and autism.<p>The criteria we use to diagnose autism have long made reference to the fact that autistic imagination appears to …

The Original, Pre-Rewrites ‘Fantastic Four’ Script Had Galactus, Mole Men And Herbie The Robot

By pretty much any standard, the latest <i>Fantastic Four</i> movie is a total disaster. It barely grossed over $25 million in its first week, critics hated it, and by all accounts, everybody had a terrible time making it. Director Josh Trank has said he once had an amazing version of the movie, but he …

Comics

First ‘flying’ spider found: Creature dropped from tree, ‘steered’ its own way down (VIDEO)

Researchers claim that they have discovered the first spider that can maneuver itself while gliding through the air just like a base jumper. By way …

Ex-LAPD detective who alleged conspiracy in Biggie Smalls' murder dies

A retired Los Angeles police detective who handled the murder case of rapper Biggie Smalls died Wednesday from a suspected heart attack.<p>Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies at the Homicide Bureau reported that Russell Poole collapsed Wednesday morning, according to a sheriff's department official. …

Crime

Audi, Mercedes ready challenges to Tesla luxury electric car dominance

Audi plans to challenge Tesla's dominance of the luxury electric vehicle market when it introduces a sport-utility vehicle at the Frankfurt, Germany auto show next month.<p>Called the Audi e-tron quattro, the sporty SUV concept auto will provide the first look at the luxury brand's plans for fully …

Tesla

2015 NFL Free Agents: Latest Rumors, Predictions for Reggie Wayne, Ray Rice

NFL training camps are in full swing, but valuable veteran free agents are still available on the open market as teams scramble for injury replacements.<p>And lately, two teams have emerged as viable landing spots for a couple of high-profile free agents. Not only are the Buffalo Bills in the market …

Football (U.S.)

An 'artificial leaf' could one day power the world with clean energy

The race is on to find a new way to power the world free from polluting fossil fuels, and a group of Australian scientists think they've found an …

Clean Energy

Scientists have found a way to connect quantum electronics together

Scientists have found a way to connect quantum devices together, transmitting entanglement — and crucially the quantum properties that could deliver the next-generation of electronics. Sounds boring and complicated (it's not <i>too</i> complicated), but it's important, we promise. It all involves the …

Quantum Physics

The U.K. Is Testing Electric Highways That Would Charge Your EV As You Drive

This could solve the charging problem that has been slowing electric car adoption for years (if it works).<p>Brits are getting into electric cars more and more. Sales jumped up 366% in the first quarter of 2015. Still, when the U.K. government surveyed consumers and businesses, they found the …