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Zano Micro-Drone is Tiny, Autonomous, and Equipped with Optical Image Stabilization

Micro-drones are typically thought of as more of a toy rather than a tool. If you want to capture real recreational aerial footage, you buy a bigger, …

Drone Footage of Chernobyl is Every Bit as Haunting as You Would Expect

While working with <i>CBS News</i> to capture footage for a <i>60 Minutes</i> segment about the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, filmmaker Danny Cooke got to explore the …

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Bowers & Wilkins P7 headphones will dazzle your ears and your eyes

It’s ludicrous but true: How headphones look can be nearly as important as how they sound. Luckily for anybody who slides a pair of Bowers & Wilkins P7s over their ears, these high-end headphones do double duty. They will bamboozle your ears as well as your eyes.<p>With a stylish design and sturdy …

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Sony's e-paper FES watch turns the strap into a screen too

Watch and learn: a new smartwartch from Sony brings the whole watch to life -- because both the face <i>and</i> the band change and react to you.<p>The FES watch is the product of Fashion Entertainments, which describes itself on its website as a "startup project" but is in fact, according to the Wall Street …

How Did Insects Evolve To Feast On Your Blood?

For the past several weeks, I’ve been wrapping up revisions on my bed bug book, which is due to my publisher at the end of this month. Going through the manuscript got me thinking not only about the origin of the bed bug, but of bloodsucking insects in general. When did that happen? And how exactly …

A Transmission That Reads The Road

Coming soon: A car that reads minds.<p>Cars today can see just about anything. They have systems that spot lanes, parked cars, and even animals. But even the best of them can’t do what the new Rolls-Royce Wraith can: The luxury coupe’s transmission predicts and responds to the road ahead.<p>Engineers …

Rolls-Royce

The Search For Actually Useful Apps On Google Glass

Ones that make smart glasses seem cool rather than creepy<p>Developers able to get their hands on the $1,500 Google Glass prototypes have been hacking apps for the Android-based smart specs since this past spring – even though the company only released a Glass developer’s kit (GDK) in …

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Future NASA space probes could be robot super balls

The Super Ball Bot could help overcome the most difficult and expensive part of sending a robotic mission to another planet: landing safely.<p>Robots …

Just four months until we can understand dogs! Dog-to-English translator to become a reality

Anxious to know what your dog is thinking? The wait could soon be over as a ‘dog-to-English’ translator is set to become a reality in just four …

When does the Age of Aquarius begin?

The Age of Aquarius starts when the vernal equinox point moves out of constellation Pisces and into Aquarius. When will that be? There’s no …

Teen marijuana use linked with schizophrenia

Heavy marijuana use as a teenager may cause changes in brain structure that resemble schizophrenia, new research shows.<p>Teens who were heavy marijuana …

Humans May Have Fewer Genes Than Worms

How many protein-coding genes does a human have? Far fewer than previously thought.<p>Once upon a time in the 1960s, scientists thought the human genome might contain as many as 2 million genes, units of DNA that code for proteins. But ever since then, the estimated number has been steadily shrinking. …

Crystal clarity

It is ironic you say crystallographers "see with greater precision than crystal-ball gazers" (In praise of …, 3 January). You mean accuracy, not precision. The difference between them is at the heart of crystallography. Accuracy describes the closeness of a measurement to the true value. Precision …

Dogs Prefer to Poop in Alignment With Earth's Magnetic Field

Researchers from the Czech University of Life Sciences and University of Duisburg-Essen have determined that dogs poop in alignment with the Earth's …

Scientists discover a naturally occurring hormone that blocks marijuana buzz

A group of scientists from the French Institute of Health and Medical Research may have discovered the buzzkill in hormone form. It's called Pregnenolone, and a new study suggests it may be released as a natural response to counteract the mental effects of marijuana. Researchers discovered the …

Are December’s solstice and January’s perihelion related?

December solstice 2017 was December 21. Earth is closest to the sun for 2018 on January 2-3. Coincidence?<p>Earth comes closest to the sun on January 3, …

Martian Rover “Spirit” Turns 10

It’s been ten years since NASA’s Spirit rover first touched down on the surface of Mars. Spirit would go on to redefine the Red Planet and inspire …

A Silent Isolation Room For Satellites

Outer space, indoors<p>More than 1,000 working satellites orbit Earth. As space becomes increasingly crowded, there’s a greater chance that the satellites’ radio signals could overlap. To avoid that problem, which disrupts communications, satellite antennas must transmit only within a narrow frequency …

A Newly Discovered Underground Lake in Greenland Will Help Us Understand Climate Change

The Earth may be more than 4.5 billion years old, but it can still surprise us. Scientists have discovered a gigantic liquid water reservoir …

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