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The War of the Worlds Audio Edition

• <b>Author:</b> H.G. Wells<p>The War of the Worlds Audio Edition, is a fully-integrated text and audio eBook of H.G. Wells classic 1898 science fiction novel.<p>This story is one of the first alien invasion novels ever written and chronicles a first-person narrator and his ventures in London and countryside.

Legion

• <b>Author:</b> Brandon Sanderson<p>A novella from #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, <i>Legion</i> is a fast-paced, witty, and supremely fun thriller with a psychological bent.<p>Stephen Leeds is perfectly sane. It’s his hallucinations who are mad.<p>A genius of unrivaled aptitude, Stephen can learn …

How 3-D Printing Body Parts Will Revolutionize Medicine

Welcome to the age of bioprinting, where the machines we've built are building bits and pieces of us.<p>A device the size of an espresso machine quietly whirs to life. The contraption isn't filled with fresh, pungent grounds but, instead, spoonfuls of opaque, sterile goo. Its robotic arm moves …

Hubble sees the fireball from a kilonova

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has detected a new kind of stellar blast called a kilonova that’s about 1,000 times brighter than a regular nova.<p>A …

Swimming Robot Tested for Billion-Mile Trip to Saturn Moon

<b>Where do you get a robot ready to visit a lake a billion miles away?</b><p>The glacier-fed Laguna Negra (map) in the Chilean Andes, where NASA and SETI Institute scientists have been testing a floating robot whose successors may eventually parachute into a sea on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.<p>It’s not …

World's First Lab Grown Burger Cooked and Eaten

The world's first lab-grown beef burger has been cooked and eaten. The burger was developed by Mark Post of Maastricht University. <i>Bloomberg</i> reports …

NASA will separate twin brothers for a year: one on Earth, one in space

Of all the members of NASA's current crop of distinguished astronauts, only two have the unique distinction of being identical twin brothers. And now NASA is using an idea proposed by the brothers, Mark Kelly and Scott Kelly, to perform a study that's been confined to sci-fi up until now. Beginning …

Brazilian scientists to test AIDS 'vaccine' on monkeys

Brazilian scientists have developed an HIV vaccine and plan to begin testing on monkeys later this year, a sponsor institution has said.<p>Known as the HIVBr18, the vaccine against the virus that causes AIDS was developed and patented by a team from the Medicine Faculty of the University of Sao Paulo, …

Monkeys

Big Pic: Underground Machines For Detecting Dark Matter

Going deep underground in search of the elusive particles<p>Almost a mile beneath Gran Sasso mountain in Italy sits the DarkSide detector. DarkSide, which started operating in May, is designed to capture the faint signals generated by dark matter, the elusive particles that scientists suspect are …

FYI: Why Does My Voice Sound Different When I Hear It On A Recording?

It sounds different because it is different. "When you speak, the vocal folds in your throat vibrate, which causes your skin, skull and oral cavities to also vibrate, and we perceive this as sound," explains Ben Hornsby, a professor of audiology at Vanderbilt University. The vibrations mix with the …

The unPC PC: computer writes sexist jokes

A computer that writes sexist jokes has been developed by scientists.<p>The machine, which has been created by scientists at the University of Edinburgh, was designed to generate its own witty one-liners following a simple set of rules.<p>The system was programmed to exploit one of the most successful …

Ice may explain odd craters on Mars - Futurity

BROWN (US) — More than 600 double-layer craters on Mars may have been caused by …

Physiology

Fast scans catch brain snoozing and wide awake - Futurity

WASHINGTON U.-ST. LOUIS (US) — Scientists have used a speedier imaging technology to track brain …

Mars Curiosity Milestone: Top 5 First-Year Discoveries

After one year on Mars, what has the Curiosity rover found?<p><b>NASA's one-ton Curiosity rover celebrates its first anniversary on Mars this week.</b><p>In just one Earth-year of its scheduled two-year mission, the roving geochemistry lab has helped assess the red planet's habitability, while serving as a …

The sun’s magnetic field is about to flip

Something big is about to happen on the sun. According to measurements from NASA-supported observatories, the sun’s vast magnetic field is about to …

Y chromosome traced back to ‘Adam’ - Futurity

U. MICHIGAN / STANFORD (US) — Y chromosomes from men all over the world reveal …

This date in science: The 1945 bombing of Hiroshima

Japan marked the 68th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing earlier today with a somber ceremony<p><b>August 6, 1945.</b> American airmen dropped an atomic bomb …

Stained Glass That Doubles As A Solar Power Source

Artist Sarah Hall’s collection of glass facades are beautiful and good for the environment!<p>A cathedral in Saskatoon, Saskatechewan recently installed stained glass windows embedded with solar panels that will connect to the local electrical grid. "Lux Gloria" is one of several large-scale glass …

The Subtle Mysteries Of Dinosaur Sex

They dominated our planet for 130 million years. You can't do that without having babies, and to have babies, dinosaurs had to have sex. The mystery is — and this is still very much a mystery — we don't really know how they did it.<p>The key problems being:<p>First, dinosaur ladies and dinosaur gentlemen …

How did milk turn from a toxin to a staple of the Western diet?

Lactose is a naturally occurring sugar you'll find in milk, while lactase is the enzyme that helps us digest it. The thing is, for most of our existence, the human species has only been able to produce lactase in the early years of life, rendering the consumption of milk during adulthood an …

Scientists use math to give completely paralyzed patients a voice

Fully paralyzed patients could be given a chance to easily express simple "yes" and "no" phrases thanks to a newly developed method of communication. Paralyzed patients who have become "locked in" can't directly control any part of their bodies, but a research team led from the Philipp University …

A Year of Curiosity on Mars