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Drone warfare: life on the new frontline

Safely ensconced behind flickering computer screens, military personnel are waging war in lands thousands of miles away. But is there a hidden human cost to remote-controlled combat?<p>Just a three-hour drive from Washington DC on the scenic Virginia coast, Langley Air Force Base is home to one of the …

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FDA clears device that lets paraplegics walk again

A device designed by a quadriplegic Israeli entrepreneur to increase his own mobility, and in use already to get wounded U.S. military personnel up and walking again, has won clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for broad marketing in the United States.<p>The ReWalk system is sometimes …

Is the hoverbike about to become reality?

Those childhood dreams of doing the commute on a Star Wars Speeder Bike might be possible if a revolutionary hoverbike design takes off. (Video above has no sound)<p>Getting from A to B is very rarely boring in the world of science fiction – sadly real life is often a let-down in comparison. We do not …

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If This Is What Spaceships Will Look Like In 100 Years, You’re Going To Want To Get In Line Now

Scientists and architects are designing an ecology from scratch. “Rather than treat the interior of the starship like it was the pot for a plant, and …

Einstein vs quantum mechanics, and why he'd be a convert today

Quantum entanglement of two particles means – bear with me here – that the quantum wave function describing them cannot be mathematically factorised …

Hidden 'Ocean' Discovered Deep Underground Near Earth's Core

We may have another "ocean" to add to the world map -- only this one is hidden hundreds of miles beneath our planet's surface.<p>A new study suggests that a hidden "ocean" is nestled in the Earth's mantle some 400 miles beneath North America. The hidden reservoir, apparently locked in a blue …

The End Is A.I.: The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

<i>The second in a series of posts about the major myths of robotics, and the role of science fiction role in creating and spreading them. Previous and former topics, respectively: Robots are strong, the myth of robotic hyper-competence, and robots are evil, the myth of killer machines.</i><p>In 1993, Vernor …

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'Vampire' burial in Poland keeps alive the myth that will not die

No top teeth and with a stake through the leg, the skeleton exhumed in Kamien Pomorski<p><b>STORY HIGHLIGHTS</b><p>Exhumed skeleton in Poland revealed unusal bural practices<br>• Some believe medieval burial was connected to fear of vampires<br>• Vampire folklore strong in the Eastern European country<p><i>25 years since</i> …

Defend Your Cubicle With A Nerf Sentry Gun

You'll be the undefeatable champion with this one<p>Tell workplace pen thieves and pranksters how you really feel with a barrage of foam darts. This project hacks a Nerf gun to automatically fire at large heat signatures. Simply replace the toy’s trigger system with a servomotor, wire up a home …

Lone Wolf That Took Epic Journey Across West Finds a Mate

The westernmost wolf in the U.S. may be starting a new pack.<p>The westernmost wolf in the lower 48 states, a lone pioneer wandering hundreds of miles west of any known wolfpack, has apparently found a mate.<p>OR7, a gray wolf born in eastern Oregon five years ago and later collared by government …

The Strange, Secret History of Isaac Newton's Papers

When Sir Isaac Newton died in 1727, he left behind no will and an enormous stack of papers. His surviving correspondences, notes, and manuscripts …

5 Hacks To Speed Up The Learning Process

Ryan Clements<p>Read full profile<p>The ability to learn things quickly is a tremendous asset. People who can rapidly grasp new concepts, learn and apply …

Scientists invent new letters for the alphabet of life

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Scientists have taken the first steps toward writing the blueprint of life in an alphabet unknown to nature, they reported online in the journal Nature.<p>A DNA double helix is seen in an undated artist's illustration released by the National Human Genome Research Institute to …

Police State 4: The Rise of FEMA Full Length

New super-heavy Element 117 confirmed by scientists

Atoms of a new super-heavy element the as-yet-unnamed element 117 have reportedly been created by scientists in Germany, moving it closer to being officially recognized as part of the standard periodic table.<p>Researchers at the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research, an accelerator laboratory …

Dark Matter Might Be Hiding In Microscopic Black Holes, Astrophysicists Say

Dark matter, the invisible and mysterious stuff that makes up most of the material universe, might be hiding itself in microscopic black holes, says a team of Russian astrophysicists.<p>No one knows what dark matter is. But scientists do know that it must exist, because there is not enough visible …