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Why Mosquitoes Bite Some People and Not Others -- And the Surprising, Natural Way to Avoid Bites

Why are some people so much more attractive to mosquitoes than others? And what can you do about the pesky little bloodsuckers, especially if you …

The Crazy Genius Behind Solar Roadways

Here’s an idea crazy enough that it just might work: Pave the streets with solar-powered panels that have their own built-in heat and LED lights. That’s what Scott and Julie Brusaw hope to accomplish with their ongoing Solar Roadways project, which they just funded through a hugely popular …

APOD: Hubble's Jupiter and the Amazing Shrinking Great Red Spot (2014 May 17) Credit: NASA, ESA, and Amy Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center) et al. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140517.html Explanation: Gas giant Jupiter is the solar system's largest world with about 320 times the mass of planet Earth. It's also known for a giant swirling storm system, the Great Red Spot, featured in this sharp Hubble image from April 21. Nestled between Jupiter-girdling cloud bands, the Great Red Spot itself could still easily swallow Earth, but lately it has been shrinking. The most recent Hubble observations measure the spot to be about 10,250 miles (16,500 kilometers) across. That's the smallest ever measured by Hubble and particularly dramatic when compared to 14,500 miles measured by the Voyager 1 and 2 flybys in 1979, and historic telescopic observations from the 1800s indicating a width of about 25,500 miles on its long axis. Current indications are that the rate of shrinking is increasing for the long-lived Great Red Spot. http://hubblesite.org/news/2014/24 http://spacetelescope.org/news/heic1410/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140517 #APOD

This Microchip Heart Has A Rare Genetic Disease

The heart was created, in part, using skin cells from people with Barth syndrome.<p>It doesn't look much like a heart, but it works—a little bit—like one. Researchers have created a microchip heart that has a rare genetic disease. Using the chip, the researchers were able to learn some basics about …

Lenovo enters consumer Chromebook market; raises profile of Google laptops

Lenovo, the world's largest PC manufacturer, has entered the consumer Chromebook market by unveiling two laptops that will be released this summer.<p>The announcement is the biggest endorsement yet for Chrome OS, the computer software created by Google for use in low-cost laptops and desktops. With …

Scientists can trace your ancestors to within 30 miles using DNA

You might know where your forebears lived a few generations prior, but how about the exact village they came from -- <i>1,000 years</i> ago? Thanks to DNA sequencing, it's now possible to find that out in many cases according to researchers from the University of Sheffield in the UK. The aptly-named GPS or …

13 Comfort Foods That Burn Fat

They’re called “comfort” foods for a reason—they bring back warm memories, tickle your taste buds, and soothe your soul. Though some comfort foods …