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Nasty Pool-Dwelling Parasite Is On The Rise

More incidents of diarrhea, just in time for summer<p>If you’re headed to the pool to beat the summer heat, just try not to swallow the water: the number of incidents of the parasite <i>Cryptosporidium</i> has increased in recent years, according to a report published this week from the Centers for Disease …

Why Starbreeze thinks it can compete with Facebook’s Oculus Rift and Valve’s Steam VR

If the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show and the 22 virtual-reality-related companies in attendance did anything last week, they established that virtual reality is about to go big. And at least one of those competitors used that event to announce its entrance into the head-mounted-display …

Police Will Throw This Camera Ball Into Rooms

“Tactical spheres”<p>“Camera in the hole!" police officers soon shout, as they toss the new Explorer camera orb into a dangerous room before entering. Made by MIT alumnus at Bounce Imaging, the Explorer is a small, grenade-sized sphere full of cameras that first responders can throw into a space ahead …

Next Week, Watch Venus And Jupiter High-Five In The Night Sky

It's called a conjunction, and it sure is pretty<p><i>Here's how Venus [starts on the right] and Jupiter [left, initially] appear at 9:30 p.m. every night for the 21 days closest to the conjunction. The moon appears in the first images but quickly zooms out of view. Animation by Katie Peek, with images</i> …

This Bricklaying Robot Can Build A House In Two Days

Replacing ancient human art with mechanical precision<p>An engineer in Perth wants to mechanize one of humanity’s oldest jobs. His robot is named “Hadrian,” after the Roman Emperor who built a wall in Northern Britain, and it can lay 1,000 bricks an hour. With a building plan programmed in, it …