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Experiments in Second Life Reveal Alternative Laws of Physics - MIT Technology Review

Second Life is an online world in which people use avatars to explore and interact with each other and to build more or less anything based on simple …

DNA Sequencing Diagnoses Boy's Mysterious Bacterial Disease

This is the first time doctors have used DNA sequencing for emergency diagnosis and treatment.<p>For the first time, doctors have used DNA-sequencing technology to diagnose and treat a boy in an emergency. It's a big step for DNA sequencing—that the technology is able to work so quickly, and to help a …

16 Reasons To Love (And Respect) The Ocean

The ocean can be described in an endless number of ways. It's refreshing, beautiful and humbling. It's vast, mysterious and terrifying. It's magnificence has inspired countless novels, films, documentaries, songs, and HuffPost articles.<p>If it were a god, it would already have millions of devoted …

Two-In-One Wires Could Turn Clothes Into Batteries

The wires are able to conduct and store electricity at the same time.<p>A team of materials scientists has created a copper wire that’s able to store electricity as well as transmit it. Two in one! It’s like the shampoo/conditioner of the electronics world. Above, you can see the wire lighting an LED …

Targeting tumors using silver nanoparticles

Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have designed a nanoparticle that has a couple of unique—and important—properties. Spherical in shape and silver in …

This Spider Disguises Itself As Bird Poo To Avoid Getting Eaten

Animals have evolved lots of creative ways to blend in with their environments, developing colors or body types that help them hide from predators. But sometimes, camouflage isn’t enough, and a creature has to masquerade as something else. Some creatures pretend to be an object that no animal would …