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Drone At DEFCON Hacks From The Sky

Snoops that swoop<p>At their core, drones are little more than computers that fly. At DEFCON, the large hacker conference held annually in Las Vegas, David Jordan of Aerial Assault revealed a drone that can swoop down and break into computer networks. On board the drone, an ultra-cheap Raspberry Pi …

Where lightning flashes most

According to satellite observations, more lightning happens over land than over the oceans, and more often closer to the equator. Check out this …

Secret of "Death" Moth's Scary Squeak Revealed

Weird & Wild<p>The ominous insect, immortalized in The Silence of the Lambs, has rapid, accordion-like mouthparts that allow it to make sound, a new study says.<p>Immortalized in the horror movie <i>The Silence of the Lambs</i> and in folklore as a night-flying harbinger of doom, the death's head hawk moth has a …

Nature

3D-printed brain tissue

Researchers in Australia have developed a new way of printing 3D structures that closely resemble layered brain tissue<p>In the latest effort to build an artificial laboratory model of the brain, Australian researchers have developed a novel method for constructing layered biological structures that …

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‘Gentleman’ octopus taps prey on shoulder before attacking

The Pacific striped octopus taps its prey on the shoulder, kisses and cuddles while mating and feeds its partner<p>When it comes to good manners the Pacific striped octopus may be the king of the ocean.<p>Unlike other cephalopods which grab their prey and tackle it to the sea bed in a flurry of …

Australian Eagle Takes Down A Drone In A Split Second

Nature 1, quadcopter 0<p>Nature abhors both vacuums and robots. The skies are already the domain of birds, who staked their claim millennia ago and have since perfected the skills and traits needed to maneuver through the air. Drones are newcomers to the air, and it turns out some birds don’t like …

The internet probably isn’t harming kids’ brains, scientists say

Contrary to claims by British scientist Susan Greenfield that prolonged computer use can trigger "autistic-like traits" and aggression, the internet probably isn’t rotting youths' minds, experts say. A new editorial in the <i>British Medical Journal</i> argues that there isn't enough research to show that …

Listening to music before and after surgery relieves pain and anxiety

Even patients under a general anaesthetic were in less pain when listening to music, researchers found<p>Patients undergoing surgery should be allowed to listen to music before, after and during their operations because it is so effective at relieving pain, researchers have suggested.<p>A new study by …

Nasty Parasite Made Nastier By Virus Living In It

A better understanding of the virus could help researchers treat the deadly disease<p>The disease leishmaniasis affects about 12 million people per year, at best causing unsightly skin sores, and at worst causing the organs to fail and the patient to die. Researchers already know that leishmaniasis is …

First Octopus Genome Sequence Reveals Clues About Camouflage And Big Brains

Superbowl-prediction gene not yet found<p>With its eight grasping arms, camouflage-like skin, and large, doughnut-shaped brain, the octopus’ unique physical traits have intrigued scientists for centuries--the late British zoologist Martin Wells dubbed the sea-dwelling creature an alien. Now the …

University of Chicago

Astronomers discover the smallest known supermassive black hole

Here's a cosmic contradiction: A tiny supermassive black hole. Astronomers using the Magellan II telescope in Chile and NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have discovered the smallest supermassive black hole yet found at the center of a dwarf galaxy.<p>The findings, published by the Astrophysical …

Octopus studies detail strange behavior and genetics

UC Berkeley marine biologist Roy Caldwell first saw the intriguing octopus in Panama, in 1977. It was pretty, and striped, and about the size of his little finger. He brought a few specimens back to his lab, and one of the females surprised him: Unlike most octopuses he had seen, she didn't die …

Lap Times Don't Lie: How Top-Tier Race Cars Compare

Power, drag reduction, and ERS play a role. Our motorsports expert unpacks it all.<p>Comparing great athletes across eras and different sports has long been an American pastime. In the world of motor racing, we have our own uniquely beloved format: lap time comparisons. We also have our favorite …

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Super Mario Maker IGN Challenge: Altano's Revenge - IGN Video

IGN's Brian Altano builds the ultimate nightmare stage using Super Mario Maker.