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Robin Williams Posthumously Blocks a New Aladdin Sequel Featuring His Voice

Given how rapidly moviemaking technology is advancing these days, it’s become easier and easier for celluloid to blend the line between the life and death of a beloved actor. Think Oliver Reed in <i>Gladiator</i>, Paul Walker in <i>Furious 7,</i> or, most jarringly, Sir Laurence Olivier in <i>Sky Captain and the World</i> …

Web Wear: A New Coat Is Made From Biotech Spider Silk

Performance clothes will never be the same<p>For the past three weeks, outdoor apparel maker The North Face and materials company Spiber have been touring a gold-colored parka across Japan. The prototype, called the “Moon Parka,” is a first—a coat whose outer shell is spun from synthetic spider …

How one of the most obese countries on earth took on the soda giants

As debate rages about whether to introduce a sugar tax, this is the story of how Mexico defied its own powerful fizzy drinks industry to impose a tax on soda<p>Mexicans love their soda. Construction workers go to their jobs in the early morning clutching giant two-litre or even three-litre bottles. …

Diabetes

Beyoncé, Jay Z, and Blue Ivy’s Family Halloween Costume Is Better than You Could Imagine

For years now the rulers of the Hollywood family-Halloween-costume game have been <b>Neil Patrick Harris</b>, his husband, <b>David Burtka,</b> and their twins, Harper and Gideon. But this year there’s a new famous family entering the fray. <b>Beyoncé</b>, <b>Jay Z</b>, and <b>Blue Ivy Carter</b> brought their A-game this Halloween, and …

To Your Brain, A Runner’s High Looks A Lot Like Smoking Weed

Endorphins have nothing to do with it<p>Intense exercise may not feel good to those unaccustomed to it, but does have at least one great perk: a runner’s high, a feeling of relaxed euphoria, which sets in at the end of long bouts of activity. Scientists recently discovered that this happens because …

Neuroscience

Ancient human relative could walk on two feet, use tools swing in trees

Bone analysis of newly discovered <i>Homo naledi</i> reveals curved fingers for arboreal living but feet of modern humans, indicating unique combined ability among genus<p>An extinct human relative found in a dark, cramped cave in South Africa was adept at both swinging in the trees and walking on two feet, …

Newly identified human ancestor was handy with tools

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Homo naledi, the ancient human ancestor whose fossils have been retrieved from a South African cave, may have been handy with tools and walked much like a person, according to scientists who examined its well-preserved foot and hand bones.<p>Its foot and hand anatomy shared many …

Microsoft Unleashes the Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, Lumia 950, and Display Dock

At a special Windows 10 Devices event in New York City today, Microsoft unveiled a number of major new products that photographers who use Windows …

Will Smith Reveals Just How Intense Jared Leto’s Suicide Squad Transformation Was

“We worked together for six months and we’ve never exchanged a word outside of ‘Action!’ and ‘Cut!’”<p>For his Oscar-winning role in <i>Dallas Buyers Club</i>, <b>Jared Leto</b> lost 30 pounds, shaved his entire body, and refused to break character while filming the drama. And for his follow-up role in the upcoming</i> …

Microsoft Unveils Surface Book At Its Windows 10 2015 Event

Redmond's First Laptop<p>Microsoft unveiled its first laptop ever, the Surface Book, today at the Windows 10 devices event. The 13.5 inch laptop will join the Surface 4 in Microsoft's hardware offering. Microsoft claims the notebook will be twice as powerful as Apple's MacBook Pro.<p>Introduced with a …

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Teens can't control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions like adults can — but why?<p>Research into how the human brain develops helps explain. In a teenager, the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making, is built but not fully insulated — so signals move slowly.<p>"Teenagers are not …

Watch Sodium Explode In Water At 10,000 Frames Per Second

Using high-speed video, chemists figure out the mechanics behind the famous chemistry class demonstration<p>Drop pure sodium into water, and you'll get some explosive results. You might have even seen this yourself. Sodium-in-water is a common chemistry class demonstration and scientists have a solid …

Demonstration

'Super Saturn' Exoplanet Has Massive Rings

Houston, we have a ringer<p>The rings of Saturn are one of our most instantly recognizable images of outer space, but those beautiful rings of rock and dust now have some competition. In a paper that was recently accepted for publication in <i>Astrophysical Journal</i>, scientists from Leiden Observatory in …

Astronomy

Did An Armed Chinese-Made Drone Just Crash in Nigeria?

CH-3 UCAVs Join War Against Boko Haram<p>As the brutal Boko Haram insurgency has entered its 7th year in Nigeria, the relationship between the government and China has deepened. In many ways it is a match of needs. The Nigerian military has a pressing need for counter-insurgency (COIN) equipment, such …

We’re About To Visit A Tiny Planet In The Asteroid Belt For The First Time

The Dawn spacecraft arrives at Ceres this March, and it could be the most surprising space mission in decades<p>While the world awaits the first visit to Pluto this July, another space mission will reach a strange world much closer to home. And months sooner.<p>A small robot named Dawn is nearing the end …

Astronomy