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Aerofex hoverbike could be yours by 2017

The Aero-X hoverbike from Aerofex is slated for a commercial release in 2017 for just $85,000. Chump change, right?<p>Aerofex's hoverbike made a pretty big splash when the Californian company showed off its working prototype all the way back in 2012, but then it went eerily silent. Now, Aerofex has …

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How To Marry The Right Girl: A Mathematical Solution

Poor Johannes Kepler. One of the greatest astronomers ever, the man who figured out the laws of planetary motion, a genius, scholar and mathematician — in 1611, he needed a wife. The previous Mrs. Kepler had died of Hungarian spotted fever, so, with kids to raise and a household to manage, he …

Global Life Expectancy Up By 6 Years Since 1990

The largest gains in life expectancy have come in developing countries.<p>The average girl born in 2012 can expect to live to the age of 72; the average boy to 68, according to statistics released today (May 15) by the World Health Organization. People just about everywhere are living longer, and the …

View from space: San Diego County wildfires

A satellite view of the nine fires still blazing in San Diego County California.<p>The single fire that ignited and split into nine separate fires still …

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This is your brain on meditation

The brain processes more thoughts, feelings during meditation than when you are just relaxing, study shows.<p>Mindfulness. Zen. Acem. Meditation …

Ancient Skeleton In Mexico Sheds Light On Americas Settlement

The nearly complete skeleton of a teenage girl who died some 12,000 to 13,000 years ago in a cave in the Yucatan Peninsula, has yielded DNA clues linking her to Native Americans living today.<p>The connection bolsters the prevailing theory that the sole route of human migration into North America took …

How Twitch is crowd-sourcing an amazing Pokémon multiplayer game

A massively multiplayer online co-op version of Pokémon is being watched and played by more than 8,000 people right now. The game is the original <i>Pokémon Red/Blue</i> for Game Boy and it's being controlled, somewhat slowly and awkwardly, solely by commenters in a live Twitch stream.<p>The channel, Twitch …

The Magic Number For Making Virtual Reality Feel Like Reality

Motion controls. VR goggles. Whatever. Let’s get down to brass tacks: How fast do these need to be to feel real? Twenty milliseconds or less.<p>Kinect can be fun, but the experience rarely feels real. You’re always cognizant of your body, not just as your body, but as a controller–a once-removed human …

The Forgotten Cold War Plan That Put a Ring of Copper Around the Earth

During the summer of 1963, Earth looked a tiny bit like Saturn.<p>The same year that Martin Luther King, Jr. marched on Washington and Beatlemania was …

Your meat addiction is destroying the planet

<i>“Jesus,” Molly said, her own plate empty, “gimme that. You know what this costs?” She took his plate. “They gotta raise a whole animal for years and then they kill it. This isn’t vat stuff.” She forked a mouthful up and chewed.” – William Gibson</i>, Neuromancer <i>(1984)</i><p>On Monday, August 5th, 2013, at a …

Watch Lab-Grown Heart Tissue Beat On Its Own [Video]

Be still my heart.<p>A team of scientists from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has created lab-grown human heart tissue that can beat on its own, according to a new study in <i>Nature Communications</i>.<p>In 2008, a University of Minnesota study showed that the original cells from a rat heart …

A century-long debate: are 'intelligent' people less likely to hold religious beliefs?

Over most of the past century, researchers have been trying to determine whether there's any link between religion and intelligence. The studies haven't all come to the same conclusion, but a group of researchers led from the University of Rochester decided to look at a large number of them …

The Hyperloop: flawed fantasy or achievable challenge

The Hyperloop, an ambitious new form of transport proposed by SpaceX and PayPal founder Elon Musk, could be possible but faces some flaws, according to those who have analysed his plans.<p>The unveiling of the designs of Musk's "fifth mode of transport", which would fire passengers in pods at speeds …

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How Post-Earth Humans Will Survive In Space [Infographic]

This diagram from 1963 imagines how future humans will adapt to hostile environments.<p>"The wheel, the ski, the kayak, the sports car—pure geometry in motion," wrote aviation researchers Toby Freedman and Gerald S. Lindner in the November 1963 issue of <i>Popular Science</i>. "No doubt the engineers of these …

[Updated] Study: Sugar-Munching Mice Die Earlier

An unusual "semi-natural" lab setup quantifies ill effects in mice drinking the equivalent of three sodas a day.<p><i>Update: I've changed the headline and some sentences in this post. Previously, the headline and one of the text highlights in this post called the mice "soda-drinking." As the post</i> …

Mouse heart thumps with new human cells - Futurity

U. PITTSBURGH (US) — Scientists report stripping the cells from a mouse heart, replacing them …

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Is There A Giant Life Form Lurking In Our Solar System? Possibly, Say Scientists

What if — just maybe — we find extra-terrestrial life in the oceans of Europa, a little moon circling Jupiter? If we do, says writer Caspar Henderson, don't expect that oceanic alien to be very big. Or very scary. Or even very visible. Nothing like this ...<p>The "top predator" on Europa, Henderson …

Why So Many Men Kill Their Families On Sundays In August

A study of British "family annihilators" reveals some macabre data.<p>In what must be one of the darkest research projects we've covered, a British team has studied 32 years' worth of "family annihilator" cases, where one member of a family murders multiple others. Some patterns emerge from the 71 …

Right-Brain, Left-Brain Just a Myth, Say Neuroscientists

Are you a “right-brained” or “left-brained” thinker? Are you sensitive and artistic, or logical and analytical? Are you detail-oriented or intuitive? …

Why we’re a long way from computers that really work like the human brain

IBM was in the news last week when it announced it had created “an entire computing architecture based on the brain” (at least, that’s how Gizmodo summed it up). A few days before that, a press release announced that scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich, a research center in Germany, had run …

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Newly Discovered Carnivore Looks Like Teddy Bear

In "incredibly rare" find, scientists discover animal in Andean cloud forests.<p><b>A fuzzy fog-dweller with a face like a teddy bear is the first carnivore found in the Western Hemisphere in more than three decades, a new study says.</b><p>The 2-pound (0.9-kilogram) creature, called an olinguito, didn't make …

Researchers debunk myth of right-brain and left-brain personality traits

Are “right-brained” people creative, thoughtful and subjective? Are “left-brained” people logical, detail-oriented and analytical? Research suggests …

Albino Alligator Gets Acupuncture: Also Helpful for Racehorses (+Video)

‘Bino,’ a six-year-old albino alligator, has been receiving acupuncture treatment for back problems at the São Paulo Aquarium in Brazil.<p>Daniela …

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Of Neurons And Memories: Inside The 'Secret World Of Sleep'

What happens in our brains while we're asleep? That's one question neuroscientist Penelope Lewis is trying to answer. She directs the Sleep and Memory Lab at the University of Manchester in England. Her new book is <i>The Secret World of Sleep: The Surprising Science of the Mind at Rest</i>.<p>Lewis joins</i> …

How Dragonflies Could Help Scientists Build Better Robots

Dragonflies process light and dark a little differently than the rest of us.<p>New research into the visual system of dragonflies could one day improve target detection and tracking in robotics, according to a pair of Australian researchers.<p>Steven Wiederman and David O'Carroll from the Center for …

Hyperactive Brain May Create "Near Death" Visions

A new study shows that even after cardiac arrest, the brain keeps on going.<p><b>Can a new study lay the basis for the scientific understanding of mystical-sounding near-death recollections, filled with vivid light and vibrant meetings with deceased loved ones?</b><p>When researchers recorded and analyzed …

Becoming the very best: The Pokemon World Championships

According to Nintendo sales figures released this past January, Pokemon Black Version 2 and White Version 2 have sold nearly eight million copies worldwide. Of those millions of players, just three will be crowned as the greatest trainers in the world next month at the Pokemon World Championships …

George W Bush is Wikipedia's most-edited entry

Anarchism, the Prophet Muhammad and Jesus also made the list of the most hotly-contested topics on Wikipedia's English-language edition.<p>Scientists analysed edits made to 10 language editions, including French, Spanish and German to find which entries received the most edits from users.<p>The team from …

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Lernstift Pen, Which Corrects You As You Write, Picks Up Speed On Kickstarter

Lernstift is a pen which vibrates when you spell the word incorrectly. However, it could also be capable of spawning its own App ecosystem. After launching on Kickstarter recently, it’s picking up speed towards its modest $183,000 goal to go into full production.<p>Created by Munich-based …

Locket pays you pennies a day to cover your Android lock screen with ads

It turns out you <i>can</i> make money by wasting time on your smartphone. Locket is a new Android app that places advertisements on your phone's lock screen and rewards you for swiping through for more information. Once you've downloaded and installed Locket, it requests three pieces of information; your …