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What, Exactly, Is a 3-D Printer?

You can make anything from a pistol to a doll to an airplane wing. Here's how it works.<p><b>This week a 25-year-old law student at the University of Texas named Cody Wilson made international headlines when he used a 3-D printer to "print out" a functional .38 caliber pistol.</b><p>He then put design software …

Maybe It's Time To Swap Burgers For Bugs, Says U.N.

Yes, we talk a lot about eating bugs here at The Salt. We know, because some of you have complained about it.<p>But insect cuisine isn't just a crazy fad for Bay Area and Dutch foodies, or for Israelis plagued by locusts: In a report out this week, the U.N.'s agricultural arm makes the case for why …

$325,000 stem cell hamburger to be eaten soon

The race for a lab-grown meat alternative has been on for years. Modern Meadow, for example, has gone after a type of 3D-printed meat using bioprinting techniques. Dutch tissue engineer Mark Post is using stem cells to make a lab-grown hamburger, one that may be actually going down someone's gullet …

3D printed ear binds biology with electronics

<b>PRINCETON (US) —</b> Using 3D printing tools, scientists have created a functional ear that can “hear” radio frequencies far beyond the range of normal …

'Gravity' Teaser Trailer

A new species of mouse lemur—one of the world's smallest primates—is photographed in Madagascar. (Photo by Mark Thiessen, National Geographic) See more of the tiniest creatures: http://on.natgeo.com/11q6qg5

TSA handgun discoveries on the rise in 2013

Despite the focus on the Transportation Security Administration’s proposed and then scuttled plan allowing on board tiny knives and novelty sporting …

On navigating a more foreign language

I study Japanese every day. For at least 30 minutes. I’m not great at it yet, but I don’t suck. I can make hair appointments and ask for parking …

Hangout With Buzz Aldrin and Conrad Anker

Wildlife<p><b>Mars, Everest and Beyond</b><p>How far would you go to push the boundaries of discovery? What would you risk? From the top of Mount Everest to the surface of the Moon, astronaut Buzz Aldrin and mountaineer Conrad Anker have risked their lives to undertake humankind’s most stunning achievements. …

World's Most Interesting Foods: 10 International Cuisines For A Tough Stomach

To really get the flavor of another country, you have to dine like the locals. Tasting the local cuisines across the world can mean French pastries or Swiss chocolate, but true adventurers will test their stomachs with these international dishes.<p>From Ecuadorian guinea pigs to Filipino duck embryo's …

A Photographer Rediscovers The Crumbling Remains Of Tatooine

A photographer finds abandoned sets used in the Star Wars films crumbling in the desert.<p>In <i>Star Wars</i> (or <i>Episode IV</i> if you want to be like <i>that</i>), Luke Skywalker spends the first 15 minutes whining about his misfortune for having been born on Tatooine. He can’t go to Beggar’s Canyon to shoot womp rats …

Japan protests over Chinese article on Okinawa sovereignty

<b>Japan has protested to China over a newspaper article that called for a review of Japanese sovereignty over Okinawa.</b><p>The article was published on Wednesday in the People's Daily - the mouthpiece of China's Communist Party.<p>Citing treaties, it said now was a "suitable time to revisit the historically …

Richard Feynman: Life, the universe and everything

Flowers, music, strip clubs...Richard Feynman's scientific curiosity knew no bounds. Christopher Riley pays tribute to an eccentric genius<p>In these days of frivolous entertainments and frayed attention spans, the people who become famous are not necessarily the brightest stars. One of the biggest …

Evolutionary theory gone wrong

Evolution? It is only a theory, many creationists will tell you.<p>"Only a theory" is meant to be dismissive, yet much of science is based on things …

PRI

Somewhere around 85 percent of Myanmar's 50 million people are Buddhist—the third-highest concentration in the world after Thailand and Cambodia according to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.<p>And roughly half-a-million people in the country enter monasteries and devote their lives to …

Obama's Hill Slump Has Nothing to Do With a Failure of Leadership

The president's critics are willfully ignorant of both recent political history and the checks and balances in our system.<p>The theme of presidential leadership is a venerated one in America, the subject of many biographies and an enduring mythology about great figures rising to the occasion. The …

Inside Iron Man's $117 Million Malibu Mansion

One of the major tentpole movies coming out this summer is Iron Man 3. This is a big deal for a lot of people, including me. When I was younger I had a thing for robots. In my confused little brain, I somehow thought that Iron Man was a robot, not some dude in a tin suit. Either way, for a few …

Google Earth enters fourth dimension, highlights humanity’s heavy hand

Satellite imagery lets you follow terrain changes over time.<p>Roughly four years ago, Google engineers started working with the US Geological Survey to …