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5 Science And Technology Claims That Should Be Jokes But Aren't

We wish these were April Fools pranks.<p>This April Fools' Day, we're feeling grumpy. Below are five major claims that have crossed our science-and-technology radar in the past few months, and that we only wish were jokes. The pushers of these items continue to make mischief, meaning people are still …

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Why do zebras have stripes? Scientists have the answer

There have been many explanations for the zebra’s impressive stripes. New research strongly suggests that they have evolved to deter parasitic flies.<p>The zebra’s striped coat is simultaneously extraordinary and stunning. So wondrous, in fact, that many people have imagined it to be evidence of God’s …

The Makers of This Solar-Powered Technology Want to Eliminate a Global Sanitation Issue

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A new piece of technology is aiming to offer an innovative solution to an age-old problem. And it's nothing to pooh-pooh.<p>For the 2.5 billion people in the world with no access to modern sanitation and at risk for all sorts of related …

Incredible Maps Capture the Genetics and Connections of the Brain

On April 2, 2013, the Obama administration announced an ambitious project to map the activity of every neuron in the human brain by 2023. One year later, we are starting to see the amazing results.<p><b>Scientists cannot hope to prevent or cure neurological disease</b> without a solid understanding of what …

Is Nicaraguan Canal a Boon for Trade or a Boondoggle?

Nicaragua revives its age-old canal-building dreams.<p>For nearly a century the Panama Canal has been the only game in town for anyone who wanted to sail from the Atlantic to the Pacific without making the long voyage around Cape Horn.<p>In that time more than a million ships, from bulk carriers to …