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Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air

IVANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's …

A Microchip That Mimics the Human Brain

IBM researchers build a chip that simulates a million neurons and more than 250 million synapses. Related: Origami Robot Folds and Crawls by Itself<p><b>A new brain-like microchip has 1 million</b> electronic neurons and more than 256 million artificial synapses connecting. IBM researchers and their …

Yes, You Can Pickle That

<i>Cooking on the cheap shouldn't mean minute rice and buttered pasta every night. With a little creativity and a little planning, Gabriella Paiella shows us how to make the most of a tight budget -- without sacrificing flavor or variety.</i><p><i>Today: Pickling is so hot right now. And when done at home, it's</i> …

A Single Thread Wrapped Around Thousands of Nails

Kumi Yamashita, whose mind-blowing shadow artworks have been featured before, uses a single, unbroken thread wrapped around thousands of nails to …

This Artist Has Put Together an Uber-Creative Diorama Every Day for the Past Three Years

For the past three and a half years, Japanese artist Tanaka Tatsuya‘s daily to-do list has included creating and photographing a miniature diorama. …

Whimsical Photos Imagine Everyday Life As a Star Wars Wookiee

For three generations now, the Wookiee has come to represent the wonder of childhood, igniting a burning nostalgia in the hearts of all Star Wars …

New to Nature No 129: Bordea denotata

A fungus discovered on a beetle has helped to solve a long-standing mycological mystery<p>Dr Danny Haelewaters, of Harvard University, with co-authors in the Netherlands and Belgium, recently described a new species of Laboulbeniales from the Harener Wildernis in the Netherlands. Like related fungi, …

Researchers cleared of misconduct in row over sugar link to obesity

Two high-profile Sydney University scientists have been cleared of misconduct over a controversial research paper challenging the idea that sugar is a unique contributor to Australia's obesity epidemic.<p>But an independent investigator did find some problems with the key argument of Jennie …

Debilitating case of mosquito-borne chikungunya reported in U.S.

Chikungunya -- a tropical disease with a funny name that packs a wallop like having your bones crushed -- has finally taken up residence in the United States.<p>Ever since the first local transmission of chikungunya was reported in the Americas late last year, health officials have been bracing for …

Better Beer from Genetically Engineered Yeast

PopMech talks to Kevin Verstrepen, a leading yeast geneticist at the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology and the University of Leuven, Belgium, and Troels Prahl, the head of research and development at the Southern California yeast repository White Labs, to find out why.<p><b>The future of beer is</b> …

The Sexual Politics of Autism

Imagine you walked down the street and asked random people what autism is. What would they say? My guess: They’d talk about social skills, and the rising prevalence, and probably the vaccine nonsense. And they’d almost certainly mention that it happens to boys.<p>The idea that autism is a mostly male …

How To Make Your Own (Floating!) Concrete Boat

Rock the boat using the physics of buoyancy<p>The Greek polymath Archimedes is said to have solved the mystery of buoyancy in a bathtub. Even if the story is apocryphal, his principle isn't: If an object weighs less than the water it displaces, it won't sink.<p>Even concrete can float. Materials …

How DARPA’s Brain Chip Could Restore Lost Memories

The newly launched $40 million Restoring Active Memory program aims to develop a neural prosthesis.<p>You drive to the supermarket as if in a dream, guiding your car without really thinking about it, piloting from memory. Details like the path to the market’s address that can be recalled as facts and …

How to create a perfect vineyard: buy a GPS

It's a beautiful summer's afternoon as I arrive at the Chapel Down winery in Tenterden, Kent. Fortunately it's a weekday, so things are relatively quiet. At the weekends it is heaving with visitors keen to sample some of the UK's most celebrated wines. They're eager to buy, too: last year the …

Watch This Guy Hypnotize An Entire Flock Of Emus Just By Moving His Legs

If you ever find yourself in the position where you need to catch an emu lickety-split -- and, hey, no judgements -- then this video is for you.<p>We don't know why someone cycling his legs in midair completely transfixes these flightless birds, but we have to admit it's pretty weird and oddly …

Researchers Now Able To 3D Print Working Blood Vessels

One of the biggest problems with printing human meat was the creation of blood vessels and ventricles. Making a solid mass of flesh was easy but adding a way to pump blood and other nutrients through the flesh was more difficult. Now researchers at the University of Sydney, Harvard, Stanford and …

Researchers Create Walking, Muscle-Powered Biobots

In today’s mildly squiggy but kind of cool news, we learn that researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created tiny robots that walk when current is applied to their bio-based muscular engines. The tiny robots can twitch their way across a surface or through a …

A Comprehensive Scientific Review of 'Chemical-Free' Products

The chemistry behind 'chemical-free'<p>I never thought anybody took the phrase "chemical-free" seriously, because, obviously everything contains chemicals. But it has become a marketing slogan that a lot of people apparently subscribe to, and indeed some of the top Google search results, for example …

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Puzzling X-rays in Perseus might point to dark matter

Astronomers have detected a mysterious X-ray anomaly that might be a signal of dark matter, the elusive, invisible stuff that makes up most of our …

Moving Beyond The Turing Test To Judge Artificial Intelligence

A computer program known as "Eugene Goostman" passed the Turing Test by convincing a group of people, via chat, that it was actually a 13-year-old boy. Cognitive scientist Gary Marcus argues that the Turing Test needs an update for the 21st Century.<p>Transcript<p>ARUN RATH, HOST:<p>It's ALL THINGS …

When NASA Paid Researchers To Learn To Talk To Dolphins

Plus, the strange relationship one researcher developed while living with a dolphin for six months<p>In 1965, as a part of a NASA-funded project, a woman lived for six months in rooms flooded with a few feet of seawater. For a roommate, she had an adolescent male dolphin.<p>The project is now old …

Earth may have underground 'ocean' three times that on surface

After decades of searching scientists have discovered that a vast reservoir of water, enough to fill the Earth’s oceans three times over, may be trapped hundreds of miles beneath the surface, potentially transforming our understanding of how the planet was formed.<p>The water is locked up in a mineral …