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Watch the Entire History of Weaponry in Just 2 Minutes

Did you know the bow dates back to 40,000 B.C.?<p>If there's one area humans have no trouble innovating, it's in finding new and creative ways to do harm to each other. From the invention of the axe in 1,000,000 B.C. to the modern-day killer drone, mankind has crafted ingenious ways to inflict harm.<p>As …

Military

Silver Makes Dead Bacteria Act Like Zombies

Killing from beyond the grave<p>Chemists in Israel have discovered the walking dead of the microbial world. It turns out that bacteria slayed by silver can kill nearby living pathogens even after they're dead as a doornail.<p>Silver has been used as an antimicrobial agent for centuries. Bacteria absorb …

Wake up, Philae. You're on a comet headed for the Sun.

Scientists on Thursday will begin attempts to wake up a robot that landed on a comet nearly four months ago.<p>The European Space Agency will try to …

Space

Watch This Aquarium Octopus Make a Break For It

The Seattle Aquarium says Ink was just trying to "explore his boundaries"<p>Octopuses are really, really smart—smart enough that they don't like to be cooped up. They've been known to break locks and bust out of cages. But here's a video of one in the act of trying to break free, or maybe just …

Aquariums

Dark matter may have killed the dinosaurs, claims scientist

Earth passing through areas of dark matter might have triggered the comet strike which killed the dinosaurs<p>Dark matter may have been responsible for the comet strike which killed the dinosaurs, a scientist has suggested.<p>Earth, as well as spinning around the Sun, is also moving around our own …

X-Rays Reveal Snippets From Papyrus Scrolls That Survived Mount Vesuvius

Buried by a volcano, the scorched papyri may yet yield their secrets.<p>The charred scrolls of ancient Herculaneum may yet yield their secrets, suggests an x-ray analysis released Tuesday of one previously impenetrable roll of papyrus.<p>The volcanic Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D., destroying the …

Archaeology

Flying Over After a Hurricane

Changing Planet<p>Soon after Hurricane Odile roared through Cabo San Lucas and the far end of Baja California with 120 mile-per-hour winds, LightHawk was in the air to document the extensive wind and flood damage left by the Category 3 storm.<p>Filmmaker Jeff Litton joined the LightHawk aerial survey of …

How to explain NFL football to non-football fans

"The story of American football is the story of America herself. A tale of taking other people's land by force."<p>@FrazDav brought back the animated guide to American Football for Super Bowl XLIX and it's as beautiful, hilarious and ~true~ as the original a year ago.<p>Good luck to the Patriots and …

CES 2015: See What Your Dog Sees With Motorola's New Wireless Dog Collar [Video]

Like a GoPro for pooches<p>Motorola's Scout5000 is perhaps the most advanced dog collar we've seen yet. Where you might expect a name tag, the Scout5000 has what is essentially a smartphone.<p>The $200 device goes on sale in April and has an integrated 720p wide-angle camera, allowing you to see the …

Here's Why They Built a Cannon to Blast Salmon Over a Dam

Why launch a fish over a dam? Because we can. Also: Because it could save the environment.<p><b>Near an otherwise tranquil Washington river</b>, a bewildered Chinook salmon flops out of what looks like an air-conditioning duct, tail flapping fruitlessly. This is not an accident, or animal cruelty, or even a …

Aquaculture

Watch What It's Like To Be An Astronaut Returning To Earth

This footage is so incredibly rare that it almost seems like it's from a sci-fi movie.

Star Wars' New Rolling Droid Is a Real Robot

JJ Abrams and his crew built the cute bot rather that animating it with CG, according to Mark Hamill.<p>The over-reliance on computer generated effects was just one of the sorry aspects of the <i>Star Wars</i> prequels left a bad taste in the mouths of many fans. But here's just cause for a new hope: BB-8, …

Star Wars

25 things you never knew about The Simpsons

As Matt Groening's sitcom celebrates its quarter-century, we list 25 surprising facts about the show<p><b>1. God and his son Jesus are the only characters on The Simpsons to have a full set of five digits</b><p>They also have five toes on each foot. Everyone else in the Simpsons universe has three fingers and a …

Time Capsule Placed by Paul Revere Discovered at Massachusetts State House

We'll find out what's inside—and what condition it is in—over the next few days.<p>Crews were fixing a water main break at the Massachusetts State House in Boston when they stumbled upon a piece of history: A time capsule originally dating to 1795, and believed to have been placed by Paul Revere and …

This Lego Mouse Trap Contraption Will Teach You Basic Physics

Christian Bechinie is pitching his creation to Lego Ideas, hoping it becomes an official set.<p>This delightful Rube Goldberg-esque contraption is not an official Lego set. Yet.<p>Christian Bechinie crafted his creation with the idea of teaching kids about physics, and has submitted it to Lego Ideas, a …

Lego

Video: Chasing After Mario On A Cylindrical Screen

A video game that literally keeps you on your toes<p>At any given time, NYC Resistor might be filled with members sewing wearables, soldering LEDs, and perhaps even carving pumpkins. Of all the projects to come out of the Brooklyn hackerspace, one of the coolest is the Megascroller, a cylindrical …

Nasa parodies All About That Bass with music video All About That Space

Meghan Trainor's number one hit becomes a space travel anthem for Nasa<p>In between landing a robot on a comet and exploring the edges of the universe, Nasa employees seem to have quite a lot of time on their hands. So it has proved with this parody video of Meghan Trainor's number one hit single, All …

Music

Every Ship That Has Carried Humans Into Space, In One Chart

Space is big, humans are small, and spacecrafts, well, vary more in size than you might think. Redditor Heaney555 has compiled an a chart, to scale, …

Space Exploration

Rosetta discovers water on comet 67p like nothing on Earth

The Rosetta spacecraft has detected water coming off comet 67P, the rubber duck-shaped lump of ice and dust that it placed the Philae robotic lander on last month.<p>The presence of water is not a surprise, but what has wrong-footed researchers is the makeup of the water, which is nothing like that …

Cool maps show where all 4 College Football Playoff teams get players from

The Playoff is nothing but top recruiting teams. Here's how those teams were composed.<p>These maps by John Nelson, Director of Visualization at IDV Solutions (more cool stuff here) show the recruiting territory each College Football Playoff team used to compose its current roster.<p>First, the Sugar …

Watch Washington players throw punches at each other during practice

This probably isn't good!<p>Quite the tussle at Wednesday's practice, when cornerback Bashaud Breeland and receiver Andre Roberts came to blows.<p>Via CSN Washington:<p>Moments before the scuffle broke out, Breeland had been in tight coverage of Roberts on a deep pass from Colt McCoy. Roberts did not hold …

Intact WWII Ghost Ship Discovered Off the Coast of Hawaii

A torpedo sank the USS Kailua in 1946. This month, researchers got an up-close look at the rediscovered vessel in amazing condition.<p>In 2,000 feet of water nearly 20 miles off the Hawaiian island of O'ahu, scientists have found the stunningly preserved remains of the <i>USS Kailua</i>, which had not been …

Big Island (Hawaii)

Shaq is singing 'New York, New York' in a dancing Santa hat

French Toast Crunch cereal is back

2006 was the year Twitter debuted and Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet status. It was also the last time French Toast Crunch cereal was for sale in U.S. stores.<p>Now, General Mills has given the sugar-blasted breakfast treat new life, announcing its return to supermarket shelves after an eight-year …

How Nasa's 'Orion' Mars capsule spaceship will work

An unmanned version of an Orion capsule - which Nasa eventually plans to use to send crews to Mars - is due to blast off on Thursday in a long-awaited debut test flight<p>A <b>US</b> spaceship designed to fly astronauts beyond <b>Earth</b>'s orbit for the first time since the 1960s-era Apollo moon programme is due to …

Sea plankton 'found living outside International Space Station'

Russian cosmonauts claim to have discovered tiny marine creatures thriving in zero-gravity on the outside of the International Space Station<p>Sea plankton has been discovered living on the outside of the International Space Station, Russian cosmonauts have claimed.<p>Scientists on board the ISS are …

Star Trek-like invisible shield found thousands of miles above Earth

A team led by the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder has discovered an invisible shield some 7,200 miles (11,600 kilometers) above Earth that blocks …

Meet the First 3-D Printed Object Made in Space

ISS astronauts built a faceplate using a brand new 3D printer on the station.<p><i>International Space Station Commander Barry "Butch" Wilmore holds up the first object made in space with additive manufacturing or 3-D printing. Wilmore installed the printer on Nov. 17, 2014, and helped crews on the</i> …

Space Exploration

A Genetic Fog Machine That Tags Criminals

Applied DNA Sciences & SmokeCloak A/S SmokeCloak DNA<p>For years, “security smoke” has saved valuables but failed to catch bad guys. A new indelible (and harmless) tag on skin and clothes could help.<p>Read the full story here or dive into the entire list of Best Of What's New winners

DNA

Could Elvis Presley be alive in a parallel universe?

Welcome to the mind-boggling world of parallel universes, and discover how on earth there could be worlds where the King is alive and kicking.<p>Of all the most fantastic things science has predicted, perhaps the most head-spinning is the idea that the universe we live in may not be the only one out …

Dark Matter