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Which Birds Are Built For Long-Distance Travel? [Infographic]

Hint: a big wingspan helps.<p>Fall is here, and winter is already on its way, which means many birds will soon begin flocking south like they had parents in Florida. Designer Dooriya Yu charted the migration distances of birds against the birds' wingspans and found a general pattern in the data: …

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Mars 3D flyover video released by European Space Agency

Images from a stereographic camera show the landscape of Mars in 3D effect. The pictures, taken using nine image sensors on board the European Space Agency's Mars Express probe, show craters and mountains on the red planet. The satellite has orbited the planet almost 12,500 times to build the …

Why everyone may have a personal air vehicle

The idea of having a part car, part plane, part drone parked outside your home may not be as far-fetched as it seems. There really aren’t any technological hurdles to this.<p>We are going to have personal air vehicles that are both cars and planes, at least that’s Missy Cummings’s vision of the …

Drugs unlimited: how I created my very own legal high

How easy is it to invent and manufacture a recreational drug that does not break any UK drug laws? I just spent the last two months doing exactly that – and the answer might surprise you.<p>Since 2008, the emergence of legal highs has wrong-footed policymakers, parents and police. These drugs imitate …

Brain can trick us into seeing in the dark

Even in the dark, at least 50 percent of people can see the movement of their own hand, according to a new study using computerized …

FYI: Can You Overdose On Halloween Candy?

To be safe, maybe limit your all-Snickers diet to just this week.<p>Say you pulled in a really good haul of Halloween candy this year. Like, really good. Months of supply good. What, hypothetically, would happen if you decided to forgo your bland, nutritional diet and embark on every 8-year-old kid's …

Diabetes

The devil you know: inside the world of a psychopathic scientist

James Fallon has the biology of a stone-cold killer — and he would know<p>James Fallon is a happily married father of three, an award-winning neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine, the founder of several successful biotech companies, and a scientific advisor to the US Department of …

Dogs communicate different feelings with right or leftward tail wagging

Dogs can tell how other dogs are feeling from the way their tails are wagging, according to researchers who monitored the animals' heart rate as they watched canine movies.<p>The Italian team found that dogs had higher heart rates and became more anxious when they saw others wag their tails more to …

FightMe Raises $500K To Bring Its Social Video Competitions To The US

FightMe, a social video app with what may be my favorite startup name ever, is announcing that it has raised $500,000 in seed funding from an undisclosed London investor.<p>Using a hashtag system, app users can post their own 30-second, unedited videos, and they can also browse other videos and post …