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The Truth About Asparagus and Your Pee

Pregnant Snake Prepares For Motherhood By Eating Toxic Toads

Some expectant mothers prepare for the arrival of their babies by reading books of parenting tips, painting nurseries, and buying a pram. The tiger keelback snake takes a different approach. When females get pregnant, they slither into the forest to eat as many poisonous toads as they can find.<p>The …

5 Sky Events This Week: Moon Meets Mars, Neptune, and Saturn Nebula

Sky-watchers can follow the moon on a tour of night-sky treasures.<p>This week the moon visits neighboring planets, the Saturn nebula, and two of the brightest stars in the late autumn sky. (See also: "Stars: Billions and Billions.")<p><b>Moon Meets Mars</b><p>As darkness falls on Tuesday, November 25, look toward …

The quest for a reactionless spacecraft thruster

<i>The torsion balance is contained in an evacuated lucite cylinder. The hardwood frame is leveled and stabilized with lead weights (gray bricks, in the</i> …

Do dreams occur in slow motion?

When we dream, does time pass at a different pace? David Robson investigates.<p>When my alarm wakes me up, I’ll often hit the snooze button before returning to the warmth and safety of my duvet for another quick doze. But although what follows can seem like a short dream – perhaps a single …

Consciousness

Astronauts Levitate Molten Orb Of Metal In Space

A ball of fire in the sky may answer a very terrestrial mystery<p>Behold the fiery sphere of pain in the heavens! No, not the sun, this one is much, much closer to Earth, and much stranger still. Aboard the International Space Station, scientists have an electromagnetic levitator that lets them …

Space Station

Minecraft: Xbox One Edition coming to stores Nov. 18

Retail copies of <i>Minecraft: Xbox One Edition</i> will be available Nov. 18 for $19.99, according to Xbox Wire.<p>A digital edition of the game launched Sept. 5, a day after the game became available for PlayStation 4. Players can transfer their work from Xbox 360 and "most of their downloadable content" to …

Destiny: Easy Relic Iron Farming - IGN Video

In one area of Mars it's incredibly easy to farm Relic Iron. We show you the best spot to do this so you can upgrade your gear.

Blacksmith forges Minecraft diamond sword from steel

In the world of Minecraft, you can buy a sword from a villager blacksmith or craft one yourself. Armorer Tony Swatton chose to make one for himself. A real one.<p>Armorer Tony Swatton wasn't content to stop at ax-sharp Batarangs. Nope, he had to go and forge a Minecraft diamond sword in his blazing …

Minecraft

Superman trailer re-created Minecraft-style

"Man of Steel" is reimagined in the style of a popular video game.<p>Superman is getting a fresh reboot in the upcoming film "Man of Steel." The third teaser trailer for the film is a shot-by-shot remake of the official trailer, done in the style of the Minecraft video game -- complete with square …

Man of Steel

The Guy Behind Super Popular Game Minecraft Says He Won't Work On Oculus Games Because Facebook 'Creeps' Him Out

Markus "Notch" Persson, the creator behind the popular sandbox-style video game, said he canceled any potential plans to bring "Minecraft" to the Oculus Rift now that the platform is owned by Facebook.<p>In a Twitter post on Tuesday, Persson revealed that he had been discussing a deal that would bring …

Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition launches May 16 at retail

The PlayStation 3 version of Mojang's <i>Minecraft</i> will be available on disc at retail May 16 in North America, the studio announced today.<p>It will be released May 14 in Europe.<p>Developer 4J Studios launched <i>Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition</i> on PlayStation Network in mid-December, and has sold more than …

Octodad: Dadliest Catch review: father knows best

Dadliest Catch is best at finding madness in the mundane<p><i>Octodad: Dadliest Catch</i> is obviously very silly, you don't have to get past the title to realize that.<p>But it's also sort of brave. Granting semi-control of a wildly gesticulating octopus may make for an amusing demo, a quick laugh, but who …

How To Turn A Clothespin Into A Matchstick Gun

Update your desktop arsenal with this creation<p>DIY enthusiast Grant Thompson, who previously made a 10-penny battery that powered a small light for almost two weeks, is at it again. Inspired by another project tutorial, Thompson created seven variations of a mini-pistol that can fire matches over 20 …

Ammunition

Genetically engineered mosquitoes could be vital weapon against malaria

An Oxford-based biotech firm is modifying the males of the species to be sterile, effectively making the killers kill themselves<p>627,000 deaths per year: that's a good figure. Malaria, the deadly illness caused by infected mosquitoes, is on the retreat, thanks to medical treatments that have reduced …

Public Health

2K saves Borderlands and Civilization from the GameSpy apocalpyse

Some gamers became worried when online multiplayer-service GameSpy announced its impending closure. A lot of older games depended on the tool for online matchmaking.<p>Now, publisher 2K has revealed a list of games that it’ll migrate to Steamworks for future online support, specifically the original …

'Fract' is a trippy game that tricks you into making music

The first time I played <i>Fract</i>, I thought the sound was broken.<p>I was wandering around a strange, neon-lit landscape — think the world of <i>Myst</i> with a <i>Tron</i> makeover — filled with hard angles and imposing towers lingering in the background. But the game itself was completely silent. It wasn't until I …

How Dragon Age: Inquisition's trailer opens up new story

Story has always been a central pillar in the enduring popularity of BioWare's Dragon Age series.<p>A new trailer out today seeks to set the stage for <i>Dragon Age: Inquisition</i>, due to be released Oct. 7, 2014.<p><i>Dragon Age: Inquisition</i> begins with the events at a peace conference between the warring mages …

GamesBeat weekly roundup: Borderlands gets a ‘presequel,’ The Last of Us heads to PS4, and tons of Smash Bros. news

Welcome to another weekly collection of GamesBeat’s news and stories. This time, Borderlands coins the term “presequel,” The Last of Us is finally confirmed for the PlayStation 4, and a new Nintendo Direct gave us info on Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS.<p>You’ll find all of that and more …

Is Xbox One Now a better deal than PS4 for casual gamers?

It’s been a highly competitive series of months since November last year when Sony’s massive PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One both went on sale in close …

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Baltimore

Glowing swarm mimics drawings and gestures

5 Weird Foods on the Menu of the Future

Wondering what will be for dinner 20 or 30 years from now? Here's what your meal might look like in the not-so-distant future.

Fruit flies maneuver like tiny fighter jets - Futurity

To get away from attacking predators, tiny fruit flies respond like fighter jets—with screaming-fast banked turns.

Aviation

Salamanders can thrive in golf course streams - Futurity

Improved turf management techniques, including naturalized areas and judicious use of chemicals, can help golf course ecosystems succeed.

The remarkable self-organization of ants

<i>Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent division of SimonsFoundation.org, whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research developments and trends in mathematics and the physical and life sciences.</i><p>Give a colony of …

Game-changing $5 chemistry set inspired by music box

A Stanford researcher reinvents the chemistry set completely in the form of an inexpensive gizmo modeled after a hand-crank music box.<p>Stanford Assistant Professor of Bioengineering Manu Prakash sees the world a little differently. He already made a scientific splash with a 50-cent origami-style …

Chemistry

Hi-tech goggles 'detect cancer cells'

A US trial of hi-tech goggles could reduce the need for secondary operations for cancer patients.<p>Surgeons are not always able to tell if they have removed all the cancerous tissues and many patients face a follow-up operation to remove more.<p>The goggles create an augmented reality, showing cancerous …

Star Citizen Gets its First Actual Gameplay Footage, and it Looks Absolutely Glorious

Yesterday night legendary <i>Wing Commander</i> creator Chris Roberts and Cloud Imperium Games finally hosted the debut of the <i>Dogfighting Module</i> of <i>Star</i> …