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This Spider Makes Fake Spiders. But Why?

TAMBOPATA, Peru – Scientists returned to the Amazon rainforest in December to collect data on one of their biggest finds of 2012: a spider that uses …

7 Hand Gestures That Make You Look Like a Real Intellectual

You've definitely seen it at some point. Maybe it was in a lecture in college. Maybe it was in a TED talk you watched recently. Someone is trying to …

A Slick Electronics Kit Turns You Into a Hardware Whiz

If your knowledge of engineering stops with putting batteries in a TV remote, you might try fiddling around with a littleBits kit for a day. Senior …

America’s Secret War in 134 Countries

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National Security

Scientist Calculates How To Survive First 30 Minutes of Nuclear War

We're more than half a century past 1960, when the Doomsday Clock ticked down to two minutes before midnight. Yet, despite the steady outpouring of …

The Chinese village with the secret to long life

Tourists paying homage to Bama's centenarians are bringing in millions. But the Guangxi county's success may be its undoing<p>Her T-shirted charges trailing behind her, the young guide swept into Huang Puxin's home and flicked her tour flag towards the centenarian, who was waiting on the sofa beneath …

Scary smart! Clever crocodiles, alligators use sticks to lure prey

As if crocodiles and alligators weren't terrifying enough, scientists have discovered that these ancient, sharp-toothed beasts are incredibly cunning. So clever that they use lures to trap and gobble unsuspecting birds.<p>The discovery in two crocodilian species — mugger crocodiles and American …

The secret Hong Kong facility that uses boiling goo to mine Bitcoins

A single bitcoin is now worth over $1,000, but the process of mining for the digital currency — in which people devote computing power to facilitate global Bitcoin transactions and secure the currency's network — is growing increasingly expensive. Serious miners have started to build dedicated …

Male and Female Brains Really Are Built Differently

The hemispheres of women's brains are more interconnected. Does that matter?<p>Ready your knowing smirk, because here comes a scientific gem that’s sure to enliven even the dullest of holiday parties.<p>By analyzing the MRIs of 949 people aged 8 to 22, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found …

The AIDS Granny In Exile

In the '90s, a gynecologist named Gao Yaojie exposed the horrifying cause of an AIDS epidemic in rural China — and the ensuing cover-up — and became an enemy of the state. Now 85, she lives in New York without her family, without her friends, and without regrets.<p>The enormous brick fortress in West …

Drones Help Thai Media Monitor Political Protests

Forget Amazon Prime Air, the drone-based delivery system Jeff Bezos wants to introduce within five years, for a second… drones are already having an impact today.<p>Thailand’s capital city Bangkok is enduring political protests and, unlike previous disturbances in 2010, media are using drones to get …

Tech and Science

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Science

Da Vinci's String Organ Must Be Heard To Be Believed

The man who painted the Mona Lisa, and was the first to sketch out the helicopter and the submarine, also dabbled in music. So here's the question: What musical instrument did Leonardo da Vinci design?<p>There isn't an easy answer. His 15th-century sketches indicate something between a harpsichord and …

Oldest Javelins Predate Modern Humans, Raise Questions on Evolution

The oldest stone-tipped projectile weapons date to 280,000 years, study says.<p><b>The oldest known stone-tipped projectiles have been discovered in Ethiopia. The javelins are roughly 280,000 years old and predate the earliest known fossils of our species, Homo sapiens, by about 80,000 years.</b><p>These …

Scientists Accidentally Discover Incredible Bacteria-Killing Surface

Wouldn't it be wonderful if you never had to worry about germs crawling around on your kitchen countertop? Well, thanks to a new discovery by …

10 Scientific Blunders That Could Shake Your Faith in Science

The history of science teaches us to question what we think we know.<p>Some scientists who made great discoveries in history were ridiculed and …

The world’s most dangerous country is up to 20 murders a day

A United Nations report (pdf) released on Nov. 12 highlights Latin America’s problem with violence. It was the only region where homicides overall increased between 2000 and 2010. But one country has it especially bad: Honduras.<p>The likes of Mexico and Brazil may be better known for their crime and …

Latin America

6 Chemical Reaction GIFs That Will Make You a Smarter Person

Remember how much fun your high school chemistry class was? Neither do we. But that may be because there weren't enough explosions. Well, nowadays, …

Moon Mining Rush Ahead?

A commercial space company wants the U.S. government to give it lunar mining rights.<p><b>The Man Who Sold the Moon? A private space company's chief, Robert Bigelow of Bigelow Aerospace Inc., called for the Federal Aviation Administration to allow property rights for lunar mining, at a Tuesday NASA</b> …

THE SNOWDEN SAGA: Here's Everything We Know About The NSA's Nightmare Leak

It will take years to determine the true scope of the leak of the century, when former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden took up to 200,000 documents and fled to Hong Kong.<p>Since June 6, there has been a flood of news about NSA spying methods and targets, and more revelations may be …

Surveillance

Reports of flesh-rotting drug krokodil popping up in Oklahoma and NYC clubs

As awareness of the super-addictive substance spreads, doctors are sounding the alarm<p>There have now been at least eight cases of the skin-rotting Russian drug krokodil reported in the US, according to medical professionals who spoke with <i>The Verge</i>, and at least three resulted in death.<p>Krokodil is …

What the Military Issue Rifle Is in Each Country of the World

Different strokes, different folks. Different guns, different countries. Here's a map showing the military issue rifle for each country in the world. …