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Madagascar's new species pop up less often - Futurity

U. ROCHESTER (US) — Madagascar, long known as a hot spot of biodiversity, may be …

American Dog Breeds Hail From Pre-Columbian Times

Researchers find limited European influence on dog breeds native to America.<p><b>The tangle of questions regarding the ancestry of dog breeds indigenous to the Americas is slowly unraveling.</b><p><b>Unlike the poodles that populate many a household, native American dog breed lineages originated from East Asian</b> …

Why Is Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Such A Piece Of Crap?

Amazing new plane keeps catching on fire. Here are the questions you've been asking and the answers you need.<p><i>This article was originally published on January 17, 2013.—Eds.</i><p><b>Q: What is the 787 Dreamliner and why do we care?</b> <b><br>A:</b> The Dreamliner is a massive jet from Boeing, the company's most …

The X-47B Autonomous Warplane Lands On Aircraft Carrier

Yesterday, a robot made history. The X-47B, an experimental drone that flies itself, landed on the aircraft carrier U.S.S George H.W. Bush. Why is that a big deal? Because landing on an aircraft carrier is hard. Both the jet and the ship move fast, and a ship is a tiny spot for pilots to aim for …

Human-powered helicopter hovers accurately for 60 seconds, beats 'impossible' challenge

A Canadian duo and their Kickstarter-funded, pedal-powered helicopter have won one of the longest-standing challenges in the history of aviation — keeping a human-powered aircraft hovering up in the air at height of at least 9.8 feet, within a 32.8 by 32.8-foot square, for 60 seconds minimum. The …

When Do We Break Up Someone Else's Drunken Fight?

A new study examines when people decide not to mind their own business.<p>When does alcohol-fueled conflict merit intervention? Not as often as you might think, according to a recent study of third-party involvement in bar fights--only about a third of the time does a good Samaritan (or someone …

All out, brothers

WHEN people believe they are ultimately working for God, do they have a right (like any other sort of worker) to organise themselves and demand …

Mexican history from the early 20th century was a time when social upheaval led to a mass destruction, death and social change. These events gave rise to a more passionate approach to art, one that remains defiantly original and vibrant to this day. "Mexico: A Revolution in Art" at the Royal Academy in London captures this euphoria http://econ.st/1749IUa

Two New Frog Genera Discovered in the Western Ghats

A team of independent researchers from India has discovered two new genera of frogs in a highly threatened swampy ecosystem of the Western Ghats.<p>The …

Researchers Develop Method for 3D Printing of Liquid Metals at Room Temperature

Researchers at North Carolina State have developed a way to print 3D liquid metals at room temperature. The researchers printed 3D objects. They also …

Update on sunspot group 11 times as wide as Earth

AR1785 and AR1787 comprise one of biggest sunspot groupings of Solar Cycle 24. So far, though, the grouping has been surprisingly quiet.<p>Two days ago, …

Beyond the precautionary principle

What is the most prominent science-based principle that influences international law today? The answer is undoubtedly the precautionary principle, …

6 Cars For People Who Hate Cars

These futuristic cars could make you rethink your haterade.<p>Do Americans just not want to drive cars any more? Recent studies suggest that the United States has passed its driving zenith, with the number of miles driven per person peaking in 2005. As of April 2013 the number of miles driven per …

This Trike Motorcycle Concept Is Like A Big Wheel For Adults

<i>Click here to enter the gallery</i><p>There's something about being perched above three massive plastic wheels that imbues ordinary crybaby toddlers with a terrifyingly kick-ass, gelled-hair attitude. Unfortunately, there's something about adult trikes that is really, really uncool. Now designer Charles …

NASA's Next Mars Rover Will Look For Past Life

It'll store and collect samples to (hopefully) one day return to Earth.<p>NASA's next Mars rover mission, set for 2020, will search for signs of ancient life, according to a new report from the Mars 2020 Science Definition Team, a NASA-appointed group tasked with outlining the mission's scientific …

This Scary Giant Black Jellyfish Is Stinging Swimmers In Southern California

It's got a three-foot bell and a whopping 20-foot-long body. Eeeep.<p>Reports coming out of Orange County, in Southern California, suggest that a rare giant jellyfish, only recently discovered, is invading beaches and stinging swimmers. On July 4th, swimmers in Laguna Beach, a beach town famous as a …

New theory upends view of how brain is wired - Futurity

COLUMBIA U. (US) — The long-held view of how signals move through the cerebral cortex …

Human evolution: the next stages

There have been a number of speculations lately concerning the eventual form humankind will take, particularly with regards to the role technology …