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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 …

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Biologist tries to explain Captain America and the Hulk with science

Comic book writers almost always spin up some inventive pseudo-science to explain how normal men and women transform into superheroes, but what if a real biologist took a crack at it? Sebastian Alvarado, a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University, has done just that with a new series of …

Black Holes? I'll Take a Medium, Please

In one sense, black holes are just ridiculously exotic. Their surface gravity is so powerful that even something as fast as light can’t escape …

We might all be having sex with robots soon

A new Pew Research Center report says that robotic sex partners will likely become commonplace in the near future<p>Ej Dickson<p>August 18, 2014 12:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on The Daily Dot.<p>In a world that offers no shortage of real, pressing problems, we spend an awful lot of time …

Now We Know How This Giant, Earth-Bound Asteroid Is Held Together, We Can Learn How to Destroy It

An asteroid pointed toward Earth set to arrive in the year 2880 AD may not destroy all life as we know it after all, now that scientists know what’s …

Mummy-making in Egypt may be 1,500 years older than we thought

Ancient Egyptians may have been concocting complex and effective mixtures to preserve their dead as far back as 4300 BC, new evidence suggests.<p>That's almost 2,000 years before prehistoric Europeans started work on Stonehenge, and about 1,500 years earlier than the art of mummification in Egypt was …

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Awesomeness from the International Space Station

What would it be like to view the Earth and the sky from the vantage point of the International Space Station? These three photos from ISS tell the …

Five finalists for Philae landing site on Rosetta’s comet

Five finalists named as potential landing sites this November for Philae lander in ESA’s fabulous Rosetta comet mission. Comet …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Surviving In Space

We know how long a human being could survive on a summer day on Mars without a spacesuit. (Answer: not long at all.) But what about the other planets in our solar system?<p>Neil deGrasse Tyson breaks it down.<p><i>Produced by Kamelia Angelova,</i> Will Wei, and Alana Kakoyiannis.<p><i>StarTalk Radio is a podcast and</i> …

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Dust from beyond our solar system fell to Earth from space probe

It could be the most exotic material on the planet. Seven particles of dust brought back to Earth by a spacecraft nearly a decade ago appear to have come from beyond our solar system.<p>The specks have all the hallmarks of being created in interstellar space. If confirmed, it would make them the first …

Saturn Peeks Out From Earth’s Moon In Rare Occultation Event [PHOTOS]

In an unusual celestial event, Saturn passed behind Earth’s moon earlier this week, giving stargazers in the Eastern Hemisphere a chance to snap …

Rosetta Finally Reaches 'Rubber Ducky' Comet

Now to figure out where to land…<p><b>The View From Rosetta.</b> <i>Credit: European Space Agency/BBC News</i><p>Are you ready for your closeup, Comet 67P?<p>After a 10-year journey, the Rosetta spacecraft finally reached its destination this morning. Launched by the European Space Agency in 2004, the spacecraft has …

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