Jecori Owens-Shuler

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Trains Could Use Lasers To Blast Leaves Off Track

Why rake ‘em when you can burn ‘em<p>Autumn: It’s a time for cool, breezy weather, pumpkin spice lattes, and the buildup of colorful tree leaves on the ground. While many enjoy the picturesque leafy exodus, there are some who don’t always look forward to the yearly ritual – notably railway …

One Key Question on Obama's Push Against Climate Change: Will It Matter?

Many expectations—and many unknowns—surround new carbon standards due Monday.<p><b>Can the United States make a difference in fighting the effects of climate change?</b><p><b>That is a key question as the Obama Administration prepares to announce its biggest step toward curbing planet-warming carbon emissions. The</b> …

Lawsuit Alleges NASA Is Failing To Investigate Alien Life

Read the suit in all its glory here.<p>You may recall, NASA recently announced that a strange rock had somehow "appeared" in front of its Mars Opportunity rover. The explanations for the mystery rock were straight-forward: maybe some kind of nearby impact sent a rock toward the rover, or, more likely, …

Paranormal

Curved Phones Are No Gimmick

The top-to-bottom curve on the LG G Flex means less glare when watching movies in landscape mode.<p>If you compare the phone in your pocket to the model before it, you probably won’t find a lot of change. Maybe a faster processor and a bigger screen, but those are small potatoes. The last time phones …

The 10 Best Things from February 2014

Strap This Wind Turbine To Your Electric Car To Stay Juiced in Park

Electricity-generating windmills churn out free energy as long as the wind is blowing. So strapping one to the roof of your car where there's always …

Super-Earths likely to have oceans and continents

Massive exoplanets might be more like Earth than has been thought.<p>Massive terrestrial exoplanets – planets outside our solar system – called …

The Man Who Thinks He Never Has to Eat Again Is Probably Going to Be a Billionaire Soon

Rob Rhinehart's hobby of <a href=http://www.vice.com/read/rob-rhinehart-no-longer-requires-food>eating nothing but a smoothie that looks like semen</a> has become a career thanks to a crowd-funded campaign that gave him $800,000 to produce his product...<p>Remember Rob Rhinehart? I'm sure you do …

Nutrition

Water found in stardust suggests life is universal

A sprinkling of stardust is as magical as it sounds. The dust grains that float through our solar system contain tiny pockets of water, which form …

Europa: a better target than Mars to find alien life

At the beginning of the 17th century, few people contributed to the invention of the refracting telescope. It was the beginning of lenses capable of …

Robotic Gas Pumps Are Coming Soon

Forget pumping yer own gas--let the robots do the work.<p>Pumping gas is a real pain. It involves actually getting out of your car, moving the muscles in your legs and arms and surrounding yourself with <i>outside air</i>. But one company plans to introduce robotic gas pumps in St. Louis, which would do all …

School Snow Days Are Good For Education

Even if some students make it to the classroom, keeping schools open on the snowiest days can hurt learning.<p>When a storm is brewing and the streets are soon to be rendered useless by mounds of snow, there's really only one thing running through every student's mind: <i>please let tomorrow be a snow …