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Long-lost golden salamander spotted alive for the first time in 42 years

If an animal completely disappears for over 40 years, it’s usually a safe bet to consider them extinct. That wasn’t exactly the case with the …

Zoology

Fake diamonds helped scientists find the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth

It all went down 36 million years ago.<p>About 36 million years ago, an asteroid slammed into Canada and created a fake diamond, which over the millennia degraded and transformed into a shiny black rock. Now, geologists have used that gem to confirm a new temperature record for the Earth’s surface: …

Three men just won a Nobel Prize for the work of more than a thousand people

1 experiment. 1,011 people.<p>In 2015, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration's twin observatories detected gravitational waves—one of Einstein's major predictions. The feat, which just won a Nobel Prize, made a few famous. But it depended on this legion of the unsung.<p>People responsible LIGO's detection of …

Is having a cry good for our health?

Crying has often been touted as a good way to relieve stress. Does science back this belief up?<p>Until recently, scientists and authors were at stark disagreement over the point of crying. In King Henry VI, Shakespeare wrote, "to weep is to make less the depth of grief", and the American writer …

Greek Philosophy

Like many relationship stories, the history of St. Valentine is full of torture and pain

Valentine’s Day may be beloved by romance-flushed individuals keen to express their passion, and by retailers for the massive windfalls of cash it generates ($18.2 billion in the US this year) in cards, toy bears, and items adorned with hearts, but for others—the single among us, for example—it’s a …

Dlodlo's VR1 headset is the size of a pair of glasses but can rival Oculus

A VR headset that can be worn like a pair of regular glasses is pretty much the holy grail of the technology (until we get VR contact lenses, anyway). But while I expected decent VR glasses to be at least a couple of years away, I was surprised to find a pair in a small booth at this year’s …

Virtual Reality

At last! A vibrating umbrella that tells you it's about to rain

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Of all the things you need as winter comes, a smart umbrella is surely at the very top of your list.<p>You look critically at everything in your life these days, and if something's not "smart," you disdain its …

Top 10 Drones for 2017: The Beginner’s List

Changing Planet<p><i>The latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series, in which Kike profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on using drones, UAVs and remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography.</i><p>On the market for a great first drone? This ultimate …

Sports Illustrated Partnering to Produce First Complete Mt. Everest Climb in Virtual Reality

<i>Sports Illustrated</i> will partner with Endemol Shine Beyond USA to produce the first documentary series of a complete climb of Mt. Everest to be …

Trump declares war on establishment Republicans

WASHINGTON — Ripping the band aid off deep divisions within the Republican Party, Donald Trump declared war Tuesday on GOP members who have turned against him and vowed to continue campaigning as he sees fit.<p>"It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the …

'SkinTrack' turns your arm into a touch screen

Smartwatch screens can feel maddeningly small when trying to navigate apps. But why limit yourself to a 2-inch screen when there's so much prime real estate surrounding it?<p>A Carnegie Mellon University research lab this week introduced a solution that turns your arm and hand into an extended touch …

Tourists in Japan could soon use their fingertips to pay for stuff

Japan will begin testing a program that will allow tourists to pay for goods using only their fingerprints, according to <i>The Yomiuri Shimbun</i>, a …

MLB star Mike Trout is using a smart bat at spring training

Major League Baseball players are once again shaking off the winter and hitting the field in warmer climates for spring training. But this year Los …

Baseball

In Sweden, McDonald's Happy Meals come with VR goggles

But only for a limited time.<p>Swedish kids (and adults) can get a toy much sweeter than Barbies and Hot Wheels with their Happy Meals this month. Over the weekends of March 5th and March 12th, 14 McDonald's outlets in Sweden are bundling real, working virtual reality headsets with their Happy Meal …

Virtual Reality

Business card with built-in ECG is perfect for cardiologists

Yes, the electrocardiograph actually works.<p>Some people can make business cards that stand out <i>and</i> show off their skills. Take for example, that one engineer who created a card that lights up and that programmer who designed one that can play <i>Tetris</i>. But what if you're a medical professional, …

This VR t-shirt teaches anatomy by letting you virtually peer inside someone's body

Everyone loves a cool t-shirt, but what if your funky new skeleton t-shirt were actually a virtual reality-enabled anatomy lesson? Curiscope created Virtuali-tee to give kids a cool way to bring anatomy out of textbooks and into the real world. The t-shirt looks like a stylized skeleton design at …

This cool business card will also tell you your pulse rate

These days, regular business cards just won’t cut it. You need to have a unique design and make it convey what you do with more than just words. If …

Neat

Herschel Is Making Bags Out Of A Nearly Indestructible Textile From World War II

The rip stops here.<p>Aside from looking sharp, a great city backpack can stand up to hard knocks. While it’s easy to find heavy-duty outdoor gear that fulfills the latter requirement, you’re riding the subway, not scaling a mountain–no need to buy a pack optimized for alpine excursions. Herschel …

Female Marines may be allowed to bulk up as service opens infantry to women

By Dan Lamothe<p>Dan Lamothe<p>Reporter covering the Pentagon and the U.S. military<p>Email Bio Follow<p>As the Pentagon grapples with how to integrate women into all jobs in combat, the Marine Corps is considering something new: Boosting how heavy it allows women to be so that they are able to bulk up in the …

U.S. Marines

Apple Watch officially launching in Greece, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman & Qatar next week

Israel is not the only country getting an official Apple Watch rollout next week. Notices on Apple websites around the world indicate that the Apple Watch will launch in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar on February 11th, while the device will also launch in Greece on February 12th. Given that Apple …

Apple Watch

This tech company is targeting women with 'smart jewelry'

Taking its cues from what it calls the "modern-minimalist trend dominating the fashion world," Mira's latest offerings are as sleek as they are understated. The bracelet, with a ribbon-esque design, provides a brand new home for Mira's proprietary opal, which measures steps taken, distance …

This Wearable Gadget Alerts You If You're Getting Too Much Sun

Spending time in the sun is a double-edged sword: It is the best source of Vitamin D but too much sun worshipping can burn you.<p>That’s a problem …

New Segway transforms into a cute robot companion when you’re not riding it

Intel and Ninebot partner to create a self-balancing object which becomes a voice-recognising pal at the touch of a button<p>In the past, the Segway has often been, well, a little laughed at, if not ridiculed – the personal transportation devices are most often seen with a horde of slightly overweight …

You can now stick your 3D-printed head on a Lego minifigure

Want to make your Lego collection a little more personal? A seller on Etsy is now accepting orders for tiny 3D-printed heads based on your likeness that you can stick on your minifigures.<p>You’ll need to snap a selfie and a side profile of your face and send it to Funky 3D Faces. Within two weeks, …

Coin and MasterCard want to make everything you wear a payment device

Coin has primarily been known for making one of the first "smart" credit cards that can switch between multiple cards. That hasn't worked out so well, but it has meant that Coin has learned a thing or two about how to integrate payment systems into hardware. So the company is teaming up with …

This Bionic Eye Could Help the Blind See—From the Back of Their Head

This year in Australia, researchers will implant a world-first bionic eye that can restore sight to the blind—no eyeball necessary.<p>While bionic eyes …

Scientists Officially Prove That Double-Dipping Is Gross

It’s holiday party season, which means it’s also cold and flu season. But will all these things collide at your company party's snack table?<p>Unlike …

Giant footprints lead scientists to Scotland’s biggest dinosaur site

Scientists have discovered the biggest dinosaur site in Scotland on the Isle of Skye after stumbling across giant footprints fossilized into coastal rock.<p>The 70cm-wide footprints of massive sauropods are said to be roughly 170 million years old and were found by the University of Edinburgh’s School …

Northern Lights dazzle over Britain as Earth aligns with Sun - and there could be more displays to come

Look up into the night sky over the next few weeks and the Aurora Borealis may be visible<p>Parts of Britain were treated to a dazzling display when the Northern Lights appeared in 'near-perfect' viewing conditions.<p>Clear skies across northern parts of the UK meant stargazers got an uncommon glimpse of …