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Apple has spent years working on a type of product that Steve Jobs famously hated

The patent application, filed in 2011, is for an "active" stylus that includes electronic components that can interact with touch-screen devices.<p>Apple's patent says the type of sensor it is developing "can significantly improve stylus sensing" "without incurring significant additional cost."<p>Here is …

Norway will lead the effort to switch off FM radio

Some countries are already stepping up their transition to digital radio, but Norway thinks it can one up them all. The nation's Ministry of Culture has revealed plans to switch off FM radio across the country in 2017, making it the first country to scrap conventional broadcasts. The staged shutoff …

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BMW’s Mini Demos Augmented Reality Glasses for Drivers

The Mini Augmented Vision prototype allows drivers to get a heads-up display of directions, speed limits and other information, while offering hands-free texting and music control.<p>Where Google Glass managed to just drive people away, BMW thinks augmented reality could really help drivers.<p>The …

Congo Monkey Spotted Decades After Species' Alleged Demise

Welcome back, Bouvier's red colobus monkey. It's been a while.<p>The African primate hasn't been seen since the 1970s and was assumed to have become extinct.<p>But, in a statement released late last week, the Wildlife Conservation Society says two primatologists working in the forests of the Republic of …

Ultra-Rare Black Flamingo Spotted in Cyprus

The unusually colored bird could be one of a kind, experts say.<p>For one flamingo in Cyprus, black is the new pink.<p>A rare black greater flamingo made news this month after it was spotted among a flock of white and pink brethren at the Akrotiri Environmental Center on the Mediterranean island …

Chemistry set pencils can turn life-saving tests into child’s play

Chemicals compressed into pencils can be made to react with one another by drawing on paper, potentially making diagnostic tests quicker and easier<p><i>This piece was first published on The Conversation</i><p>If you’ve ever sat opposite a doctor and wondered what she was scribbling on her notepad, the answer …

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Five Years After BP Gulf Oil Spill, Region Has Yet to Recover - NBC News

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Bat Man of Borneo

Wildlife<p>“It’s like in <i>Batman Begins</i>, when young Batman is standing in a bat cave with the bats swirling all around him,” says National Geographic grantee Donald McFarlane, comparing his real-life work to a scene featuring the iconic superhero. McFarlane may not fly but, as a bat ecologist, he does …

18th-century clockmaker John Harrison vindicated by 'perfect clock'

Three centuries after he claimed his clock could solve the problem of longitude, proof John Harrison's design is accurate to the second for 100 days<p>A clock based on an 18th-century design has stunned experts by keeping accurate to a second after 100 days – just as its maker promised 300 years …

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Why Shroud of Turin's Secrets Continue to Elude Science

As the venerated relic goes on public exhibition, its origin remains a mystery wrapped in an enigma.<p>The 53-square-foot rectangle of linen known as the Shroud of Turin is one of the most sacred religious icons on Earth, venerated by millions of Christians as the actual burial garment of Jesus Christ.<p>…

Watch Incredibly Rare White Monkeys Ghost Through a Forest

In addition to these spider monkeys, the world of unusually white animals includes lions, bears and squirrels.<p>Spider monkeys, which swing through the tropical forest canopies of Central and South America, usually come in shades of brown, black, or grey. But on very rare occasions, a white spider …