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In China, Even Grave Robbers Have to Meet Quotas

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.<p>If you believe that you may have received this message in …

Will Virgin Galactic's Crash End Space Tourism?

The fatal explosion of SpaceShipTwo in the Mojave Desert may lead to more scrutiny of the fledgling space passenger industry.<p>The crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo experimental space plane on Friday, which killed one test pilot and severely injured another, may have wrecked the future of space …

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Is The Human Species Still Evolving?

Bill Nye The Science Guy speculates on the future of mankind<p>Is there a <i>Homo superius</i> just around the next corner, waiting to take our place? Let’s think about what it would take: If we were to give rise to a new species, something would have to happen to us to create a bottleneck or isolated place …

Operator deliberately destroyed rocket

<b>(CNN) —</b> The unmanned Antares rocket that exploded off the coast of Virginia was deliberately destroyed after it became apparent there was a problem, a spokesman for Orbital Sciences Corporation said Thursday.<p>The flight termination system was engaged, Barron Beneski, vice president of corporate …

How an Injured Snowy Owl Got New Feathers

<b>Washington, D.C.‘s visiting</b> <b>snowy owl</b> <b>has had a rough couple of months, but the bird is now getting a full makeover—including some shiny new feathers.</b><p>The two-year-old bird was first spotted in the nation’s capital in late January, and was reportedly hit by a bus shortly thereafter.<p>Snowy owls are …

Insane New Footage Of Felix Baumgartner's Edge-Of-Space Jump Released

We're warning you now: This new video of Felix Baumgartner's record-setting leap from the edge of space just might make you feel a bit queasy.<p>The supersonic skydiver made history in October 2012 when he plunged more than 24 miles to Earth's surface, breaking three records in the process.<p>Now, nearly …

Chrome 32 brings a Chrome OS-style 'desktop' to Windows 8

After a fairly lengthy beta phase, Google has released the finished version of Chrome 32 -- and it's one of the biggest updates to the browser in recent memory. Windows 8 users now get a Chrome OS-style interface (shown above), complete with its own windowing system and a web app launcher. …

Circuit Scribe: Instantly Draw Functional Electrical Circuits on a Piece of Paper | Colossal

<p>The folks over at Urbana-based Electroninks Incorporated just launched a Kickstarter project for a new kind of pen that draws fuctional electronic …

'Determination' can be induced by electrical brain stimulation

Applying an electric current to a particular part of the brain makes people feel a sense of determination, say researchers<p>Doctors in the US have induced feelings of intense determination in two men by stimulating a part of their brains with gentle electric currents.<p>The men were having a routine …

MIT Wristband Could Make AC Obsolete

Here's a scary statistic: In 2007, 87 percent of households in the U.S. used air conditioning, compared to just 11 percent of households in Brazil …

US plans for hypersonic robot spy plane revealed

<b>Lockheed Martin has begun work on a successor to the supersonic Blackbird SR-71 spy plane.</b><p>The unmanned SR-72 will use an engine that combines a turbine and a ramjet to reach its top speed of Mach 6 - about 3,600mph (5,800km/h).<p>Like its predecessor, the SR-72 will be designed for high-altitude …

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I Have Detected a Ghost with Science

This being the time of year for ghosts, I decided to install a piece of software designed to detect when spirits may be, unbeknownst to me, spying on my Internet habits. I'm not sure who would be interested, exactly - personally I can't think of anything worse than watching over someone's shoulder …

Germany, France and Spain 'were all spying on citizens'

European spy agencies have own methods for monitoring communications and have worked with GCHQ, latest files show<p>The spy agencies of <b>Germany</b>, France and <b>Spain</b> have all developed mass surveillance techniques for phone and internet activity despite their outrage over the Edward Snowden eavesdropping …

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General Assembly Launches Dash, A Codecademy-Style Code-Teaching Site

General Assembly launched today a new service designed to help get more people to take advantage of its Web Development courses. Called Dash, users will be able to take courses in HTML, cascading stylesheets, and Javascript right in their browser. It follows in line with what other services like …

Quantum Computer Passes Math Test, But Doesn't Answer the Big Question

Is the world’s first commercial quantum computer the real deal or not? No one is quite sure.<p>The most recent experiment adding fodder to this debate …

FYI: What Would Happen If You Got Zapped By The Large Hadron Collider?

It would burn a hole through you—and then some.<p>The scientists at the LHC would like to make two things very clear. First, it's just a horrible idea to put any part of your body in front of the collider's two proton beams. Each beam comprises 320 trillion particles, so the total energy delivered is …

The Elements of the Periodic Table, Personified as Illustrated Heroes

As a lover of children’s books, especially illustrated science–inspired and nonfiction children’s books, I was instantly smitten with <b>Wonderful Life with the Elements: The Periodic Table Personified</b> (<i>public library</i>) by Japanese artist Bunpei Yorifuji, whose ingenious subway etiquette posters you …

Living Gears Help This Bug Jump

Courtesy of Greg Sutton, University of Bristol<p>Greg Sutton was closely inspecting the back legs of a planthopper nymph — a small green, flightless insect — when he noticed something odd.<p>There was a tiny row of bumps on the inside of each leg where it met the insect's body. The bumps looked just like …

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Primed: The smashing science behind particle accelerators

<i>Primed goes in-depth on the technobabble you hear on Engadget every day -- we dig deep into each topic's history and how it benefits our lives. You can follow the series here. Looking to suggest a piece of technology for us to break down? Drop us a line at primed *at* engadget *dawt* com.</i><p>Long …

Stork accused of spying in Egypt found dead amid rumours it was killed and eaten by villagers

A stork accused of being a spy has been found dead in Egypt, with rumours it may have been killed and eaten by villagers.<p>The bird was discovered on …

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