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FDA approves new insulin inhaler for diabetics

The US Food and Drug Administration today approved a new insulin inhaler for use in treating diabetes, its first in years. The product, which is made by California-based MannKind Corporation, uses a dry powder that people can breathe in to control insulin levels. It's been designed not as a …

How to Fold a Napkin Into a Bunny

to Fold a Napkin Into a Bunny<p>1<p><b>Use the right napkin.</b> For this to work best, the napkin should be large and square. It can be paper or cloth, but …

How to Make Flowers Made of Toilet Paper

Community Tested<p>Making flowers is a great way to decorate space. You can do so inexpensively and add your personal touch to a room. Toilet paper is a …

Mystery white rock inexplicably appears near NASA Mars rover | Reuters

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Scientists are stumped as to how a rock mysteriously appeared in images taken two weeks apart by NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity.<p>A NASA combination handout photograph shows the surface of Mars in front of the Mars rover on December 26, 2013 (L) and on January 8, …

Astronomers Find Bizarre 'Lawn Sprinkler' Asteroid

Astronomers using both ground- and space-based telescopes have discovered a new kind of asteroid that sports not one, but six comet-like tails, and has been described as looking something like a rotating lawn sprinkler.<p>P/2013 P5 was first spotted with the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope at the top of …

Photon detector is 'quantum leap' from semiconductors - Futurity

A new superconducting detector array can measure the energy of individual photons.

New Hammerhead Shark Discovered Off South Carolina Coast

A new hammerhead shark species was discovered off the coast of South Carolina.<p>The new species, Sphyrna gilberti, looks extremely similar to the …

UFO Appears From Thin Air Over a Farm in Spain

This amazing footage shows a UFO flying over Spain somewhere near the border with Portugal. According to Italian website Segnidalcielo, it was taken …

These Two Insects Have Been At It For 165 Million Years

A great find for science!<p>Warning: ancient insect porn. Scientists in northeastern China have discovered the oldest fossil record of insect sex (insex?), in the form of a pair of froghoppers in an eternal embrace. Froghoppers are little bugs, still around today, that hop from plant to plant like a …

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Colombian navy in huge Caribbean cocaine haul

<b>The Colombian navy has seized 1,450 kg (3,200 lb) of cocaine from a speedboat in the Caribbean, following a tip off by US anti-drugs agents.</b><p>Colombian officials say the boat had left the northern town of Manaure and was heading towards the Dominican Republic.<p>It was intercepted in international waters<p>…

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Here's how to sign up now for EverQuest Next's betas

Beta registration for <i>EverQuest Next</i> and its standalone sandbox, <i>EverQuest Next Landmark</i>, is open now to players in Europe and North America, according to a recent post on the game's official forums.<p>Prospective players in all regions can sign up for <i>EverQuest Next Landmark</i>'s beta at the game's …

Official Tickets and Your Source for Live Entertainment

Events Near You<p>Mar<p>11<p>Sun<p>The National Theatre, Washington, DC<p>Mar<p>15<p>Thu<p>MGMTMatthew Dear<p>The Anthem, Washington, DC<p>Top Events<p>Apr<p>23<p>Mon<p>Rams Head Live!, …

Science Confirms The Obvious: Dudes Slow Down When Walking With Their Girlfriends

But they don't alter their gaits for other ladies.<p>A person's optimal walking speed—which minimizes the amount of energy required to travel—usually correlates with body mass and leg length. People with longer legs and bigger bodies are more likely to have a faster walk. Because of the way men and …

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Gene Machine

A pipe that copies DNA using the heat of a lightbulb.<p>Biology's equivalent of an office copier is a PCR machine. PCR, short for polymerase chain reaction, is now a staple in crime-scene forensics, heredity tests, and organism hijacking. It's a mind-boggling feat. Among billions of base pairs that …

This Backpack Can Save You From An Avalanche

Plus, it's the only avalanche airbag that will save your life more than once<p>More winter adventurers than ever before are wandering off trails and deep into the backcountry. But hiking or skiing on the wrong side of a mountain, where safety teams might not patrol, comes with a higher risk of getting …

Is there really a majority in favor of marijuana legalization?

Gallup's just-released poll showing a majority of Americans support the drug's legalization isn't quite true – at least not yet<p>Ever feel like you're experiencing deja vu? I'm sure it's happened to those of you who have smoked cannabis – you know, grass, marijuana, or, as the cool kids might say, …

Halo around the moon

There’s truth to this old saying: halo around the moon means rain soon.<p>EarthSky Facebook friend Ken Christison in North Carolina caught this halo …

Alzheimer's plaque coats sleepless brains - Futurity

Seniors who don't sleep well are more likely to have beta-amyloid, a biomarker for Alzheimer's, coating their brains, say researchers from Johns …

Waiting For the Tar Ball to Drop

Popular Science Blogs<p>Boxplot<p>Exploring the world of science through graphic narrative. By Maki Naro<p>Hidden in plain sight in the Parnell Building at the University of Queensland, Australia, sits the world's oldest continually running experiment*. Inside a plain glass display case, sits an innocuous …

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Farthest-Ever Confirmed Galaxy Offers Glimpse Of Early Universe

Astronomers have found and confirmed the distance of a galaxy that's so far away, it shows us light from just 700 million years after the Big Bang.<p>The farther away something is in space, the longer its light takes to reach Earth and Earth-orbiting space telescopes… which means super-far galaxies …

Astrophysics

Farewell: Planck Space Telescope Shuts Down

After running out of coolant, the telescope ends its mission to map light from the Big Bang.<p>Bon voyage, Planck. The European Space Agency sent the final command to the Planck space telescope today, ending a four-and-a-half year mission to examine the universe's Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), …

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Turn Your Smartphone Into A Digital Microscope

More like cell-fies! Ha ha, right? Right?<p>Do you have $10 and a few minutes and a burning need for a microscope? You do.<p><i>But why would I need a microscope?</i> you say.<p>You do! Examine plant cells, check out the sharpness of your knives, or just take some awesome photos. It's easy to make and looks rad …

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RuneScape Old School hits 1M users, gets God Wars Dungeon

More than 1 million players have checked out <i>RuneScape Old School</i>, and developer Jagex is marking the milestone by releasing the fan-requested God Wars Dungeon, the studio announced today.<p>Jagex originally launched <i>RuneScape Old School</i> — a retro version of the browser-based role-playing game that …

Kingdom Hearts 3 designer on new Keyblade forms and rollercoasters

Keyblades in <i>Kingdom Hearts 3</i> will transform into different types of weapons depending on the kind of Keyblade, designer Tetsuya Nomura said in the latest issue of <i>Weekly Famitsu</i>.<p>Nomura said the latest trailer for the title showcases these new abilities. The Keyblade Transformation ability used in …

Paid DLC would 'ruin the worldview' of Pokemon, say creators

Releasing paid downloadable content for Pokemon games would "ruin the worldview" of the franchise, series art director Ken Sugimori told 4Gamer.<p>Sugimori said he has been adamant about excluding real currency purchases from Pokemon games, noting that this philosophy has been with the team for most …

Faster-Than-Light Drive

Instead of using rockets or thrusters, a craft equipped with warp drive would move by distorting space.<p>The warp drive proposed by Miguel Alcubierre would achieve faster-than-light speeds by distorting space-time. The device would generate a field of negative energy that would squeeze or stretch …

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Half-Ton Giant Freshwater Stingray With a 15-Inch Poison Barb

Sailor lore once told of a whale so enormous that captains would mistake it for an island, anchoring their ships to the beast and ordering men …

Today in science: E=mc2

Mass and energy are interchangeable.<p><b>September 27, 1905</b>. On this date, while he was employed at a patent office, Albert Einstein published a paper …

Flesh-rotting 'krokodil' drug emerges in USA

Two cases in Arizona are the first involving caustic, heroin-like IV drug that originated in Russia.<p>A powerful heroin-like drug that rots flesh and bone has made its first reported appearance in the United States, an Arizona health official says.<p>Known on the street as "krokodil," the caustic …