Guneet Gill

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Surprise! Hello Kitty Is Not a Cat

Hello Kitty! You have seen her on your eight-year-old cousin’s backpack and your college roommate’s tote bag (“I . . . uh, got this when I was younger!”), on a dress worn by Lady Gaga and the track list of Avril Lavigne’s most recent album. Hello Kitty has become something of a behemoth, reportedly …

The curse of the $8 million dinosaur

In 1990, a group of small-time fossil hunters discovered the world's most valuable T rex. They also uncovered a legal nightmare<p>To the untrained eye, the three bones jutting out from the cliff face would have looked like stones, bleached white in the blinding South Dakota sun. But as soon as Peter …

Tech-Savvy Tortoises Learn To Use Touchscreens

Headbutt the shape, get a treat!<p>Tortoises are using their cleverness to do more than just win long distance races against hares–now they’re moving into the field of touchscreen technology.<p>Researchers from the U.K.'s University of Lincoln have successfully trained four red-footed tortoises (native …

Do Your Potato Chips Have A Security Flaw?

The microvibrations of a nearby snack food bag can let observers eavesdrop on conversations.<p>Well, this is a bit creepy: Researchers have shown that they can recover various types of audio, including human speech, by filming and analyzing the tiny vibrations that sound creates in objects nearby. In …

Do Plants Sleep?

I’ve been thinking a lot about sleep lately, mostly because I wrote a story on the topic for the March issue of Popular Science. Sleep, of course, is a key part of our lives as humans. We do it every night (or at least we should). We also see other animals sleep, from our pet dogs snoozing at our …

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