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Launch a Balloon for Science

Have you got anything going on for April 18 - 21, 2014? If not, you might want to set aside that weekend for some quality balloon time.<p>The Global Space Balloon Challenge (GSBC) wants people from around the world to build and launch their own high altitude balloons. The goal is to launch balloons to …

University of Michigan

First Fecal Transplant Bank Opens

The Massachusetts-based company has delivered stool samples to 13 hospitals around the country.<p>A lot of people don't give a crap. But OpenBiome, a company based in Cambridge, Mass., does, quite literally. The group has opened a facility that collects stool samples from healthy, pre-screened …

Microbiology

This Bird Is Hide-And-Seek World Champion

Can you spot the bird in this video? If not, it may already be too late.<p>The U.K.'s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council posted this video of a nightjar, which is a bird that is <i>really damn good</i> at hiding. Look under your desk. Look behind your bed. Look above you now--right now. No …

Biotechnology

DARPA Wants To Teach Drones To Fight Airplanes

How do you manage a sky full of humans and robots? A new DARPA initiative aims to find out.<p>The very first airplanes used in war were scouts and light bombers, which flew above armies and dropped small bombs (often thrown from a pilot's hand) onto enemies. By and large, that's where military drones …

DARPA

The Week In Drones: Cameras Over Kiev, The Future Of Air Combat, And More

Keeping up with the droneses<p>Here's a roundup of the week's top drone news, designed to capture the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft.<p><b>Drone Repairmen</b><p>Santa Fe Aero Services, a northern New Mexico-based aircraft maintenence shop, recently partnered …

Drones

A Bike Straight Out Of Tron And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Sculpture

Watch A Robot 3-D Print With Metal

Autodesk teamed up with designer Joris Laarman to create the system.<p>Metal, despite being one of the most ubiquitous building materials, isn't something we see in 3-D printing too often. (Seriously: we've got pizza before small-scale, consumer steel printing.) But software company Autodesk, working …

R.I.P. CAPTCHA

Say hello to two-step verification and more.<p>Say good-bye to CAPTCHA, the boxes of warped text that separate humans from bots online. AI company Vicarious claims to have developed an algorithm that can pass the test about 90 percent of the time. What will save us from spam now? These alternatives …

How To Become A First-Person-View Aircraft Pilot

A Q&A with a professional flyer<p>Raphael Pirker turned his hobby of flying first-person-view (FPV) aircraft into a career. We asked how he did it so that you might too—if and when the U.S. government ever lightens up.<p>**How’d you get started? **<p>My uncle got me into model planes as a kid in …

FAA

Your Next Cooking Oil Could Come From Hemp

A new strain of hemp produces oil with all the qualities needed for fine frying.<p>Agricultural hemp produces strong and decay-resistant fibers, a versatile oil, and requires little in the way of herbicides, since it outcompetes weeds. Hemp oil isn't widely used for cooking, though, partially because …

Profit

Do You Live In One Of America’s Most Unequal Cities?

It’s not news that people are talking about inequality in America.<p>President Barack Obama called it “the defining challenge of our time.” Mayors from …

Armatix iP1 Is The First 'Smart Gun' Sold In USA [VIDEO]

“Armatix,” a German company, has released the first “smart pistol” in the U.S., on sale in California. Their handgun, dubbed the “iP1,” is paired …

Vertical farming explained: how cities could be food producers of the future

Populations are growing and cities are booming – but could we soon see skyscrapers turned into centres for crop production? From Chicago warehouses to the south pole growth chamber in Antarctica, the concept of growing food indoors is catching on. Plant scientist Dr Erik Murchie, from the …

The Green Rush Begins: Investors Get In On Pot's Ground Floor

In the past, you could go to jail for selling marijuana. Now, depending upon where you live, you could end up going to the bank.<p>Medical marijuana is now legal in 20 states, and legislation is pending in 13 others. It's become a $1.5-billion-a-year industry, and it's expected to triple in just a few …

Sinkhole Swallows 8 Cars at National Corvette Museum

Eight Corvettes were swallowed by a large sinkhole in the main atrium of the National Corvette Museum.<p>In a fairly bizarre turn of events, a sinkhole opened up this morning inside the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Eight display cars were pulled into the hole, but luckily it …

Macro and Micro: The Biggest and Smallest 3D Printers at NY 3D Printshow

3D printers come in many forms, big, small, oblong, plastic, or metal. It seems that for every personality, there's a printer. These two printers, showcased at the New York 3D Printshow, represent two ends of the spectrum.<p>3D printers come in many forms: big, small, oblong, plastic, metal, and more. …

5 Ways Drones Could Come to Your Rescue

You probably heard Amazon's idea to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for home delivery. But what if, in addition to delivering our purchases, drones could also protect people or save us from harm.<p>You probably heard Amazon's idea to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for home delivery. But what …

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Marijuana

5 Useful Things You Can Print Off Thingiverse

Last week we heard a story about a young man who 3D-printed a prosthetic hand for a young family friend who is missing fingers on one hand. Using a …

The 10 Best Things from February 2014

Applicants should come clean about cheating allegations, colleges say

The recent expulsions of 11 students from an Orange County high school because of a cheating scandal appeared to be a forceful stand against academic dishonesty. But that discipline also has focused attention on the murkier questions about whether, and how, colleges should be informed about …

Bull Market Is A Bust For Securities Class Action Business

It’s one of the strangest phenomena among the many strange things that humans do. When the stock market goes up, corporate fraudsters slack off. Instead of using a rising market to dump even more over-hyped stock on gullible investors, they shrink their illegal schemes.<p>That, at least, is one …

BitInstant CEO Charlie Shrem Arrested for Alleged Money Laundering

Charles Shrem, who ran a New York-based Bitcoin exchange, was arrested Monday and charged with engaging in a money laundering scheme with a user of …