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Russia's secret space shuttles have been sitting in plain sight for 22 years

In 1974, Russia launched its largest, most expensive project in space exploration history.<p>The stars of the project, called the Buran program, were its space shuttles, which were built in secret from designs the Soviet secret police stole from NASA.<p>It's hard to pin a number on just how much the …

Space Exploration

Analog Simulators Could Be Shortcut to Universal Quantum Computers

<i>From Quanta Magazine (find original story here).</i><p>For more than 20 years, Ivan Deutsch has struggled to design the guts of a working quantum computer. …

8 Foods that Pack on Muscle

New Technicolor Dream Material Mimics Chameleon Skin

Chameleons are known for their vibrant color changes. While the old wives' tale that they change color to match their surroundings isn't true, they …

Nanotech

The Next Einstein May Be A 27-Year-Old Iranian Woman

It’s hard not to love Einstein. He was a scientist who made predictions so ridiculously accurate that they couldn’t be proved correct until long after his death. Here’s an amazing example: in 1916 he theorized that a pulsar would attract its orbiting white dwarf at a rate of 7mm per day. At the …

15 Last-Minute Infused Alcohols To Show Someone You Really Care

Same-day bacon bourbon for V-Day? Yes, please.

3 EASY Ramen Recipes That Are Next-Level Yummy

Ramen is more than just the crown jewel of Japanese cuisine — it's practically an art form. Eating the signature dish is a sensory experience in …

Lighter laptops, longer-lasting batteries for computers at CES 2015

LAS VEGAS -- The halls and hotel suites of CES 2015 provided a huge number of noteworthy new computers, thanks to the introduction of new components, innovative new materials, and new ideas for how to make and sell PCs.<p>Leading the charge was Intel, with its long-awaited fifth-generation Core series …

7 Surprising Biometric Identification Methods

Everything from your smell to your ears can be used to prove you're you<p>Biometrics has long been put forth as the next big thing in authentication, replacing or supplementing the concept of "things that you know"—passwords, PINs, and so on—with "things that you are." But despite lots of advances in …

The Best Medical Technologies of 2014

<i>Medgadget</i> has been around for a good ten years now, covering the developments in medical technology better than anyone else. There is no other news …

Drug companies shake their rattlebag at the poor

Fay Schopen (Opinion, 12 December) cheerleads what she considers the American ease of pill-popping. Even a casual glance at the medicating patterns in my country reveal that the poor, and people of colour, especially children, are those that are prescribed the most pills. And this is not because …

The quest for a reactionless spacecraft thruster

<i>The torsion balance is contained in an evacuated lucite cylinder. The hardwood frame is leveled and stabilized with lead weights (gray bricks, in the</i> …

Just do it: Toss your ear buds and get a decent headphone

Whenever I'm on the New York subway I see lots of folks using the free ear buds that came with their phones, and I think that's a shame. It's not just the buds' so-so sound, those little buggers provide zero isolation from external noise. To be clear about this, ear buds rest on the outer folds of …

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Halloween Pitcher Cocktail: El Diablo

Here's a pitcher-sized version of a classic cocktail that's sure to be a big hit at your Halloween party (or any other party, for that matter).<p>The El …

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro

<b>The Good</b> The Yoga 3 Pro adds a unique new hinge to be thinner and lighter than ever. The high-resolution screen looks fantastic, and the hybrid design still works great as a laptop.<p><b>The Bad</b> This first outing with Intel's new Core M processor fails to impress, with mediocre performance and battery …

Ebola, the “heart of darkness” and the epidemic of fear

<b>Nowa Paye, 9, is taken to an ambulance after showing signs of the Ebola infection in the village of Freeman Reserve, Liberia, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP/Jerome Delay)</b><p>It’s a dangerous virus and Africa is suffering. But the American media-political panic is ugly and narcissistic<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>October 4, 2014 …