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DARPA's new mind-controlled prosthetics let patients feel again

Over the past decade, DARPA’s work on brain-controlled prosthetic limbs has led to some impressive breakthroughs, but with the development of novel neuromuscular interfaces, it’s making real headway toward mainstream bionic limbs in the near term. Today, the agency released some new information …

Microscopic bunny could help fight brain disorders

Japanese researchers have demonstrated a new type of resin that could be used in 3D micro-electrodes that interface with the brain. With the material, it's possible to micro-sculpt tiny objects that hold their shape after being "carbonized" at 800 degrees Celsius, which increases electrical …

Liquid Air – the future of motoring?

Liquid Air could be be a fuel for the future, says Andrew English.<p>Engineers call it disruptive technology, but Liquid Air is much more than that. Using cryogenic atmospheric air at minus 196 degrees Centrigrade as an energy store potentially inverts our idea of the piston engine and subverts the …

This Week's Most Bizarre Wild Animal Incidents

A Zambian airline gave a baby hippopotamus a frequent flyer card.<p>A Mississippi couple, Mr. and Mrs. Christmas, were locked in a lawsuit with …

UC Berkeley Researchers Build Hydrogel Hand and Move Its Fingers With Laser Light

University of California, Berkeley researchers have developed a hydrogel that can be manipulated by light. The researchers say it could have future …

APOD: The Milky Trail (2013 Jun 01) Image Credit & Copyright: Wally Pacholka (AstroPics.com, TWAN) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130601.html Explanation: Have you ever hiked the Queen's Garden trail in Bryce Canyon, Utah, USA, planet Earth? Walking along that path in this dark night skyscape, you can almost imagine your journey continues along the pale, luminous Milky Way. Of course, the name for our galaxy, the Milky Way (in Latin, Via Lactea), does refer to its appearance as a milky band or path in the sky. In fact, the word galaxy itself derives from the Greek for milk. Visible on moonless nights from dark sky areas, though not so bright or quite so colorful as in this image, the glowing celestial band is due to the collective light of myriad stars along the plane of our galaxy, too faint to be distinguished individually. The diffuse starlight is cut by dark swaths of obscuring galactic dust clouds. Four hundred years ago, Galileo turned his telescope on the Milky Way and announced it to be "... a congeries of innumerable stars ..." http://twanight.org/pacholka http://astropics.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130601 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0601

Noctilucent cloud season is here!

Adrian Strand caught these noctilucent or “night-shining” clouds over Whitehaven, England on May 30, 2013.<p>Our friend Adrian Strand was able to …

An island-hopper's guide to the Azores

Until recently, even seasoned travellers would have been hard pushed to pinpoint the Azores on a map. But finally the world is waking up to the allure of these nine volcanic islands, scattered like stepping stones in the mid-Atlantic. Whether you're watching the sunrise creep up Pico's perfect …

14 Hipster-Friendly Hotels Around The World

But what if your tastes aren't so easily defined? What if you're just as interested in brown-bagging it on a rooftop as you are in a five-star meal? Dive-bar environments with mint Danish design? What if you're a hip/ster creative-minded millennial?<p>With more and more of us wanting something that's …

Noah's Ark theme park delayed due to very literal interpretations

The Biblical account of Noah and his Ark poses a lot of questions, even for believers like the creators of the controversial Creation Museum in …

Behind Fiji's perfect island paradise are coups and political repression

Fiji may look like an island paradise, but it and its Commonwealth membership was chosen as the subject of the lobbying investigation because it is …