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Another iPhone bursts into flames, sending the owner to the ER

Thanks to Samsung’s exploding Galaxy Note 7 smartphone that forced the giant South Korean company to recall the handset just weeks after it went on …

Mobile Technology

NASA Is Growing Potatoes In Peru To Simulate Martian Conditions

If Mark Watney can do it...<p>In order for humanity to one day colonize Mars, researchers must first find a sustainable crop to grow there. However, Mars isn’t the most hospitable place for plant life, which is why NASA scientists are currently in Lima, Peru attempting to grow potatoes in a simulated …

Gardening

AI robots could be the future of space walks

Russia is developing robots with artificial intelligence to send to the International Space Stations that could take on tasks dangerous for humans, …

Robotics

How Scientists Are Boosting Motor Oil Performance

Fresh, crisp stacks of paper can be frustrating. They stick together, and sometimes it’s hard to get a good grip on a single sheet. But crumple up a …

'Squishy Finger' Soft Robot Hands Allow Sampling of Delicate Corals

Two National Geographic explorers teamed up to solve a tricky problem in remote sample collection.<p>To study deep-sea corals, scientists have to collect small samples in order to examine DNA and other characteristics. This presents a problem: The animals grow beyond the reach of human divers. A …

This Is the Healthiest Condiment According to Science

This Is the Healthiest Condiment According to ScienceITALY - MARCH 24: Spicy chili, Salento, Apulia, Italy. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)De …

Nutrition

Buffalo Airways shutdown comes after recent inspection flagged old issues

Transport Canada says its decision Monday to suspend Buffalo Airways' operating licence was a measure of last resort meant to persuade the company to …

Why Do Stars Really Twinkle?

Short answer: It’s an optical illusion<p>Aristotle reasoned that stars twinkle because people need to stretch their vision to see them, and that vision wavers. Centuries later, scientists guessed that stars spin like diamonds, twinkling as they turn through different facets. It wasn’t until the early …

Could light beams replace pacemakers? - Futurity

Instead of using a pacemaker or drugs like beta blockers to regulate the heart's electrical waves, researchers are exploring the idea of using light.

How Long Could You Survive In A Coffin If You Were Buried Alive?

It depends on how big your coffin is.<p>A normal, healthy person might have 10 minutes to an hour, or six hours to 36 hours--depending on whom you ask--before settling into a premature grave. Scientists disagree, but one thing’s for sure: it wouldn’t be long.<p>It all comes down to the amount of air …

Archaeology