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New Self-Aiming Rifle Would Outshoot Human Snipers

Thankfully, it's not for sale<p>TrackingPoint, a company that combines gun tech and software to create super-accurate, easy-to-use rifles, announced yesterday it is developing a new system that would give regular people unprecedented sniping powers at distances greater than humans have ever accurately …

China warns it will execute serious polluters

There are carrot and stick approaches to tackling pollution. China is reaching for the stick. The country announced Wednesday that it is willing to …

Ultimate bike cupholder can carry a gallon of beer

You could probably pad a bottle of beer with newspaper to get it to stay in your water bottle holder. Even better, you could just pour the beer into …

Industrial Designer

Rampaging pig virus may raise pork prices

A stomach virus that kills most of the piglets it infects is tearing across America, reaching farms in at least 13 states just a month after it was …

Let This Rube Goldberg Machine Show You How Cows Eat And Poop

Have a good weekend!<p>Cow from Nova Jiang on Vimeo.<p>Hi, it's late on a Friday, it's raining and horrible in the northeast and I'm drinking whiskey (<i>Ed. note: Dan, didn't I fire you already?</i>) and here's, like, the best thing I've seen all week. It's a Rube Goldberg machine, only it's wooden (cool!) and …

Ben & Jerry’s is going GMO-free

Gotta hand it to Ben & Jerry’s: It knows how to please its core audience (the hippies, at least; not necessarily the recently dumped). The company is …

How to fix the climate, in one simple flowchart

After we published our How to win a climate argument flowchart, we thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if all the climate solutions were boiled down into …

Monsanto is currently testing GMO wheat in two states

Last week, when the USDA announced that an unauthorized strain of GMO wheat was recently discovered on an Oregon farm, it was widely reported (by us, …

Eight bronze age boats surface at Fens creek in record find

A fleet of eight prehistoric boats, including one almost nine metres long, has been discovered in a Cambridgeshire quarry on the outskirts of …

Astronomers Find The Lightest Exoplanet Ever Caught On Camera

The exoplanet's predicted mass is only four to five times that of Jupiter.<p>The image above contains what scientists believe is the lowest-mass exoplanet ever to be caught on camera. Called HD 95086 b, the newly discovered planet orbits a young star about 300 light-years from Earth.<p>Based on the …

The Energy Fix: When Will The U.S. Reach Energy Independence? [Infographic]

What government forecasts suggest about U.S. energy independence<p>Since long before the rise in big data, the U.S. Energy Information Administration has tracked the country's energy consumption and production [thick lines]. The size of the gap between the two reflects how close the country is to …

How The Turtle Got Its Shell

Pictured: a turtle with a really cool shell.<p>The turtle shell isn't like any other protective element of any living animal: it's not an exoskeleton, like some invertebrates have, nor is it made of ossified scales like armadillos, pangolins, or some snake and reptile species. It's not made of skin. …

USDA Aims To Grow White Rice With All The Nutrients Of Brown Rice

The rice would help those who suffer from mineral deficiencies in developing countries, but the agency hopes U.S. shoppers will bite, too.<p>In Malaysia, there grow four types of rice with more molybdenum—a mineral that helps rice plants deal with acidic soil—than any other rice on Earth. In other …

More Pressure For Cameron As Gay Marriage Plans Criticised By Tory Grass Roots

David Cameron is facing renewed pressure over allowing gay marriage as a Tory grassroots group warned that he was alienating the party and a former …

Anti-badger cull rally held in London as pilot culls begin

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/983000/983072_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534502460_c7e8c9275fed6184d771ab7027fd1492<p><b>Several hundred people have held a rally in London as licences to cull badgers came into force in two areas.</b><p>Up to 5,094 free-running badgers in west …

Westminster Abbey

GMO Wheat Found In Oregon Field. How Did It Get There?

A farmer in Oregon has found some genetically engineered wheat growing on his land. It's an unwelcome surprise, because this type of wheat has never been approved for commercial planting.<p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it's investigating, trying to find out how this wheat got there. The …

Artificial sweeteners may do more than sweeten

Researchers have found that a popular artificial sweetener can modify how the body handles sugar.<p>In a small study, the researchers analyzed the …

Diabetes

That's no space station! Asteroid 1998 QE2 has a moon, radar shows

When astronomers analyzed radar readings to create their first maps of 1998 QE2, the big asteroid that's due to sail past Earth on Friday, they were surprised to find that it has a moon twice as big as an ocean liner.<p>1998 QE2 itself is way bigger: The latest readings from NASA's Deep Space Network …

'Superfoods' shown to fight prostate cancer

Superfoods have been shown to fight prostate cancer, in a ground-breaking study.<p>Men who had been treated with surgery or radiotherapy for the disease were given a capsule containing essence of pomegranate, green tea, turmeric and broccoli.<p>At the end of a six-month trial, their PSA levels - a …

Illegal genetically modified wheat appeared in Oregon, and no one's sure how it got there

A mystery is unfolding in the laboratories and grain fields of Oregon. Stalks of wheat that hadn't been planted and wouldn't die were found growing among a farmer's crops. Tests have revealed that the peculiar wheat included an illegal gene modification that made it resistant to a certain herbicide …

Report Of Liquid Woolly Mammoth Blood Prompts Clone Talk

Scientists in Siberia say they've extracted blood samples from the carcass of a 10,000-year-old woolly mammoth, reviving speculation that a clone of the extinct animal might someday walk the earth, if scientists are able to find living cells. But researchers say the find, which also included …

Increasing CO2 in air is making deserts greener

Scientists call this a “carbon dioxide fertilization effect.” It has caused a gradual greening of arid regions on Earth from 1982 to 2010.<p>Scientists …

Climate Change

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 …