The Morning After: Wednesday, March 8th 2017

The Morning After: Wednesday, March 8th 2017 Good morning! Wikileaks is at it again, this time going after the CIA. Flickr has learned a new trick, offering a Google Photos-like "similarity search" and we know the name of Star Trek's next captain. But first things first — make sure you've ent… Source: Engadget Link: The […]

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Scientists Have Created the First Artificial Embryo Without Using an Egg or Sperm

Scientists Have Created the First Artificial Embryo Without Using an Egg or Sperm Using stem cells in grown-on 3D scaffolding in a laboratory petri dish, scientists have for the first time created an embryo made entirely from stem cells. Read more… Source: Gizmodo Link: Scientists Have Created the First Artificial Embryo Without Using an Egg […]

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It's Not Just You, Americans Seem to Be Having Less Sex

It's Not Just You, Americans Seem to Be Having Less Sex Sex is great, so great that recently some researchers concluded it makes life at work better. Information on the greatness of sex is useless if we aren’t actually doing it, though. Read more… Source: Gizmodo Link: It's Not Just You, Americans Seem to Be […]

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Human-Pig Chimeras Suggest a Long Road to Organ Farming

Human-Pig Chimeras Suggest a Long Road to Organ Farming Several dozen embryos sat in a lab that seemed straight out of a David Lynch film—part pig, part human. It’s just the first step in a strange journey that may one day lead to a new way to grow and harvest human organs. Read more… Source: […]

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Alien Planets Have No Respect for Their Moons

Alien Planets Have No Respect for Their Moons Though NASA has confirmed 3,440 planets outside our solar system, no one has ever been able to confirm an exomoon. While we know they’re out there, huddling around their respective planets, new research could clue us into why we haven’t been able to find one yet—and it […]

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MIT finds actual wisdom in the wisdom of crowds

MIT finds actual wisdom in the wisdom of crowds To paraphrase Men In Black's Agent K, a person is smart, but people are dumb, panicky and dangerous animals. Researchers at MIT and Princeton wanted to see if, despite this, they were able to extract better information from crowds. They appear to hav… Source: Engadget Link: […]

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Why Did Scientists Wait Until Trump to Run for Office?

Why Did Scientists Wait Until Trump to Run for Office? Science is political. Read more… Source: Gizmodo Link: Why Did Scientists Wait Until Trump to Run for Office?

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D-Wave has its first customer for a $15 million quantum computer

D-Wave has its first customer for a million quantum computer The last time we reported on Canadian quantum computing company D-Wave, it'd extended a contract for its 500-qubit D-Wave Two machine. Now, the firm has announced a major step forward: commercial availability of the D-Wave 2000Q, which it says has 2,… Source: Engadget Link: D-Wave […]

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University Very, Very Sorry It Gave Lab Students 'Easily Fatal' Doses of Caffeine

University Very, Very Sorry It Gave Lab Students 'Easily Fatal' Doses of Caffeine During a lab test at Northumbria University last March, sports science students were supposed to receive around 300 milligrams of caffeine. Due to a misplaced decimal point, prosecutors say two of them were given 30,000 milligrams—equal to 300 cups of coffee or […]

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New Measurements of the Universe Expanding Tell a Confusing Story

New Measurements of the Universe Expanding Tell a Confusing Story Humans don’t know much about the universe, but we do know that most of the gravity holding it together—around 85 percent of it—comes from something we can’t see or touch called dark matter. And some other force we can’t see or touch, called dark energy, […]

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NASA's New Astronaut Suits Are Straight Out of 2001: A Space Odyssey

NASA's New Astronaut Suits Are Straight Out of 2001: A Space Odyssey Someone at Boeing has been on a serious Kubrick kick, as evidenced by the new spacesuits it made for Boeing Starliner astronauts. The blue suits, which were revealed today, combine a retro flare with a modern feel. Read more… Source: Gizmodo Link: NASA's […]

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Obama's legacy: The most tech-savvy president

Obama's legacy: The most tech-savvy president When Barack Obama moved into the White House on January 20th, 2009, the federal government was in the digital dark ages. Even as late as 2011, he was complaining that the White House was 30 years behind. Among other things, Obama was the first presid… Source: Engadget Link: Obama's […]

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Saturn’s ‘Death Star’ Moon Looks Spooky as Hell in New Cassini Photo

Saturn’s ‘Death Star’ Moon Looks Spooky as Hell in New Cassini Photo This is easily one of the best pictures ever captured of Mimas, revealing intricate surface features and shadows cast across its iconic impact crater. Read more… Source: Gizmodo Link: Saturn’s ‘Death Star’ Moon Looks Spooky as Hell in New Cassini Photo

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NASA’s Most Powerful Rocket Just Hit a Critical Milestone

NASA’s Most Powerful Rocket Just Hit a Critical Milestone Late next year, NASA is hoping to launch its Space Launch System—a powerful next generation rocket capable of exerting two million pounds of thrust. NASA engineers have now completed construction of a stand sturdy enough to test its enormous fuel tank. It’s an important milestone, and another […]

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Grown-Ass Dogs Don’t Care About Your Stupid Baby Talk

Grown-Ass Dogs Don’t Care About Your Stupid Baby Talk You know that thing you do where you talk to your dog like it’s a baby? New research shows that puppies respond well to this silly form of speech, but older dogs could give a crap. So, stop doing it when your dog grows up. Read […]

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Russia Proposes Cigarette Ban For Anyone Born After 2015

Russia Proposes Cigarette Ban For Anyone Born After 2015 Aside from meddling in the United States election, there’s another thing the Russian Federation seems to be worrying a lot about these days: cigarette smoking. Read more… Source: Gizmodo Link: Russia Proposes Cigarette Ban For Anyone Born After 2015

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Look at These Weird Clouds

Look at These Weird Clouds These clouds are weird. Usually, clouds look like fluffy puffs or big, mean anvils. But these clouds… these clouds look like stripes. These clouds are weird Read more… Source: Gizmodo Link: Look at These Weird Clouds

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This Magical Spray Can Modify a Plant's Genes

This Magical Spray Can Modify a Plant's Genes If you wanted to, say, turn a red pepper yellow, you have a few options. You could directly tinker with with the plant’s genetic code, tweaking the genes that control its color. Or, perhaps, you could just mist the plant with a spray that changes its gene […]

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The Best Underwater Photographs of 2016 Are Out of This World

The Best Underwater Photographs of 2016 Are Out of This World This year may have been a rough one up here on Earth’s dry surface, but beneath the waves ocean life flourished and dazzled. The world’s most prestigious underwater photography competition has just announced its winning images for 2016—and they’re absolutely spellbinding. Read more… Source: […]

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MIT's 3D graphene is ten times stronger than steel

MIT's 3D graphene is ten times stronger than steel An awful lot of ink has been spilled about how graphene is going to basically save the world with its myriad applications and powers. But chances to actually see evidence of how and why the hexagonal lattices are so strong in a life-size way have bee… […]

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