The Android of Your Dreams

I’m a big fan of robots. Or, you know, of dismantling them and setting them on fire. I just stumbled upon this video of Tara the Android, though. Perhaps she’ll help me better accept our robot cousins. Turn over a new leaf, that sort thing. Never mind.

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Trinity

The Demon Core

A plutonium core is, simply put, the heart of an atomic bomb. During the development of the first atomic bombs at Los Alamos, Nevada in the 1940s, scientists performed experiments on these cores to assess their critical mass, or the point at which they would “go critical” and experience a nuclear chain reaction. This was …

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The Megalithic Art Of Newgrange, Ireland

When we think of the landmarks of antiquity, we often visualize the Great Pyramids of Giza, or the druidic circle, Stonehenge. But like Scotland’s Callanish Stones, the prehistoric monument at Newgrange predates those cultural wonders by hundreds of years. Located in Eastern Ireland, Newgrange is actually one of many prehistoric sites, including Knowth and Dowth, …

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Zombie Bees Are Coming To Get You, Barbara!

I don’t want to freak anybody out but, uh, Zombie Bees. Apparently, honey bees in California and South Dakatoa are falling victim to a particular type of parasitizing fly, called Apocephalus borealis, which lays eggs in their bodies and causes them to wander away from their hives and, eventually, die. Now, researchers wonder if this …

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The “Big Rip,” Coming Soon(er) To A Universe Near You

Most physicists thought, if it happened, the “Big Rip” would occur in about 20 billion years. That’s when they predicted our constantly expanding universe would tear itself apart, driven by a mysterious force known as dark energy. But now Chinese cosmologists claim, with a “95.5% confidence level,” that we may only have about 16.7 billion years left. …

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An Artificial Jellyfish Made Of Rat Heart Cells

Bioengineer Kevin Kit Parker of Harvard University and his team of scientists at the California Institute of Technology have successfully created a “jellyfish-like creature,” what they call a Medusoid, out of rat heart cells and a silicone film. The “creature” moves thanks to a pulsating electric current generated in its saltwater tank. Watch the above video …

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Zombie Bobby, A Short Horror Comedy

Ingrid loves Bobby, even though he’s a bit shy. And dead. And a zombie. Check out their crazy antics in this short Swedish film by Paprika Produktioner, and see why you probably shouldn’t leave bottles of mysterious pink liquid sitting around in your apartment. Or maybe you should…

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Black Hole Time Machine

Could A Kerr Black Hole Be Used To Travel Through Time?

Common knowledge tells us that a journey into a black hole ends, well, badly. That’s because its center — the singularity — is an infinitely dense region of space-time, from which nothing can escape. But, as our twisted universe would have it, there’s actually a certain type of theoretical black hole that may lack a …

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Lands On Xbox Live

NASA’s really playing up their excitement for Curiosity’s arrival on Mars next month, and why wouldn’t they? For the spectating EDL engineers, it’ll be an intense seven minutes of nail-biting trepidation. They’ve already released a dramatic video presentation to help themselves cope. But, wanting to amp up the mission’s exposure even more, today NASA released a free …

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