In The Future, You’ll Be Able To Charge Your Smartphone Just By Holding It

It’s called Power Felt: a fabric that can convert body heat into electricity. Created by Professor David Carroll and his team at the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest University, Power Felt bypasses other, more expensive renewable energy sources and goes straight for the one source that always seems readily available: You. …

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Missing Woman In Iceland Searches For Herself

Let’s take a break from all the sciencey science and missing birds and head back over to Iceland for a moment, where something slightly odd happened last Saturday. Tourists had just finished exploring the volcanic canyon Eldgjá (the largest in the world) and were back on their tour bus, ready to move on to the …

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EteRNA: Played By Humans, Scored By Nature

So here’s an interesting little “game” you can play if you ever get bored. It’s called EteRNA, a collection of “puzzles” which task players with designing specific RNA sequences. RNA is, of course, Ribonucleic acid, one of the fundamental building blocks of life. With EteRNA, players work with pairings of the four nucleotides that make …

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Vanishing Birds Baffle UK Pigeon Racers

UK pigeon racers have dubbed an area the “Bermuda Triangle” after mysteriously losing hundreds of pigeons since the season began in April. The disappearances always seem to occur in the same region. [quote]“When they fly down to the Thirsk, Wetherby and Consett area…something always seems to happen.” – Austin Lindores, Hundreds of racing pigeons vanish in ‘Bermuda …

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Just What The World Needed: A Glow-In-The-Dark Cockroach

Bioluminescence is cool. Catch a bunch of fireflies, maybe a few glow worms, put them in a jar and boom, you’ve got yourself a makeshift lantern. Good for those ominous nights you decide to go caving. But there’s another species of bioluminescent insect out there, one you might not want to collect for fun: Lucihormetica …

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Astronomers Discover First Evidence Of Planet Destroyed By Its Star

In about five billion years, the Sun will eat Planet Earth. Well, not exactly eat. It’s not going to pull up a chair, cook some fava beans and pop open a bottle of chianti or anything. But it will roast us over an open fire, so to speak. While we know the Sun will eventually …

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Visit Chichen Itza On Google Maps

Google recently updated their Google Maps Street View to add 30 pre-Hispanic archeological sites, including Chichen Itza and Teotihuacan. The 360-degree “virtual tours” are each composed of millions of images, which were captured using a specially equipped off-road tricycle. Google Mexico worked with Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History on the project, and they hope …

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Soft Robots Use Camouflage, Are Watching You

The mad scientists over at Harvard University (in a collaboration with DARPA) aren’t content with simple robotic Meshworms and artificial jellyfish. Now, they’ve created “soft robots” that can change their colors and patterns like cephalopods. The robots are made of silicone layers, with molds used to create “micro-channels” underneath. These channels are then filled with colored …

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Was There Really ‘A Sword In The Stone’?

We’re all familiar with at least one interpretation of the Arthur Legend: A magical sword was found cast into stone, which only the true and future king of England could remove. Many tried, but it was the young squire Arthur who succeeded, becoming the rightful king. Only one question remains: Did the magical sword in …

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Disney Could Clone Your Face And Put It On A Robot (If They Wanted To)

Theme park animatronics aren’t new. I mean, I’ve been watching dirty animatronic pirate feet dangle over my head in Pirates of the Carribbean since the 1980s. But the technology has vastly improved since then, and apparently it’s only going to get more…frighteningly realistic. For example, the above video demonstrates Disney’s recent developments in the creation …

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