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US Department of Energy funds new 5-year search for ‘dark light’

July 28, 2014 - 9:42 am in Science

By this point, we’ve all heard of dark matter and dark energy: the elusive materials that, between them, make up the vast majority of our universe. It’s the subject of research all over the physics world, with even traditional physics experiments providing…

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Bubble wrap could save scientists a small fortune

July 25, 2014 - 9:22 am in Science

Sometimes, the very simple things in life end up being the best. Similar to how a cat prefers a big cardboard box to whatever expensive pet toys were…

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New upgrades make Asimo even more human

July 23, 2014 - 9:18 am in Science

You’ve probably seen Honda’s Asimo in action before, but he’s learned a few new tricks since you saw him last. For starters, Asimo’s legs are…

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Astronauts in space will get a full health checkup with a single drop of blood

July 1, 2014 - 5:26 pm in Science

The European Space Agency (ESA) is working on a prototype device that will be able to screen astronauts on the International Space Station for multiple diseases and medical conditions with just a single drop of blood. The instrument is being developed in partnership…

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Sea salt can replace solar panel component for 0.3% the cost

June 29, 2014 - 12:22 pm in Science

One of the most dangerous and expensive parts of making photovoltaic cells (solar panels) involves a substance called cadmium chloride. This toxic substance is not just expensive when bought in bulk, but carries with it loads of associated costs in handling…

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CT scans let you see inside a mummy in amazing detail

June 11, 2014 - 2:18 pm in Science

Egyptologists have been using medical imaging technology to study mummies for many years now. An exhibit at the British Museum called “Ancient lives, new discoveries” is letting visitors peel back the layers for a closer look — virtually, of course.…

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Blue lava is a thing that exists on Earth

June 7, 2014 - 12:02 pm in Science

Say the world lava to anyone and they think of bright red and yellow molten rock. But would you believe me if I told lava isn’t limited to just those two colors? It can actually be blue, too. The video below is footage captured on Earth and not some distant…

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NASA designs sandals to make sure astronauts are getting exercise

June 5, 2014 - 1:56 pm in Science

Don’t like to exercise? Well, no one’s forcing you, unless you’re an astronaut. NASA allots two-and-a-half hours each day for astronauts to exercise while in space, and the health consequences of skipping it for a few days are much more severe than that…

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Tonight, look to the sky for a genuine meteor storm

May 24, 2014 - 9:37 pm in Science

Good thing it’s a Friday! Astronomy buffs and cool-sight lovers across the Northern hemisphere will be staying up past their bedtimes tonight to watch a meteor shower projected to break records for the sheer number of shooting stars. Called Camelopardalids,…

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NASA announces futuristic spacesuit design picked by online vote

May 13, 2014 - 12:43 pm in Science

NASA has been due for a spacesuit upgrade for a long time, and the newest prototype of the latest in astronaut fashions is finally being shown off. The public even got a chance to (sort of) design this one. The Z-2 Spacesuit is the product of years of research…