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Video Shows How A Murder Suspect Effortlessly Escaped From Police Interrogation Room
 
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On Friday, authorities in North Las Vegas placed murder suspect Alonso Perez in an interrogation room, shackled his legs, and handcuffed him to a metal bar on a table. On Friday, authorities in North Las Vegas placed murder suspect Alonso Perez in an interrogation room, shackled his legs, and handcuffed him to a metal bar on a table, reports the Washington Post. Nonetheless, Perez escaped. Recently released video by the North Las Vegas Police Department shows how. Perez begins by twisting the cuffs and his body in a way that causes the end tethering him to the table to snap. Soon after, he climbs within reach of the ceiling, moves a tile, and then exits through the sizable opening he created. Perez was fortunate enough to exit into a completely unoccupied hallway and make his way to the door undetected. The captain of the detective bureau said the suspect was incredibly lucky that his escape was successful, noting, “The planets aligned for that guy.” Perez was brought back into police custody on Tuesday.
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Meet the Janitor Who Invented Flamin' Hot Cheetos
 
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The flavor and the recipe for Flamin' Hot Cheetos were the brainchild of a janitor working at the Rancho Cucamonga, California Frito Lay factory in the mid-1970s. Next time you break open a bag of Flamin' Hot Cheetos, know that you're about to take a bite of the American dream. The flavor and the recipe were the brainchild of a janitor working at the Rancho Cucamonga, California Frito Lay factory in the mid-1970s. Richard Montañez said the idea came to him when he saw a food vendor put cheese and chile on a bowl of corn. He thought, why not spice up a Cheeto? After perfecting the recipe he called the company's CEO who asked Montañez to come in and pitch the idea. He barely spoke English at the time, but forged ahead, getting a book on marketing from the library, packaging his test snacks, and buying a tie. Clearly, the meeting was a huge success and Flamin' Hot Cheetos are now the company's best-selling product. That's not the only happy ending, though. Montañez has since become the executive vice president of multicultural sales and community activation for PepsiCo's North American branch. He hasn't forgotten where he came from, though, and uses his success to help others, providing scholarships for Latino students and food and clothing for needy families.
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Scientists Recreate 2,000-Year-Old Mummy's Face - Here's What She Would Have Looked Like
 
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An interdisciplinary team led by the University of Melbourne in Australia has reconstructed the face of an ancient Egyptian woman’s mummified head which had been stored in the school’s basement for decades. A team led by the University of Melbourne in Australia has reconstructed the female face of an Egyptian mummified head believed to be more than 2,000 years old.  According to a news release, the project began when a staff member became concerned that her tightly wrapped head, which was stored in a basement for nearly a century, “could be decaying from the inside without anyone noticing.”  In an effort to examine her with the least amount of disruption, researchers scanned the skull and, based on its well-preserved condition, decided to conduct additional work.  For the reconstruction, data from CT scans was fed into a 3D printing system to create a detailed model of her skull.  The replica was then handed to a sculptor with forensic expertise who approximated the woman’s facial tissue based on population data and anatomical ratios and built her musculature and features with clay.  The head was then preserved with resin, painted a dark olive color to reflect the predominant skin tone of the time, and given dark hair with thin braids.  Though the appearance of the woman, since named Meritamun, has largely been completed, researchers are still working to learn more about her health and cause of death.
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Using Device In Backpack, Man Survived 555 Days Without Human Heart
 
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Each year, thousands die while waiting for needed donated organs, but a man in Michigan was able to survive the stretch by using a total artificial heart. Each year, thousands die while waiting for needed donated organs, but a man in Michigan was able to survive the stretch by using an external mechanical heart.  Stan Larkin was born with familial cardiomyopathy, and the condition rendered his own vital organ inoperable about a year and a half ago.  In December of 2014, doctors at the University of Michigan outfitted him with an artificial heart and a SynCardia Freedom Portable Driver.  The roughly 13-pound device, which Larkin carried around in a backpack, took over the blood pumping duties until a transplant was an option.  Last month, Larkin, who is now 25, finally got the donated heart he’d been waiting for.  He recently said at a press conference, "It was an emotional rollercoaster… I want to thank the donor who gave themselves for me. I'd like to meet their family one day.”
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NASA Just Unveiled Its Hedgehog Rover Concept For Exploring Comets
 
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NASA recently released a video showcasing Hedgehog, its newest concepts for space exploration. NASA recently released a video featuring one of its newest concepts for space exploration. Meet Hedgehog: a robot intended to overcome the difficulties of navigating low-gravity environments on comets, asteroids and other space objects.  A typical rover makes its way around a mission site—say, the surface of Mars—much like a regular car. But a small body’s microgravity makes driving around a dangerous proposition—the rover could float away or tumble over and the mission would end. Hedgehog is different. It's basically a box with spikes and wheels on the inside. And brakes for those wheels.  When those brakes are pulled, the box hops and tumbles, enabling it to move across a small body's surface without falling victim to the low-gravity.  There’s no correct side—it's always upright no matter how it lands.  And Hedgehog also has a spinning "tornado" function so it can dislodge itself from sticky situations.  According to NASA, "The construction of a Hedgehog robot is relatively low-cost compared to a traditional rover, and several could be packaged together for flight, the researchers say. The mothership could release many robots at once or in stages, letting them spread out to make discoveries on a world never traversed before."
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Mystery Woman In Coffin Found Near Burial Site Of King Richard III
 
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In 2013, researchers digging in Leicester, England turned up a mysterious lead sarcophagus containing a coffin, and recently some light has been shed on it and the person entombed inside. In the process of digging beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England, archaeologists unearthed many fascinating items, most notably the remains of King Richard the Third. About a year after that discovery, researchers turned up a mysterious sarcophagus containing a lead coffin in 2013, and recently some light has been shed on it and the person entombed within.  . Radiocarbon dating of the burial vessel itself revealed that it likely dates back to the latter part of the 13th century.  As the site at which it was found was once the location the Grey Friars Church, it was and is believed that the individual buried in such a grand way was of great significance to the order.  What came as quite a shock, however, is that the remains have proven to be those of a female. It does not appear that any of those involved in the endeavor saw that coming, as very little is known about the relationship women had with the friary.  Said dig leader Mathew Morris, “The discovery is going to add important insights into the interaction of women and the religious orders in the medieval period.”
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Drugs Given To Spiders Change How They Weave Their Webs
 
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One zoologist’s quest to document the spider’s web-crafting process led to studies showing the effects of various drugs on spiders, and possibly humans. While spiders may not give people the warm fuzzies, many admire their intricately-spun webs. One zoologist’s quest to document the spider’s web-crafting process led to studies showing the effects of various drugs on spiders, and possibly humans. In 1948, H.M Peters kept falling asleep while trying to capture footage of spiders building webs around 2 to 5 am. He asked his workspace roommate – pharmacologist Peter Witt who was studying drug effects on humans – to figure out how to get the spiders working at different times. Witt went about this by feeding the spiders drops of sugar water mixed with drugs like marijuana, peyote, and morphine. Webs still were spun at the same time of night so Peters ended his quest. But the resulting web abnormalities mesmerized Witt as he tested additional drugs like caffeine and LSD. He continued to study spiders, which didn’t require as much time or money and weren’t subject to legal regulations or animal rights advocates - until he ended his experiments in the 1970s. Then in 1995, NASA replicated Witt’s studies to measure the toxicity of different drugs. Similar to Witt’s, NASA’s results showed how each drug creates a unique pattern of non-functional behavior and web deformities based on the drug’s toxicity. Surprisingly, the ever-popular caffeine seemed to produce one of the most deformed webs.
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Why UPS Trucks Don't Make Left Turns
 
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While an individual person may not save much by only making right turns, a huge corporation like UPS has proven since 2004 how avoiding left turns in its trucks can significantly increase its bottomline while reducing emissions and accidents. With nearly 100,000 trucks and hundreds of aircraft, UPS averages 15.8 million packages delivered daily worldwide. While an individual person may not save much by only making right turns, since UPS implemented a right turn policy in 2004, they have significantly increased profits while reducing emissions and accidents. UPS estimates the right-turn-heavy policy, combined with its routing software, shortens routes by 20.4 million miles and saves 10 million gallons of gas while delivering an additional 350,000 packages and reducing CO2 emissions by about 20,000 metric tons each year. UPS engineers noticed how waiting to turn left caused trucks to fall behind on their schedules, consume more gas, and increase the probability of accidents. Their software maps routes with only right-hand turns unless it's quicker or easier to proceed with a left-hand turn. A driver estimates they do about 90% right-hand turns. The television show Mythbusters tested the policy with one route using 8 left and 4 right turns, and another route using 1 left and 23 right turns. The UPS-like route was just over 1 mile and 9 minutes longer, but it reduced gas consumption from 6.8 to 4 pounds. UPS' software probably would've added one or two more left-hand turns to be more efficient on time while still saving gas.
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Rare Coin Worth Millions
 
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A rare coin is worth millions. Experts confirmed what George Walton already knew -- his 1913 Liberty head nickel was the real deal. Unfortunately, Mr. Walton was killed in a car crash in 1962, but his heirs never lost faith in his belief and have held onto the coin for 51 years. The nickel is going up for auction and is expected to bring in between 2 and 5 million dollars. The reward has been a long time coming as the nickel was previously declared a fake. He acquired the rare 1913 coin in the mid-1940sby trading around 4 thousand dollars worth of collectible gold coins. At that time the nickel was already legendary as there were believed to be only 5 in existence. Born of shaky provenance, the coin's origins were discovered when a previous owner traced its creation back to the likely illicit activities of a mint employee. It wasn't until 2003 that Walton's nickel received acknowledgement of its validity and value when a Baltimore coin event offered a reward for its uncovering. Overall, rare coins are rapidly escalating in value. The upper echelon of them have increased their worth by up to 50 percent in the past year alone.
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Coast Guard Helicopter Spots Historic Shipwrecks During Routine Patrol
 
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Last Friday, a U.S Coast Guard aircrew captured remarkable photos of several shipwrecks in the clear blue waters of Lake Michigan. Just a few weeks ago, all we'd hear about is how many of the lakes around the country were frozen as a result of severe snow storms. Now that much of the ice has melted in those lakes and spring is here, it's not just the flowers that are coming into view. Last Friday, a U.S Coast Guard aircrew captured remarkable photos of several shipwrecks in the clear blue waters of Lake Michigan. The pictures were taken near the Sleeping Bear Dunes area which is part of the Manitou Passage. The area is home to quite a few shipwrecks. The Traverse City-based crew posted those photos on Facebook and with the help of other social media users added details on the spotted shipwrecks. One of them notes, "The 121 foot brig James McBride ran aground during a storm on October 19, 1857. Her remains lie in 5 to 15 feet of water near Sleeping Bear Point." Another one was the Rising Sun with description, "This 133 foot long wooden steamer stranded just north of Pyramid Point on October 29, 1917. She went to pieces and her wreckage now rests in 6 to 12 feet of water." These shipwrecks are state property giving them protection against public disturbance.
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Shelter Dog With Severely Matted Fur Gets Astonishing Makeover
 
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A dog in Chicago has gotten a remarkable makeover. Staffers at Trio Animal Foundation discovered the pooch at a local shelter. A dog in Chicago has gotten a remarkable makeover. Staffers at Trio Animal Foundation discovered the pooch at a local shelter. At the time, the canine was in very poor shape, so bad in fact they weren't sure if it was male or female because of the 2 pounds of matted fur. They later learned the dog is a female. When the employees first saw her, they held out a treat to determine which end was her front. The poor pooch was surrounded by flies and gnats. Little did staffers know then that underneath all that knotted and debris-filled fur was an adorable little dog. The Trio Animal Foundation enlisted the help of a groomer at Mutt Hutt to help with the transformation. Thus began an hour and a half long ordeal to beautify the pooch. She was shaved and had fur tediously pulled out that had grown to over two inches long in the canine's ear canal. Never once did she growl or show her teeth. All the efforts paid off and the dog, now named Ellen is a gorgeous 8.5 pound girl that is ready to be adopted. Ellen has had all her vaccinations and undergone veterinary testing to ensure whoever ends up with her knows she's perfectly healthy.
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World's Fastest Amphibious Vehicle
 
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WaterCar's newest addition called Panther can handle both land and water. It was recently declared the world's fastest amphibious car. There are a few amphibious vehicles out there, allowing drivers to have fun on both dry land and sea. WaterCar's newest addition called Panther is essentially a Jeep that can handle both opposing terrains. The outer body resembles a Jeep CJ-8. An Acura 3.7-liter V6 is located in the back of the vehicle to provide over 300 horsepower. With a jet boat drive, retracting wheels and a fiberglass hull, the Panther is nothing short of awesome. It is capable of reaching speeds over 80 miles per hour on the road but most notably it can hit about 45 miles per hour on top of the water. The interior of the Jeep is a little longer than the standard CJ-8, measuring 15 feet long. That allows passengers to have more room which comes in especially handy while enjoying a cruise on the lake. The panther was recently declared the world's fastest amphibious car. While transitioning from land to water, the Panther can enter the liquid terrain at speeds up to 15 miles per hour. How do you like it?
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NASA Unveils Incredible Design for Warp Drive Spacecraft
 
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NASA scientist Harold White has spent a long time examining the plausibility of a space ship that can travel faster than light, and now he's taken his research to the next level. NASA scientist Harold White has spent a long time examining the plausibility of a space ship that can travel faster than light, and now he's taken his research to the next level. With the help of artist Mark Rademaker, White has made a design of what such a vessel would look like. The warp drive vehicle is called the IXS Enterprise and does bear more than a casual resemblance to its Star Trek namesake. Of course, nobody is quite sure if making a warp bubble is actually possible, but NASA is investigating the matter via ongoing experiments. It has been determined that previous concerns about a warp drive annihilating a star system are unfounded. Researchers are still unclear about the consequences of faster-than-light ships coming into close contact with other vessels, however. Those matters aside, if warp speed travel ever does become more than the stuff of science fiction it could put the entire solar system at the world's fingertips.
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New Wheelchair With Rubberized Tracks Can Handle Any Terrain
 
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You think wheelchairs aren't that versatile? Then check out the Ziesel electric contraption - it's not only stylish, it comes equipped with a roll bar. The chair has a top speed of over 20 miles per hour. Weighing approximately 460 pounds, it comes with a four-point safety belt fit for NASCAR. The radical assisted movement vehicle doesn't come with any wheels. Instead it runs on rubber coated caterpillar tracks, making it bear a resemblance to a bulldozer. According to the designers of the mobility scooter "The Ziesel is a pioneer for mobility by combining sustainable and environment-friendly technologies with pure outdoor fun. It is the only barrier-free sport-vehicle with electrical high-performance power for fun and freedom in nature." The chair was specially made for outdoor extreme performance. It can be used throughout the entire year. Most impressively, it can easily maneuver in varying terrains including sand, mud, grass, gravel and snow. The mobility scooter comes equipped with LED lights, a tow bar, double suspension arm chassis, a heated seat, and technology ridden joystick. The starting price for a Ziesel chair is $24,000.
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Domino's Flying Drone Delivers Pizza
 
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Domino's has tested out a prototype for a flying drone that can deliver pizzas. The device carried two large pepperoni pizzas and conducted a flight. How do you get your pizza delivered? Last month, Domino's pizza teamed up with a creative agency titled T + Biscuits to test out a prototype for a flying drone that can deliver cheese pies. Described as an octacopter, the device carried two large pepperoni pizzas and conducted a flight over a city near London. The pizzas, both contained in an insulated bag, were secured to the drone. They were delivered in perfect condition and it only took about 10 minutes to venture 4 miles. The founder of T + Biscuits stated "If anything it went quicker than a pizza boy. We were amazed at how easy it was going to be." The drone is being called the DomiCopter. Although the device won't take the place of human delivery drivers anytime soon, Domino's is reportedly experimenting with the drone at their UK headquarters. Federal Aviation Administration authorities estimate that private drones will make up a $90 billion industry within 10 years.
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Off-Road Hover Bike Will Be Available in 2017
 
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The Aero-X hover bike will hit the market in 2017 allowing riders to fly over the ground. Hover vehicles are not a new idea, but none have been successful. That will change in 2017. Then, the Aero-X hovercraft will hit the market, allowing riders to fly over the ground. The hover bike and brainchild of engineering company Aerofex, first appeared as a prototype back in 2007. The Aero-X is not designed for ground travel, and instead will fly over flat ground and hilly terrain while up to 10 feet in the air and hitting speeds up to 45 miles per hour. It can remain in hover mode for about 75 minutes. Riders don't need a pilot's license to operate the vehicle. That's because the hover bike is controlled just like a motorcycle rather than an aircraft. Operators use the lean and steer method, just like any other two wheeled contraption you see on the road. The chief technology officer and founder of Aerofex remarked "We've done a lot of work to learn how to remove the coupling effect. That's the key for someone who only has motorcycle experience to be able to get on it and feel comfortable right away." Comprised of a 'light-weight carbon fiber frame', the two seat bike comes equipped with fan blades and a trio of '240 horsepower three-rotor rotary engines'. If the concept peaks your interest, be forewarned -- the price for an Aero-X is going to set you back about 85 grand.
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Harvard Psychologist Says That Age Could Be Just A Mind-Set
 
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Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer has conducted studies to see if a person is only as old as they think they are. Are we as old as our age, or only what age we think we are? That's something that Harvard University psychologist Ellen Langer has been examining for over three decades. Through different experiments with senior citizens, she tries to show the deep connection between body and mind. She believes it's possible for a person's mind to help remedy a physical ailment. To examine this, she's conducted numerous studies that focus on an individual's expectation of aging versus the real symptoms of aging. One specific study done in 1981, which Langer refers to as the counterclockwise study, involved a group of eight men in their 70s spending five days attempting to live as the person they were 22 years previously. Their surroundings were all from 1959, and they discussed sports and current events from that time in present tense while fully allowing themselves to believe they were younger. By acting younger, the mens' bodies also exhibited signs of youth. Compared to a previous control group who didn't get the full 1959 treatment, the eight men were suppler, sat taller, showed greater manual dexterity, and had their eyesight improve. Many factors could have affected this study, including participants trying hard to please those in charge of the study or simply enjoying its novelty instead of experiencing conclusive physical changes. Throughout the years, Langer's experiments have been viewed controversial or inconclusive by some of her peers. She'll conduct another counterclockwise experiment again in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where participants will sign up for the week-long immersion. Only in this study, the 24 subjects are all women who have been diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer and they’ll be living life in 2003, pre-disease.
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Anti-Aging Method Increases Mouse Lifespans By 35 Percent
 
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Researchers have revealed in a new study that they have been able to increase lifespans in mouse by as much as 35 percent--along with good health--by injecting them with a drug that clears away stagnant cells known to contribute to aging-related problems. Scientists may have found a new way to not only extend lifespans by up to 35 percent but also to expand the amount of time spent healthy.  They focused on senescent cells which are those that have become stagnant over time.  Eventually, this material ceases to divide which results in the physical signs of aging like arthritis, frailty, and organ decline. Their accumulation can also pollute nearby healthy areas.  To address these problems, the team genetically engineered lab mice with a mechanism that can clear away the old material when injected with a protein drug. After the treatment, 60 to 70 percent of the senescent cells were wiped out with no known side effects.  As such, researchers were able to increase the rodents’ median lifespan by 17 to 35 percent.  The press release states that the test animals “also demonstrated a healthier appearance and a reduced amount of inflammation in fat, muscle and kidney tissue.”  A company has since been launched to explore similar age-fighting treatments in humans.
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Chester The Pit Bull Gets Adopted After Waiting For 5 Years
 
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Chester the pit bull has been waiting for a forever home for 5 years, and finally, thanks to a Facebook campaign, he’s found one. Chester the pit bull has been waiting for a forever home for around 5 years and finally, thanks to a Facebook campaign, he’s found one.  It was the manager of New York’s North Fork Animal Welfare League in Southold who decided it was high time the 6-year-old dog finds a permanent and loving living situation. She set up a Facebook page for the canine, calling it ‘Chester: Waiting 5 Years.’  Along with all of his personal info like him loving car rides and belly rubs and not being particularly fond of cats was an image that proved tough to overlook. It showed Chester sadly slumped over a cardboard sign that read, "I’ve been waiting 5 years. Everyone at the shelter tells me what a good boy I am. So why has no one adopted me.” Before long, it had been shared thousands of times and emails and calls from all over the US were pouring in.  A member of the family that did ultimately adopt him believes it was meant to be, as their previous dogs passed away 5 years ago, which is about the same time Chester first appeared at a shelter.  She said, “We think he was waiting for us.”
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DARPA Releases New Video Of Incredible Self-Guided Bullets
 
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DARPA has been working on making and testing self-guided bullets for some time, and recently they announced that their efforts are proving increasingly successful. DARPA has been working on making and testing self-guided bullets for some time, and recently they announced that their efforts are proving increasingly successful.  The official name of the project is the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance, or EXACTO for short.  Its goal is to create a projectile that compensates for variables out of the shooters’ control, such as moving and evading targets. The bullets work by utilizing built-in optical sensors that read wind speeds, weather, and changes in mark position. They then adjust their trajectory accordingly. Tests performed this past February showed the technology is coming along quite well.  Video taken of the trials shows that both experienced and novice gunmen using the bullets were able to hit non-stationary targets with great precision.  Said Jerome Dunn, a DARPA program manager, “This live-fire demonstration from a standard rifle showed that EXACTO is able to hit…with extreme accuracy at sniper ranges unachievable with traditional rounds.”  In addition to improving the success rates of snipers, it’s the hope of the department that the technological advancement will boost troop safety through the expansion of the shooting range.
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World's Largest Solar Power Plant to Be Built in India
 
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The Indian government is now working to create the world's largest solar powered plant. Solar power is one of the rapidly growing alternative energy sources. The Indian government is now working to create the world's largest solar powered plant. The eco-friendly facility will be located in Rajasthan. It will reportedly encompass 23,000 acres of land and upon completion, the plant will generate 6,000 million units of electricity a year. The first phase of the project will have a power generation of 1000 megawatts. A government statement noted "This will be the largest solar-based power project in the world. Being the first project of this scale ... this project is expected to set a trend for large-scale solar power development in the world." Five companies joined forces to work together on the project including the Solar Energy Corporation of India, BHEL, Powergrid Corporation of India, Hindustan Salts and Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments Limited. The first phase alone will generate 10 times more energy than any existing solar plant in India. The long term goal of the plant is to assist India in maintaining a reliable and eco-friendly energy source for the fast growing population.
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Case Of Man Missing 90% Of Brain But Functioning Normally Stuns Scientists
 
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A man in France continues to puzzle scientists nearly a decade after he was found to be living with just 10 percent of a typical human brain. A man in France continues to puzzle scientists nearly a decade after he was found to be living with just 10 percent of a typical human brain.  His case was originally published in The Lancet journal in 2007 but was presented last month at the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness conference in Buenos Aires.  At the time of the original study, the patient was a 44-year-old man who had been experiencing weakness in his left leg. After examining him, doctors found that about 90 percent of his brain tissue had eroded, with fluid filling the bulk of his skull.  They believe the condition likely occurred as a result of a related brain disorder called hydrocephalus which he had as an infant.  Despite the reduced brain matter, the man lived a relatively normal life; he was a married civil servant with two kids. He also scored an IQ of 75 which is considered low but not disabled.  At the recent conference, cognitive psychologist Axel Cleeremans argued that the rare case shows just how adaptable the brain can be even with an injury.
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Asian-Americans Study Harder to Be Academically Successful
 
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Asian-Americans account for 5 percent of the population in the United States, but in Ivy League universities, 12 to 18 percent of the students are of Asian descent. According to a recent study from researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Queens College in New York, there is a reason why Asian-American children are more academically successful than their white classmates. Asian-Americans account for 5 percent of the population in the United States, but in Ivy League universities,12 to 18 percent of the students are reportedly of Asian descent. According to a recent study from researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Queens College, City University of New York, there is a reason why Asian-American children are more academically successful than their white classmates. The results of the study were based on data taken from standardized test scores, teacher reports, and grade point averages, along with the socio-demographic and immigration information of approximately four thousand Caucasian students, and one thousand Asian-American students from kindergarten through high school. While at a younger age the difference in academic performance is not significant, the discrepancies became most apparent around grade 10. The researchers think that the difference has to do with work ethic more than socioeconomic status or cognitive ability. The authors of the study wrote: "The results show that Asian Americans are less likely than whites to believe that ability is inborn, and more likely to believe that one can learn to be good at math." Asian-American students also reportedly spent more time and energy focused on academic pursuits, but also said they felt more pressure from their parents to be successful and excel academically.
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Massive Underground Ocean Exists Beneath Earth's Crust, Study Says
 
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Scientists believe they've found evidence of a potential ocean beneath our home planet's crust. A study from researchers at Northwestern University and the University of New Mexico have concluded the body of water rests about 400 miles underneath earth's crust and is so large it can fill all our oceans three times over. Scientists believe they've found evidence of a potential ocean beneath our home planet's crust. A study from researchers at Northwestern University and the University of New Mexico have concluded the body of water rests about 400 miles underneath earth's crust and is so large it can fill all our oceans three times over. Their research however indicates the water is not in the typical liquid, ice or vapor forms, but instead, is trapped in mantle rock containing a blue mineral called ringwoodite. Ringwoodite has a structure similar to crystal that acts like a sponge to trap liquid and pull in hydrogen. Thus far only one small piece of ringwoodite has been brought to Earth's surface from 400 miles underground by volcanic activity and was found to contain water in solid form. The researchers combined lab experiments on mantle rock under high pressure with seismic data measuring U.S. earthquakes to reach their conclusions. The discovery is an important one as it will help scientists learn how the Earth formed and its current composition. Northwestern geophysicist Steve Jacobsen, who is a co-author of the study, commented "I think we are finally seeing evidence for a whole-Earth water cycle, which may help explain the vast amount of liquid water on the surface of our habitable planet. Scientists have been looking for this missing deep water for decades."
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Ultra-Luxury Private Submarine Comes With a Pool
 
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Check out this ultra-lux submarine. Called The MIGALOO, it offers upscale amenities like a pool and a large deck. Choosing a yacht can be such a chore for wealthy folks. With almost too many to choose from, you might have an easier time picking your perfect submarine. The MIGALOO is billed as "The Ultimate Lux Sub". It offers upscale amenities like a pool and a large deck for relaxation. Marketed as an alternative to luxury yachts, as expected, it offers the option to travel below the water's surface. Measuring over 375 feet long by 36 feet wide, the submarine is anything but small. It bears the appearance of a traditional submarine in most aspects but the tower is custom designed in order to house a staircase and elevator shaft. The designers stated "The enormous space of the aft deck includes lounge areas, sun beds, a bar, an 8 by 3 meter-pool as well as a heli-pad that offer a wide range of activities and possibilities. When MIGALOO is submerged, all furniture is stored in large storages underneath the granite decking." What do you think? Would you like to own this submarine?
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World's Largest Solar-Panel Power Plant Opens in Arizona
 
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The 'world's largest solar-panel power plant' is now up and running in Arizona. The 'world's largest solar-panel power plant' is now up and running in Arizona. Situated on 2,400 acres between Yuma and Phoenix, the 290-megawatt plant will be sending electricity to the state of California for the next two and a half decades. Under the 25 year long contract with Pacific Gas & Electric, Arizona's new photovoltaic power plant will be responsible for providing power to at least 100,000 homes in the neighboring state. If you're going by maximum electricity production, the Agua Caliente plant will generate enough power to supply 230,000 residences. The $1.8 billion facility is owned by NRG Energy, Inc. and MidAmerican Renewables, LLC. Chief financial officer at MidAmerican Renewables, Richard Weech commented 'It is exciting to see this project become fully operational and begin to realise the full benefit of emissions savings with the clean energy generated at Agua Caliente.' With well over 5 million photovoltaic modules scattered over roughly 10 square miles, there is a good reason why so many people are excited about the plant dedicated to clean energy.
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New Sky-High Tilt Attraction in Chicago
 
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'Tilt', a new feature at 360 CHICAGO, the observation deck at John Hancock Center, allows participants a more immersive viewing experience than just looking out a wall of windows. 'Tilt', a new feature at 360 CHICAGO, the observation deck at John Hancock Center, allows participants a more immersive viewing experience than just looking out a wall of windows. The attraction tilts downwards 30 degrees, giving sightseers a fresh perspective on what lies below. From 1 thousand feet in the air, viewers are treated to unique vistas of Lake Michigan, the Magnificent Mile, and the city's skyline. That is, if they can stomach the movement and overcome their vertigo. 'Tilt' consists of a tipping platform, 8 windows, bars to hold onto, and a lot of steel. In total the metal box weighs 31 thousand pounds. Adventurers take their place, hold on, and watch as the logic-defying angle adjustment begins. All the while the hydraulic system and the three pistons it powers emit a bit of an industrial roar. One of the first to try the feature out was Kevin Tibbles, a correspondent for NBC. The experience prompted him to Tweet, "Yikes...a thousand feet up and the window's moving!" Tickets for 'Tilt' can be had for an additional 5 dollars when a pass to the observation deck is purchased.
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Graphene - The Strongest Material in the World
 
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A study from Columbia University has shown that graphene, a single atomic layer of carbon in a honeycomb lattice pattern, is the strongest material in the world.  A study from Columbia University has shown that graphene, a single atomic layer of carbon in a honeycomb lattice pattern, is the strongest material in the world. Graphene might be used in the future for flexible electronic devices like a roll up television screen or smartphone. James Hone, leader of the study said their data on graphene gives "experimental evidence that the exceptional strength it possesses at the atomic scale can persist all the way up to samples inches or more in size. This strength will be invaluable as scientists continue to develop new flexible electronics and ultrastrong composite materials." It was previously thought that graphene would weaken if it was not in one large piece, but the new research shows that if pieces are put together, they remained 90 percent as strong as the original. Other research involving graphene has shown that the material can be used as a camera sensor that is one thousand times more sensitive to light than camera sensors currently in use.
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Zebrafish Replacing Mice in More Research Studies
 
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Zebrafish are replacing mice in many scientific studies. The use of zebrafish in lab testing is becoming a popular alternative to rodents like mice or rats. The fish are better than rodents in several ways when it comes to their use in research science. They are cheaper to maintain, and reproduce much faster than the rodents, but for studies involving mammalian traits and brain disorders, rodents are still the go to animal for research laboratories. The number of zebrafish being used for scientific research continues to grow, but rodents were used ten times more than any other animal in published biomedical research in 2010 Zebrafish are transparent, which means that scientists can see their organs developing, as the fish grows. Their embryos can be genetically mutated to identify new genes or experiment with the function of different genetic material. Leonard Zon from Harvard Medical School has used zebrafish in his lab to study cancer, stem cells and blood diseases, while other researchers have used them for autism, muscle disorders and diseases with genetic mutations. The first drug to be developed with the use of zebrafish was from Zon's research lab at Harvard University. What do you think? Are some animals better suited for biomedical research?
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Watch A Lava 'Fire Hose' Stream Into Pacific Ocean
 
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The USGS has captured images of a “lava fire hose” streaming molten lava into the Pacific Ocean,
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Mysterious Extinct Mammal Finally Gets A Place On The Tree Of Life
 
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Scientists, including Charles Darwin, have long been trying to definitively classify the Macrauchenia patachonica. A team of researchers recently succeeded.
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Here's How Two Men Swiped A Locked Car Without Keys
 
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Here's how two men swiped a locked car without keys.
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Recent Kakapo Hatchings in New Zealand Boost Population
 
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Kakapos are making a sweet little comeback in New Zealand. Kakapos are making a sweet little comeback in New Zealand. A few new chicks have finally arrived in the country, due to a slight but very significant baby boom. The chicks are the first to be born in three years. The six chicks have made New Zealand's kakapo population reach the 130 mark. The species is often called the owl parrot, given their striking resemblance to owls. Native to New Zealand, the ground dwelling birds, which can weigh up to 8 pounds, are entirely flightless and are thought to be the world's rarest and most bizarre parrot. Kakapos are considered to be critically endangered. Contributing to their scarceness is the fact they only breed about three times over the course of a decade. Prior to the recent hatchings, the last time any chicks were born was in 2011. On February 28th of this year, the first surviving chick named Lisa One hatched. She's definitely a fighter as her mother crushed the egg prior to the hatching. Luckily, rangers intricately pieced it back together. Five of the hatchings took place on the predator free Codfish Island, while the remaining one hatched on Little Barrier Island. Three of them were taken in by the New Zealand Department of Conservation's Kakapo Recovery program where they will be hand fed. Another two were fostered to kakapo mothers and will be continuously monitored. ------------------
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New Nano Material Can Stop Speeding Bullet
 
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A new nano material developed by scientists can stop a speeding bullet. Could paper thin material stop a speeding bullet? Scientists from Rice University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are working towards that possibility after observing ballistic tests where a composite material called a copolymer polyurethane, was able to stop a 9 millimeter bullet, and even seal the entry point. A disk of the material shows the bullets trapped inside. There was no visible damage or cracking in the test disk. In order to study the polymer, the team had to create a model material that acted similarly at a nanoscale level. Assembling a structure that would shoot tiny glass beads at high speeds into the test material, they were able to see more clearly the results of the impact-absorbing material. Ned Thomas, a Rice University materials scientist, explains, "After the impact we can go in and cross-section the structure and see how deep the bullet got, and see what happened to these nice parallel layers." The nanomaterial being studied as well as further testing could result in protection beyond police vests and soldier's armor. Shield coatings for jet engine turbine blades and space satellites could also become a reality.
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One-Wheeled Electric Scooter to Launch Soon
 
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A unique, one-wheeled scooter is going into production soon. Motorized scooters serve as an easily maneuverable vehicle. Tight parking spots...not a problem and traffic jams are easy to get around. So imagine the ease of a one-wheeled electric scooter. The company RYNO is introducing a one wheeled vehicle that is a cross between a motorcycle and a scooter. Production on these innovative bikes is slated to begin in January of 2013. There is a wide wheel. The seat and handlebars reside directly over the wheel. The designers state "To satisfy the need for efficient transportation, RYNO Motors has designed a multiple use, self-balancing, one wheel, electric scooter that's adaptable to wide range of uses including urban individuals, government, and industrial customers." The RYNO can reach speeds of 12.5 miles per hour while driving through the city, but off-road it can cruise up to 25 miles per hour. Given its compact size, the vehicle can easily be driven right onto an elevator or train as well. What do you think of the RYNO?
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First Pair Of Prosthetic Arms Controlled By Man's Thoughts
 
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For the first time, a man who had both of his arms amputated has been able to control two prosthetic arms using his brain. For the first time, a man who had both of his arms amputated has been able to control two prosthetic arms using his brain. Scientists from Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory attached the arms to nerves in Les Baugh’s brain so that he could move them both at the same time with just his thoughts. The Modular Prosthetic Limbs, or MPLs have been used before, but this is the first successfully testing of two of them together. Les had to get targeted muscle reinnervation surgery to manipulate the nerves in his brain that control arm and hand movement. After ten days of training, he was able to use the prosthetic arms to pick up and move cups from one shelf to another. For now, Les can only use the prosthetics in the lab for further testing, but eventually he will be able to bring a version of the arms home for everyday use.
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Underwater Vehicle Used By Navy SEALs On Stealth Missions
 
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There are a few different kinds of SDVs, or SEAL Delivery Vehicles that operate classified missions in countries around the world. United States Navy SEALS are highly trained military operatives, and their underwater vehicles use some of the most advanced stealth technology available. There are several different kinds of SDVs, or SEAL Delivery Vehicles, and most of their details are kept secret by the military as they are used for a variety of classified missions. Sized to accommodate from one to six SEALs traveling inside, most SDV’s are free-flooding meaning the soldiers are submerged in water, often for hours at a time, using their SCUBA tank, or onboard oxygen to breathe. Now, the Navy has also developed a dry version of the SDV. These vehicles are made out of fiberglass and non-ferrous materials, so that their magnetic and acoustic footprints are kept to a minimum to avoid detection. They are equipped with Doppler navigation, docking systems, and sonar to guide the SDV back to the host submarine after the SEALs have been delivered to the location of the mission. Due to their clandestine design the vehicles are reportedly capable of carrying out attack missions, and underwater charges housed in large cargo holds can be deployed to attach to a ship’s hull for timed or remote detonation.
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Mars Once Had More Water Than Arctic Ocean, New Research Says
 
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Researchers at NASA say they’ve come upon evidence that Mars was once home to a very large ocean. A new study led by researchers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, has found evidence that Mars was once likely home to a very large ocean.   According to their findings, the enormous body of water occupied roughly one-fifth of the Red Planet, covering about half of its northern hemisphere.  Further, the vast sea is believed to have stuck around for millions of years.  It has been estimated to hold more water than our Arctic Ocean, and occupied around 19% of the planet’s surface.  The Atlantic Ocean only takes up 17% of the Earth’s surface.  Of course, the big question is if the ocean’s presence means the planet was once capable of supporting life.  To that, the answer is a strong probably, but it doesn’t mean that any actually developed there.  The information that led researchers to declare the existence of a significant and enduring body of water came through an analysis of the Martian atmosphere and comparison to a roughly 4.5 million year old Martian meteorite.  Two slightly different forms of water exist in the atmosphere above Mars, one heavier due to a neutron in one of its hydrogen atoms which is concentrated when the normal water was lost into space.  It was estimated that Mars lost roughly 6.5 times the amount of liquid that is currently believed trapped in the planet’s ice caps.
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Where Emotion Is Felt in the Human Body
 
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Researchers studying the human body's physiological responses to emotion have created a map that tells which parts of the body are affected by different emotions. Researchers studying the human body's physiological responses to emotion have created a map that tells which parts of the body are affected by different emotions. Over 700 people from Finland, Sweden and Taiwan participated in the study, which had the subjects look at words, videos, facial expressions, or stories that were meant to evoke a certain emotion. The subjects then reported where they felt different by coloring in two silhouettes showing either an increase or decrease in sensation in various parts of their body. Data from the responses was combined to show a range of physical emotional effects, and create a map of how emotion is felt in different parts of the body. According to the abstract of the study published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers: "propose that emotions are represented in the somatosensory system as culturally universal categorical somatotopic maps. Perception of these emotion-triggered bodily changes may play a key role in generating consciously felt emotions." Physical responses to emotion were found to be universal across cultures and language.
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Meet Opah - The First Fully Warm-Blooded Fish
 
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The opah, also known as the moonfish, has been declared the first known fish to be fully warm-blooded. The opah, also known as the moonfish, has been declared the first known fish to be fully warm-blooded. It explains quite a bit about the species in regards to both its hunting prowess and the way it’s put together.  Scientists have long been confounded by how the opah lives hundreds of feet below the ocean’s surface yet possesses features not typical of its cold environment.  Those include a large heart and a good amount of muscle.  Close inspection revealed that unlike some fish, which have isolated areas containing warm blood, the opah has it all over.  What makes it a toastier temperature is a combination of the constant and quick flapping of their pectoral fins and the arrangement of their vessels.  Their blood gets warmed from the fin movement, and then, as with other fish, passes through the body.  In most species, however, the blood cools as it passes through the gills.  The opah doesn’t experience such a temperature drop as the blood vessels in its gills are intertwined in a way that allows the freshly warmed blood to heat the other.  As a result, its muscle performance is greatly enhanced, and it doesn’t have to waste valuable hunting time rushing to the surface to warm up.
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Swedish Researchers Have Created Electronic Roses
 
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A team from Linköping University was able to successfully grow electronic circuits within the vascular systems of still-living roses. Researchers in Sweden have created electronic plants.  Publishing in the journal Science Advances, the team from Linköping University was able to successfully grow electronic circuits within the vascular systems of still-living roses.  Specifically, the team outfitted the roses with, "wires, digital logic, and even displays elements - fabricated inside the plants," according to a press release issued by the university. Professor Magnus Berggren, the team leader, said, "Now we can really start talking about 'power plants' - we can place sensors in plants and use the energy formed in the chlorophyll, produce green antennas, or produce new materials. Everything occurs naturally, and we use the plants' own very advanced, unique systems."  In order to achieve the desired results, the team developed a special polymer called PEDOT-S. That polymer was then soaked into the roses like regular water. Eventually, it grew wires and circuitry—powering a transistor and a color display. Apparently, the process had little negative effect. The roses lived as long as they would have had they not been adulterated. Berggren was unequivocal about the team's achievement, "As far as we know, there are no previously published research results regarding electronics produced in plants. No one's done this before."
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Stanford Scientists Get To The Bottom Of Why Droplets Dance
 
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After years of trials and failed attempts, scientists at Stanford University have finally figured out why droplets of food coloring spontaneously start dancing. After years of trials and failed attempts, scientists at Stanford University have finally figured out why droplets of food coloring spontaneously start dancing.  Much of the phenomenon is related to the fact that dye consists of two distinct components, each with unique characteristics, namely water and propylene glycol.  Among their difference is that they evaporate at dissimilar rates.  Also significant is that the two have differences in surface tension, the force that causes liquids to bead up. Water, which has the greatest surface tension is also the quicker of the two to vaporize. As it leaves, it does so most rapidly from the areas along the sides of the drop, leaving propylene glycol as the dominant lower component.  Meanwhile, the water molecules remaining at the top get very serious about keeping the form from flattening out.  At that point the stage is set for some wild movement. The performance picks up pace as the water content among the various droplets diminishes at different rates.  Seeking to be like their drop mates, the liquid deposits will begin to chase around those who have more and run from the ones that have less, an activity that resembles dancing. The researchers also found that this behavior is fairly easily manipulated, making them hopeful their discovery will be useful in the further study of particle relations.
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Officers Rescue Dog Hanging From Leash Outside Vehicle
 
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A recent shoplifting call led to the rescue of a dog in Arkansas City, Kansas. A recent shoplifting call led to the rescue of a dog in Arkansas City, Kansas. On Friday, Sergeant Jason Legleiter and Police Officer Wade Hammond with the Arkansas City Police Department were responding to the call at a Wal-Mart store when they were told by a store staffer that the dog had been spotted hanging by his leash on the side of a vehicle. In a Facebook post, the police department notes, "the dog had essentially hung himself from the leash. The dog was hanging motionless and appeared to be deceased. Sergeant Legleiter was quick to think on his feet and used his patrol duty knife to cut the dog down in an instant." Initially, the canine was no response. According to the department, "Officer Hammond helped the dog breathe by removing the constricting collar and applying pressure intermittently to the dog’s side. After several minutes had passed, the dog became more and more responsive and showed signs of life little by little. Eventually, the dog appeared to have fully recovered from the incident and was able to stand under his own power." Authorities are investigating to determine if any changes will be filed against the owner.
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How Mosquitoes Find Their Human Targets
 
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A recent study provides further insight into the ‘annoyingly robust’ system mosquitoes have to find prey to bite which involves a combination of smell, sight, and heat sensing. Mosquitoes seem particularly good at finding humans to bite, and now scientists have a better idea why. According to a new study, the insects have a multi-sensory strategy that involves odors, visual cues, and body heat which is used to draw them closer to their prey. It is believed that from about 34 to 164 feet away, they can smell exhaled carbon dioxide, or CO2; about 16 to 49 feet away, they can see the target; then, within 3 feet, body heat gets detected.  To test the way their senses work, researchers released mosquitoes into the controlled setting of a wind tunnel which had one visual cue, a black dot in the floor.  They found that when CO2 was injected into the air, the insects became interested in the spot on the ground; otherwise, with just background air, they were not attracted to it. One of the researchers explains, “They only pay attention to visual features after they detect an odor that indicates the presence of a host nearby."  A separate test was conducted that indicated a preference for heat regardless of CO2 levels in the air.
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Scientists Use 3-D Printing To Create Living Human Body Parts
 
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Three-dimensional printing has advanced into the realm of human body parts. Researchers with the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine have announced in a recent study that they have developed a special 3-D printer that is able to produce what they call “living tissue structures.” Three-dimensional printing has advanced into the realm of human body parts. Researchers affiliated with the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine have announced in a recent study that they have developed a special 3-D printer that is able to produce what they call “living tissue structures.” Specifically, the parts they have been able to create through this method are ears, jawbones, and muscles.  The key to Wake Forest’s system is their printer’s ability to extrude a mixture of hydrogels, a substance with human cells in it, and materials which provide structure but eventually dissolve.  As such, it allows for the formation of sponge-like channels which can be used to get nutrients to interior cells; in previous efforts, the cells would often starve and die.  According to the press release, ahttp://www.bbc.com/news/health-35581454fter the structures were implanted in animals, they “matured into functional tissue and developed a system of blood vessels.”  It goes on to state that the results are promising for the potential viability in humans.  However, this possibility is still years off, as is the ultimate goal is to create custom parts for specific individuals.
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Archaeologists Reveal Medieval Poop Still Smells
 
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Recently, several Medieval wooden barrels were unearthed in Denmark and inside those containers was none other than human feces, which is said to still smell horrible. Those who wonder if ancient poop still smells now have an answer. According to archaeologists, it does in fact stink. Recently, several Medieval wooden barrels were unearthed in Denmark and inside those containers was none other than human feces, which is said to be in 'excellent' condition. The 700-year-old barrels had originally been used to transport goods, but they later were recycled to serve as makeshift toilets or latrines. In addition to knowing first hand that old excrement is less-than-pleasant smelling, the archaeologists also learned what the people of Denmark ate during the Middle Ages. The woman who led the excavation, Maria Elisabeth Lauridsen elaborated on the meals, stating 'Preliminary results of analysis show that raspberries were popular in Odense in the 1300s. The contents also contain small pieces of moss, leather and fabric which were used as toilet paper.' The poop filled barrels were found on a Medieval site which also holds half timbered homes, stables and brick residences, so the hypothesis is that the barrels served as a communal toilet. Other barrels have also been found stacked on top of one another, serving as a well, which the archaeologists predict was used for beer brewing.
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Red Sea to Supply Water to Dead Sea
 
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The Dead Sea, bordering the Middle Eastern countries of Israel and Jordan, and the Palestine territories, is reportedly losing water, with the surface receding at the rate of around three feet annually, due to irrigation water taken out of its tributary, the River Jordan. The Dead Sea, bordering the Middle Eastern countries of Israel and Jordan, and the Palestine territories, is reportedly losing water, with the surface receding at the rate of around three feet annually, due to irrigation water taken out of its tributary, the River Jordan. An agreement has been signed by officials from Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority in an effort to save the Dead Sea from disappearing by bringing water from the Red Sea to a desalination plant in Jordan and piping the resulting brine to the Dead Sea. Hydroelectric energy will be used to power the desalination process that will also provide drinking water for the area. The deal was signed at the World Bank headquarters in Washington D.C. with a projected cost of between 250 and 400 million dollars. The Dead Sea not only provides water for the area, but is also popular with the health and tourism industry thanks to its unique mineral properties. These industries are threatened by the loss of water, which some estimates say could disappear by 2050. However, environmental advocacy groups are also concerned over the possible effects of the brine on the area's fragile ecosystem. What do you think about the plan to bring brine from the Red Sea to restore the Dead Sea' s water level?
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Two Legged Boxer Is Now Able to Run
 
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A Boxer named 'Lou' just recently had his back legs amputated due to a severe deformity. A new video has surfaced online, showing the two legged pooch happily running and keeping up with his four legged canine pals. Puppies have a never-ending energy and desire to play. That is the case for a Boxer named Duncan Lou Who. And his zest for life is still there even though he just recently had his back legs amputated. The bones in his rear legs were entirely fused together by the time he was 2 months old. With no corrective surgeries or alternate form of treatment available, the only way to give Duncan a shot at living a semi-normal life was to amputate. Duncan was taken in by Amanda Giese, founder of Panda Paws Rescue in Washington state where he underwent the medical procedure. He has since fully recovered. A new video has surfaced online, showing the two legged pooch happily running and shockingly keeping up with his four legged canine pals. Duncan also has a wheelchair cart for dogs that will allow him to get around effortlessly, but thus far he hasn't used it much and seems to be doing just fine without it. Happily Duncan doesn't have to worry about finding a human family as he melted Amanda's heart and will live permanently in her home.
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Watch A Scientist Talk To Her Look-Alike Robot
 
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Nanyang Technological University in Singapore has developed a robot that looks like a human and could one day function like C-3PO from Star Wars. Nanyang Technological University in Singapore looks to be on the forefront of the social robot revolution.  Their robots aren't much like conventional ones. They have personalities, moods and emotions; are capable of chatting, making eye contact and even remember names and previous conversations—things some humans can’t even do.  Take Nadine, for instance.  According to a press release issued by the university, "The doppelganger of its creator, Prof Nadia Thalmann, Nadine is powered by intelligent software similar to Apple's Siri or Microsoft's Cortana. Nadine can be a personal assistant in offices and homes in [the] future. And she can be used as social companions for the young and the elderly."  Sporting soft skin and brown hair, Nadine even looks like a human being.  Thalmann said, "This is somewhat like a real companion that is always with you and conscious of what is happening. So in [the] future, these socially intelligent robots could be like C-3PO, the iconic golden droid from Star Wars, with knowledge of language and etiquette."
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Six Squirrels Get Tails Stuck Together
 
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The Animal Clinic of Regina welcomed six squirrels after a worker brought the group in. The squirrels had somehow gotten stuck together by their tails. Squirrels often find themselves in awkward situations. That was certainly the case for six squirrels in Canada. A worker at the Animal Clinic of Regina brought in six squirrels that were stuck together by their tails. The creatures had been nesting together near a pine tree. Apparently the sap essentially glued their tails together. Thankfully a city of Regina employee found the squirrels and got them some much-needed help. The animals were sedated while the veterinary staff untangled and shaved the fur. Although it's rather uncommon, when tails stick together, it's referred to as squirrel kings in the veterinary community. A vet at the Animal Clinic of Regina stated "If they get really tangled up, they generally can't feed as effectively, and their tails can become infected and have to be amputated. In this case their tails were a bit raw, but they weren't too bad and we were able to save all of them." (2, last) The six squirrels have since been released back into the city.
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