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Paragliding at the Bottom of a Narrow Canyon Is Scarier Than Any Roller Coaster on Earth

At some point in time humanity got its wires crossed and parachutes, an invention designed to save lives, became a tool for risking life and limb. Instead of gracefully floating down the side of a mountain, paraglider Joseph Innes skimmed along the bottom of a narrow canyon, just inches away from breaking an ankle,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Earth, Romania, Parachutes, Paragliding, Daredevils, Joseph Innes


This adorable baby turtle blob is bringing hope to Southeast Asia

Hello, turtle friend. The months-old blob seen above is an Asian giant softshell turtle. Scientists long thought this species was extinct in the Cambodian portion of the Mekong River — until they discovered some stragglers in the early 2000s. SEE ALSO: This frog's slime can destroy flu viruses Since then, conservation groups have worked with local communities and officials to boost the wild population of these endangered turtles. A team recently released 150 hatchlings back into their natur...
Tags: Asia, Science, China, Southeast Asia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Mekong River, Mekong, Iucn, Kratie, Khmer Rouge, Stung Treng, Wildlife Conservation Society WCS, Walston, Yoeung Sun, Joe Walston


Military Kids Use Virtual, Augmented Reality to STEMulate Learning

Donning high-tech virtual and augmented reality simulators, while testing out revolutionary modular prosthetic limbs and interacting with experts in the field of science, technology, engineering, and math, a group of about 23 middle school-aged military children had a chance to learn inspiring and exciting lessons during a two-day workshop June 3-4 at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU).
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Stephen Hawking says Earth is doomed; It’s time to move on

World renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is urging the nations of Earth to resume sending manned missions to the moon. He wants us to engage in another space-race – one that will serve as the catalyst for our eventual migration to a second Earth-like home planet. Professor Hawking spoke to the crowd at the Starmus Festival yesterday in Norway: We are running out of space and the only places to go to are other worlds. It is time to explore other solar systems. Spreading out may be the...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Earth, Stephen Hawking, Norway


This Snack Machine Conspiracy Is the Greatest Operation in CIA History

There’s more than one moment in the 2006 thriller The Good Shepherd, when any rational movie watcher thinks, “Shit, does Matt Damon know what he’s doing, setting up the CIA as the most powerful spy agency in the world?” Those doubts, however, seem quaint thanks to the recent revelation that a crew of CIA contractors…Read more...
Tags: Science, Snacks, Matt Damon, Cia, Spy Vs Spy


The Shape of a Bird’s Egg Can Tell You Something Totally Unexpected

Some of life’s simplest questions get swept under the rug for a long time—after all, the most widespread phenomena often require the most data to understand. Take the shape of the boring egg, for example. You probably thought eggs are was shaped the way they are so they won’t roll out of the nest or something. But a…Read more...
Tags: Science, Eggs, Flight, Birds, Chickens


Robert Ross Receives Prestigious ACSM Citation Award

Recognized for major achievements in sports medicine and the exercise sciences
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The Hunt for Gravitational Waves Is Officially Headed to Space

It took around a hundred years between Albert Einstein crafting his theory of general relativity and the confirmation of one of its wildest predictions, gravitational waves. So naturally, folks have been especially skeptical about funding expensive projects to look harder for them. But now that experiments are…Read more...
Tags: Science, Physics, Albert Einstein, Gravitational Waves, Ligo, Lisa, New Spaceships


Newest USPS Forever Stamp Features Total Solar Eclipse

These special solar eclipse stamps are on sale today.
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A Simple Solution to Protect Critical Infrastructure

DHS S&T has a solution for stopping flooding in subway tunnels in the form of a giant inflatable plug that will seal them off and stop water from flowing throughout the subway system into stations and other subway lines.
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Mylan Sells Asthma Treatments While It Quietly Invests in Coal 

Mylan is one of the most loathsome companies on Earth. Usually, they are hated for charging people with life-threatening allergies extortionate amounts of money for the only drug on the market that can help them. But a new report points out that there are many other reasons hate the company. Namely contributing to air…Read more...
Tags: Science, Asthma, Coal, Assholes, Tax Breaks, Mylan


NASA Official Says Mars Mission Is Space Agency's Top Priority

"Sending humans to orbit Mars is our primary mission now," said Lt. Gen. Larry James.
Tags: Science, Mars, NASA Official Says Mars Mission Is Space Agency


Plastic pollution in the ocean is officially everywhere, even Antarctica

Given Antarctica's extreme location on the bottom of the Earth, scientists long believed the continent was free from the plastic pollution tarnishing the rest of the world. But not even this remote expanse is safe from our crap, a new study shows. Plastic debris was far worse in the Antarctic than expected, researchers from University of Hull in England and British Antarctic Survey said this week. Levels of microplastics in the region were five times higher than what you'd normally exp...
Tags: England, Science, Earth, Antarctica, Arctic Ocean, Antarctic, Southern Ocean, British Antarctic Survey, University of Hull, Waluda, Catherine Waller, Science of the Total Environment, Antarctic Circumpolar Current, Claire Waluda, British Antarctic Survey Researchers


Facebook Unveils New Buzzwords

Last night in an interview with CNN, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a major overhaul to the largest social media company on earth, one that might finally fix many of the lingering issues its leadership has been hesitant to address. Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Cnn, Zuckerberg, Zucked, Facebook Unveils New Buzzwords, CNN Facebook


Mark Hargreaves Receives Prestigious ACSM Citation Award

Recognized for major achievements in sports medicine and the exercise sciences
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Robot Journalist Accidentally Reports on Earthquake from 1925

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times reported on a 6.8 earthquake that struck Santa Barbara at 4:51pm. Which might be surprising to the people of Santa Barbara who didn’t feel anything. The big problem with the story? The earthquake happened in 1925.Read more...
Tags: Science, Earthquakes, Usgs, Los Angeles Times, Santa Barbara, Robot Reporters


We Just Got a Rare Look at Our New Overlord, the Flapjack Octopus

Octopuses are up to something. Cephalopods—the class of mollusks to which octopus, squid, and cuttlefish belong—are some of the most intelligent creatures on the planet, and they know it. These squishy geniuses are masterful escape artists and like to mess with humans by shooting water at aquarium light switches and…Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Animals Are Good, Death By Cute, Flapjack Octopus, Museum Victoria Dive


This Super Pretty Vibrator Is Basically a Stress Ball for My Vagina

Staring at this squishy little vibrator, that looks more like something you’d find on the beach than in a sex store, two thoughts went through my mind. The first was that I now understood what the seashells in Demolition Man were for. The second thought was perhaps more relevant to Tenga’s $120 Iroha Kushi: It is the…Read more...
Tags: Reviews, Science, Review, Nsfw, Vibrators, Sex Toys, Consumer Tech, Tenga, Tenga Iroha Kushi Review, Iroha Kushi


The Newest Game of Thrones Trailer Suggests Our Hopes and Fears Are All True

HBO has just released its latest trailer for season seven of Game of Thrones, focusing on the war that is and the war to come. Winter is here, everyone, and while things aren’t looking great for the peoples of Westeros—particularly everyone who’s dumb enough to be fighting against Daenerys—season seven is looking…Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Game Of Thrones, Trailer Frenzy, Westeros, Daenerys


Oxygen: The Jekyll and Hyde of Biofuels

Scientists are devising ways to protect plants, biofuels and, ultimately, the atmosphere itself from damage caused by an element that sustains life on earth.
Tags: Science, Hyde of Biofuels


Richard Branson: Business leaders are 'baffled' by Trump on climate change

British billionaire Richard Branson said business leaders were left dumbfounded by President Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. But if there's a silver lining, it's that companies are now even more driven to invest in clean energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions. "Whether it's GE, or whether it's the big oil companies... I haven't come across one business person who doesn't want to get out there and do everything they can t...
Tags: Apple, Energy, Science, Ge, Obama, California, America, Paris, Rick Perry, Bill Gates, Virgin Group, Richard Branson, Interstate 80, Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, Branson


Mysterious Sea Pickles Invading West Coast in Bizarre Bloom

Mysterious creatures called sea pickles are showing up in large numbers on the West Coast. These organisms are actually conglomerations of zooids—small, multicellular organisms—which come together into tubular shapes that in this case stretch from about 6 inches to 2 feet long, according to EarthFix, an offshoot of Oregon Public Broadcasting.
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The Predator Set Was a Bug-Filled Hell for the Naked

The Hollywood Reporter just posted a great, in-depth oral history of Predator. But what stuck out the most was just how bad things got for Richard Chaves, who played Poncho. Specifically, he spoke about his run-ins with nature, which he shared using perhaps too much detail.Read more...
Tags: Science, Movies, Predator, Richard Chaves


A Mysterious Mars-Sized Object Could Be Hiding at the Edge of Our Solar System

It’s been about 11 years since Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet status, leaving a 1,473 mile (2,370 kilometers)-size void in our hearts. Since then, the hunt for Planet X—aptly renamed Planet 9—has grown into an international movement to find such an object in the Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune’s orbit. Now, scientists …Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Pluto, Neptune, Kuiper Belt, Planet Nine, Space Is Good, Planet 10


Questions swirl over Portugal fire's 'road of death'

Castanheira de Pêra (Portugal) (AFP) - Portugal's N236, now dubbed the "road of death", lies charred black from the devastating fire that swept from one side of forest to the other, trapping families and couples in their cars, and firefighters who had come to the rescue. "My nephew died, a fireman" says Joaquim Serra da Fonseca, 68, serving drinks at the bar of his dimly lit restaurant in Castanheira de Pera, which the N236 cuts through. The nephew, Goncalo Conceicao, a 40-year-old restaurant ...
Tags: Science, Portugal, Castanheira, Joaquim Serra da Fonseca, Castanheira de Pera, Goncalo Conceicao


Stranded Curiosity Rover Gets More Free Will: What Could Go Wrong?

NASA's Mars robot can now decide which discoveries are most important to send back to Earth.
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Hands-On With Sansar, The New Second Life

In 2003, when Second Life launched, all it took was a few customization bars and the promise of infinite possibility to get users hooked on the idea of a virtual reality. Now, in 2017, our standards are a bit higher. “Immersion” isn’t as easy to sell with a microphone, an avatar and some content creation software. …Read more...
Tags: Science, Second Life, Vr, Virtual Reality, Kotakucore, Vive, Sansar


Breaking Down All the Secrets and Surprises of the New Game of Thrones Trailer

It may be the first day of summer in the real world, but winter has come to Westeros in the form of a brand new trailer for Game of Thrones’ penultimate season. It’s jam-packed with footage that lines up with all the rumors we’ve been hearing about the show over the last year, so let’s break it all down to see what…Read more...
Tags: Hbo, TV, Science, Television, Game Of Thrones, Westeros, Trailer Breakdown


Controversial New Gravitational Waves Paper Shows Science Happening In Real Time

If you know science, you know it’s not perfect. Outside eyes review papers their peers wrote before those papers get published, results must be reproduced to establish truths, and even then, stuff can still contain mistakes.Read more...
Tags: Science, Arguments, Physics, People Doing Science, Physicists


It's So Hot in Arizona Right Now, Puppy Feet Are Frying

You know, in school and in newspapers, the experts warn you about all the dangers of global warming: melting ice caps, rising sea levels, more destructive hurricanes. All bad stuff! What they don’t tell you is that when it gets to be around 120-degrees, the sidewalk gets so hot, it can fry a puppy paw instantly.Read more...
Tags: Weather, Science, Climate Change, Sacramento, Global Warming, Arizona, Heat Wave, Arizona Right Now Puppy Feet Are



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