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DARPA Suppresses Fire with Magic Wand

DARPA Suppresses Fire with Magic Wand
There are lots of ways to put out a fire, but most of them require some way to actually spray or douse the flames with the suppressant. This can cause problems in small or obstructed spaces.

BASF and Philips Whip Up Clear OLED Light/Solar Panel for Cars

BASF and Philips Whip Up Clear OLED Light/Solar Panel for Cars
I would love one day for solar panels to be efficient enough that they could power electric vehicles, and maybe save me some money on my house electric bill in the Texas summer heat with solar power.
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Can Your Punching Bag Play “Ode to Joy?” Well, This One Can!

Can Your Punching Bag Play “Ode to Joy?” Well, This One Can!
Punching bags can be a lot of things to people. For boxers, it’s something they usually beat the pulp out of when they train. For people working out, it’s something that will help them lose weight or burn calories while developing a whole host of other skills.

Low-Resistance Nanowires Could Save Moore’s Law

Low-Resistance Nanowires Could Save Moore’s Law
Moore’s Law has been around for a long time and is often applied to the way that semiconductor tend to get smaller and faster over time. The law has proven correct for many years but some have been predicting the law will fail as gains in semiconductor performance and size have slowed.

Physicist Builds LHC: LEGO Hadron Collider

Physicist Builds LHC: LEGO Hadron Collider
The real Large Hadron Collider scares the crap out of me. I don’t think that it will create a little black hole and destroy the planet or anything. I am just always afraid I will write the Large Hardon Collider.

Japanese and Russian Scientists Even Closer to Cloning a Wooly Mammoth

Japanese and Russian Scientists Even Closer to Cloning a Wooly Mammoth
Michael Crichton would be so proud right now. Scientists from Japan and Russia are all working together on a plan that they think might bring the long extinct wooly mammoth back to existence. According to the scientists, the mammoth went extinct about 10,000 years ago.

Researchers Try to Turn Urine into Biofuel, Destined to Celebrate with a Urinal Cake

Researchers Try to Turn Urine into Biofuel, Destined to Celebrate with a Urinal Cake
Fuel cells. Where are they? They still have not hit the market and replaced batteries. It would be nice to see them in daily use since we would just need to refill them with liquids instead of wasting so many batteries and having them end up in landfills.

The Secret to Multiplying Hard Drive Capacity is Salt, Not Pepper

The Secret to Multiplying Hard Drive Capacity is Salt, Not Pepper
We all love salt on our food, even though too much is not good for you. Salt makes everything better. Even hard drives apparently. And that’s good news given all of the things we are storing on our devices.

Self-Cleaning Cloth Breakthrough: Never Wash Your Underwear Again?

Self-Cleaning Cloth Breakthrough: Never Wash Your Underwear Again?
Imagine all the cool uses people could come up with for cloth that can clean itself. Yes, you read that right: there is now a textile that, when soiled, can clean itself up, without a human having to scrub and rub it to get the dirt and germs out.

Monkey Avatar: Wired Primates Can Move and Feel Virtual Objects

Monkey Avatar: Wired Primates Can Move and Feel Virtual Objects
Movies like The Planet of the Apes and The Rise of the Planet of the Apes just freak me out sometimes. I mean, so we’ve been told that our closest ancestors are these primates because apparently, we’ve got a lot in common with these animals.

Boeing Fights Fire by Dropping Giant Water Balloon Bombs

Boeing Fights Fire by Dropping Giant Water Balloon Bombs
So scientists are shooting lasers into the sky to make it rain in areas that are in dire need of some precipitation, and now Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company, wants to fight fires by dropping giant water balloon bombs over the flames.

Researchers Read Brain Signals to Recreate Video

Researchers Read Brain Signals to Recreate Video
This is one of the strangest things I have ever seen and it reminds me more than a little of Total Recall. Scientists at UC Berkeley have discovered a way to be able to reconstruct video that a user is watching solely by reading brainwaves.

Fly Goodbye Bug Gun Sucks Bugs Alive

Fly Goodbye Bug Gun Sucks Bugs Alive
Despite the fact that little boys are supposed to love playing with bugs, I’ve always disliked insects – especially anything ending in “pede.” I think all those legs just creeped me out.

Japanese Scientists Come Up With a Chemical That Turns Biological Tissues Transparent

Japanese Scientists Come Up With a Chemical That Turns Biological Tissues Transparent
A lot of lives (some human, mostly animal) have been sacrificed in the name of science and medicine. It’s hard to completely understand how some biological organisms function or how some processes work because scientists can’t just go ahead and cut something (or someone) up to do so.

Cloudy With a Chance of Rainfall by Laser

Cloudy With a Chance of Rainfall by Laser
Remember that movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs? You know, the one about a young backyard scientist who came up with a machine that could make clouds rain down with all sorts of food by shooting it up with a laser?

Researchers Discover Gigantic Underground River Flowing 4km Beneath the Amazon River

Researchers Discover Gigantic Underground River Flowing 4km Beneath the Amazon River
This is one of the strangest stories I have read in a long time. The Amazon River is one of the largest and most treacherous rivers in the world. It’s also stuffed with things that want to eat you if you do get into the water.
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