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Eye on the Sparrow
Transparency is taken to new heights with this TSA-friendly travel bag
World’s Oldest, And Possibly Largest, Wombat Turns 29
The world's oldest wombat, “Fat Pat from Ballarat,” is one large creature.
Leaked U.N. Report Warns of Irrevocable Climate Change
The world may already be approaching a temperature at which complete loss of the enormous ice sheet that covers Greenland would “become inevitable”
We’ve Been Counting Carbon Dioxide Emissions All Wrong
While we focus on annual carbon dioxide emissions, we ignore the long-term pollution newly built power plants will cause in the next 40 years.
Putin Pops Russia’s Tech Bubble
Putin’s actions in Ukraine have exiled Russia to the economic backwaters
1 in 7 People Experiences ‘Sleep Drunkenness,’ Study Says
Next time you’re late to work, blame it on this.
Direct Air Capture Makes Pollution a Cash Cow
Carbon dioxide pulled from the air could satisfy a $1 trillion unmet market demand
In States With Medical Marijuana, Painkiller Deaths Drop by 25%
Researchers suggest that substituting pot for pills could be saving lives.
Quake and Wake
Thanks to wearable tech, we know almost exactly how many people in Napa woke up when the ground shook.
The Earth Moved, and It’s Our Fault
Oklahoma just passed California as the most earthquake-prone state
The Cyber Wealth of Nations
The Internet could lead to many more breakaway republics
All Meshed Up
A people-powered network of smartphones can topple the broadband monopolies
A Future Powered by Fusion Draws a Little Closer
Star power could yet be the technology that solves humanity’s energy crisis, and everyone wants a piece of it
Video: SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Explodes Midflight
"During the flight, an anomaly was detected in the vehicle and the flight termination system automatically terminated the mission."
The World’s Priciest Coffee Comes From Elephant Poo
The elephant digestion process allegedly brings out the flavor of coffee beans.
Screen Time Makes Tweens Clueless on Reading Social Cues
Screen time makes tweens less social and less able to read faces
Why Did Twitter Change Its Favoriting Policy?
The social media giant’s latest changes are more reflective of Facebook’s model
Dandruff Fungus Found in Deep Sea Vents and Coral Reefs
A fungus that thrives on human skin also lives many other strange places.
Is Emailing Your Brainwaves the Future of Communication?
Scientists successfully transmitted messages from one brain to another by mapping electricity in the brain and scalp
Western U.S. Is Rising Due to Drought
The land rises when the weight of water is removed from it.
Doctors Test Patient for Ebola in Sacramento
The patient is in isolation and it is unlikely that Ebola poses a threat to Californians
Even the Spiders Are Bigger in the City
Arachnids may grow larger in cities because they tend to be hotter.
Fighting Cancer With Scorpion and Honeybee Venom
The results are promising, but the technology has to be proven in live animals before it can be considered for humans.
An octopus-inspired camouflage sheet can only change between black and white now, but could possibly change colors in the future.
Turtles ‘Talk’ to Each Other, Parents Call Out to Offspring
The animals vocalizations are difficult to hear, and they don’t talk very much.
Tom Hanks's Typewriter App Tops iTunes Chart
Tom Hanks is mad about typewriters, and he's backing an app to allow everyone else to enjoy them too, sort of
New Frog Species Found, Already Recommended For Endangered Listing
A newly discovered frog species hailing from a single peninsula in Madagascar was immediately found to be endangered
Bioterror Lab Accidents Happen Far More Often Than We Thought
Report details numerous accidents at labs handling potentially dangerous viruses
The Sexual Predator App With a 100 Percent Conviction Rate
A killer app stalks online sexual predators
Magnetic Bacteria Could Help Destroy Tumors and Fight Cancer
Scientists are testing a way to melt away cancer using magnetic bacteria
Don’t Mourn, Digitize
From Second Life to the afterlife, the Internet is providing a home for our virtual selves after we’ve shuffled off the mortal coil
Gadget Lust: Dream Ice Cream Maker Lets You Churn Out 31,000 Flavors
With Cuisinart’s ICE-100 Ice Cream and Gelato Maker ($299.00), one can let caprice be one’s sole guide in life
Ebola Out of Control: Quarantines, Hunger and Death in Liberia
Abandoned villagers face a stark choice: stay where they are and risk death or skip quarantine, spreading the infection further in a country ill-equipped to cope
Letters to the Editor: Online Gambling Deserves to Be Regulated
Founder of WireSafety, a cybersafety help group, responds to Newsweek story on legalized online gambling
Facebook Made a $10,000 Donation to Politician Fighting Same-Sex Marriage
Facebook was the second biggest donor to Republican Sean Reyes's Utah reelection campaign
Ebola Outbreak Vastly Underestimated: WHO
The death toll from the world's worst outbreak of Ebola stood on Wednesday at 1,069 from 1,975 confirmed, probable and suspected cases, the agency said
Speaking in (Green) Tongues: Scientist Discovers New Plant Language
A study published in ‘Science’ reveals that plants communicate by sharing genetic information
Five Illegal Immigrants Detained in Albania With Ebola Symptoms
Fears spread in eastern Europe as one person is quarantined in Montenegro and 14 under supervision in Serbia
Robin Williams’ Daughter Zelda Trolled Off of Twitter
Zelda Williams announced she was “deleting [Twitter] from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever."
NSA's Cyberwarfare Program Could Start Wars, Wired Says
In a profile of Edward Snowden, Wired reveals the existence of an NSA program that, it claims, is capable of "accidentally starting a war."
What’s Really in Those Fracking Chemicals?
A new study finds that eight fracking fluid compounds are toxic to mammals
New Device Will Sniff Out Smuggled Money
A money-sniffing device could catch billions of dollars before they cross the border, researchers say.
Creepy TV Works Only if You Smile
Artist David Hedberg created the Smile TV as a response to new consumption habits
Sweat-Powered Batteries? I'll Get Tatted Up
A temporary tattoo can both monitor a person's progress during exercise and produce power from their perspiration.
A Huge First For Women: Female Mathematician Wins Fields Medal
Stanford’s Maryam Mirzakhani becomes first woman to snag highest prize in mathematics
'Stay': Robin Williams and the Argument Against Suicide
The widespread grief over Williams’s death suggests the theft which is suicide should be prevented at all costs
Comcast Sponsors Event Honoring FCC Commissioner
Together, Comcast and Time Warner Cable gave more than $130,000 to honor an FCC commissioner who will help decide whether or not to approve their merger
Spanish Priest Miguel Pajares Becomes First European to Die in Ebola Outbreak
The Health Ministry said he was being treated with the experimental drug ZMapp, manufactured by U.S. company Mapp Biopharmaceutical
U.S. Approves Use of Experimental Ebola Drug in Liberia
The experimental ZMapp drug will be delivered to Liberia, to treat doctors infected with Ebola
Mental illness may finally yield to science after centuries of confusion and myth
A Picture of Health
An algorithm can scan family photos and predict genetic disorders with astonishing accuracy
The No-Pilot Program
Drone cargo planes are cheap and happy to fly through fog and worse
Rent Sweet Rent
There’s never been a worse time to buy a house, as the Internet is making ownership a sentimental mistake
There's Something in the Water and It's Making Fish Live Longer
Study finds that Oxazepan decreased Eurasian perch mortality rate in Swedish lake
Using Twitter, Linguists Find Global ‘Superdialects’
Researchers discovered urbanites from cities across the globe sound closer to each other than to their rural cousins at home
It’s Time for Us to Think About Cancer Differently
A new genomic study suggests diagnosing cancer by molecular data instead of tissue type