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Hover over here

June 22, 2015

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Here’s that flying car we were all promised: Long a staple of science fiction, the hoverbike could soon become reality. The U.S. Department of Defense has signed an agreement to develop the manned hoverbike for human use, in some cases replacing the helicopter. The quadcopter vehicle can also travel in a predetermined path, for solo missions.

Pope vs. climate change

June 17, 2015

  Climate change: It's in the air.

Climate change: It’s in the air.

The Pope is taking on a new challenge: climate change.

Pope Francis is calling for action to save “our ruined” earth, even going so far as to support scientists who have said that climate change is both real and (yes) man made.

One robotic salad, coming right up

June 16, 2015

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Meet your new robot chef.

Motoman, the latest development in cooking technology, can mimic the arm movements of humans to chop, dice, fry and cook. Watch the video of him — or it, I should say — right over here.

Zoo animals bust out

June 15, 2015
Who's ready for a nap?

Who’s ready for a nap?

Massive flooding hit the Georgian capital of Tbilisi over the weekend, leading to an unlikely outcome: escaped zoo animals. Around 30 animals fled the city’s zoo, including lions, tigers and bears (oh my). Sharp-shooters armed with tranquilizer guns were dispatched to subdue the waterlogged, confused animals – including the very sleepy hippopotamus you see above.

A upright-walking rat

June 12, 2015
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The science behind paralysis treatment has taken a major step forward.

A new spinal implant was shown to reverse paralysis in rats, and researchers say the development could soon extend to humans. Click here to watch the video (it’s worth it, even if it’s just to watch a rat walk on his hind legs).

Something in the air

June 11, 2015

  David Yanez (bottom) and Arturo Hidalgo set up a 20-foot prototype of a wind turbine without blades in a countryside at the small village in Gotarrendura, Spain, June 2, 2015. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

David Yanez (bottom) and Arturo Hidalgo set up a 20-foot prototype of a wind turbine without blades in a countryside at the small village in Gotarrendura, Spain, June 2, 2015. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Tackling concussion safety for kids

June 10, 2015
A football helmet's health warning sticker is pictured between a U.S. flag and the number 55, in memory of former student and NFL player Junior Seau, as the Oceanside Pirates high school football team prepares for their Friday night game in Oceanside, California September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A football helmet’s health warning sticker is pictured on a helmet, as the Oceanside Pirates high school football team prepares for their Friday night game in Oceanside, California September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The next generation of rockets

June 9, 2015

  NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) 70-metric-ton configuration, NASA's new heavy-lift rocket, designed to fly astronauts to the moon, asteroids and eventually to Mars, is seen launching to space in this undated artist's rendering released August 2, 2014. REUTERS/NASA/MSFC/Handout

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) 70-metric-ton configuration, NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, designed to fly astronauts to the moon, asteroids and eventually to Mars, is seen launching to space in this undated artist’s rendering released August 2, 2014. REUTERS/NASA/MSFC/Handout

The tale of the shape-shifting frog

June 8, 2015
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Screengrab/REUTERS

 

This frog’s a real chameleon.

A so-called “shape-shifting” frog, the Pristimanti Mutabilis adapts to its surroundings by changing the texture of its skin. The little guy was once-dubbed a “punk rocker” frog by the scientists who discovered him, due to his spiky flesh. But the nickname quickly faded when they placed him on a smooth surface and saw his skin smooth out as well to mimic its surroundings.

Oh, hay

June 5, 2015

  Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner American Pharoah stands while being bathed following his morning workout at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York June 3, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner American Pharoah stands while being bathed following his morning workout at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York June 3, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton