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Look At This Insane 2-Ton Insect-Robot

Meet the Mantis Walking Machine. Designed by Matt Denton and his team at Micromagic Systems, it’s a 2-ton, 9-foot-tall, 50-horsepower hexapod (six-appendaged) robot drivable through a cockpit or via wi-fi. And look at thi...
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The Science Of PSAs: Do Anti-Drug Ads Keep Kids Off Drugs?

From Reefer Madness to Nancy Reagan’s famous “Just Say No,” we’re constantly trying to convince kids that drugs aren’t as fun as they think they are. The Office of National Drug Control Policy, est...
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The Week In Numbers: Our Time Left On Earth, The Distance A Nipple Travels, And More

$50 billion: the amount Russia will invest in an ambitious space program to put a person on Mars, build a moon base, and shoot down foreign threats 9%: the portion of Americans who would have sex with a robot 7 millimeters: the...
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New Species Of Brazilian Porcupine Found, Has Very Cool Rubbery Nose

Brazilian porcupines are recognizable as porcupines to us North Americans due to their quills, but they don’t look much like our more familiar North American porcupine otherwise. Their quills are neat and small like a hed...
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What You Need To Know About The New Bird Flu

There have been some new developments in China’s struggle with bird flu over the past two days, including another confirmed death and a scientific report from Chinese researchers about the first three victims to die. Here...
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Did You Pay To Name A Planet? You Got Scammed

Most of the more than 800 exoplanets discovered have unbelievably boring names — 16 Cygni Bb or HD 41004 Ab, to name a couple. So some enterprising entrepreneurs have started a naming contest that allows users to pay to nomin...
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Every Single Person In The World On One Chart

When you read on your computer screen that world population has surpassed 7 billion, as it did in 2011, it’s hard to put that number in context. It’s big a world. Where is everyone? 7 Billion World is a website/info...
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To Prevent Wind Turbines From Killing Birds, Add Blinds?

Farzad Safaei’s recent invention looks a bit like window frames—complete with Venetian blinds built inside—but it’s actually a new wind turbine design. Safaei, an electrical engineer at the University of Wollong...
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REI CEO Sally Jewell To Be Sworn In As Secretary Of The Interior

The new U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, has both headed camping-gear company R.E.I. and worked as a petroleum engineer. As secretary, she’ll be in charge of perennially controversial decisions about conserva...
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