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Hospitals Earn More For Mistakes Than For Flawless Surgeries

Hospitals make more money when they make mistakes during surgery, and reducing mistakes could actually cut into a hospital’s profits, according to a new study. The study’s authors suggest that changing the way peopl...
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The Math: What Life On Kepler-62e Would Be Like

Scientists recently located two exoplanets orbiting in the Kepler-62 star system 1,200 light years from Earth. Though much further away than other exoplanets possibly conducive to life—Gliese 581g is only 20 light years from ...
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How Giant Concrete Balls Could Make Wind Power More Efficient

Wind power is pretty great: One doesn’t need to do much but build turbines and capture the energy from a passing breeze. But, like what happened to the Ancient Mariner, still air means trouble. Intermittent energy is not ...
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What Chefs David Chang And Traci Des Jardins Think Of Space Food

Two of the nation’s finest chefs were invited to NASA’s Space Food Systems Laboratory by Tested.com to sample the meals served on the International Space Station. Apparently, the space dishes, which are retorted for...
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Autonomous X-47B Jet Fighter Makes Historic First Launch From An Aircraft Carrier

ABOARD THE USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH, ATLANTIC OCEAN–All that was left on the carrier deck was a cloud of white steam wafting over a flight crew that was visibly bursting with excitement even with faces concealed behind bulky ...
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Norwegian Geologists Begin Drone-Guided Quest For Oil

We’ve heard a lot from the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) community about the potential for drones to assist in oil and gas exploration, yet we’ve seen relatively little by way of example as companies across the world wait f...
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These 11 Robot Bartenders Will Get You Drunk

Click here to enter the gallery In the future, we’ll take self-driving cars to cookouts, raise a glass to the robots fighting wars abroad (or, okay, to their remote human operators), and drink cocktails made by robots. Wa...
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How To Make Bricks Out Of Dirt

Bricks are fairly easy to make, but in the developing world, traditional fired bricks are sometimes weak and crumble-prone, while cement ones are often unaffordable. The Vermeer BP714 is the first compressed-earth-block machine...
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Green Light For Plan To Build World’s Tallest Building At Record Speed

We’ve been following Chinese construction firm Broad Sustainable Building’s ambitious plan to build the world’s tallest skyscraper for a while now, and it looks like they’re making progress: the Chinese ...
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