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First Evidence for Water Ice Clouds Found Outside Solar System

Take a (peacefully quiet) tour through and beyond our solar system to visit a neighboring brown dwarf -- a sort of failed star that's too large to be called a planet -- called W0855. A team of scientists, led by Carne...

Florentijn Hofman’s HippopoThames

Hippopotamuses used to live and swim in the River Thames, and thanks to HippopoThames, a floating, wooden hippo sculpture by renowned Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, that fact is becoming better known. "HippopoThames"...

Dreadnoughtus: A New Dinosaur Discovery

Fossils from one of the largest dinosaurs to ever walk the Earth -- the 77-million-year-old, 65-ton Dreadnoughtus (meaning "fear nothing") schrani -- were discovered and unearthed in Southern Patagonia, Argentina, bet...

How Do You Dismantle a Dino? (Very Carefully)

We've learned a lot about dinosaur anatomy since displays of their bones were set up at The National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., "anywhere from the early 1900s through 1940s, 50s, and 60s." As a par...

The World Cup Brazil 2014 Flip Books

These hand-drawn flip books animate the top three goals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. File under flip books and sports. What will you animate in your flipbook?

Google’s Self-Driving Car

We often tell our kids that by the time they're 16 years old, they may not need to learn how to drive. Self-driving cars for those who can't drive are an incredible chance to be more autonomous, and for those who can,...

Underwater time lapse can show the secret life of a coral reef

For the last five years, Dr. Pim Bongaerts of University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute has been documenting the lives of corals through time lapse photography. It all happens t...

Anthropomorphism in Robots

The Verge reports on Anthropomorphism in Robots at the 2014 International CES (Consumer Electronics Show). Anthropomorphism, or personification, occurs when inanimate objects, animals, or thing...

DARPA Robotics Challenge 2013: A Woodstock for Robots

From The New York Times, here’s a summary report from DARPA’s Robotics Challenge 2013. The competition is made of eight trials that include climbing ladders, walking across rough terrain, and clearing debr...

NASA’s Valkyrie

Need a battery-powered, modular, humanoid robot with strong legs and an amazing array of built-in cameras to help set up habitation on Mars for pioneering astronauts? NASA's got you covered. Meet Valkyrie. "The spa...

The koala’s deep voice

Body mass and vocal pitch don’t always match. Male koalas have deep, rumbling vocalizations, an unexpectedly low sound that might normally be associated with wild boars or a huge brayin...

Boy gets prosthetic hand made by 3-D printer

"When I outgrow a hand, we can easily make a new one," explains 12-year-old Leon McCarthy of his "cyborg" hand. His path into this specialized technology began when his father Paul found a video of 5-year-old Liam Dip...

The Face From Space: WISH, an 11 acre portrait of a girl

Made by Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada for the Ulster Bank Belfast International Festival in Belfast, Ireland, this is WISH, an 11 acre portrait of a girl. It’s been nick...

How do you turn rubbish into energy?

BBC News: How do you turn rubbish into energy? Find out how the largest energy recovery facility in Oslo, Norway processes waste and converts it into approximately half of the city’s energy. The integrated waste...

A Japanese social club cleans public toilets as a weekend hobby

Every Sunday morning in Tokyo, a group of 35 people and their kids get together to clean public toilets. From AP:  45-year-old (Masayuki) Magome, who runs an architecture agency, started t...

Mysterious deep-sea squid: Grimalditeuthis bonplandi

This is the first footage ever filmed of the Grimalditeuthis bonplandi, a deep-sea squid, captured on video by researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in Californi...

The shark that walks

Hemiscyllium halmahera, a newly-found species of bamboo shark or longtail carpet shark, has a rather unusual way of getting around — perhaps not unusual for land animals like us, but definitely unusu...

Baby Indian one-horned rhino at the Bronx Zoo

There’s a new baby rhino at the Bronx Zoo! Indian one-horned rhinos Penny and Sanjay are new parents to a frisky female baby, the 13th rhino born at the Bronx Zoo since 1986. She weighs 120 pounds but she could...

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