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  • Math class just got a whole lot easier

    If you think Google's search engine is only good for finding cute cat videos or hunting down other people with the same name as you, think again: The company has just launched a built-in scientific calculator to the list of tricks its search feature can pull off.

    Ok, the calculator functionality isn't exactly brand new — you've been able to type equations into the search bar and have Google give you the result for some time now. What is new, however, is a full calculator keypad that pops up as soon as the search engine realizes you need a little bit of math help. Simply type "calculator" into the search bar and the new 34-button interface pops up instantly.

    You can even use the speech recognition function built into Google to produce math results without ever touching a key — a feature that will undoubtedly come in handy for hasty homework sessions. In fact, the intuitive math tool even works on mobile browsers, meaning you now have a free alternative if your smarphone's built-in

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  • Paint absorbs harmful chemicals and can be easily scrubbed off of vehicles

    The possible use of chemical weapons in war is something no one in the military wants to think about, but if the worst does happens they need effective ways to deal with the fallout. Troops can remove their uniforms and be scrubbed down with hydrogen peroxide fairly easily, but what about their vehicles and other gear? That's where a unique new type of paint comes in.

    Developed jointly by the U.K.'s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and AzkoNobel, the paint contains silica gel that absorbs chemicals and traps them. It's sprayed onto vehicles on top of a sticky coating described as being like the adhesive on a Post-It Note. This allows the paint to be easily scrubbed off after it's done its job.

    The paint is expected to be used on the British Army's Warrior tanks initially, but could theoretically be used on other vehicles and equipment. Now that it's been perfected, the next step in the development of this unique paint is to create one that can change colors to alert

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  • Mars One wants to send you to the red planet, but it's a one-way trip

    If you've always wanted to live on a distant world, Dutch company Mars One wants to give you your chance to settle on the red planet. There's only one catch: You'll never be able to return to Earth.

    Next year, Mars One will hold a worldwide lottery to select 40 people to train to be civilian astronauts. That group will be sent to live in a desert simulation for three months, after which the initial pool will be whittled down to 10. By 2023, this group will be sent to Mars to form the first permanent human settlement.

    According to Bas Lansdorp, founder of Mars One, "We will send humans to Mars in 2023. They will live there the rest of their lives. There will be a habitat waiting for them, and we'll start sending four people every two years."

    Once the new settlement has begun to thrive, the possibility for a return visit to Earth may open up. Still, that's not guaranteed. Says Lansdorp, "our astronauts will be offered a one-way trip. We have no idea when it will be possible to offer

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  • 'Ashamed' Mourinho vows Chelsea will recover from Cup humiliation
    'Ashamed' Mourinho vows Chelsea will recover from Cup humiliation

    Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea will quickly recover from their humiliating FA Cup exit against third-tier Bradford because most of his star players missed the stunning fourth round defeat. Mourinho suffered one of the most embarrassing defeats of his career as the Premier League leaders squandered a two-goal lead in their 4-2 loss at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Chelsea's first defeat to lower-league opposition since 2008 ended their bid to win all four of the major trophies on offer this season and left Blues boss Mourinho admitting he was ashamed of the performance. Mourinho believes most of his players should not carry any scars from the Bradford defeat as he made eight changes against the League One side, with Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas only featuring as substitutes and Diego Costa left out of the squad.

  • Chelsea boss Mourinho warns away Schurrle suitors
    Chelsea boss Mourinho warns away Schurrle suitors

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday that it will take a "phenomenal" offer for him to sell out-of-favour German winger Andre Schurrle in January. Schurrle, who set up the winning goal for Germany in last year's World Cup final, is understood to be seeking a move back to his homeland after growing frustrated at making just 11 starts this season. Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund are among the clubs reportedly keen to bring the 24-year-old back to the Bundesliga. Mohamed Salah is also attracting interest, amid reports Chelsea have lined up Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado and Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa to replace him and Schurrle should they leave.

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