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  • How I Made It: Simon 'Si' Ramo

    The gig: Simon "Si" Ramo helped lead the Cold War development of the intercontinental ballistic missile, which could send a nuclear warhead thousands of miles. The aerospace pioneer co-founded ...

    Los Angeles Times
  • A tapeworm lived in this man's brain for years

    This is the story of a man who had a tapeworm living in his brain for at least four years. You can see the worm moving from one side of his brain to the other in this series of images, taken over that timespan:

    Vox.com
  • Germany reports second case of bird flu: H5N8 found in wild bird

    BERLIN (Reuters) - German authorities on Saturday confirmed a second case of the H5N8 strain of bird flu in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with the virus found in a wild bird. The strain is highly contagious among birds but has never been detected in humans. "For the first time, the…

    Reuters
  • Ancient Egyptian Handbook of Spells Deciphered

    Researchers have deciphered an ancient Egyptian handbook, revealing a series of invocations and spells. "It is a complete 20-page parchment codex, containing the handbook of a ritual practitioner," write Malcolm Choat and Iain Gardner, who are professors in Australia at Macquarie University and the…

    LiveScience.com
  • Can't find your car? Hold your key fob up to your head. (Really.)

    Next time you're wandering through a vast parking lot, looking for your car, there's a weird strategy you can try: hold your remote unlocking device up to your head. It might sound pretty crazy, but it will actually extend the device's range a bit — perhaps causing your car to light up, letting you…

    Vox.com
  • Elon Musk shows off rockets with 'X-wings' and landing pads in the sea

    Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk couldn't resist showing off some of his new toys on Twitter yesterday. First up is the latest version of SpaceX's reusable Falcon 9R rocket, which is now fitted with a set of four independently-adjustable fins. Or, as Musk described them: real-life X-wings. The…

    The Verge
  • Minnesota research aims at mountain pine beetles

    The mountain pine beetle has devastated huge swaths of forest in the Rockies, and scientists fear the insects could threaten the majestic pines of Minnesota and states farther east someday. Initial results ...

    Associated Press
  • Marijuana Use Linked to Changes in the Brain

    Using marijuana daily for four years or longer may be related to certain changes in the brain, according to new research. The investigators found that the people who had been smoking marijuana daily for at least four years had a smaller volume of gray matter in a region called the orbitofrontal…

    LiveScience.com
  • Search continues at ancient Greek burial mound

    AMPHIPOLIS, Greece (AP) — Scientists have opened the second phase of their excavation of the vast 4th-century BC burial mound in Amphipolis town in search of more tombs and bodies.

    Associated Press
  • New Mexico spaceport sets sights on new customers

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The scramble to get everything ready for the launch of the world's first commercial flights from Spaceport America came to a screeching halt nearly a month ago when Virgin Galactic's spaceship broke up over the California desert during a test flight.

    Associated Press
  • Trans Fats May Hurt Memory

    It might be difficult to carefully avoid all of the tasty foods that contain harmful trans fats, but now there's one more reason to try: A new study shows that this type of fat may damage memory in young people. "While trans fats increase the shelf life of foods, they reduce the shelf life of…

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  • A Time Capsule on the Moon

    A decade from now, if all goes well, a spacecraft with a high-tech drill will land in the South Pole-Aitken basin of the moon. There, it will bore 66 feet down into the surface and collect samples of the ...

    The Atlantic
  • Gemini Spacecraft Lands at Auction, Escapes Parking Ticket

    The 9.5-foot-tall (3-meter) Gemini spacecraft, which was part of RR Auction's week-long space sale that ended on Thursday (Nov. 20), narrowly escaped officers giving it a ticket when it was parked in a loading zone outside the Boston auction house's salesroom on Sunday. "I had to talk my way out of…

    SPACE.com
  • 1 Must-Watch Interview for 3D Systems Corporation and Stratasys, Ltd. Investors

    Discussing the latest 3D printing developments with Terry Wohlers, President of Wohlers Associates.

    Motley Fool
  • Ship Traffic Increases Dramatically, to Oceans' Detriment

    The demand for global trade is driving huge growth in ship traffic in the world's oceans, with four times as many ships at sea now than in 1992, a new study reports. The study also found evidence of illegal fishing in protected marine areas, such as ships plying waters around the Kerguelen Islands…

    LiveScience.com
  • Gecko Tech: Sticky Invention Lets People Scale Walls

    But one problem that both real geckos and synthetic materials face is that they cannot support as much weight as one would predict from the total area of adhesive surface they possess. For instance, a machine known as Stickybot, created by researchers at Stanford University, had enough geckolike…

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  • Antibacterial Soap Ingredient May Cause Cancer in Mice

    Long-term exposure to triclosan — an antibacterial ingredient found in soap, toothpaste and other common household products — may lead to liver cancer in mice, according to a new study. The finding, published Monday (Nov. 17) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, comes…

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