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Monkey Controls Sedated Primate Pal Using its Mind in Avatar-Like Experiment

Scientists have been able to make one monkey control the body of another sedated primate test subject, in an experiment that may offer hope to those suffering from paralysis. Read More >>

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Deep Space Exploration Trials Sure Look Boring

In order to prepare for the human exploration of the furthest reaches of our solar system, space agencies often run experiments to see how our bodies can cope with long periods of sedentary behaviour. And my, it looks boring. Read More >>

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Watch Super-Heated Water Droplets Navigate a Maze All On Their Own

When a drop of water hits a hot enough pan, it doesn't instantly boil away. Instead, the drop's outer layer vaporises, producing an insulating effect that causes it to skitter across the hot surface. This is known as the Leidenfrost effect, and it can be harnessed for some neat tricks, like the Mythbusters being able to stick their hands in molten lead, or this wonderful science experiment from the University of Bath. Read More >>

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NASA Paying People £3,000 a Month to Lie in Bed Watching TV

The dream. NASA is hiring men like us for an experiment into the effects of gravity on the human body, asking for subjects prepared to spend 70 days lying in bed watching TV. Finally, a chance to put "lying in bed watching TV" on your CV. Read More >>

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Apple Juice: How to Charge Your Phone With Pocket Change and Fruit

Arthur C. Clarke wrote that "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic," but he was wrong. It's easy to tell the difference—technology works. For example, "remote-viewing" mentalists claim they can see events far away, yet they fail every test. In fact, remote viewing is simple: It's called TV. Read More >>

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Why My iPhone Is Better as a Dumbphone

When people see my iPhone they're like, "My God, man, do you have some kind of crazy phone virus?" It's got no web browser. No email. No Twitter, no Instagram, no Facebook. Read More >>

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5 Amazing Scientific Discoveries We Don't Know What to Do With

Every day, scientists make discoveries that change the way we live. But sometimes, just sometimes, they achieve results that are so extraordinary or unexpected that they literally don't know what to do with them. Here are five of the most puzzling. Read More >>

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How Many Rubber Bands Does it Take to Pick up a Car?

Yes, that's a serious question. No, it's not the setup to a bad punchline — it's the setup to an awesome aerial tug-of-war between gravity and nearly 200 of the stretchy rubber rings over a Nissan Micra. The team from Fast, Furious and Funny investigates. [The Awesomer] Read More >>

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Watch This Tiny Aerogel Boat Run For Almost an Hour On a Minuscule Drop of Ethanol

It doesn't exactly herald a new era of fossil-fuel free transportation, but this experiment showing a tiny aerogel boat zipping along for almost an hour on a drop of ethanol could lead to new ways of thinking about boat propulsion. Read More >>

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Drill-Mounted Camera Makes Your World Spin

This video was posted over a year ago, but it's too trippy not to share. The concept is simple. Mount a camera to a electric drill and see what happens. What you get is a completely abstracted image of the world. Wait for the night-shooting part, it gets even better. Read More >>

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McDonald's-Flavoured Rice Will Either Be the Most Delicious or Disgusting Thing You Eat in Your Life

The creativity that went in inventing McDonald's miracle flavoured rice is so beyond my little human brain that I'd have to be high as a kite to understand the magic. But oh, the magic! The culinary geniuses at RocketNews24 cooked rice with a Big Mac, fries, chicken nuggets, sauce and coke to deliver what has to be the most delicious flavour of rice ever. Read More >>

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PHEW! That Fake Mars Mission Finally Returned to Earth After 520 Days on Earth

The very real six-man crew from the very real European Space Agency finally ended their very fake mission to Mars this afternoon. They've spent the past 18 months — 520 days! — locked inside a fake space shuttle outside of Moscow as a simulation. Read More >>

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A Million Virtual Monkeys Randomly Mashing Typewriters Have Almost Written Shakespeare

Jesse Anderson developed a program that simulated a few million virtual monkeys randomly mashing keys on virtual typewriters in an attempt to re-create Shakespeare. Amazingly, the monkeys (monkeys!) have managed to write 99.99% of Shakespeare's poem, A Lover's Complaint. Read More >>

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