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Thursday, July 2, 2015


Raven Drone Becomes Cyber Carrier Pigeon

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Solider In Iraq Tosses Raven UAVDavid Hodge, U.S. Army photo vis Wikimedia CommonsAmerica’s Raven drone is not the most intimidating machine in the sky. Small, portable, and hand-tossed, it’s a light scout for troops on the ground, buzzing over a hill or around a building, looking out for enemies around corners. Now it’s getting a second job,... by Kelsey D. Atherton

Americans Build Giant Robot, Challenge Japan To A Duel

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Megabot Fires PaintballsScreenshot by author, from YouTubeThere are real, serious, military technology developments happening in the Pacific. This is not about that. This is about some dudes who built a giant robot for paintball battles because they could, and then challenged a giant Japanese robot to a giant robot duel. Giant robots.Watch the chal... by Kelsey D. Atherton

NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Stays the Course to Pluto

Yesterday - NASA
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is getting a final “all clear” as it speeds closer to its historic July 14 flyby of Pluto and the dwarf planet’s five moons

Journey Into The Sun's Guts With Benedict Cumberbatch As Your Guide

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Solar DynamoNCSA, University of Illinois | Thomas Lucas Productions | Spitz Creative MediaThis illustration shows how fluids (yellow/orange) and the magnetic field (blue) move through the sun's outermost shell.Without the sun, life on Earth would be impossible. It provides food for the plants that feed us, and warmth so that we don’t freeze to de... by Sarah Fecht

NASA Awards Earth Science Data and Information Contract

Yesterday - NASA
NASA has awarded the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Evolution and Development (EED)-2 contract to Raytheon Company of Riverdale, Maryland

This Flatworm Injects Itself In The Head With Sperm

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Microscopic image of flatworm species Macrostomum hystrixLukas Schärer/ Flickr CC by SA 2.0When these flatworms get lonely, they have sex on the brain.In a study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, researchers observed the mating habits of the flatworm species, Macrostomum hystrix, and found that in the absence of a mate the hermaphro... by Levi Sharpe

Watch This Drone Drive A Toy Boat

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Parrot Hydrofoil Decorative ArtParrotFrench dronemaker Parrot’s latest creation turns a flying machine into an engine for a boat. The boat-drone hybrid is a hydrofoil--a boat already designed to lift most of its body from the water and travel instead through the air, just skimming the surface of the sea. With a simple command from a smartphone ap... by Kelsey D. Atherton

When You Smell Fish, You Think More Critically

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Inhale deep, get suspiciousTomascastelazo via Wikimedia CommonsEven if you like fish, you’re probably wary of that fishy smell. Previous studies have shown that the smell of fish makes people more suspicious. But a new study, published this month in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, shows that this skepticism may have another implici... by Alexandra Ossola

Frozen Fruit Fly Sex Is As Freaky As It Looks

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Micro-CT scan image showing fruit flies frozen in mid-mateWolfner LabMale fruit flies are quite the Casanovas of the insect world. As he courts a female fly, the male dances and sings with his wing vibrations for her to woo her over in hopes of mating with her. If all goes well, she can lay up to 500 eggs at one time.But the nitty-gritty details of... by Seung Lee

‘Steve Jobs’ Trailer Turns Apple Founder’s Life Into A Dark Opera

Yesterday - Pop Sci
The birth of the Mac is a tale as old as…well, as old as the first Mac, which dates back to 1984. The Macintosh 128K breathed new life into the already-burgeoning computer industry, and with its entrance came the persona of Steve Jobs, a hypercharged detail-man who refused to accept failure.And for the second time this decade, Hollywood is treati... by Dave Gershgorn

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