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What Happens When a Ghost Town Turns Into a Lab

Gothic, Colorado is a surreal place. Once populated with thousands of silver-seeking miners, the tiny outpost is now home to the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, where dozens of scientists are coming to grips with the consequences of climate change (among other things). Some of them have been doing research…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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America Isn’t Ready to Handle a Catastrophic Asteroid Impact, New Report Warns

We’ve long said that humans generally worry about the wrong asteroids. Tabloids love to publish headlines about “potentially hazardous asteroids,” a category created by NASA that can be a bit misleading. The truly worrisome rocks are the smaller ones that we aren’t tracking. Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Star Wars’ Ships Have Terrible Aerodynamic Designs

When you’re flying around in space, where there’s no air or wind resistance, aerodynamics aren’t important. That’s why the Star Trek Borg ship is just a giant cube and still works just fine. But when ships are also visiting planets with atmospheres, aerodynamics do come into play—and apparently neither the Rebels nor…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Meet Jason, the Tiny Beetle Stuck in Amber for 99 Million Years

Featherwing beetles are some of the smallest insects out there—and one researcher managed to spot an ancient specimen in a 99-million-year-old chunk of amber. Just half a millimeter long, this Cretaceous period beetle had its signature fringed wings unfurled when it met its sticky demise.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Can Sound Make You Sick?

American diplomats in China are falling ill with symptoms like headaches, nausea, and hearing loss after hearing “odd sounds” in their apartment. It’s an eerily similar situation to what happened in Cuba in 2016 when 24 diplomats complained about strange sounds and nearly-identical symptoms. Is sound actually making…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Curiosity Rover Finds 3.5-Billion-Year-Old Organic Compounds and Strange Methane on Mars

No, NASA hasn’t discovered life on Mars yet—but a new result makes it seem like maybe, at some point in the planet’s history, the conditions were ripe for some extraterrestrial beings. Maybe.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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So How Do Wind Turbines Work, Anyway?

Most of us can agree that more clean energy is a good thing, but a surprising number of folks still don’t want wind turbines built in their backyards. That’s a shame, because the technology driving these bad boys is not only carbon and pollution free—it’s cool as hell.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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New Evidence Reveals a 17,000-Year-Old Coastal Route Into North America

The first people to cross into North America from Eurasia did so by traveling through the Bering Strait, or so the theory goes. A new theory has emerged proposing a coastal route into the continent, but evidence has been lacking. A recent analysis of boulders, bedrock, and fossils in Alaska is now providing a…Read more… […]

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At Least 52 People in Utah Were Poisoned by Fake Cannabis Oil

A poisoning outbreak traced to synthetic cannabinoids sickened at least 52 people in Utah and sent 31 to the emergency room this past winter, reveals a new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But unlike other recent outbreaks, the victims weren’t trying to buy synthetic weed:…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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How to Dance Like Michael Jackson: Nail Your Shoes to the Floor

It’s the half-day before Memorial Day weekend, so we’re writing up scientific studies of pop culture phenomena! In the music video for Smooth Criminal, Michael Jackson and four backup dancers used cables and harnesses to lean a full 45 degrees, a move that’s physically impossible for an unsupported human body. But…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Can You Vape to Death?

I never thought I’d see the day, but vaping—the bejeweled fedora of nicotine delivery methods—is starting to seem a lot less ridiculous. Or, at least, somewhat less ridiculous. Juuling teens are still reliably funny. But at the same time, there are real, credentialed doctors out there making a case for vaping as a…Read more… Continue […]

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Curiosity Rover’s Busted Jackhammer Could Soon Get a Fix

In late 2016, the drill used by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity began to malfunction due to an apparent mechanical failure. This Saturday, NASA will test a new method that could restore the drill’s critical jackhammering capability, and by consequence, the rover’s ability to analyze Martian rock samples. Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Fingerprint Analysis Could Finally Get Scientific, Thanks to a New Tool

There wasn’t anything particularly unusual about the court-martial at the Fort Huachuca military base in Arizona at the end of February. But when the analyst from the Department of Defense forensic laboratory presented a report on fingerprint evidence, it included an element that had never been used with fingerprint…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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