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Cloaking Device Alters Appearance Instead of Hiding an Object Altogether

Metamaterials are meta-awesome. They look deceptively simple, and yet they’re probably the building blocks of future Star Trek technologies come to life. To the untrained eye, they just look like a sheet of grids or squares of geometrically repeating copper … Continue reading

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Get Mo’ Graphene

Want your own sample of science’s next wundermaterial? Have a pencil and some scotch tape at your side? Graphene is a one-atom thick layer of carbon atoms that science has long denoted as the next super material. Besides its super … Continue reading

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Zombie Fungus Ants Die Precisely on Their Doorsteps

Just in case you’ve never heard about this phenomenon–it’s been covered plenty of times before in the media–I just wanted to let you know that zombies are real. They exist in many places in the animal kingdom, most notably in … Continue reading

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Zinc Doesn’t Just Protect from Kids’ Germs; Also Protects Kids’ Future Before Conception

Whenever we know we’re going to be spending a decent amount of time around babies or toddlers, my wife and I start a regimen of zinc and vitamin C several days before the trip. We’ve had plenty of experience subjecting … Continue reading

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Hocking a Loogie’s Power Potential

Science has not yet, unfortunately, discovered Mr. Fusion. The coffee-maker-sized cold fusion power generator that runs on garbage would not only be able to power a time-warping DeLorean, it would solve all of the world’s energy needs in a single … Continue reading

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Pygmy Populations Wear Different Brands of the Same Clothes to Life’s Evolutionary Party

All over the animal kingdom you see amazing examples of creatures that are exquisitely adapted to their environments. From Darwin’s finches with differently shaped beaks to reach slightly different foods to a newly found mouse that can stand up to … Continue reading

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Staying All Hyped-Up on Green Tea Helps Weight Loss

Green tea is good for you. I think just about everybody has heard that at one point or another. I’ve heard claims of boosting or prolonging active brain function, promoting heart health and helping keep the fat stores down, just … Continue reading

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