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The Mysterious Chinese Outbreak Just Reached Europe

By Jason Freely / a couple of months ago

The deadly pneumonia-like virus known as 2019-nCoV, which has spread inexorably out of China for the past month, has officially reached Europe. France’s health department confirmed two cases — one in Paris and one in Bordeaux — on Friday, The Guardian reports. With that, 2019-nCoV has now spread to 12 countries — though aside from […]

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Boeing Quits — and Kills — DARPA Experimental Spaceplane Program

By Jason Freely / a couple of months ago

Game Over In 2013, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) launched the Experimental Spaceplane (XSP) project. Its goal? Create a reusable hypersonic vehicle that could deliver small satellites into orbit for the United States military. In 2017, DARPA selected Boeing to build and test the spaceplane. But this week, the company announced it was […]

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Scientists Discover Ancient Viruses Inside Glacier

By Jason Freely / a couple of months ago

Break the Ice In 2015, a team of scientists from the United States and China traveled to Tibet to gather samples of Earth’s oldest glacial ice. Earlier this month, they published a paper on the pre-print server bioRxiv detailing their discovery of 28 new virus groups in the 15,000-year-old ice — and warning that climate change […]

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Space Force Unveils Camouflage Uniform, Sparking Twitter Frenzy

By Jason Freely / a couple of months ago

Camo M. G. On Friday, the United States Space Force tweeted out a photo that was supposed to show off its first utility uniform nametapes, embroidered patches spelling out “U.S. Space Force” in blue thread. But what caught the attention of the Twittersphere was the uniform behind the patch, which was the exact same brown and […]

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Smelly Town Buys Bizarre Device to Sniff out Marijuana Plants

By Jason Freely / a couple of months ago

Nasal Ranger A town in Michigan is spending $3,400 on a bizarre-looking device called a “Nasal Ranger” in hopes that it will solve a growing problem: the stench of marijuana plants. “The city of Bessemer stinks,” city council member Linda Nelson said during a town meeting. “You can smell marijuana everywhere. We’ve got people who can’t […]

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Giant Star Betelgeuse May Have Eaten a Smaller Companion

By Jason Freely / a couple of months ago

Two Become One The red giant star Betelgeuse is a fixture of astronomy research thanks to its massive size and close proximity to Earth. But despite countless observations, scientists still haven’t been able to explain several of the star’s bizarre characteristics. Now, a team of astronomers from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge has built […]

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Scientists: Human Hibernation Is Entirely Possible

By Jason Freely / a couple of months ago

Bears may be the most famous example, but they aren’t the only animals capable of hibernating. Various types of squirrels, bats, and even birds can also lower their bodies’ core temperatures, putting themselves in a state of dormancy for weeks or even months at a time — and one day, humans could join them on […]

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Government Might Investigate Teslas Accelerating Unexpectedly

By Jason Freely / a couple of months ago

Not User Error The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Friday that it’s considering an investigation into “sudden unintended acceleration” affecting half a million Tesla vehicles, according to Reuters. The NHTSA is considering more than a hundred consumer complaints involving 123 unique vehicles — including a wide variety of Tesla models and production years, […]

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Army Developing Tech to ID Terrorists in the Dark From .5 KM Away

By Jason Freely / a couple of months ago

Target Identified The United States Army is currently building a super-charged facial recognition system — tech that could be ready for action as soon as next year. The system, as described in a new One Zero story, analyzes infrared images of a person’s face to see if they’re a match for anyone on a government watchlist, […]

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Boeing 777 Dumps Fuel on California Schoolchildren

By Jason Freely / a couple of months ago

7 hours ago__Victor Tangermann__Filed Under: Future Society Andreas Weiland/Victor Tangermann A Cruel Joke Seventeen children and nine adults are being treated for minor injuries today after an aircraft approaching LAX dumped jet fuel over an elementary school playground in Cudahy, California, The Los Angeles Times reports — a canny metaphor, perhaps, for a next generation […]

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