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Watch Two Real People Pass A Torch In A Virtual Reality World

Screenshot of the torch pass in virtual reality Virtual reality just took its first step into a larger world: Player two has successfully entered the game.

Google's Self-Driving Cars In Austin Have Removed Humans Entirely

Google's retro-fitted Lexus Google Google has modified consumer cars to run on their own Our first glimpse of Google’s driverless cars came in 2012.

The Month In Plagues: NYC Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak, Vomiting Robots, And More

The vomiting machine was designed to scale the human stomach, esophagus geometry, and vomiting pressures.

Does Using The AC Make It Hotter Outside?

Jason Schneider In 1975 Texas Monthly published an article that tried to explain why Houston had become “The Hottest Place in the Whole USA.” It read: “One heat-producing machine is the very device designed to eliminate heat--the good old air conditioner.” An AC unit transfers warmth from inside buildings to the air outside, and it guzzles electricity, which generates waste-heat that must be vented too.

The Month In Plagues: NYC Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak, Vomiting Robots, And More

The vomiting machine was designed to scale the human stomach, esophagus geometry, and vomiting pressures.

The Race To Prove 'Spooky' Quantum Connection May Have a Winner

Illustration of an atom Kevin Dooley via Flickr CC by 2.0 Particles don’t obey the same rules as people.

Can This Game Turn You Vegan?

That Cow Game nomand and Ludum Dare A provocative game where you're a cow who slaughters people. The gaming world’s depiction of human violence is usually characterized as “glorifying,” however the internet definitely has an exception to that rule now with “That Cow Game”--a minimalist slaughterhouse simulator where you play the cow.

Concept Video: Your Next Plane Could Take Off Vertically

TriFan600 Concept Art XTI Aircraft The ideal airplane doesn’t need a runway. Since Kitty Hawk, the standard design of a fixed-wing airplane assumes the plane will build momentum and lift by accelerating along an open stretch of land (or sometimes sea), and will need to land by decelerating along a similar smooth path.

In BMW Electric Car, Software 'Coding' Unlocks Hidden Features Owners Want

2015 BMW i3 REx - Driven, Portland OR, April 2015 The BMW i3 REx model is an unusual beast, the sole example to date of a car built specifically to comply with California regulations that define it as a zero-emission electric car even though it has a range-extending engine.

DARPA Wants Friendly Gremlin Drones

Gremlins Concept Art DARPA It’s no secret that modern military aircraft are really, really expensive.

Synthetic Heart Tissue Sticks Like Velcro

Tissue-Velcro, magnified Zhang et al, Science Advances, 2015 A team of researchers has developed a material that beats like a heart in the body but from which layers can be stacked or peeled away, according to a study published today in Science Advances.

NASA: Sea Level Rise Is Going To Get Much Worse

Flooded Streets David Shankbone/Flickr New York City streets after Hurricane Sandy hit the city in 2012.

How Much Exercise Do We Get From Talking?

Jason Schneider Speaking involves dozens of muscles, and it can be a bit tiring. For a study published in 1998, speech-language pathologist Bridget Russell, of the State University of New York at Fredonia, asked participants to read aloud using either a quiet, normal, or loud voice while she measured their breathing rates, oxygen consumption, and energy expenditure.

A Mushroom Cloud Made From Coffee Creamer

DIY Mushroom Cloud Photograph by Ackerman + Gruber In the early-morning hours of July 16, 1945, a team of scientists at the Trinity site in New Mexico fretted over a large sphere of steel and electrical cables they called the “Gadget.” A few hours later, the device exploded in the first test of an atomic bomb.

Where To Place Wind Turbines Without Killing Eagles

Golden Eagle Greg Clarke/Flickr Renewable energy generated by solar panels and wind turbines is great for humans, but not so awesome for flying creatures.

Scientists Find A Double Black Hole Inside A Nearby Quasar

Artist view of a binary black hole NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI) The brightest objects in the universe have massive black holes at their hearts.

Software Automatically Takes Out Distracting Items From Your Photos

Researchers are trying to make your photos better by weeding out distractions Unspalsh via Pixabay The internet is flooded with photos—of your brunch, of your cat, of your estranged elementary school friend’s cousin’s wedding.

Of 100 Published Psychology Studies, Less Than Half Could Be Reproduced Successfully

Pixabay One of the pillars of scientific research--perhaps the one that makes science as definitive as it is--is that any study should be capable of being repeated under the same methods and conditions and if the research holds true, the same result will be found every time the experiment is performed--something known as a study’s reproducibility.

Dank Indica? Your Drug Dealer Might Be Ripping You Off

Marijuana. Credit: Mark via Flickr, CC by 2.0 Cannabis is one of the oldest domesticated plants, but we know surprisingly little about it.

Format Wars: Instagram Adds Portrait And Landscape Modes To Your Feed

Instagram adds support for portrait and landscape images Instagram The Facebook-owned photo company has finally added support for all aspect ratios Instagram now supports portrait and landscape photos in its app.