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Here come the laser helicopters

Military The Army tested an airborne directed energy weapon Army wants to test a laser on a helicopter.

China launches Asia's biggest post-WWII warship

From Our Blogs: Eastern Arsenal The Type 055 "Renhai" is headed out to sea China just launched Asia's biggest warship in 80 years, the 12,000-14,000 ton Type 055 destroyer.

8,200 years ago, California's forecast was 150 years of rain

Environment Cave deposits reveal the region's stormy past. A study at Vanderbilt University uses cave deposits to unearth California's climate during a cold snap recorded in Greenland's ice cores.

Now kids can easily program a complex robot to recognize a smile

Technology Anki’s cute Cozmo bot is finally programmable by the rest of us. In a sea of coding-for-kids products, an update to Anki’s holiday-shopping darling, Cozmo the robot, may have one of the best chances of success.

A dash cam for 48 percent off? I'd buy it.

Gadgets Record your trip—for $62 less. A dash cam for 48 percent off? I'd buy it. Record your trip—for $62 less.

A new microscope uses light to "cut" through tissue samples and find cancer


Health It could help surgeons remove cancerous breast tissues all at once. A new microscope lets doctors see cancer tumors in 3D.

Pandas, which are basically giant poop machines, may inadvertently help save other species

Animals Protecting charismatic animals could help less cute creatures. A new study suggests that it might not be so bad that pandas get the glut of China's conservation funding.

Scientific studies favor male mice—and that could hurt a lot of humans


Science Let's talk about sex (in biomedical research). A new study quantifies how much sex differences impact the results of biomedical research—and it's a lot.

This powerful PDF editing 'app of the year' winner is now 50 percent off


Sponsored Post You can easily make corrections and additions with this 2015 app of the year. This powerful PDF editing 'app of the year' winner is now 50 percent off.

Reports of nasty side effects from cosmetics are way up, and a single hair company may be to blame

Health You probably don’t realize how unsafe your shampoo could be. WEN by ChazDean doesn't contain all those harsh sulfates.

How scientists modeled a deadly tornado with an insanely powerful computer

Technology Inside the creation of a supersize supercell simulation. Simulating a supercell thunderstorm and the tornado it produces involves hundreds of terabytes of data.

How to survive a tsunami

Environment We asked experts how to live through one of nature’s most powerful disasters. Most people do not survive being swept into a tsunami.

These gadgets will help you weather any storm


Gadgets They're all-weather friends. This brigade of cavalier devices are ready to endure the rigors of the great outdoors.

Aura uses artificial intelligence to deliver personalized meditations

Sponsored Post Get lifetime coaching via your smartphone for under $60. Aura uses artificial intelligence to deliver personalized meditations.

A third of marine megafauna died in a mass extinction that we didn’t even know about

Animals Ancient climate change was to blame. Almost all of the species that have ever existed are now extinct—why should swimming sloths be any more important than the rest?

Bacteria in the sky may help to make it rain

Science Here's how they do it. Certain bacteria can cause water to freeze into ice, in turn making it rain.

Artificial algae could help save our oceans

From Our Blogs: Nexus Media News Using mimicry to fight climate change. Scientists are using faux-coralline algae to seed aquatic ecosystems.

Sorry, but Anonymous has no evidence that NASA has found alien life

Space We wish. Before you freak out, let’s talk.

Using a phone or tablet causes symptoms that look a lot like carpal tunnel syndrome

Health But it’s not necessarily the real thing. Using phones and tablets can cause hand pain, according to a recent study.

Last week in tech: Amazon’s massive drone delivery hub may be coming to your city (in the distant future)

Technology Plus: Free vintage Sega games and the latest from the wild world of cryptocurrency. All the biggest tech news of the week, including Amazon's drone hub patent, and the OnePlus 5 smartphone.


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