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Slaughterhouse Scraps Can Be Used to Make Mittens

Swiss scientists discovered a way to warm your hands with slaughterhouse scraps, and it’s not as gross as it sounds.

Hamsters Are Happier When They Have Toys

From networks of tubes to running wheels and plastic balls, pet hamsters get all the best accessories.

'Smart Mirror' Could Scan Your Face to Detect Health Risks

Besides just throwing back your handsome reflection, in the near future your mirror might tell you a lot about what lies beneath the surface.

Scientists Turn Fat Cells Into Tiny Lasers

In the last few decades, lasers have become an important part of our lives, with applications ranging from laser pointers and CD players to medical and research uses.

Pee-Proof Walls Thwart Public Urinators in San Francisco

Instant karma awaits those who choose to empty their bladders on the streets of San Francisco. The San Francisco Public Works Department (SFPW) is coating select city walls with water-repelling paint that makes urine splash back onto the source of the illegal fount.

Four-Legged Snake Ancestor Dug Burrows With Tiny Limbs

Snakes’ earliest ancestors liked to hug it out. Scientists announced this week the discovery of a 113-million-year-old four-legged reptile fossil found in Brazil.

Your Musical Tastes Reflect Your Thinking Style

Are you good at putting yourself in someone else’s shoes? Then there’s a good chance that you enjoy R&B.

Drifting 'Windbots' Could Explore Jupiter's Atmosphere

Cosmic landers are the go-to technology to get an intimate, on-the-ground look at foreign worlds. But is it possible to similarly explore gassy planets with nowhere to land, such as Jupiter and Saturn?

Microwaves Could Power Tomorrow's Space Shuttles

The same electromagnetic radiation used to heat up a Hot Pocket could propel a shuttle into space. A Colorado-based technology company, Escape Dynamics, says initial testing indicates it’s possible to launch single-stage shuttles into orbit using microwaves beamed from the ground.

Welcome to Mcity, the Place Driverless Vehicles Call Home

Sorry, Detroit, but there’s a new “Motor City” in Michigan. On Monday, the University of Michigan announced the founding of Mcity, a 32-acre stretch of land on the Ann Arbor campus that no person will ever call home.

Pluto’s Icy Plains, Pits and Mountains Take Shape in Tombaugh Regio

NASA’s New Horizons team released the latest set of Pluto imagery Friday afternoon. And among the most fascinating finds are the dwarf planet’s smooth, craterless plains — informally dubbed Sputnik Planum — which push up against mountains of ice as tall as Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.

Pluto’s Bright Heart and Charon’s Dark Spot Revealed in HD

NASA has released the latest batch of images of Pluto and its complex system of moons, revealing the dwarf planet’s heart in stunning detail.

Pluto's Craters, Spots, Signs of Snow Seen in New Horizons Flyby

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft sped past Pluto at around 7:50 a.m. EDT today, arriving 72 seconds earlier than expected and missing its aim point by about 45 miles — not bad after a 9.5-year, 3-billion-mile (5 billion km) journey and well within the probe’s target zone.

Live Blog: New Horizons' Historic Pluto Flyby

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has been traveling for nine and a half years, speeding ever closer to our solar system’s last major unexplored world: Pluto.

In Brief: What to Expect from New Horizons This Week

At around 7:50 a.m. EDT tomorrow, New Horizons will officially make history as it makes its closest approach to Pluto, opening a whole new realm of solar system exploration.

How Big Is Pluto? New Horizons Settles Decades-Long Debate

With less than 24 hours to go before closest approach, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is seeing Pluto at a level of detail that grows sharper literally by the minute — not surprising when you consider that it is closing in on its target at nearly 31,000 miles per hour.

Researchers Wire Monkey Brains Together to Make a Super-Brain

Brain-computer interfaces always sound incredibly futuristic. But this one is even wilder than most. In a pair of studies published Thursday, researchers say they’ve linked up multiple brains, of both monkeys and rats, to form an "organic computer." By literally putting their heads together, the networked animals performed simple tasks and computations better than an animal flying solo.

Gentically Modifed Mosquitoes Battle Dengue Fever in Brazil

In the fight against disease-bearing mosquitoes, residents in the Brazilian city of Piracicaba have a new ally: mosquitoes.

New Horned Dinosaur, Cousin of Triceratops, Discovered

Triceratops is one of the most iconic dinosaur species we know, in part because of its distinctive looks: a large head frill, two huge brow horns, and another horn on its nose.

On-Demand Meteor Showers Could Soon Be For Sale in Japan

Forget fireworks: on-demand shooting stars are the future of sky-high pyrotechnics. It sounds far-fetched, but a Japanese start-up company, called ALE, believes it has the technological muscle to manufacture artificial “meteor showers” that light up the night sky.