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Video Shows How A Murder Suspect Effortlessly Escaped From Police Interrogation Room
 
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On Friday, authorities in North Las Vegas placed murder suspect Alonso Perez in an interrogation room, shackled his legs, and handcuffed him to a metal bar on a table. On Friday, authorities in North Las Vegas placed murder suspect Alonso Perez in an interrogation room, shackled his legs, and handcuffed him to a metal bar on a table, reports the Washington Post. Nonetheless, Perez escaped. Recently released video by the North Las Vegas Police Department shows how. Perez begins by twisting the cuffs and his body in a way that causes the end tethering him to the table to snap. Soon after, he climbs within reach of the ceiling, moves a tile, and then exits through the sizable opening he created. Perez was fortunate enough to exit into a completely unoccupied hallway and make his way to the door undetected. The captain of the detective bureau said the suspect was incredibly lucky that his escape was successful, noting, “The planets aligned for that guy.” Perez was brought back into police custody on Tuesday.
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Cows Get Mad When Woman Running From Police Ends Up In Field
 
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A group of cows helped law enforcement in nabbing a suspect.
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Scientists Recreate 2,000-Year-Old Mummy's Face - Here's What She Would Have Looked Like
 
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An interdisciplinary team led by the University of Melbourne in Australia has reconstructed the face of an ancient Egyptian woman’s mummified head which had been stored in the school’s basement for decades. A team led by the University of Melbourne in Australia has reconstructed the female face of an Egyptian mummified head believed to be more than 2,000 years old.  According to a news release, the project began when a staff member became concerned that her tightly wrapped head, which was stored in a basement for nearly a century, “could be decaying from the inside without anyone noticing.”  In an effort to examine her with the least amount of disruption, researchers scanned the skull and, based on its well-preserved condition, decided to conduct additional work.  For the reconstruction, data from CT scans was fed into a 3D printing system to create a detailed model of her skull.  The replica was then handed to a sculptor with forensic expertise who approximated the woman’s facial tissue based on population data and anatomical ratios and built her musculature and features with clay.  The head was then preserved with resin, painted a dark olive color to reflect the predominant skin tone of the time, and given dark hair with thin braids.  Though the appearance of the woman, since named Meritamun, has largely been completed, researchers are still working to learn more about her health and cause of death.
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NASA Just Unveiled Its Hedgehog Rover Concept For Exploring Comets
 
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NASA recently released a video showcasing Hedgehog, its newest concepts for space exploration. NASA recently released a video featuring one of its newest concepts for space exploration. Meet Hedgehog: a robot intended to overcome the difficulties of navigating low-gravity environments on comets, asteroids and other space objects.  A typical rover makes its way around a mission site—say, the surface of Mars—much like a regular car. But a small body’s microgravity makes driving around a dangerous proposition—the rover could float away or tumble over and the mission would end. Hedgehog is different. It's basically a box with spikes and wheels on the inside. And brakes for those wheels.  When those brakes are pulled, the box hops and tumbles, enabling it to move across a small body's surface without falling victim to the low-gravity.  There’s no correct side—it's always upright no matter how it lands.  And Hedgehog also has a spinning "tornado" function so it can dislodge itself from sticky situations.  According to NASA, "The construction of a Hedgehog robot is relatively low-cost compared to a traditional rover, and several could be packaged together for flight, the researchers say. The mothership could release many robots at once or in stages, letting them spread out to make discoveries on a world never traversed before."
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Fasting Triggers Immune System Regeneration
 
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72 hours of going without food can trigger the creation of new white blood cells, essentially regenerating the body's immune system. 72 hours of going without food can trigger the creation of new white blood cells, essentially regenerating the body's immune system. According to researchers at the University of Southern California, when the body doesn't have enough energy to run itself, it starts to look for other sources. Glucose and fat are the typical places it's found, but the body will start to consume anything it doesn't feel it needs. Among the things it considers excess are damaged immune cells, so it will use those as well. Once eating resumes, it's as if a switch has been flipped in the stem cells, and they begin to make new and healthy replacements. Fasting also prompted the body to decrease its levels of IGF-1, a growth-factor hormone that's been linked to cancer, tumor growth, and aging. Among the many areas where this study could benefit people is in countering the damaging effects of chemotherapy, which causes a great deal of damage to the immune system. It's also believed that the information gleaned will be of great importance in future studies on aging and autoimmunity disorders. The researchers do admit that the results came as quite a surprise.
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Using Device In Backpack, Man Survived 555 Days Without Human Heart
 
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Each year, thousands die while waiting for needed donated organs, but a man in Michigan was able to survive the stretch by using a total artificial heart. Each year, thousands die while waiting for needed donated organs, but a man in Michigan was able to survive the stretch by using an external mechanical heart.  Stan Larkin was born with familial cardiomyopathy, and the condition rendered his own vital organ inoperable about a year and a half ago.  In December of 2014, doctors at the University of Michigan outfitted him with an artificial heart and a SynCardia Freedom Portable Driver.  The roughly 13-pound device, which Larkin carried around in a backpack, took over the blood pumping duties until a transplant was an option.  Last month, Larkin, who is now 25, finally got the donated heart he’d been waiting for.  He recently said at a press conference, "It was an emotional rollercoaster… I want to thank the donor who gave themselves for me. I'd like to meet their family one day.”
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New Wheelchair With Rubberized Tracks Can Handle Any Terrain
 
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You think wheelchairs aren't that versatile? Then check out the Ziesel electric contraption - it's not only stylish, it comes equipped with a roll bar. The chair has a top speed of over 20 miles per hour. Weighing approximately 460 pounds, it comes with a four-point safety belt fit for NASCAR. The radical assisted movement vehicle doesn't come with any wheels. Instead it runs on rubber coated caterpillar tracks, making it bear a resemblance to a bulldozer. According to the designers of the mobility scooter "The Ziesel is a pioneer for mobility by combining sustainable and environment-friendly technologies with pure outdoor fun. It is the only barrier-free sport-vehicle with electrical high-performance power for fun and freedom in nature." The chair was specially made for outdoor extreme performance. It can be used throughout the entire year. Most impressively, it can easily maneuver in varying terrains including sand, mud, grass, gravel and snow. The mobility scooter comes equipped with LED lights, a tow bar, double suspension arm chassis, a heated seat, and technology ridden joystick. The starting price for a Ziesel chair is $24,000.
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Why UPS Trucks Don't Make Left Turns
 
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While an individual person may not save much by only making right turns, a huge corporation like UPS has proven since 2004 how avoiding left turns in its trucks can significantly increase its bottomline while reducing emissions and accidents. With nearly 100,000 trucks and hundreds of aircraft, UPS averages 15.8 million packages delivered daily worldwide. While an individual person may not save much by only making right turns, since UPS implemented a right turn policy in 2004, they have significantly increased profits while reducing emissions and accidents. UPS estimates the right-turn-heavy policy, combined with its routing software, shortens routes by 20.4 million miles and saves 10 million gallons of gas while delivering an additional 350,000 packages and reducing CO2 emissions by about 20,000 metric tons each year. UPS engineers noticed how waiting to turn left caused trucks to fall behind on their schedules, consume more gas, and increase the probability of accidents. Their software maps routes with only right-hand turns unless it's quicker or easier to proceed with a left-hand turn. A driver estimates they do about 90% right-hand turns. The television show Mythbusters tested the policy with one route using 8 left and 4 right turns, and another route using 1 left and 23 right turns. The UPS-like route was just over 1 mile and 9 minutes longer, but it reduced gas consumption from 6.8 to 4 pounds. UPS' software probably would've added one or two more left-hand turns to be more efficient on time while still saving gas.
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DARPA Just Reinvented The Wheel
 
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Reconfigurable wheel-tracks could further enhance the US military vehicles' ability to traverse diverse terrain.
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Watching Rescued Baby Orangutans Meet For First Time Will Melt Your Heart
 
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A remarkable video that shows two baby orangutans meeting for the first time was recently posted by International Animal Rescue. A remarkable video that shows two baby orangutans, Gito and Asoka, meeting for the first time was recently posted by International Animal Rescue or IAR, a charity organization that rescues orangutans in Borneo. Both of them had been kept in captivity as pets in the past and according to the organization, their mothers were probably killed while attempting to prevent their babies from being taken away. The IAR notes in a news release, "the two babies are completely fascinated by this first encounter, staring and reaching out to touch and nibble each other. For Gito, this is the first time he has been close to another orangutan since losing his mother, so this is a real milestone in his rehabilitation." The group is particularly pleased to see Gito's progress considering just several months back, he was found, almost corpse-like, in a cardboard box. Looking toward the future, the IAR says, "Gito and Asoka are now attending pre-school together, playing with the other small babies and building up their strength before moving on to baby school where they will experience the rough and tumble of the more boisterous, bigger and older infants."
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World's Fastest Amphibious Vehicle
 
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WaterCar's newest addition called Panther can handle both land and water. It was recently declared the world's fastest amphibious car. There are a few amphibious vehicles out there, allowing drivers to have fun on both dry land and sea. WaterCar's newest addition called Panther is essentially a Jeep that can handle both opposing terrains. The outer body resembles a Jeep CJ-8. An Acura 3.7-liter V6 is located in the back of the vehicle to provide over 300 horsepower. With a jet boat drive, retracting wheels and a fiberglass hull, the Panther is nothing short of awesome. It is capable of reaching speeds over 80 miles per hour on the road but most notably it can hit about 45 miles per hour on top of the water. The interior of the Jeep is a little longer than the standard CJ-8, measuring 15 feet long. That allows passengers to have more room which comes in especially handy while enjoying a cruise on the lake. The panther was recently declared the world's fastest amphibious car. While transitioning from land to water, the Panther can enter the liquid terrain at speeds up to 15 miles per hour. How do you like it?
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Experiment Shows Rats Helping Other Distressed Rats
 
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A series of experiments tested whether or not rats help each other out in moments of distress. It turns out not only will rats work towards freeing an anxious cage mate, but they'll even forgo a treat to do so. A recent study tested rats' empathic behavior. In order to do so, two rats were placed in a divided cage with only a door connecting them. In the first experiment, one rat in the cage was soaked while the other remained dry. Witnessing the wet rat's distress caused the dry rat to open the door to free it.  9 out of the 10 rats who remained dry during this procedure freed their wet rat mate.  The roles of the rats were switched around, and it was then discovered that previously drenched rats responded quicker to the distressed rats than those who had remained dry the entire time.  A second experiment conducted with two dry rats revealed that with neither displaying anxiety, there was no need for them to open the door.  The third and final experiment forced the rats to choose between a treat, or helping out their wet friend. Most of the time, the rats ignored the treat in order to rescue the other rat first.  According to the study, "...findings suggest that rats can behave prosocially and that helper rats may be motivated by empathy-like feelings towards their distressed cagemate."
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Obamas Welcome New Puppy Named Sunny
 
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The Obamas have a new and adorable addition to their family. On August 19th, a female puppy named Sunny was welcomed into the White House. The Obamas have a new and adorable addition to their family. On August 19th, a female puppy named Sunny was welcomed into the White House. Sunny was born in the summer of last year in Michigan. Classified as a Portuguese Water Dog, her coat is hypoallergenic, meaning Sunny won't trigger the first daughter Malia's allergies. Sunny is the same breed as the Obama's other family dog - Bo. Sunny is slightly smaller and completely black while Bo showcases some white fur on the chest and paws. Bo previously attended many White House events and outings including visiting Walter Reed and the Children's National Medical Center. However last year, Michelle Obama told reporters that she was scheduling Doggie Play Dates for Bo because he wasn't getting enough canine interaction. That may have brought on the family's decision to bring in a full time playmate. Official photos from the White House show the two pooches running around and playing on the grass. They can also be seen lounging next to one another so it appears the dogs have taken well to each other. The Obamas will be making a donation to the Washington Humane Society in honor of their new pet, Sunny.
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Man's Nightmare Call With Comcast Service Rep Goes Viral
 
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If cancelling a Comcast service is on your to do list today, you may want to consider clearing the rest of your schedule. If cancelling a Comcast service is on your to do list today, you may want to consider clearing the rest of your schedule. Former tech editor Ryan Block recently tried to ditch the provider and it ended up being far from the simple call one would anticipate. To help others understand what he'd endured, Block posted 8 minutes of the much longer conversation he had with a Comcast retention specialist. In it, Block says over and over that he just wants to cancel his service. Comcast has since said that they're looking into the matter, and added, "This isn't how our customer service representatives are trained to operate." Block announced he was eventually successful in his mission to disconnect.
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Domino's Flying Drone Delivers Pizza
 
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Domino's has tested out a prototype for a flying drone that can deliver pizzas. The device carried two large pepperoni pizzas and conducted a flight. How do you get your pizza delivered? Last month, Domino's pizza teamed up with a creative agency titled T + Biscuits to test out a prototype for a flying drone that can deliver cheese pies. Described as an octacopter, the device carried two large pepperoni pizzas and conducted a flight over a city near London. The pizzas, both contained in an insulated bag, were secured to the drone. They were delivered in perfect condition and it only took about 10 minutes to venture 4 miles. The founder of T + Biscuits stated "If anything it went quicker than a pizza boy. We were amazed at how easy it was going to be." The drone is being called the DomiCopter. Although the device won't take the place of human delivery drivers anytime soon, Domino's is reportedly experimenting with the drone at their UK headquarters. Federal Aviation Administration authorities estimate that private drones will make up a $90 billion industry within 10 years.
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Woman Found This Mysterious Creature In Her Tuna Can
 
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Usually opening a can of tuna is a fairly mundane task. However last month, a mother in Nottingham, UK got a not-so-pleasant surprise inside her can and now the mystery creature that she discovered has been identified. Usually opening a can of tuna is a fairly mundane task. However last month, a mother in Nottingham, UK got a not-so-pleasant surprise inside her can and now the mystery creature that she discovered has been identified. According to the Nottingham Post, it's something called a megalopa, which is described as an "immature crab" that is often eaten by tuna. The megalopa had been nestled in between Princes tuna chunks when the woman, Zoe Butler first saw it's dark eyes staring up at her. A spokesperson for Princes told the Nottingham Post, "We appreciate that the appearance of the crab will have been unpleasant. However, please be assured that it represented no food safety risk.” The company reportedly launched an investigation to determine the species after pictures of it surfaced. Even though it seems like the case is closed, the story is still attracting differing theories. According to The Telegraph, experts at London's Natural History Museum had a different response concerning the species. Following an examination of the photos, they said the head appears to be that a parasite called a tongue-eating louse.
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Coast Guard Helicopter Spots Historic Shipwrecks During Routine Patrol
 
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Last Friday, a U.S Coast Guard aircrew captured remarkable photos of several shipwrecks in the clear blue waters of Lake Michigan. Just a few weeks ago, all we'd hear about is how many of the lakes around the country were frozen as a result of severe snow storms. Now that much of the ice has melted in those lakes and spring is here, it's not just the flowers that are coming into view. Last Friday, a U.S Coast Guard aircrew captured remarkable photos of several shipwrecks in the clear blue waters of Lake Michigan. The pictures were taken near the Sleeping Bear Dunes area which is part of the Manitou Passage. The area is home to quite a few shipwrecks. The Traverse City-based crew posted those photos on Facebook and with the help of other social media users added details on the spotted shipwrecks. One of them notes, "The 121 foot brig James McBride ran aground during a storm on October 19, 1857. Her remains lie in 5 to 15 feet of water near Sleeping Bear Point." Another one was the Rising Sun with description, "This 133 foot long wooden steamer stranded just north of Pyramid Point on October 29, 1917. She went to pieces and her wreckage now rests in 6 to 12 feet of water." These shipwrecks are state property giving them protection against public disturbance.
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Watching This Ship Go Down Is Weirdly Satisfying
 
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Texas Parks and Wildlife recently released footage of a vessel that was sunk to establish an artificial reef.
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Shelter Dog With Severely Matted Fur Gets Astonishing Makeover
 
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A dog in Chicago has gotten a remarkable makeover. Staffers at Trio Animal Foundation discovered the pooch at a local shelter. A dog in Chicago has gotten a remarkable makeover. Staffers at Trio Animal Foundation discovered the pooch at a local shelter. At the time, the canine was in very poor shape, so bad in fact they weren't sure if it was male or female because of the 2 pounds of matted fur. They later learned the dog is a female. When the employees first saw her, they held out a treat to determine which end was her front. The poor pooch was surrounded by flies and gnats. Little did staffers know then that underneath all that knotted and debris-filled fur was an adorable little dog. The Trio Animal Foundation enlisted the help of a groomer at Mutt Hutt to help with the transformation. Thus began an hour and a half long ordeal to beautify the pooch. She was shaved and had fur tediously pulled out that had grown to over two inches long in the canine's ear canal. Never once did she growl or show her teeth. All the efforts paid off and the dog, now named Ellen is a gorgeous 8.5 pound girl that is ready to be adopted. Ellen has had all her vaccinations and undergone veterinary testing to ensure whoever ends up with her knows she's perfectly healthy.
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NASA Unveils Incredible Design for Warp Drive Spacecraft
 
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NASA scientist Harold White has spent a long time examining the plausibility of a space ship that can travel faster than light, and now he's taken his research to the next level. NASA scientist Harold White has spent a long time examining the plausibility of a space ship that can travel faster than light, and now he's taken his research to the next level. With the help of artist Mark Rademaker, White has made a design of what such a vessel would look like. The warp drive vehicle is called the IXS Enterprise and does bear more than a casual resemblance to its Star Trek namesake. Of course, nobody is quite sure if making a warp bubble is actually possible, but NASA is investigating the matter via ongoing experiments. It has been determined that previous concerns about a warp drive annihilating a star system are unfounded. Researchers are still unclear about the consequences of faster-than-light ships coming into close contact with other vessels, however. Those matters aside, if warp speed travel ever does become more than the stuff of science fiction it could put the entire solar system at the world's fingertips.
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Favoring One Child Over the Other Has Much Broader Impact: Study
 
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A study reveals that differential parenting affects families as a whole. A new study reveals that when parent's pick favorite kids, nobody wins. Apparently the negative effects not only affect the child who receives less attention, but the whole family. Reportedly the more extreme the parenting methods are, the greater the mental health issues are for every child. Called, "Differential parenting", it translates to a mother or father giving positive encouragement to one child and mostly negative to another. The lead author of the study, and University of Toronto professor, Jenny Jenkins, monitored the behavior of 400 Canadian families over 4 years. The households affected by differential parenting showed an increased risk of attention issues and problems in social relationships. Marriages may also be compromised due to one parent's perception of the other's seemingly unfair treatment. The research also concluded that mothers who were highly stressed due to ranging emotions and financial hardships struggled to be equally fair to multiple children. The end result is lasting negative impact on the whole family. Do you think it's possible to be equally fair at all times, or is some preferential treatment to be expected?
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Meet World's Cutest Sea Otter Pup
 
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An orphaned sea otter pup in California has officially landed a forever home. On September 30th, a passerby heard her cries during an evening stroll. An orphaned sea otter pup in California has officially landed a forever home. She was first discovered on September 30th when a passerby on an evening stroll heard her cries. The baby was in a remote location and initially she couldn’t be reached. The following day, the pup was still in the same spot and experts concluded she had likely been orphaned. Staffers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife transported her to Monterey Bay Aquarium where she received care for about a month. Experts determined that the little sea otter couldn’t be reintroduced to wild, so officials from Shedd Aquarium in Chicago jumped up to help. They’re offering her a home for the rest of her life. The baby, which is being called Pup 681 arrived at the facility on October 28th. She was five weeks old and weighed under 6 pounds. Pup 681 has shown quite a bit of progress during the short time she’s been at the aquarium. She’s sampling solid foods, sipping formula from a bottle and even drying herself off after a dip. Shedd’s Vice President of Animal Collections remarked “As an organization dedicated to marine mammal care and conservation, we were perfectly positioned to ensure that this little pup had a home, providing the long-term care needed to survive.”
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Dog walks nearly 20 blocks to see owner in hospital
 
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A small, determined dog in Iowa managed to sneak right into a hospital to visit her owner. Security footage from the medical center, Mercy Cedar Rapids, captured the miniature schnauzer named Sissy entering the facility through the automatic doors. A small, determined dog in Iowa traveled between 15 and 20 blocks, all so she could get inside a hospital to visit her owner. Security cameras at the medical center, Mercy Cedar Rapids, captured the miniature schnauzer named Sissy entering the facility through the automatic doors. Nancy and Dale Franck own Sissy along with another dog named Barney and they all live in southeast Cedar Rapids, but Nancy has been staying at the hospital for the past few weeks following complications from an operation related to cancer. In the early morning hours of Saturday, Dale was at home when he let both dogs outside. He thought the two canines came back indoors, but soon noticed 10-year old Sissy was missing. While he was panicking, Sissy was already en route to the medical facility. Several hours later, Dale received a call from hospital workers who informed him a little dog had walked right through the entrance. That pooch turned out to be Sissy and Dale realized she had traveled between 15 and 20 blocks to see his wife. Nobody is positive how Sissy knew where to go as she hadn't been to the hospital before, but Nancy works near it and in the past the dog had been in the car when she was dropped off. Nonetheless, Nancy was quite thrilled to get an unexpected visit from her beloved dog.
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Cheetah-Cub Robot Mimics Feline
 
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A new robotic running feline built at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology is called the Cheetah-Cub. Weighing a little over 2 pounds it was created to replicate the same size of a house cat. A new robotic running feline has been outlined in the International Journal of Robotics Research. Built at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, it is called the Cheetah-Cub. Weighing a little over 2 pounds and measuring approximately 8 inches, it was created to replicate the size of a house cat. The purpose of the Cheetah-Cub is to allow researchers to see how animals move and how robots can handle rough terrain. They also want to learn how much force is present in a living creature's joints. The lead author of the study stated "Biologists cannot directly observe because you cannot cut into the leg of a living animal without harming it. It's possible to recreate it with a robot, and then you can actually change the conditions." Equipped with four feet, the Cheetah-Cub can trot on a flat surface similar to a feline. It can even take on slightly difficult obstacles like stairs. The robot can travel 3.1 miles per hour. How do you like it?
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Rare Coin Worth Millions
 
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A rare coin is worth millions. Experts confirmed what George Walton already knew -- his 1913 Liberty head nickel was the real deal. Unfortunately, Mr. Walton was killed in a car crash in 1962, but his heirs never lost faith in his belief and have held onto the coin for 51 years. The nickel is going up for auction and is expected to bring in between 2 and 5 million dollars. The reward has been a long time coming as the nickel was previously declared a fake. He acquired the rare 1913 coin in the mid-1940sby trading around 4 thousand dollars worth of collectible gold coins. At that time the nickel was already legendary as there were believed to be only 5 in existence. Born of shaky provenance, the coin's origins were discovered when a previous owner traced its creation back to the likely illicit activities of a mint employee. It wasn't until 2003 that Walton's nickel received acknowledgement of its validity and value when a Baltimore coin event offered a reward for its uncovering. Overall, rare coins are rapidly escalating in value. The upper echelon of them have increased their worth by up to 50 percent in the past year alone.
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World's Longest Train Journey Completed
 
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It took 20 days for a freight train to travel from China to Spain, making it the longest train journey to ever occur. China hopes this will make intercontinental trading more accessible. It took 21 days and multiple engine changes, but a test run of the longest train route in the world has just been completed. On November 18th, the train departed from Yiwu in eastern China and reached its destination roughly 8,000 miles later arriving in Madrid, Spain on Tuesday December 9th. On its historic journey, the train also traveled through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and France. Approximately 40 shipping containers were towed by locomotives that had to be changed every 500 miles, while the wagons hauling them were swapped at several border crossings due to different track gauges. The products onboard included cutting tools and children's toy tops headed for the holiday shopping market. While it broke a world record, the feat was completed primarily to see if it could become a viable freight route. Beijing is hoping to expand and rejuvenate trade between the two continents with the "New Silk Road" project. It's estimated that China is investing $40 billion in the project, which includes building new infrastructure for the trains as well as figuring out travel logistics. Approximately 80 percent of global trade is still transported by ships, but China’s goal is to strengthen its freight transportation options and the Eurasian rail line is a choice method. This mainly has to do with a demand for European goods within the Chinese market. Currently, train service exists between Germany and China, but by expanding to Spain, the trade opportunities would grow. The train will make return trip from Madrid to Yiwu early 2015, carrying such delicacies as wine, cured ham and olive oil.
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500-Year-Old Porcelain Cup From Ming Dynasty Sells for $36M
 
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A very small porcelain cup recently sold for a whopping 36 million dollars at an auction in Hong Kong. Talk about a valuable antique. A very small porcelain cup recently sold for a whopping 36 million dollars at an auction in Hong Kong. That selling price has made it the world's most expensive piece of Chinese porcelain. The origins of the cup stretch back to the Ming Dynasty, making it about 500 years old. The piece is being referred to as a 'chicken cup' because the exterior design shows a rooster hen and chicks. For a cup that's 5 centuries old, it's in pristine shape. According to the auction house, Sotheby's, there are only 17 cups like the one that recently sold, in existence. Some of those are owned by private collectors while the remaining cups are property of museums. Sotheby's deputy chairman for Asia, Nicholas Chow is thrilled with the impressive sale of the chicken cup. He commented "There's no more legendary object in the history of Chinese porcelain. This is really the holy grail when it comes to Chinese art." The chicken cup now belongs to a collector, who is said to be the 200th richest person in China. The antique will most likely be displayed in the owner's museum in Shanghai.
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NASA wants to build a floating city above the clouds of Venus
 
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While Mars is getting a lot of attention from space exploration organizations around the world, NASA has just announced a mission to colonize the atmosphere of Venus, our other neighboring planet. While Mars has been the primary target for space exploration, NASA is conducting a study to explore the possible human occupation of Venus’s upper atmosphere using airships. The mission is mapped out around five distinct phases which start with robotic exploration followed by three crewed mission phases of varying lengths leading to permanent human residence in a cloud city. The conditions on the surface of Venus are much different from Earth and Mars, including extremely high temperatures. Landing on Venus always presented a challenge since ground temperatures reach around 930 degrees Fahrenheit. It also has 92 atmospheres of pressure, which is equivalent to that found almost a mile under the ocean. However, NASA’s High Altitude Venus Operational Concept takes into consideration that Venus’s conditions are more hospitable around 31 miles above its surface. Its atmospheric temperature is around 167 degrees Fahrenheit,, only 17 degrees hotter than the record temperature set on Earth, and gravity there is only slighter lower than Earth. A benefit of exploring Venus over Mars for missions is its closer proximity to Earth. Round-trip travel to Venus would take 440 days, versus 650-900 days to Mars. Venus also has low levels of radiation comparable to those on Earth. Mars, on the other hand, produces extremely high levels of radiation, which would necessitate underground habitats to limit exposure. According to experts, the amount of solar power available on Venus would offer enough energy to sustain a mission there.
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Scientists Discover a Way to Turn Light Into Matter
 
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In 1905, the famous physicist Albert Einstein theorized that light was actually a particle, which helped explain the photoelectric effect. Now, scientists at the Imperial College London in England are working to develop a photon-photon collider that might be able to turn light into matter, which is a process that also takes place during the largest explosions in the universe called gamma-ray bursts. In 1905, the famous physicist Albert Einstein theorized that light was actually a particle, which helped explain the photoelectric effect. Now, scientists at the Imperial College London in England are working to develop a photon-photon collider that might be able to turn light into matter, which is a process that also takes place during the largest explosions in the universe called gamma-ray bursts. The idea is based on a theory from 1934, which claimed that when two photons, or light particles, smash together, it would create matter in the form of an electron and a positron. Professor Steven Rose from the Department of Physics at the Imperial College London is quoted as saying: "What was so surprising to us was the discovery of how we can create matter directly from light using the technology that we have today in the UK. As we are theorists, we are now talking to others who can use our ideas to undertake this landmark experiment." There are reportedly at least three facilities that have the necessary technological equipment to make the process work, and the researchers from Imperial College London expect to start conducting their experiment in about a year.
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‘Vampire Burial’ Of A Child Found In Ancient Roman Cemetery In Italy
 
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An international team of researchers recently discovered the “vampire burial” of a 10-year-old girl while excavating an ancient Roman cemetery in the Umbria region of Italy.
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Luxury Cruise Airship Concept Redefines Air Travel
 
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Don't like flying in commercial jets? Then say hello to the 'luxury cruise airship' concept. Don't like flying in commercial jets? Then say hello to the 'luxury cruise airship'. The simple goal of the concept air vehicle is to allow passengers to travel anywhere in a short amount of time while still being able to take in magnificent views from above. From a distance the shape resembles a modern day airship and close inspection reveals a large gondola underneath, but with soaring windows giving the aircraft a futuristic touch. The interior of the aircraft is where a yacht or cruise ship aspect comes in. Geared towards encouraging social interactions, there are large spaces where travelers can meet and greet. The lobby has bench styled sofas and tables along with a gathering area which resembles a bar. Bedrooms are also on the aircraft boasting simplistic and modern decor. Each space has large floor to ceiling windows which offer stunning views of the surroundings. How do you like the design? Would you want to take a ride in the cruise airship?
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Ultra-Luxury Private Submarine Comes With a Pool
 
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Check out this ultra-lux submarine. Called The MIGALOO, it offers upscale amenities like a pool and a large deck. Choosing a yacht can be such a chore for wealthy folks. With almost too many to choose from, you might have an easier time picking your perfect submarine. The MIGALOO is billed as "The Ultimate Lux Sub". It offers upscale amenities like a pool and a large deck for relaxation. Marketed as an alternative to luxury yachts, as expected, it offers the option to travel below the water's surface. Measuring over 375 feet long by 36 feet wide, the submarine is anything but small. It bears the appearance of a traditional submarine in most aspects but the tower is custom designed in order to house a staircase and elevator shaft. The designers stated "The enormous space of the aft deck includes lounge areas, sun beds, a bar, an 8 by 3 meter-pool as well as a heli-pad that offer a wide range of activities and possibilities. When MIGALOO is submerged, all furniture is stored in large storages underneath the granite decking." What do you think? Would you like to own this submarine?
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Solar Powered Hospital Opens in Haiti
 
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A new hospital in Haiti has officially opened. It is said to be "the world's largest solar powered hospital."  A new hospital in Haiti has officially opened. It is said to be "the world's largest solar powered hospital." The establishment is massive, however it boasts a minimalist design. It features an astounding 1800 solar panels on the white roof. The Hopital Universitaire de Mirebalais is situated about 30 miles away from the country's capital. In this area, power outages are very common, usually leaving residents without electricity for an average of three hours per day. The over 200,000 square foot facility houses about 300 beds. The building was designed and developed to produce more energy than it will need to consume for operations. To make the project even more sustainable, the unused energy will be put back into Haiti's national power grid. The director of construction stated "The challenge was in the design and engineering, and getting the solar power produced to mesh with the often unstable grids and the backup generators. At each step of the way, we were attempting things that had never before been done."
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Meet Big Jake - The World’s Tallest Horse
 
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Meet the world's tallest horse.
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Underwater Vehicle Used By Navy SEALs On Stealth Missions
 
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There are a few different kinds of SDVs, or SEAL Delivery Vehicles that operate classified missions in countries around the world. United States Navy SEALS are highly trained military operatives, and their underwater vehicles use some of the most advanced stealth technology available. There are several different kinds of SDVs, or SEAL Delivery Vehicles, and most of their details are kept secret by the military as they are used for a variety of classified missions. Sized to accommodate from one to six SEALs traveling inside, most SDV’s are free-flooding meaning the soldiers are submerged in water, often for hours at a time, using their SCUBA tank, or onboard oxygen to breathe. Now, the Navy has also developed a dry version of the SDV. These vehicles are made out of fiberglass and non-ferrous materials, so that their magnetic and acoustic footprints are kept to a minimum to avoid detection. They are equipped with Doppler navigation, docking systems, and sonar to guide the SDV back to the host submarine after the SEALs have been delivered to the location of the mission. Due to their clandestine design the vehicles are reportedly capable of carrying out attack missions, and underwater charges housed in large cargo holds can be deployed to attach to a ship’s hull for timed or remote detonation.
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World's Largest Solar-Panel Power Plant Opens in Arizona
 
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The 'world's largest solar-panel power plant' is now up and running in Arizona. The 'world's largest solar-panel power plant' is now up and running in Arizona. Situated on 2,400 acres between Yuma and Phoenix, the 290-megawatt plant will be sending electricity to the state of California for the next two and a half decades. Under the 25 year long contract with Pacific Gas & Electric, Arizona's new photovoltaic power plant will be responsible for providing power to at least 100,000 homes in the neighboring state. If you're going by maximum electricity production, the Agua Caliente plant will generate enough power to supply 230,000 residences. The $1.8 billion facility is owned by NRG Energy, Inc. and MidAmerican Renewables, LLC. Chief financial officer at MidAmerican Renewables, Richard Weech commented 'It is exciting to see this project become fully operational and begin to realise the full benefit of emissions savings with the clean energy generated at Agua Caliente.' With well over 5 million photovoltaic modules scattered over roughly 10 square miles, there is a good reason why so many people are excited about the plant dedicated to clean energy.
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Scottish Lab Traces Origins of Redheads
 
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A Scottish lab traces the origins of redheads. Scientists at ScotlandsDNA, a commercial testing and research lab, believe that all redheads sprung from the same source long, long ago. They've also developed a testing option that will allow prospective parents to determine the likelihood of having carrot-topped kids. The DNA testers hope that by showing non red-haired people that they, too, may carry the gene some of the stigma and bullying burdening the world's redheads will be lifted. Overall, the odds of ending up with natural copper locks are extremely slim. Outside of Europe only .06 percent of the earth's population have them. The concentration is highest in Scotland, followed by Ireland and then England. It's a recessive gene and if both parents have it there's only a 25 percent chance they'll have a redheaded child. Historically, redheads have had both good times and bad. On the downside, they were tortured as witches in 15th century Germany, burned alive by Egyptians, the seen as vampires in the making by Greeks. On an up note, history is full of many who've made a difference including Alexander the Great, Galileo, and Winston Churchill.
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New Technique Reveals Flash Of Light When Human Egg Activated By Sperm
 
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Researchers at Northwestern University have made a major breakthrough that could help mitigate disappointing – and expensive – in vitro fertilization failures. In vitro fertilization has become the path to parenthood for many, but success can be elusive as it’s difficult to know if the fertilized eggs being used will thrive.  Researchers at Northwestern University have made a major breakthrough that could help mitigate disappointing – and expensive - failures. The team discovered that a spark, described as a ‘zinc firework,’ occurs at the moment a sperm enzyme renders a human egg active.  Based on the size of the biological lightshow, both the health of an egg and the viability of the embryo can be determined.  Noted one of the scientists involved in the study, “If we have the ability up front to see what is a good egg and what’s not, it will help us know which embryo to transfer, avoid a lot of heartache and achieve pregnancy much more quickly.”
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Off-Road Hover Bike Will Be Available in 2017
 
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The Aero-X hover bike will hit the market in 2017 allowing riders to fly over the ground. Hover vehicles are not a new idea, but none have been successful. That will change in 2017. Then, the Aero-X hovercraft will hit the market, allowing riders to fly over the ground. The hover bike and brainchild of engineering company Aerofex, first appeared as a prototype back in 2007. The Aero-X is not designed for ground travel, and instead will fly over flat ground and hilly terrain while up to 10 feet in the air and hitting speeds up to 45 miles per hour. It can remain in hover mode for about 75 minutes. Riders don't need a pilot's license to operate the vehicle. That's because the hover bike is controlled just like a motorcycle rather than an aircraft. Operators use the lean and steer method, just like any other two wheeled contraption you see on the road. The chief technology officer and founder of Aerofex remarked "We've done a lot of work to learn how to remove the coupling effect. That's the key for someone who only has motorcycle experience to be able to get on it and feel comfortable right away." Comprised of a 'light-weight carbon fiber frame', the two seat bike comes equipped with fan blades and a trio of '240 horsepower three-rotor rotary engines'. If the concept peaks your interest, be forewarned -- the price for an Aero-X is going to set you back about 85 grand.
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Asian-Americans Study Harder to Be Academically Successful
 
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Asian-Americans account for 5 percent of the population in the United States, but in Ivy League universities, 12 to 18 percent of the students are of Asian descent. According to a recent study from researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Queens College in New York, there is a reason why Asian-American children are more academically successful than their white classmates. Asian-Americans account for 5 percent of the population in the United States, but in Ivy League universities,12 to 18 percent of the students are reportedly of Asian descent. According to a recent study from researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Queens College, City University of New York, there is a reason why Asian-American children are more academically successful than their white classmates. The results of the study were based on data taken from standardized test scores, teacher reports, and grade point averages, along with the socio-demographic and immigration information of approximately four thousand Caucasian students, and one thousand Asian-American students from kindergarten through high school. While at a younger age the difference in academic performance is not significant, the discrepancies became most apparent around grade 10. The researchers think that the difference has to do with work ethic more than socioeconomic status or cognitive ability. The authors of the study wrote: "The results show that Asian Americans are less likely than whites to believe that ability is inborn, and more likely to believe that one can learn to be good at math." Asian-American students also reportedly spent more time and energy focused on academic pursuits, but also said they felt more pressure from their parents to be successful and excel academically.
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Chicken Farm Using Oregano Instead of Antibiotics
 
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A chicken farm is using oregano in place of antibiotics. Sometimes the best remedies are found in nature. A chicken farm in Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania is utilizing oregano to feed chickens. The company, Bell & Evans is home to loose oregano lying around in trays and barrels of oregano oil. For approximately three years, the chickens have been fed a diet laced with oregano oil along with a little bit of cinnamon. Bell & Evans opt for the herbal remedy to fight off bacterial diseases without using antibiotics, as they are said to be harmful to humans who consume the meat. The owner of the company, Scott Sechler pledges to avoid antibiotics. He speaks of the oregano approach, stating "I have worried a bit about how I'm going to sound talking about this. But I really do think we're on to something here." Earlier this year, a 72-year-old relied on nature to rid Crohn's disease by consuming tree bark. Marlene Barnes began experimenting with trees approximately 16 years ago, after being told that bark may be able to help. She traveled around Europe to experiment with different types of bark. Barnes takes in roughly 120 ml of bark daily and amazingly her doctor claims that she is now free of Crohn's disease.
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Bowl Bought for $3 Sells for $2.2 Million
 
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A bowl bought for $3 sells for $2.2 million at an auction. A Chinese bowl recently sold for $2.2 million at an auction. The piece was originally bought for $3 by a family in New York from a garage sale in 2007. It was discovered that the bowl was actually a 1,000-year-old piece of Oriental art. Measuring 5 inches in diameter, the pale ceramic bowl features a 'saw-tooth pattern' on the outside. According to Sotheby's auction house, the bowl originated from a dynasty which ruled China from 960 to the early 1100s. The only other similar bowl known to be in existence has been in a British Museum for more than half a century. The family who purchased the bowl claimed it rested on their mantel for years before an expert informed them of the value. Last year, a woman named Beth Feeback purchased two paintings that looked to be from the 1970s, priced at $9.99 each from a Goodwill store. Research later revealed one of the paintings was named 'Vertical Diamond' from a 20th century abstract painter. The art piece was sent to be auctioned off in New York. It sold for $27,000.
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SkyTran Levitating Pods Coming to Tel Aviv
 
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A magnetically powered, levitating system of transportation is slated to become a reality in Tel Aviv, Israel. Basically the air vehicles are 2 seater pods which will take travelers directly to their intended destination. Death and taxes are two things we can't escape. Increasingly, that's becoming the case for traffic jams as well, regardless of what country you live in. To address that issue, a magnetically powered, levitating system of transportation is slated to become a reality in Tel Aviv, Israel. The city recently appointed the firm, Jenkins Gales & Martinez to oversee the introduction of the SkyTran rail system, designed in part by NASA. Basically the air vehicles are 2 seater pods and will reportedly help alleviate the widespread problem of traffic congestion. The pods are also said to be eco-friendly, quicker and less expensive than traditional methods of public transportation. They propel forward via a guideway which is elevated about 20 feet from the ground. The guideways will eventually contain solar panels which will make the entire system an energy efficient mode of transit. The pods are essentially silent as the overhead connectors hover magnetically. The vehicles are capable of traveling 150 miles per hour, however the initial speed will be much lower until travelers get accustomed to the pods. How do you like the concept?
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Where Emotion Is Felt in the Human Body
 
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Researchers studying the human body's physiological responses to emotion have created a map that tells which parts of the body are affected by different emotions. Researchers studying the human body's physiological responses to emotion have created a map that tells which parts of the body are affected by different emotions. Over 700 people from Finland, Sweden and Taiwan participated in the study, which had the subjects look at words, videos, facial expressions, or stories that were meant to evoke a certain emotion. The subjects then reported where they felt different by coloring in two silhouettes showing either an increase or decrease in sensation in various parts of their body. Data from the responses was combined to show a range of physical emotional effects, and create a map of how emotion is felt in different parts of the body. According to the abstract of the study published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers: "propose that emotions are represented in the somatosensory system as culturally universal categorical somatotopic maps. Perception of these emotion-triggered bodily changes may play a key role in generating consciously felt emotions." Physical responses to emotion were found to be universal across cultures and language.
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NASA Finds New Radiation Belt Around Earth
 
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NASA finds a new radiation belt around Earth. A radiation belt around our planet that was unknown to scientists has been discovered by NASA space probes. Two rings of radiation known as the Van Allen radiation belts were one of the first space discoveries back in 1958. A third layer of radiation existed for 4 weeks, and was then destroyed by an interplanetary shock wave in October of 2012. The Van Allen probes were launched in the summer of 2012 to take measurements of the known existing radiation belts, and the instruments picked up the presence of a third belt. Daniel Baker, director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder said: : "More than five decades after the original discovery of these radiation belts, you can still find new unexpected things there...We now need to re-evaluate them thoroughly both theoretically and observationally." NASA's twin Van Allen space probes have also recorded noises produced by radio waves in the magnetosphere of the planet. The noises have been described as sounding like alien birds. The transfer of energy from lower energy particles to higher energy particles creates the noises at frequencies that human beings can hear. Researchers hope the detailed data being collected will improve our understanding of space weather and solar storms that can have disastrous effects on satellites and hydro grids.
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After 37 Years, NASA Fires Up Thrusters On A Spacecraft 13 Billion Miles Away
 
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NASA reported on Friday that it has successfully turned on a set of thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft.
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Woman Gives Birth to Two Sets of Twins on Same Day
 
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A Texas couple has two sets of twins born in a quadruplet birth. A Texas couple recently defied all odds. 36-year-old Tressa Montalvo gave birth to quadruplets. To make the delivery even more stunning is the fact that there are two sets of identical twin boys who were conceived at the same time.The chances of having two sets of identical twins in a quadruplet pregnancy are about 1 in 70 million. The infants, named Ace, Blaine, Cash and Dylan were born on Valentine's Day. Tressa and her husband, Manuel initially believed they were expecting twins however their doctor picked up a third heartbeat and referred them to a specialist who detected the fourth. Mom and dad also have a two-year-old boy making them parents of five small children, but amazingly they're not done yet -- the couple wants to try again for a girl. In 2011, another couple, Miranda and Josh Crawford welcomed four new babies -- two sets of identical twins into the world. After turning to in vitro fertilization, medical personnel placed two embryos Miranda's uterus. Both of those embryos split, making the two sets of twins.
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Aston Martin's Flying Car Concept Is A Feast For The Eyes
 
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Flying cars have long been the dream of many, and Aston Martin recently debuted its concept for a rather luxurious one.
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10-year-old genius graduates from high school
 
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A 10-year-old boy in Sacramento recently earned his high school diploma. That makes the child, Tanishq Abraham possibly the youngest kid, to graduate from high school. A boy in Sacramento recently earned his high school diploma. What makes it remarkable is that Tannishq Abraham is just 10 years old. That makes him one of the youngest, or even possibly the youngest child, to graduate from high school. His private ceremony was held at the California Auto Museum. Family and friends were there to watch Abraham accept his hard earned diploma. He was homeschooled and eventually met the state's requirements for graduation. Even better than that, he maintained a 4.0 grade point average. Abraham has a history with being a rather impressive boy. At the age of 4, he was accepted into the high IQ society known as MENSA. It seems as though he's on the fast track to becoming any one of those things. He's already enrolled in American River College. After that, he plans on attending medical school at UC Davis, where he hopes to find a cure for cancer .
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New Nano Material Can Stop Speeding Bullet
 
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A new nano material developed by scientists can stop a speeding bullet. Could paper thin material stop a speeding bullet? Scientists from Rice University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are working towards that possibility after observing ballistic tests where a composite material called a copolymer polyurethane, was able to stop a 9 millimeter bullet, and even seal the entry point. A disk of the material shows the bullets trapped inside. There was no visible damage or cracking in the test disk. In order to study the polymer, the team had to create a model material that acted similarly at a nanoscale level. Assembling a structure that would shoot tiny glass beads at high speeds into the test material, they were able to see more clearly the results of the impact-absorbing material. Ned Thomas, a Rice University materials scientist, explains, "After the impact we can go in and cross-section the structure and see how deep the bullet got, and see what happened to these nice parallel layers." The nanomaterial being studied as well as further testing could result in protection beyond police vests and soldier's armor. Shield coatings for jet engine turbine blades and space satellites could also become a reality.
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