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Alien teeth and mystery bones: Fish leaves science floundering

Alien teeth and mystery bones: Fish leaves science floundering

It's the sort of fish that HR Giger might have had in his aquarium, a mysterious catfish with more teeth than you'd expect, that has left scientists scratching their heads and comparing it to Alien Xenomorphs. At only a few inches long it shouldn't cause as many nightmares as the monster that stalked Ellen Ripley, but the odd skeleton of Kryptoglanis shajii is nonetheless causing sleepless nights among researchers at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

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Acid-spitting beetle could make ATMs more secure

Acid-spitting beetle could make ATMs more secure

So far, the most frustrating thing about ATMs is when they eat your cash card; however, proposed ATMs that spit acid could end up more of an annoyance, at least if you've got illegal intentions toward their contents. The Swiss team was inspired by bombardier beetles - which can cook up a spray of caustic acid when cornered - to create a new anti-theft feature.

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Rare and bizarre megamouth shark caught and cut up

Rare and bizarre megamouth shark caught and cut up

An incredibly rare megamouth shark has been caught in Japan, a deep water species with a distinctly disproportionately scaled body, of which fewer than 100 sightings have been recorded. The shark - so named because of its huge head, far larger than you'd expect in size given the rest of the body - measured around 13 feet in length, and was the subject of a public autopsy by the Marine Science Museum of Shiuoka, Japan.

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How to build an Egyptian pyramid? Just add water

How to build an Egyptian pyramid? Just add water

One of the enduring mysteries of the pyramids - how ancient Egyptians managed to transport the huge stones used in their construction - may have been solved, with researchers discovering that simply adding water might have been enough. Blocks were known to have been dragged on sleds, but historians had always been uncertain as to how the Egyptian's workers avoided simply creating vast ridges of sand as the weight of the stones dug in.

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Ford celebrates Mustang’s 50th with vivisection

Ford celebrates Mustang’s 50th with vivisection

Ford is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Mustang, and it's doing it by cutting up the car into chunks and carrying it all the way up to the top of the Empire State Building. The stunt actually harkens back five decades, when Ford put an original Mustang convertible on the open-air deck 1,000 feet up. Meanwhile, if you prefer celebrations you can actually drive, there's a 50 Year Limited Edition version that doesn't come in pieces.

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2015 Ford F-150 uses muddy men to test tough seats

2015 Ford F-150 uses muddy men to test tough seats

When you're billing your new truck as the toughest ever, you sometimes need outside help to make sure that's actually the case, but the specialists Ford called in to test the ruggedization of the new 2015 F-150 are more unusual than most. After drivers of some of the decade-old F-150 trucks reported wear on the leather seats, Ford called in some offensive linemen-sized guys and caked them with a magic recipe of dust to rub across the new model's cabin, all in the name of teaching a robot.

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Hellish coffee machine withholds caffeine from the coy

Hellish coffee machine withholds caffeine from the coy

Caffeine may be the fuel many of us rely on to get us motivated in the morning, but coffee as a social lubricant - thanks to a machine that refuses to brew unless you make a new friend - could force the shy out of their shells if they feeling thirsty. The Coffee Connector, handiwork of EDB Singapore, not only makes brewing a couple of cups into the spectacle it deserves to be, but will only do so if two people get together at the touchscreen and share some personal information first.

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SociBot-Mini: a spooky robot that wears any face

SociBot-Mini: a spooky robot that wears any face

SociBot-Mini is a 60-centimetre-high bot that can adorn a friend’s face and even predict your mood or guess your age. Spooked? The brainchild of Will Jackson and his colleagues at Engineered Arts in Penryn, UK, the robot has many human features like a transparent plastic face, nose contours, mouth and eyes. Most of these features are highlighted due to the backlighting which is enhanced with a digital projector.

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Wearables for sharks: Life-logging misunderstood predators

Wearables for sharks: Life-logging misunderstood predators

2014 may be "the year of wearables" but sharks probably won't be Google or Fitbit's next target audience, despite groundbreaking new research by the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and the University of Tokyo to see exactly what the fearsome predators get up to. While sharks may be well known for inspiring terror in movies like Jaws, scientists actually know relatively little about their underwater lives. Now, thanks to what's described as "flight data recorders for sharks" the researchers have been able to fill in some of the gaps in knowledge.

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Netflix Drone 2 Home spoofs Amazon PrimeAir with DVD snark

Netflix Drone 2 Home spoofs Amazon PrimeAir with DVD snark

Amazon's PrimeAir drone delivery concept has received its fair share of scorn, but Netflix has waited until now to weigh in with a little snark of its own. The company commissioned a spoof promo reel for "Netflix Drone 2 Home" to show at its annual meeting for the DVD team, starting out usefully dropping DVD rentals into your lap after they're added to your queue, but as you might expect, things don't go entirely smoothly.

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