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Black Pearl motorcycle is a steampunk locomotive bike

Black Pearl motorcycle is a steampunk locomotive bike

Steampunk has a faithful following, and so it isn’t surprising that every now and again we see a steam powered contraption pop up. The latest is called the Black Pearl, and it is a motorcycle styled after an old steam-powered locomotive. It’s not just a pretty shell, however; the Black Pearl is powered by a literal steam engine. It was made by Revatu Customs, a Dutch company, and it was recently shown off at the Bigtwin Bike Show in Holland.

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Researchers: thinking causes some brain cancers to grow faster

Researchers: thinking causes some brain cancers to grow faster

Researchers have discovered something a bit terrifying: the mere act of thinking causes some cancerous brain tumors to grow faster, with a paper detailing the phenomenon pointing specifically to high-grade gliomas. These tumors are said to account for 80-percent or so of the malignant brain tumors found in humans, and they are often very difficult to treat. Discovering the role brain activity plays in fueling their growth, however, will aid in the development of future treatments and a potential cure.

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Comcast has killed the Time Warner Cable merger

Comcast has killed the Time Warner Cable merger

Comcast has pulled the plug on its merger plans with Time Warner Cable, after the government refused to let up on monopoly concerns. The failure of the agreement - along with Comcast's transactions agreement with Charter Communications, Inc., which is also a victim of the deal's demise - was rumored earlier this week, amid ongoing speculation that the US Department of Justice was building a case against the merger on the grounds that it would not be in the best interests of consumers.

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Chinese scientists raise eyebrows, genetically modify human embryos

Chinese scientists raise eyebrows, genetically modify human embryos

Scientists in China have genetically modified human embryos, embarking on a slippery slope that could be capable of a calamitous ripple effect in human offspring. Scholarship aside, the ethics questions that sprout from genetically altering human embryos are innumerable. In a paper published by the journal Protein and Cell, a research team in GuangZhou, China, headed by Junjiu Huang, detailed their process and results of genetic editing. The gene in question is responsible for β-thalassaemia, which is a blood disorder that can be potentially fatal. Researchers used the CRISPR/Cas9 technique to edit the genes. As a matter of ethics, the researchers only used "non-viable" embryos that would be unable to make it to a live birth.

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Researchers use VR goggles to study effects of human ‘invisibility’

Researchers use VR goggles to study effects of human ‘invisibility’

Researchers have managed to make people feel as if they were invisible using VR goggles, and that’s not a bad thing…at least not in the context of the study. The researchers found that by making people feel as if they were invisible, any social anxiety they might have experienced by standing in front of a crowd was lessened. Though the study and research in general are still in their early stages, it could pave the way to treatments for social anxiety, and could also answer some interesting questions about how humans would act if no one could see them.

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Iron Man glove replica shoots real lasers

Iron Man glove replica shoots real lasers

We’ve previously seen an Iron Man prosthetic, and now another rendition of the glove has surfaced, this one of a different sort: it is an Iron Man glove with functional lasers, as well as sound effects that make it sound like the real thing. It was created by Patrick Priebe, who has previously created some other things incorporating lasers, the latter of which have an important place in his latest creation. Both blue and red lasers are included, and they’re shown off on video, which we have after the jump.

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Man cited for shooting his Dell desktop dead

Man cited for shooting his Dell desktop dead

Have you ever had a gadget so frustrating you imagined filling it full of bullets? No? Good. Some don't share your mental stability, however, and get the ultimate revenge by emptying a round or two into their faulty devices, smugly terminating them for their non-sentient foibles. A man in Colorado is one such excellent example of this. He recently, after growing tired of his computer's endless problems, quite literally took the Dell desktop out back and shot it. Eight times.

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Uber gives in to Germany’s demands to end ban

Uber gives in to Germany’s demands to end ban

Another day, another place where Uber is having trouble operating the way it wants to. Last month it ran into another issue in Germany, where it was banned for the second time for failing to play by the rules. The company was hit last month with the threat of fines by the Frankfurt regional court should it violate the transportation laws in the area. That ruling has now become enforceable, and Uber issued a statement about it yesterday, saying it’s “a defeat for all those who want more choice for their personal mobility.”

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Fossilized dinosaur eggs cluster found in China

Fossilized dinosaur eggs cluster found in China

Dinosaur discoveries are nothing new in China, and it has recently been the source of yet another discovery. According to state media, a total of forty three dinosaur egg fossils were discovered in a southern China region during road construction. Says the reports, the eggs are large, with one in particular measuring in at 13 centimeters in diameter. Of the forty three that were found, nineteen of them are said to be entirely intact, while the rest are broken in some way.

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Japan’s new maglev bullet train is now the fastest in the world

Japan’s new maglev bullet train is now the fastest in the world

Japan Railways' latest mag-lev bullet train just broke its own record as the fastest train in the world. The bullet train travelled at 603 kph (374 mph), blowing through last week's top speed of 590 kph (366 mph). At it's fastest, the train covered a mile in 10 seconds, which is insanely fast. This particular maglev train will be able to carry just over 900 passengers per trip as it levitates above the tracks using electromagnets to create a nearly frictionless ride.

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