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Teens in more distracted driving accidents than previously thought

Teens in more distracted driving accidents than previously thought

AAA has announced results of what it claims is the most comprehensive research even conducted into crash videos of teen drivers. AAA says that it has found evidence that distracted driving is a much more serious problem than was previously believed. According to the stats gathered from video analysis, distraction was a factor in 6 out of 10 moderate to several accidents involving teen drivers.

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Endangered “Magic Rabbit” caught on camera in China after 20 years

Endangered “Magic Rabbit” caught on camera in China after 20 years

The endangered Ili pika ("Magic Rabbit"), a small rabbit with mouse-like ears, has been caught on camera in China for the first time in two decades. The images were published by National Geographic last week, giving a glimpse at the decidedly adorable little mammal as it perched on rocks in the Tianshan Mountains in China. The mammal is commonly described as resembling a teddy bear, due to its rounded ears, and it was first discovered back in 1983 entirely by accident.

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Researchers create new form of ice using graphene sheets

Researchers create new form of ice using graphene sheets

Researchers have managed to create a new type of ice, something that results from using a couple sheets of graphene to flatten a drop of water. This is done on the microscopic level, and the new type of ice is called "square ice", referring to the square grid-like pattern of the atoms. The ice is created at room temperature, which makes it all the more notable, and follows an initial discovery made back in 2012 when a team of researchers noted that water vapor will pass through graphene oxide, but not helium gas or related gases.

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Students create bass-blasting extinguisher to put out fires

Students create bass-blasting extinguisher to put out fires

A pair of students have developed a modern version of the trusty and ever-handy fire extinguisher, and it's a rendition that is sure to titillate dubstep lovers far and wide: it uses a blast of bass to put out the flames. The extinguisher was made by engineering students Seth Robertson and Viet Tran, who funded the creation themselves and used it as a class project for a senior-level class. The result is a 20lb hand-held device that puts out flames without making a mess, and that has the potential to aid in putting out big fires.

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CERN’s LHC is delayed by repairs before its 2nd run

CERN’s LHC is delayed by repairs before its 2nd run

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is preparing for its second run in Switzerland, but it has it some snags along the way. This second round of collisions will use particle beams operating at 6.5 TeV, which is much higher energy than the collider's first run. Although seven out of eight machine sectors are considered ready to go, one sector has encountered a problem which will need to be repaired before any further preparation for the collider's next run. The necessary corrections could delay the LHC's second run by a few weeks.

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Real Jurassic Park? Woolly mammoth genes spliced into elephant DNA

Real Jurassic Park? Woolly mammoth genes spliced into elephant DNA

Harvard scientists are using a process called "de-extinction" to bring species that were once extinct back from the dead, starting with the woolly mammoth. The Harvard University research team, led by George Church, has taken woolly mammoth genes retrieved from actual frozen remains and spliced them into the genes of an Asian elephant. Church isn't the first to attempt to bring the woolly mammoth species back to life, but he may be the first to get the mammoth genes to function tangibly in over 5,000 years.

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Australia found to have the world’s oldest asteroid impact zone

Australia found to have the world’s oldest asteroid impact zone

When we think of mass extinction, we tend to think of the asteroid impact that killed the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. That impact and its following mass extinction might not have been singular events. Australian scientist Dr. Andrew Glikson discovered twin asteroid impacts in Australia that may be ten times older than the dinosaur extinction. He has a theory that asteroid impacts throughout the history of the earth actually changed the way our planet and its species evolved, as each impact would have created an extinction and divergent species.

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Ohio State University: Magnets can control sound, heat

Ohio State University: Magnets can control sound, heat

The Ohio State University has released details about a project with magnets its researchers have been working on. According to their work, magnets are able control both heat and sound waves -- something recently detailed in the journal Nature Materials, and the first time such information has been proven. Said one of the researchers, this experiment has added "a new dimension to our understanding of acoustic waves", and that using magnets researchers are able to "steer" both heat and sound waves.

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New US Navy diving suits conserve helium for longer missions

New US Navy diving suits conserve helium for longer missions

Diving can be a serious business, and no one takes it more seriously than the US Navy. Working to engineer a new diving suit, the Navy has come up with a new design that will be safer, lighter weight, and most importantly the suits are designed to conserve helium which is a precious resource. The new diving suits are part of the US Navy's Initial Response Diving (IRD) project which is engineering new ways for divers to reach salvage targets up to 600 feet deep.

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