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Glass 3D printing method unveiled by MIT

Glass 3D printing method unveiled by MIT

3D printing has come a long way in the last few years with printers getting cheaper and printing materials becoming easier to work with. Typically, a 3D printer works with plastics of some sort for creating objects that the user wants to build. Researchers at MIT have created a new 3D printing process that uses glass for the print material, the process is called G3DP.

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Report: ‘vaping’ is 95% healthier than cigarette smoking

Report: ‘vaping’ is 95% healthier than cigarette smoking

Vaping, the term used to describe smoking electronic cigarettes, is 95 percent safer than smoking regular cigarettes, according to Public Health England. Electronic cigarettes, sometimes also calls ‘ecigs’ and e-cigarettes, are electronic portable vaporizers that vaporize a liquid solution of nicotine, flavoring, and glycerin to produce a facsimile of smoke. A lot of controversy has surrounded electronic cigarettes, but the new report is largely favorable.

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July 2015 is the new hottest month on record

July 2015 is the new hottest month on record

As mostly everyone anticipated, July 2015 became the hottest month on record, trumping previous title holder June 2015, which itself broke the record held by recent months before it. Last year was the hottest year on record, but as we've previously reported, this year has already broken heat records and is on track to become the newest "hottest year" recorded. In addition, a report from earlier this month has revealed that humanity has already used up nature's resources for this year, a rate that happened faster than in previous years.

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Researchers made an entirely new type of glass…by accident

Researchers made an entirely new type of glass…by accident

University of Chicago scientists have accidentally created an entirely new type of glass. Until now, glass has been defined by its randomness — it is amorphous and without a distinct order. That's why when scientists were presented with what UChicago says were “unusual peaks in what should have been featureless optical data,” they proceeded to investigate the matter. The end result? They'd created an entirely new type of glass, one that is organized rather than random, and that could result in more efficient devices in the future.

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These batteries could last forever

These batteries could last forever

This week researchers at MIT and Samsung have revealed a new approach to batteries, paving the way for "rechargeable batteries with almost indefinite lifetimes." MIT suggests that the electrolyte is the key to this next-generation solution to longer-lasting batteries is in a solid electrolyte instead of liquid, liquid being the element used in most common rechargeable batteries today. This new solution could also make the next generation of batteries safer, too, reducing the chance of explosions and harmful chemical leaks.

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Researchers: hummingbirds drink using ‘tiny pumps’

Researchers: hummingbirds drink using ‘tiny pumps’

The hummingbirds that show up around your porch to drink up proffered sugary water are, as you know, zippy little birds. It’s hard to see anything more than their quick darting around, but thanks to slow motion video we’ve been given a look at what we’ve been missing. Much like cats, hummingbirds drink using their tongue, but rather than lapping it up, they use their tongue as a type of tiny pump that works very, very fast.

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NASA’s Curiosity rover takes better selfies than you

NASA’s Curiosity rover takes better selfies than you

NASA's Mars mission rover Curiosity sends back images captured near a drilled rock called "Buckskin". Not to be outdone by today's "The Martian" trailer release, NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover has sent the image you're about to see as a composite of several photos captured in short sequence. The image you're seeing here is part of a larger panorama also available in the gallery below. This image was captured with Curiosity's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) earlier this month and attained by NASA this week.

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Earliest modern human-like bone found in Tanzania

Earliest modern human-like bone found in Tanzania

A new dig in Tanzania uncovers a finger bone which appears to belong to the earliest known example of a human-like animal in the history of the world. What we're looking at here is the base of a pinky finger, coming from a hand with modern human-like (MHL) anatomy, made to grip. This bone is known as OH 86, Olduvai Hominin 86, and it comes from an older-than 1.84-million-year-old dig site Philip Tobias Korongo (PTK) at Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania). This is now the earliest MHL hand bone in the fossil record.

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Have 80% of Apple Watch owners used Apple Pay?

Have 80% of Apple Watch owners used Apple Pay?

Today a study has been released in which Apple Pay appears to be being used by 80% of all Apple Watch users. Carried out by Wristly, a private research group, it's a headline grabbing figure for Apple's mobile payments service, which gets a dedicated button on the Apple wearable. Nonetheless, as with any such study, there are some lingering questions to take into account.

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Meat-eating dinosaurs: special serrations kept teeth extra sharp

Meat-eating dinosaurs: special serrations kept teeth extra sharp

Meat-eating dinosaurs have serrated edges on their teeth, which is nothing new. However, the extent and complexity of those serrations has only just recently been observed, with researchers noting that the serrations include “deep folds” where each serrated part begins. These folds were originally thought to be cracks resulting from the force of the dinosaur’s biting, but a more extensive look at teeth from multiple creatures has revealed the special serrations were common among flesh-eating dinosaurs, serving to keep their teeth as sharp as possible for as long as possible.

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Autonomous Mayflower will cross the ocean alone in 2020

Autonomous Mayflower will cross the ocean alone in 2020

There’s a new Mayflower destined for the ocean waters, only this one won’t have any crew onboard. It is called the Mayflower Autonomous Research Ship, also known as MARS, which will be sailing all by itself from Plymouth, England to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 2020. The date is to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the original Mayflower's historic voyage, and will mark yet another aspect of transportation that has eliminated the human component.

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Researcher: a penny will buy about 3 hours’ worth of thoughts

Researcher: a penny will buy about 3 hours’ worth of thoughts

The term a penny for your thoughts inspired a researcher to look into what duration of thoughts could actually be purchased with a penny. Quantifying something like this isn't exactly easy, so the researcher decided to base the calculations on energy costs in the United Kingdom, looking at how much energy the human brain uses and how much thinking can be done on a penny's worth of electricity. As it turns out, it doesn't cost much at all to power your epiphanies.

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