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Researchers use bone powder, bio-glue to 3D print bones

Researchers use bone powder, bio-glue to 3D print bones

This Friday's dose of macabre comes courtesy of researchers in China who are testing a new method to 3D print bones. The bones aren't like past 3D printing attempts we've heard of, however -- they are being printed using powered bones and a biological glue. Past efforts have seen researchers using metal elements for printing 3D bones as potential medical implants, but this latest method is producing potentially implantable bones that made entirely of, you know, bones ground into a powder.

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New Horizons reveal Pluto’s wildly varied landscape

New Horizons reveal Pluto’s wildly varied landscape

This morning the folks behind NASA's New Horizons mission revealed the heart of Pluto. What the New Horizons crew revealed today is a number of deep differences in areas on different sides of the planet. They've also gone over the escaping atmosphere surrounding Pluto. What we're able to see here is a set of two - at least two - very different sorts of landscape on the dwarf planet Pluto. Today's lesson is this - Pluto is not just one simple, flat piece of rock. It's not even just a lumpy rock - it's a whole lot more complicated than that.

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Polar bears inch toward extinction as summers lengthen

Polar bears inch toward extinction as summers lengthen

A study published this week on polar bears (Ursus maritimus) suggests that these mammals are not ready for global warming. While it would seem that the polar bear is well adapted to seasonal ice melt, it is not prepared for ever-lengthening periods of summer, a time in which food is short in polar regions of our planet earth. If our planet continues to warm the way it has been over the past few decades, the polar bear won't be around for long.

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Science detects how mosquitoes always end up biting you

Science detects how mosquitoes always end up biting you

This week a study has been published on the ways and means mosquitoes employ to find their prey - namely you. Instead of just plopping down on whatever land they see, hoping to find some blood inside, the mosquito employs a range of senses to hunt you down and pierce your skin. Mosquitos, researchers suggest this week, use a combination of olfactory, visual, and thermal cues to find your arm, your leg, or your cheek. Whatever they need to do to suck your blood: they're going to do it.

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NOAA: Global data confirms 2014 was hottest year on record

NOAA: Global data confirms 2014 was hottest year on record

This year was scarcely underway when we heard word that 2014 was the hottest year on record - something that was indicated by data showing an acceleration in temperatures and human contribution to this warming. As expected, the data was called into question by some, but now the global figures are in and the conclusion remains: last year was the hottest year on record. The latest report factors in data from scientists across 58 countries.

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Google says Fiber and Nest are “longer-term sources of revenue”

Google says Fiber and Nest are “longer-term sources of revenue”

This afternoon Google suggested that three of their earlier stage products were under "tight governance." These products were Fiber, Google Life Sciences, and Nest - all products which the company suggested weren't about to be big cash sources for the company any time soon. Meanwhile Google's confidence in mobile was unabated - this Android-based part of their company was doing extraordinarily well, so said both Ruth Porat, Chief Financial Officer for the company, and Omid Kordestani, Chief Business Officer for the company.

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Researchers find high-protein algae that tastes like bacon

Researchers find high-protein algae that tastes like bacon

Few meats are as tasty as bacon, but you, like many others, may have cut back on it for health and environmental reasons. That makes a recent discovery by Oregon State University researchers all the more exciting: a new so-called "super food" algae that tastes like bacon. OSU detailed the discovery on Tuesday, likening it to discovering a unicorn — a “new strain of succulent red marine algae” that is fast-growing, high in protein and nutrients, and — upon being cooked — blessed with a flavor like bacon.

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Latest New Horizons images put Pluto’s icy geology in spotlight

Latest New Horizons images put Pluto’s icy geology in spotlight

The fruits of New Horizons' trip to Pluto continue to emerge, with the latest photos showing fresh mountain peaks and raising new questions for scientists. In the latest batch of images beamed back from the spacecraft, NASA has identified an unusual depression running across Charon, one of Pluto's moons, slashing across the rock with a length of around 240 miles and complete with a central peak. However, it's not the only geological anomaly New Horizons has spotted.

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Dinosaur discovered: see this fluffy poodle dragon with wings

Dinosaur discovered: see this fluffy poodle dragon with wings

Today scientists have reported finding a dinosaur that's unlike any they've found before. University of Edinburgh paleontologist Steve Brusatte called this dinosaur a "fluffy feathered poodle from hell." This creature was discovered in Zhenyuan County in Gansu, China. "Zhenyuanlong" means dragon of Zhenyuan - though it doesn't look like any of the wide variety of mythical flying beasts we're used to seeing. This dinosaur looks more like a chicken. A chicken with velociraptor claws and teeth in what eventually evolved into a beak.

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Solar Impulse battery problems ground plan until 2016

Solar Impulse battery problems ground plan until 2016

The Solar Impulse team, the people behind the solar-powered aircraft of the same name that's attempting to complete a journey around the globe, has revealed that the plane has suffered significant battery problems after its latest leg and will not be able to resume its journey until 2016. The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft landed in Hawaii on July 3rd after successfully completing a non-stop, 5-day flight from Japan, setting a world record in the process. Unfortunately the flight caused "irreversible damage" to the plane's batteries.

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