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10 reasons for the blue sky explosion in New York City

10 reasons for the blue sky explosion in New York City

We've got the official explanation for why the sky went an unnatural blue last night in New York City. The Con Edison (NYC) electrical company's explanation is the most feasible - that an electrical fire caused the whole mess. In our feature today we'd like to explain what really happened, first and foremost - then we'd like to explore some awesome alternate possibilities. Science fiction sort of stuff - the stuff that would've been much more awesome than a mere transformer explosion in Astoria.

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This $20 wearable aims to cut America’s opioid overdose epidemic

This $20 wearable aims to cut America’s opioid overdose epidemic

As it seems like the opioid crisis here in the US keeps getting more severe, a new accessory may help curb the number of deaths associated with overdoses. Developed by students at Carnegie Mellon University and dubbed the HopeBand, this device is worn on the wrist and keeps watch for potential opioid overdoses by watching for decreases in blood oxygen levels.

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Folding drone tucks up tight to fly through small spaces

Folding drone tucks up tight to fly through small spaces

Anyone who has ever stood in the woods and watched birds as they fly through the trees can see that birds tuck their wings tight to their bodies to be able to fly through small spaces and gaps in limbs. Researchers at the University of Zurich and EPFL have developed a new drone that can make itself smaller to fit through tight spaces mimicking birds in the wild.

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NASA imaged Christmas hippo asteroid with radar

NASA imaged Christmas hippo asteroid with radar

NASA was excited about the very close pass by of near-Earth asteroid 2003 SD220 recently. The reason that NASA was so aflutter is that the asteroid made the closest pass to Earth than any asteroid has made in the last 400 years. The next time that an asteroid comes as close to the Earth will be in 2070.

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Study finds link between sugary drinks and chronic kidney disease

Study finds link between sugary drinks and chronic kidney disease

A new study has linked the consumption of sweetened beverages like soda and juice to increased risk of chronic kidney disease. The findings hint at a risk in consuming beverages that have been sweetened with sugar, particularly consuming large amounts, which was linked to much higher odds of developing the disease in otherwise healthy volunteers.

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NASA nears object beyond Pluto: Live feeds starting

NASA nears object beyond Pluto: Live feeds starting

It seems like yesterday that NASA's New Horizon mission passed by Pluto. Now, 3 years after that unprecedented closest-ever pass-by, this space detection unit is about to reach "ULTIMA THULE" the object we've never seen before! The name means "beyond the known world," and it's going to be amazing!

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Study: Christmas tree pine needles can be recycled as paint and sweeteners

Study: Christmas tree pine needles can be recycled as paint and sweeteners

New research out of the University of Sheffield has found that pine needles from Christmas trees can be recycled into useful products, including food sweeteners and paint. The new process could help reduce the environmental impact of Christmas trees, which result in needles that take a long time to break down, emitting large amounts of greenhouse gases over time.

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3D Printed robotic hand can play piano by moving its wrist

3D Printed robotic hand can play piano by moving its wrist

Researchers have created a 3D printed robotic hand that can play simple musical phrases on a piano by moving its wrist. The hand was developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge and uses 3D printed soft and rigid materials together to replicate bones and ligaments.

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Study uses augmented reality tech to learn about “active sensing”

Study uses augmented reality tech to learn about “active sensing”

A new study conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has shed new light on something called active sensing. Active sensing is a process found across the animal kingdom that involves the production of motion, sound, or other signals to gather sensory feedback about the environment. The challenge for researchers is that they had struggled to understand how the brain can control active sensing.

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Super Blood Wolf Moon total lunar eclipse 2019: Everything you need to know

Super Blood Wolf Moon total lunar eclipse 2019: Everything you need to know

Late next month, the public will get to witness the Super Blood Wolf Moon, a total lunar eclipse that will take place on January 20. The celestial event will come nearly a year after the 2018 Super Blue Moon total lunar eclipse, this one featuring a red tinge caused by the moon passing through the Earth's shadow. Want to see it for yourself? You'll need to be in North America.

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Dinosaurs, Drones and Infiniti SUVs: A grand Gobi Desert adventure

Dinosaurs, Drones and Infiniti SUVs: A grand Gobi Desert adventure

You don't typically find too many Infiniti cars in the Gobi Desert, mainly just humungous poisonous spiders and feisty scorpions. Oh, and dinosaur fossils, which is why the automaker teamed up with the Hong Kong chapter of The Explorers Club, to revisit and rewrite the rules of exploration - and put the QX50, QX60, and QX80 SUVs through their paces in the process.

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Harvard creates a soft and wearable sensor that is biocompatible

Harvard creates a soft and wearable sensor that is biocompatible

Researchers at Harvard have announced the development of a soft and non-toxic wearable sensor that can be attached to the hand. Once connected, the sensor can measure the force of a grasp and motion for the hand and fingers. One of the novel components of the sensor is a non-toxic and highly conductive liquid.

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