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Purdue Engineering Students Can Take A Class In Hyperloop Design

The Hyperloop is not real. But that won’t prevent it from being taught at institutions of higher learning. Now Purdue University is offering a Hyperloop Design course through its three engineering programs. The first class was yesterday and apparently 54 students showed up.


Head Of NASA: Congress, Stop Paying Russia To Send Americans To Space

In an open letter to Congress today, ex-astronaut and current NASA head honcho Charles F. Bolden Jr shared some choice words: Quit wasting money and start sending US astronauts to space aboard US spacecraft.


Oliver Sacks Showed Us The Human Side Of Neurology

Neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks passed away today at the age of 82. Sacks is best known for his writing, which brought neurological case studies to life for a general audience.


Robotic Microfish Can Sense And Remove Toxins From Their Environment

In the not-too-distant future, tiny robotic fish could be cruising around inside our our bodies, delivering drugs and cleaning up toxins. This week, engineers at the University of San Diego unveiled the first prototype: a chemically powered, magnetically controlled swimmer.


Soviet Bombers And Scythian Mummies: The Archaeology Uncovered By Climate Change

In Poland, severe drought has revealed the remains of a Soviet fighter plane that went down in 1945. It’s far from the first (or last) archaeological site that climate change is revealing, in some cases for the first time in millennia.


Antimatter Will Surf On Plasma Waves In The Particle Colliders Of The Future

The best way to study the subatomic particles that make up the most fundamental building blocks of our universe is, of course, to smash them into each other with as much energy as possible. And now physicists at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory say they have found a better way to do that.


The Flu Vaccine That Lasts A Lifetime Is Coming

The flu vaccine: a tedious annual chore, but necessary unless you want to spend a week bed-ridden and barfy. Still, wouldn’t it be great if one jab could protect you for life? A lifetime flu vaccine isn’t impossible, and we’re making progress toward one, but we’ve still got a ways to go.


Twin Jet Nebula Is A Marvellous Cosmic Butterfly

Image Cache: Deep space is a wonderland of strange and awe-inspiring sights, but few astronomical curiosities match the exquisite beauty of the Twin Jet Nebula, a dying, binary star that looks like a pair of iridescent butterfly wings.


Lettuce Is The Bottled Water Of Groceries

Another day, another story about what we should consume when confronted with a water-scarce future. On today’s chopping block: Lettuce, should you eat it? Let us begin with this provocative statement: A head of iceberg contains the same amount of water as a bottle of Evian, it’s wrapped in lots of plastic, and shipping it around the world is just as awful for the environment.


From Science Fiction To Reality: The Dawn Of The Biofabricator

Science is catching up to science fiction. Last year a paralysed man walked again after cell treatment bridged a gap in his spinal cord. Dozens of people have had bionic eyes implanted, and it may also be possible to augment them to see into the infra-red or ultra-violet. Amputees can control bionic limb implant with thoughts alone.


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