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We Finally Understand How Concrete Behaves At A Microscopic Level

In modern cities, there’s concrete at every turn. So it might surprise you to hear that, until now at least, we haven’t really understood how it works at the microscopic level — despite the fact that we trust it to build huge structures.


Australian Birds Deliberately Spread Wildfires Because Birds Are Dicks

Crazy news from the outback, folks. Certain birds of prey are picking up burning sticks from brush fires and dropping them in dry grass. Why? Because then all the little critters will run away from the fire and out into the open, where the birds can snatch them up. Birds are dicks!


The Ambitious $US55 Million Plan To Replace The Lead Pipes In Flint Will Only Take A Year

Today, Flint’s mayor announced an ambitious plan to replace the damaged and dangerous drinking water infrastructure below the city’s streets — and work can begin as soon as next month.


These Bacteria Are Essentially Tentacle-Covered Eyeballs

If you’ve ever gone skinny-dipping and had the creepy feeling you were being watched, you were right. The green slime floating on the surface of the water and coating the rocks was watching you. And it was doing it using eyes similar to your own human ones. That’s according to new findings by a team of scientists from Britain and Germany, which is published in eLife.


What Happens When You Keep Fruit Flies In Total Darkness For 60 Years

Since 1954, Kyoto University has been managing a population of fruit flies, living in total darkness. Now, after interbreeding some of these “dark flies” with regular flies, the researchers are learning more about the genetic adaptations taking place when fruit flies are kept entirely in the dark.


Should We Be Recycling Concrete?

Recently we’ve been looking into sustainable building materials, like skyscrapers made of wood. We’ve also been examining the slowly crumbling infrastructure, largely made of concrete. Perhaps it’s time to combine the two ideas — and look at recycling concrete.


The Older You Get, The More Likely It Is You'll Have Mutated 'Selfish' Sperm Cells

It’s well established that older men are more likely to pass on a genetic disorder to their offspring, but we’re learning more about why this happens: As men age, their sperm mutates more frequently. This is bad news for men who want to have children later in life.


Supreme Court Slams The Brakes On Obama's Clean Energy Plan

Today appeared to be a good day for US President Obama and the environment, what with the unveiling of a moonshot budget, complete with billions to improve the environment (and humanity!). The Supreme Court, however, is not joining in on the fun.


How 'Memory Hacking' Is Becoming A Reality

Movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Inception suggest it may eventually be possible to erase, modify or even implant memories into your brain. An upcoming episode of American science show NOVA introduces viewers to this futuristic possibility and the scientists who are trying to make it happen.


Obama's Big Moonshot: Save Humanity

President Obama delivered a budget to the US Congress today. In the history of US policy, there has never been a more ambitious science-focused document to originate from the White House. This is Obama’s moonshot for Earth.


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