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Don't Believe Facebook's Claim That 'Six Degrees Of Separation' Is Bogus

Yesterday, a Facebook post revealed that each Facebook user is an average of only 3.57 connections away from all users on the site. That by itself is interesting, but instead, Facebook’s comparing it to the popular theory of six degrees of separation — presenting its user base and the general population as two groups that, hell, may as well be considered one in the same!


Australian Researchers Develop Solar Weatherproofing

Australian researchers have developed a way of improving the humidity tolerance of a new type of solar cell technology.


Arch Support Could Be Ruining Your Run

Research from The University of Western Australia‚Äôs School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health has revealed that our arches evolved, in part, to allow for efficient endurance running. What does this mean for those who wear arch support or orthotics in their running shoes? They could be — literally — taking the spring out of your step.


Scientists Made A Battery That Could Keep Hoverboards From Exploding

Hoverboards won’t stop exploding lately, perhaps due to overheating batteries. But what if the battery could shut off before it got all hot and flamey? That’s the idea behind recent research at Stanford, and the benefits go far beyond gimmicky gadgets looking to avoid recalls.


Your Smartwatch's Motion Sensors Can Reveal Everything You Type

You can now add smartwatches to the list of potential ways your private data could be leaked. Tony Beltramelli, a Master’s students at the IT University of Copenhagen, has shown that even your wearable could be used to compromise your privacy by tracking your every keystroke.


Australian Submarine Volcano Research Is Underway

CSIRO’s Marine National Facility research vessel Investigator will depart Fremantle tomorrow (Friday 8 January) on its longest voyage to date to research the link between active volcanoes on the seafloor and the mobilisation of iron which enriches and supports life in the Southern Ocean.


A (Mostly) Scientific Guide To Pot And The Munchies

Everybody knows it: Weed makes you hungry. Smoking a bowl sends you searching for snacks. Hitting a spliff leaves you craving all kinds of candy. Ripping a bong gives you the munchies. We don’t know why. Science is getting close though, especially after this week.


Five Reasons We Should Use Embryos To Research Gene Editing

Scientists from around the world are meeting in Washington this week to debate how best to proceed with research into gene-editing technology.


A Clever 3D Printer Fixes Printing Mistakes Instead Of Starting Again From Scratch

The advent of 3D printing completely revolutionised the prototyping stage of designing a new product. But while turnaround times for revisions or changes are now much faster with a 3D printer, they can be even faster if the printer fixes flawed prototypes instead of reprinting them from scratch.


Scientists Can Now Make THC From Yeast

Yeast is an incredible organism — you can thank it for booze! — and thanks to the marvels of modern genetics, we’ve made it incredibly versatile. Just a month after announcing a method for hacking yeast to produce narcotics, researchers just announced that the creation of yeast that produces THC and cannabidiols.


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