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Light Therapy Betters Chances for Increased Organ Transplants

The technology has so far been utilized on lungs, but is being adapted for use on...

The technology has so far been utilized on lungs, but is being adapted for use on other organs(Credit: NosorogUA/Depositphotos)

It goes without saying that the greater the number of organs available for transplant, the better for patients in need of them. A newly-developed technique could help, as it uses light to kill viruses and bacteria that might otherwise make donated organs unsuitable for use. read more

Disney’s Midair Stunt Robot

The new Stuntronics robot from Disney Research can perform autonomous acrobatics in midair before sticking the...
The new Stuntronics robot from Disney Research can perform autonomous acrobatics in midair before sticking the landing(Credit: Disney)

Disney’s animatronics are coming a long way from drunken pirates waving flagons of ale or hippos that wiggle their ears. In the (relatively) near future, robotic versions of Iron Man or Buzz Lightyear could be performing autonomous acrobatics overhead in Disney theme parks, thanks to the newly-unveiled Stuntronics robot. read more

Portable Wind Turbine for Charging all Your Outdoor Gear

The Giga portable wind turbine is presently on Kickstarter
The Giga portable wind turbine is presently on Kickstarter

While some people might say that electronic devices have no business being on camping trips, the fact is that items such as LED lanterns, GPS units, two-way radios and cameras all have batteries that need charging. The Giga is designed to meet that need, using the power of the wind. read more

Gut Bacteria May Hold the Key to Autism

A two-year study on fecal transplants in autism sufferers has found they can reduce symptoms by...
A two-year study on fecal transplants in autism sufferers has found they can reduce symptoms by as much as 45 percent(Credit: Arizona State University)

Scientific research continues to uncover interesting connections between the gut microbiome and human health, including everything from depression to PTSD to autoimmune disease. Another example of this are the emerging ties between gut health and autism, with an exciting new study demonstrating how boosting microbial diversity via fecal transplants can dramatically reduce its symptoms in the long term. read more

Four Legged Whale

An artist's rendition of Peregocetus pacificus, a newly described species of amphibious, four-limbed whale
An artist’s rendition of Peregocetus pacificus, a newly described species of amphibious, four-limbed whale(Credit: A. Gennari)

Whales weren’t always the giants of the sea that we know today – their ancestors plodded around on land before taking to a more aquatic lifestyle. Now a team of palaeontologists has uncovered the fossil bones of a strange new “missing link” whale species, which had four legs and was amphibious. read more

What was Once Old, Can be Young Again

Researchers were able to improve the cognitive function of older mice after blocking a protein's activity...
Researchers were able to improve the cognitive function of older mice after blocking a protein’s activity on brain cells known as microglia(Credit: lightsource/Depositphotos)

In a stunning piece of research, Stanford neuroscientists have hunted down a single gene that encodes a protein responsible for age-related cognitive losses, targeted it with special blocking antibodies, and shown in mice that these antibodies can rejuvenate old brains to work as well as young ones. read more

Weapon Wednesday – U.S. Army’s First New Submachine Gun Since WW II

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The U.S. Army has officially selected the Brugger and Thomet APC9K to outfit its Personal Security Details.

The APC9K is the first new submachine gun for the U.S. Army since the M3 “Greasegun” of World War II. The service will buy 350 of the compact automatic weapons for $2.5 million, with an option to buy 1,000 more. The B&T APC9K beat out guns from more than ten other companies, including Colt and Heckler and Koch, as well as guns based on the M-16 and MP-5 weapons platforms.

The APC9K is an entirely new submachine gun developed in conjunction with and for EKO Cobra, Austria’s counterterrorism unit. The gun uses a closed-bolt blowback system, has a maximum rate of fire of 1,080 rounds per minute, and weighs just 5.9 pounds with 30-round magazine, foregrip, and Aimpoint micro red dot aiming sight. It’s chambered in 9-millimeter Parabellum and comes standard with two 30-round translucent magazines.

Saturn’s Moons Consuming Its Rings

Newly-analyzed data from Cassini shows that Saturn's moons are scooping up material from the planet's rings...
Newly-analyzed data from Cassini shows that Saturn’s moons are scooping up material from the planet’s rings and growing(Credit: NASA-JPL/Caltech)

Two years ago as the Cassini probe made its daring final plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, it flew past for a closer look at a few of the gas giant’s inner moons. Now a NASA team has analyzed the data and uncovered some intriguing new details about these tiny worlds, including how they’re busily scooping up material from Saturn’s rings and growing into weird shapes. read more

Face Sculpting Without a Scalpel

While the technology could be utilized for cosmetic procedures such as rhinoplasty (pictured above), it may...
While the technology could be utilized for cosmetic procedures such as rhinoplasty (pictured above), it may also find use on tendons or corneas(Credit: VGeorgiev/Depositphotos)

Currently, in order to reshape cartilage such as that within the nose, incisions and subsequent sutures are typically required. Not only is the procedure invasive, but it can also result in scarring. Now, however, scientists have demonstrated a new method of cartilage-reshaping that requires no cutting. read more

Asteroid Spinning Itself to Death

A Hubble Space Telescope image revealing the gradual self-destruction of an asteroid, whose ejected dusty material...
A Hubble Space Telescope image revealing the gradual self-destruction of an asteroid, whose ejected dusty material has formed two long, thin, comet-like tails(Credit: NASA/ESA/K. Meech and J. Kleyna (University of Hawaii)/O. Hainaut (European Southern Observatory))

NASA has released images from the Hubble Space Telescope showing an asteroid that is tearing itself apart. Located 214 million mi (344 million km) from the Sun, the 2.5-mile-wide (4-km) asteroid (6478) Gault is spinning so fast that it is self-destructing and throwing off debris tails half a million miles (800,000 km) long. read more