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The Pentagon Is Putting Big Money Into Synthetic Biology — The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Pentagon's $2.9 billion technology research arm, plans to invest heavily in "synthetic biology" - a field focused on creating man-made life which is widely seen as a future source of drugs, materials, and biofuels.

We Could Easily Have Planes Without Pilots - If Only Passengers Would Fly In Them — The weakest link in cockpit safety - the pilots - appears to have snapped in the the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525, which killed 150 passengers on Tuesday. French investigators on Thursday said that the doomed airliner's copilot, Andreas Lubitz, had locked the pilot out of the cockpit and crashed the flight into the French Alps.

6 Reasons There's No Reason To Panic About This Plane Crash — "Statistically speaking, flying just keeps getting safer. Last year was still the safest air travel year on record," airline safety professor Anthony Brickhouse of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, told BuzzFeed News. A 2006 analysis by Harvard's David Ropeik put the yearly odds of dying in a plane crash at 1 in 11 million.

Boeing Patented A Humvee Force Field And It Could Actually Work — Boeing, the aerospace industry giant, was granted a patent last week for a method of thwarting some of the impact of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The patent describes a technology straight out of Star Trek: an electric force field that bends and reflects a bomb's shock waves.

Canadian Disaster Raises Alarm About Shaky U.S. Dams — One early morning last August, at the foot of the massive Mount Polley gold mine in British Columbia, Canada, a large dam broke. Water surged for four days, dumping some 6.6 billion gallons of arsenic-laced sludge into some of the most pristine lakes on the planet.

U.S. Customs Returns A Slew Of Valuable Antiquities To Iraq — WASHINGTON - An Assyrian king's bust valued at more than $1 million, an ancient bronze axe, and one of Saddam Hussein's gold-plated door knockers were among dozens of looted artifacts that U.S. Customs intercepted on their attempted sale or import and are sending back to Iraq.

Scientists Call For Moratorium On Human “Gene Editing” Experiments — Citing safety fears for babies, genetics researchers on Thursday called for a halt to experiments that would alter the DNA of human sperm, eggs, and embryos. The moratorium plea, published in the journal Nature, suggests that genetic modification of babies is right around the corner, and may lead to a dystopian future not unlike the 1997 movie Gattaca.

Midwestern States Are Having Big Earthquakes Like Never Before — Jim Greff never thought he'd have to worry about earthquakes. He's the city manager of Prague, a farming town of 2,300 people in the middle of Oklahoma. For decades, earthquakes in the landlocked state were almost as rare as ocean views.

Spacecraft Launched to Watch Earth and Warn of Solar Storms — Photograph by Kim Shiflett, NASA Dan Vergano PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 7, 2015 StarStruck Update: The DSCOVR spacecraft launched Wednesday, February 11, at 6:03 p.m. EST. The 1,256-pound (570 kilogram) observatory will take about 110 days to reach its orbital position and begin operations.

Ancient ocean of Mars uncovered — A vast ocean covered the northern lowlands of Mars some 3.5 billion years ago, suggest planetary scientists. In the current Nature Geoscience journal, Gaetano Di Achille and Brian Hynek of the University of Colorado, Boulder, looked at Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) measurements made from NASA's 1996 Mars Global Surveyor.
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RT @tsr: Even without its recent problems, Mars One faced big challenges in doing a reality TV show, based on past efforts:

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RT @HHS_ORI: Applications for Office of Research Integrity Director now being accepted. #research #researchintegrity #HHS

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RT @mattb0401: Russian experts I've spoken to are unimpressed Roscosmos chief's statement on new US-Rus station — anywhere from "hot air" to "propaganda"

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"Like a Virgin" Anthropologists look at spread of "hymen restoration" surgery in China -- (ab$…)

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@Shagaiyo No estoy en desacuerdo. El libro, Rise of the Robots, habla de esto ...

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@nakascit @Shagaiyo Y el problema de mandar a todos los pilotos al paro no es único, es algo a lo que va a tener que enfrentarse tantísima

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