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New project explores risk of robot uprising

Researchers are trying to determine the risk of us being wiped out by our own technological creations. Based at the University of Cambridge, the “Cent…

24 Pictures of Adorable Cats And Dogs From Meet The Breeds 2012

Each year, the American Kennel Club throws Meet the Breeds in New York City’s Jacob Javits Center. More than 200 breeds of cats and dogs are available for cuddling and photo ops (if you can get them to sit still!). We hit the floor to bring you adorable pictures and interesting factoids about 24 breeds. Abyssinian [...]

Why Are First-Year Students Called Freshmen?

Image credit: Duke.edu There was a time when almost every university student was a sophomore.  Well, a sophister, to be exact, but that’s where the word “sophomore” originated. A sophist was a wise man (derived from the Greek word sophos), so when Henry VIII endowed the “new” Cambridge University in the 16th century, it was decided [...]

The Shy Busker

(YouTube link) Charlie Cavey, the Bin Man, plays “The Bare Necessities” from the safety of a garbage can in Cambridge, England. I would venture to guess that the garbage bin is more for the novelty effect than because of shyness. It’s worked for Cavey, who is quite well known. -via The Daily of the Day

10 of the World’s Most Expensive Beers

If you like sampling new beers or hate having money, you might want to try one of these. 1. Sapporo’s Space Barley Price: $110/six-pack ABV: 5.5% In 2006, Japanese and Russian scientists tested how well barley could grow in space. They rocketed barley seeds to the International Space Station and planted them aboard the Zvezda Service Module. After spending [...]

Angler baffled by ‘Frankenfish’ catch

Mark Sawyer got more than he bargained for when he reeled in a very unusual and bizarre type of fish. Weighing just under 2lb and caught in Cambridge,…

New Bacteria Could Make You Poop Rainbows

In 2009, students at Cambridge University genetically engineered E. coli bacteria, adding DNA sequences in order to create colors visible to the naked eye (standard E. coli does not have a pigment). The students called this new strain E. chromi, and it has limited uses today, primarily related to detecting pollution or other chemicals [...]

Pyramid-like UFO sighted over Ontario

A couple in Cambridge, Ontario photographed a strange object flying around cloud cover overhead. The encounter is detailed in testimony published by M…

Scientists Calculated the “Rapunzel Number” and Cracked the Secret of the Ponytail

Huzzah! Another scientific mystery bites the dust! Scientists have finally cracked a problem that has "perplexed humanity since Leonardo da Vinci pondered it 500 years ago." Learn all about the Rapunzel Number, which provides a key ratio needed [...]

The Helix is Looking at You

This is not the first picture you’ve seen of the Helix Nebula, but it’s the best image so far. The Helix Nebula is a cloud of gas that was left when a star expired 700 light years away from us. This image is in the near-infrared, taken using the European Southern Observatory’s Visible and Infrared Survey [...]