U.S., Russian make record-breaking balloon flight across Pacific

U.S., Russian make record-breaking balloon flight across Pacific

Two men made a record-breaking voyage from Japan to Mexico using a helium balloon.

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You can earn $13,000 a year selling your poop

You can earn $13,000 a year selling your poop

You can donate blood, plasma, eggs, and sperm. Why not poop? Yes, your feces are perhaps your greatest untapped monetary resource. Thanks to a nonprofit organization called OpenBiome, you can cash in to the tune of $13,000 a year — and save lives while you're at it.

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Researchers grow human lungs in lab for first time

Researchers grow human lungs in lab for first time

In a breakthrough that could one day revolutionize transplant medicine, researchers have successfully grown human lungs in a lab for the first time, Medical News Today reported. Using portions of lungs from two deceased children, researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston created a scaffold-like structure by stripping one set of lungs down to just collagen and elastin – the main components in connective tissue.

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Scars reveal ageing whales’ secrets

Scars reveal ageing whales' secrets

Baird's beaked whales, sometimes called giant bottlenose whales, seem to prefer the company of specific individuals. Researchers who identified the whales by scars on their bodies, are calling for hunting of the species to be halted while more information is gathered about their complex social structure. Currently, they are hunted by whalers off northern Japan. The new findings have been published in the journal Marine Mammal Science.

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The cold fusion race just heated up

The cold fusion race just heated up

The E-Cat, or Energy Catalyser, is an alleged cold fusion reactor invented by Andrea Rossi. While many researchers claim to have produced small quantities of excess heat using nickel and hydrogen, Rossi claims he can produce kilowatts and his technology is ready for industry. Rossi's claims are far-fetched, but the E-Cat refuses to go away. Now it appears to have been not only verified, but replicated. Should we start taking Rossi seriously?

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Scientists say AI fears unfounded, could hinder tech advances

Scientists say AI fears unfounded, could hinder tech advances

Artificial intelligence research – for at least the foreseeable future – is going to help humans, not harm them. However, fears about artificial intelligence (AI) and the development of smart robots that have made headlines recently could slow research into an important technology. That's the thinking from AI researchers and industry analysts attending the AAAI-15 conference in Austin, Texas, this week.

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Depression, loneliness linked to binge-watching television

Depression, loneliness linked to binge-watching television

Settling on the couch and into an all-night marathon of "Game of Thrones" or "Scandal" can feel like the ultimate in relaxation. For some, the best way to tune out the world is to turn on the television. But while binge-watching television may seem like a perfectly harmless way to occupy your Friday night, it may actually be an indication of serious mental health problem. A study published Thursday found people who binge-watch television tend to be among the most depressed and lonely.

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