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Scientists claim to have built hologram-projecting cell phone

Fancy watching a movie on your mobile phone, where figures leap out from the screen in 3D, rather as Princess Leia did in that scene from “Star Wars”? That’s the claim made by US researchers, who on Wednesday reported they had made a display which gives a three-dimensional image that…

CDC: One in 50 school kids has some form of autism

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that a recent survey of parents shows that 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren has some form of autism. According to the Associated Press, the higher numbers don’t mean that cases of autism are occurring more often, but rather that tests to…

UPDATED: NASA’s denies reports that Voyager left the solar system

UPDATE (4:49 pm ET): A statement from NASA posted at their Jet Propulsion Laboratory site says that, while they believe the Voyager is in a new region of space, NASA does not believe it has yet left the solar system: “The Voyager team is aware of reports today that NASA’s…

Princess Leia hologram could become reality

Scientists have created a 3D display that could mimic the Princess Leia hologram in Star Wars – even on mobile phones Scientists have created a glasses-free, 3D display that could mimic the famous hologram projection of Princess Leia in the original 1977 Star Wars film. The display is small and…

Texas state climatologist: 2013 likely to be hottest year on record

The top climate researcher for the State of Texas predicted Tuesday that 2013 will go down as the hottest year on record, setting yet another milestone in a disturbing trend of rapidly increasing average global temperatures over the last two decades. In a post for Texas A&M’s AgriLife blog, Dr.…

Harvard study: 180,000 deaths a year linked to sugary drinks

Harvard Study Links Sugary Drinks to 183,000 Deaths (via NewsLook) Video News by NewsLook var nl_rand = “W0epHBlhjsfI067u”, NewsLook = NewsLook || {}; NewsLook.embeds = NewsLook.embeds || {}; NewsLook.embeds[nl_rand] = { video_id : ’554237′, feed_user_id : ’476′, metadata_for_select : [], metadata_override : [], preview_hashlike_metadata : {“width”:null,”height”:null…   [Kid drinking soda…

Seven rare Komodo dragons hatch in Indonesia

Seven Komodo dragons have hatched under a breeding programme at an Indonesian zoo, an official said, a success story that raises hope for the endangered lizard. Twenty-one eggs from two Komodo dragons were placed in incubation at the Surabaya Zoo in eastern Java, the first batch in September and the…

Giant squid DNA study produces ‘tantalizing questions’ for scientists

Scientists announced they had peeked into the DNA of the giant squid, seeking to demystify a deep-sea creature that has haunted sailors’ dreams for centuries. But their findings, published Wednesday, threw up some tantalising questions in turn. They include the likelihood that there is just one species of giant squid,…

Caffeine helps prevent road crash risk: study

Research among long-distance commercial drivers in Australia has given weight to those who say coffee, tea or caffeine energy drinks or tablets help prevent dangerous drowsiness at the wheel. Investigators looked at crashes between 2008 and 2011 in New South Wales and Western Australia that involved vehicles of at least…

NASA’s Curiosity rover back online after memory glitch

NASA’s Curiosity rover, which has been exploring Mars since it landed to much fanfare last August, is back on active status Tuesday, after a memory glitch set the robot back. “We expect to get back to sample-analysis science by the end of the week,” said Curiosity Mission Manager Jennifer Trosper…

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