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February 23 2014

February 06 2014

Prosthetic Hand Gives Man the Ability to Feel Again
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In a firework accident 10 years ago, Dennis Sorenson lost his left hand.

A faulty firework rocket exploded in Sorenson's hand during a New Year's Eve celebration, which resulted in doctors having to amputate his limb. Since the accident, Sorenson, 36, had been using a standard prosthesis that performed most day-to-day tasks. However, the Danish man still wasn't able to feel — at least until he participated in a study for a new prosthetic hand

Created by a team of researchers at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland, Lifehand 2 enables users to regain feeling in their hands through a surgical procedure where surgeons insert tiny electrodes into the arm; these electrodes then connect sensors in each finger of the prosthetic hand to nerves in the arm. Read more...

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Fossils From China Reveal Giant New Titanosaur
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Welcome Yongjinglong datangi — a long-necked, plant-eating sauropod dinosaur found in northwestern China — to the list of gigantic creatures that called Earth home.

A team led by University of Pennsylvania paleontologists Liguo Li and Peter Dodson have characterized the fossil remains of a sauropod found in the Lanzhou Basin of Gansu province in 2008. The scientists found multiple bones that belonged to the sauropod that roamed the earth during the Early Cretaceous period — more than 100 million years ago — including teeth and vertebrae.

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February 03 2014

How a High School Teacher Is 'Gamifying' World News
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A new game called Fantasy Geopolitics (think Fantasy Football meets Model United Nations) is radically changing the way high school students in Minnesota are interacting with the news.

In 2009, Eric Nelson, a Social Studies teacher at North Lakes Academy Charter School in Forest Lake, Minn., developed Fantasy Geopolitics after recognizing that his attempts at getting his students to engage with the class weren't quite hitting the mark.

“When I started teaching, the average ninth grader looked like a zombie in class,” Nelson told Mashable. “One night when I was lesson planning, I took a break and literally checked my Fantasy Football team and I had this realization that I was learning a lot about the NFL — things about football and the NFL I wouldn't have otherwise learned.” Read more...

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January 31 2014

'Dream Chaser' Spacecraft Set to Blast Off Next Year
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The private space industry is going to infinity and beyond — or at the very least, into orbit.

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Space Systems announced that their spacecraft will launch on Nov. 1, 2016 in an unmanned, orbital flight, with plans to launch a manned flight in 2017.

After making a deal with United Launch Alliance — a company that provides space launch services for the U.S. government — the SNC Space Systems' craft, known as Dream Chaser, will launch attached to an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

Two years ago, NASA committed $1.1 billion to three companies — Boeing, SpaceX and SNC Space Systems — to get astronauts flying in American spacecrafts again in what was called the Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCAP) initiative. Currently, American astronauts have to tag along in Russian Soyuz capsules to get to the International Space Station, a trip that costs NASA $70.7 million per seat. Read more...

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The Solar Eclipse You Could Only See From Space
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The Sun and Moon decided to put on a show Thursday — but only for the lucky few with good seats, in space.

In what is known as a lunar transit, the Moon passed between NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and the Sun, giving the observatory a view of a partial solar eclipse only visible from space

Lunar transits like this happen two or three times a year, but Thursday's was particularly special. According to SDO's mission blog, the entire eclipse lasted two and half hours — the longest lunar transit thus far in the SDO mission

SDO is the first mission to be launched as a part of NASA's Living With a Star Program, a program designed to research the causes of solar variability and its impacts on Earth and help scientists understand the Sun's influence on Earth. The observatory was launched on Feb. 11, 2010 from Cape Canaveral. Read more...

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January 30 2014

Storms Spark Fossil Frenzy on UK's 'Jurassic Coast'
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A series of massive storms has brought a wave of dinosaur enthusiasts and fossil hunters to the southeast coast of England to find remnants of Earth's prehistoric creatures.

After torrential downpours stormed Dorset, UK, multiple areas of the cliffside known as the “Jurassic Coast” eroded, revealing more fossils than usual — most notably a five-foot, 200 million-year old ichthyosaur (a dolphin-like marine reptile) found on Boxing Day.

With the new discoveries found in the cliffside, preservation and treatment of the fossils remain a major concern for professionals as amateur fossil hunters who lack the proper training on how to handle fossils have been frequenting the coast. Read more...

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January 25 2014

Chinese Banknotes Stamped With QR Codes Breach Great Firewall
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Centuries of invaders couldn't break the Great Wall of China, but a Chinese yuan can. Well, the "Great Firewall,” at least

A series of one yuan banknotes became a whole lot more valuable after being stamped with a quick response (QR) code — a type of matrix barcode that, when scanned by a smartphone, sends a user to a website stored in the code — that circumvents the infamous firewall.

Beneath the stamped QR codes are the words: “Scan and download software to break the Internet firewall.” Doing so leads to an Amazon cloud link that hosts downloadable software to get around the firewall.

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January 21 2014

A Drone That Snaps Photos, Then Folds Up and Fits In Your Pocket
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It's still unclear whether drones will become the home delivery service of the future or simply another footnote in the legal system, but that hasn't slowed down the race to create high-performance drones for the average consumer

The Kickstarter-funded Pocket Drone is a foldable, flying "multicopter" that its creators dubbed "the GoPro of drones." It's equipped with an action camera for capturing aerial photos and video and a rechargeable battery allowing for flights of up to 20 minutes. Plus, the device folds up to the size of a small tablet for portability.

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January 20 2014

Chinese Factory Mass Produces Cloned Pigs
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As if glowing green pigs from China weren't odd enough, now a Chinese cloning facility that produces 500 cloned pigs a year is proving that science fiction is becoming ever more real.

The UK's BBC recently went on a tour of the Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI), the world’s largest center for pig cloning. Revealed in the televised report are scores of sheds, sometimes up to 90 in a row, housing normal-looking pigs that have been cloned at the facility.

“We can do cloning on a very large scale,” Dr. Yutao Du told the BBC. “30-50 people [clone] so that we can make a cloning factory here.” Read more...

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January 16 2014

The Best Way to Reenact the Titanic Is at a Chinese Theme Park
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If you ever wanted to reenact the love story of James Cameron's The Titanic, now's your chance

A Chinese investment firm plans to create a full-scale replica of the Titanic ship at a theme park in China by 2016.

The estimated 1 billion yuan ($165 million) replica will take residence at a theme park in Daying County, Sichuan Province. The star attraction, along with a museum dedicated to the tragedy, will be a replica of the ship simulating the infamous iceberg collision.

Seven Star Energy Investment will use the blueprints of the Titanic’s sister ship, the Olympic, to construct its replica in a shipyard in the Hubei Province. Once complete, the replica will be permanently docked in the theme park on the Qi River, according to the South China Morning Post. Read more...

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January 14 2014

Scientists Develop Glowing Green Pigs to Produce Cheaper Medicines
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Scientists are one step closer to creating a real-life version of Dr. Seuss' green eggs and ham, thanks to the birth of ten transgenic pigs in late December that glow green when placed under a black light.

Zhenfang Wu and Zicong Li of the South China Agricultural University used a technique developed by reproductive scientists from the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine to transfer plasmids (small DNA molecules, separate from the chromosomal DNA within a cell) carrying a fluorescent protein from jellyfish DNA into the pig embryos

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January 10 2014

Forget the Polar Vortex: Heat Wave Kills 100,000 Bats in Australia
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The strange weather patterns aren’t just happening in the Midwest and Eastern United StatesAustralia experienced a major heat wave this week across the northeast state of Queensland, with temperatures reaching 135 degrees Fahrenheit.

Humans weren't the only ones suffering from the extreme heat after The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals confirmed that 100,000 bats fell to the ground and died on impact, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Many residents found these fallen bats spread across their property — such as Dayboro resident Murray Paas in a YouTube video posted on Jan 4. Read more...

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December 23 2013

11 News Sources Using Instagram Video
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Who has time for the news?

Between the pressing demands of real life and maintaining dozens of online personas, finding time to eat is difficult enough, let alone carving out half an hour to flip on the boob tube or rifle through a newspaper

It's social media to the rescue, once again. Just as Twitter heralded a brave new world for bite-size storytelling, Instagram Video now challenges digital innovators — and traditional news outlets — to use the platform to its full potential, packing 15-second video segments with vital information and titillating tidbits Read more...

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December 16 2013

North Korea News Site Purges 95% of Digital Archive
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Judging by the Korean Central News Agency's website, almost no news occurred prior to Oct. 1, 2013.

The North Korean state-run news organization has deleted 95% of its digital archive, including all but seven of its articles that predate Oct. 1. The purge comes just days after KCNA announced the execution of Jang Song Thaek, Kim Jong Un's uncle, believed to be the second-most powerful man in the country.

More than 35,000 articles from September and earlier have suddenly gone missing, according to NK News, a privately-owned site based in Washington, D.C Read more...

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December 15 2013

Rising Paywalls Are Already Paying Off for Publishers
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Not long ago, Bloomberg Businessweek declared 2014 the “Year of the Paywall” for the news industry. Sure enough, everywhere you look in publishing these days, you see news organizations ranging from Politico (and its Capital New York offshoot) to the new tech-oriented website the Information experimenting with online-subscription models. “I would not start a media company today based on advertising alone,” Politico Chief Executive Officer Jim VandeHei told Businessweek recently. “I think it would be crazy.”

This week, the Online Publishers Association, an industry trade organization, released a study that highlights the various ways newspapers and magazines are using paywalls to shape and expand their businesses. The group conducted interviews with executives at Condé Nast, Gannett Community Newspapers, Harvard Business Review, the New York Times, Time, and The Wall Street Journal. The study is worth a read. Here are three, quick take-aways: Read more...

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November 20 2013

Just 47% of Facebook Users Get News From the Social Network
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While some of our news feeds are filled with news updates, less than half of Facebook users say they use the social platform to get news updates

The most popular social network for getting for news is Reddit, where 62% of users say they get news. The least popular source is Pinterest, where just 3% of users say they get news.

Statista's chart below shows the percentage of users of 11 major social networks who report getting news from the respective platforms.

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September 28 2013

'World's Oldest' Newspaper Going Digital After 279 Years
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One of the longest running newspapers in the world, which started as a notice pinned to a coffee shop wall, will soon permanently stop the presses.

Lloyd's List, which calls itself the "world's oldest newspaper," will transition to an online-only publication by December.

It began in 1734 as a bulletin of information about ship arrivals, departures and casualties in London and continues to cover news of maritime commerce, insurance and energy.

SEE ALSO: Internet Surpasses Television as Main News Source for Young Adults

Currently, Lloyd's List is available both online and in print. But Richard Meade, the paper's editor, said only 25 people subscribe solely to the print edition Read more...

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August 18 2013

Help This Family Make NYC Handicap Accessible
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If you had to navigate a major city without walking up any stairs or stepping on a single crack, could you do it?

For people like Andrew Feinberg who rely on wheelchairs to get around, this is not a question of ability, but rather one of necessity and planning ahead. Unfortunately, in a place like New York City, even the best plans can be derailed by a single step

A new Kickstarter project called Wheel NY wants to take away the time-consuming task of researching and pulling accessibility information from various sources

The Wheel NY maps section would help users plan a day based on information housed directly on the site, including which subway elevators are broken and which sidewalks are cracked or unusable for those in wheelchairs. The mobile app would make it possible to have that information on hand at all times, and see real-time updates on the go. Places like museums and restaurants, that at one time were a source of anxiety for the physically disabled, could become a destination to look forward to. Read more...

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August 17 2013

25 Top Mashable Resources You Can't Miss
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Between the New York Times going down and the less-than-stellar reviews of Jobs, we understand if you've been underwhelmed by the tech world this week. But the last five days still had plenty of great tech news to offer, so if you missed it, we've got you covered

Here at Mashable, we've gathered up the top 25 digital media resources from the last week for your convenience. Skim through for two differing opinions on teens and Facebook and some quick fixes for common iPhone problems

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