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Miniature Railgun Kit Demonstrates Weapon of the Future

Magnetic acceleration could redefine weaponry and space travel. And while none of us has the multi-million dollars necessary to actually mess around with one of these things, we can afford a pint-sized example of what they do in the form of the Abong Magnetic Accelerator Kit.

Medical Tutorial That Bleeds As You Go: Great Idea?

In keeping with those all too life-like dolls that wet and cry for mama to change them, Patent# US 6863536, also known as the Endoscopic Tutorial System with a Bleeding Complication, is like a horror movie that simulates blood and guts at the expense of the viewer. Read on, but keep your distance, as there is a new and very crazy sort-of doctor in town.

Esquel: A Chinese Shirt Company in Sync With the Environment

The Esquel Group is a Chinese company whose mission involves a great deal more than just the manufacture of premium cotton shirts. Its powers that be have made a serious commitment to corporate social responsibility and sustainable growth on the Chinese mainland. Read on for more “green” details.

World’s Largest Dinosaur Site Uncovered in China

Chinese scientists claim that they have discovered the world's largest dinosaur fossil site in the eastern province of Shandong. This is a most interesting development for a country that up until recently has been a relative latecomer to the field of archaeology. Read on for more details.

Trendy Textbook Rental Market Grows In Popularity

 A new solution that makes books affordable to college students, saves their cash and the environment. Textbooks aren't cheap, whether you buy new or used and sharing with a friend creates logistical issues that tears relationships apart. Now, you can rent your books through Book Renter.

DK Travel Gets It Right With Personalized, Custom Travel Guides

I recently wrote about Offbeat Guides, which fell a bit flat on our expectations of customization. But now Dorling Kindersley Travel gets in right by bringing personalization to their custom travel guides.

'Element Girls' Pretty Up the Periodic Table

Chemistry can be a tough subject for students more interested in games and girls, which makes "The Periodic Table: Learning Basic Chemistry through Moe" a bright idea indeed. Which element do you love the moe-st?

Delaying School By One Hour May Improve Sleep and Decrease Auto Accidents

I always thought that high school started too early in the morning. It was hard waking up so early in the day, especially when I had been studying late the night before. A new study says that delaying school start times by just one hour improves sleep in teens and decreases their chances of getting into an auto accident.

ZOOBs Offer Some Speedy Creativity

Want a way to trick your kids into working on their eye/hand coordination? This cool ZOOB vehicle kit may just be the answer.

Tokyo Metro's Manner Poster Series Scolds Subway Slobs

Tokyo's subway system is the envy of the world, thanks in part to the millions of thoughtful passengers who ride the trains each day. Not everyone is doing their part, however, so a  monthly "Manner Poster" campaign has been instituted to remind city commuters to be on their best behavior.

Weird New Dinosaur Found in China Formally Named

A strange, long-necked, waddling herbivore with enormous arms and claws that once waddled across China has been formally named Suzhousaurus by a team of Chinese and American paleontologists. Its full name is Suzhousaurus megatherioides, which translates from Chinese into “giant sloth-like reptile from Suzhou.” Read on for details, but avoid eating green things until finished.

DNA Reveals First Americans Came From Siberia

It has always been a moot point as to how the first humans arrived on the North American continent. Scientific findings now strongly suggest that the vehicle definitely was a temporary land bridge that spanned the Bering strait, connecting Siberia to the continent. What is the truth? Will we ever know? Read on and wonder.

Got an Empty Tin Can? Want a Robot?

If you're like me, you might have a few empty cans sitting around the house. Instead of throwing them away--or, more approriately, tossing them into the recycling bin--why not build a robot?

Marijuana Found In Chinese Shaman’s Tomb

It looks like that mean little plant known far and wide as wackey tabackey, is even older than previously imagined. Archeologists have dug up a 2,700 year-old tomb of a shaman near Tupan (far west Xinjiang province) that reveals a few secrets about the ancient Chinese that might surprise the modern world. Then again, they might not. Read on and decide for yourself.

Exercise May Help Overweight Children Be Less Angry

Studies have shown that overweight kids tend to be bullies or be bullied. And why do bullies push other kids around? Most likely because they are angry. A new study says that regular exercise may help reduce anger in healthy, overweight children.

Baby Monitor Developed Focuses on Infant’s Breathing

Researchers have developed a prototype baby monitor that focuses on a baby’s breathing.

Medical Student’s Invention Fights Super Bugs

Scientists have been warning people for years about a “super bug” that will be resistant to all antibodies and destroy the human race. One man has taken these warnings to heart and has invented a method to fight these super bugs.

Newborns Exposed to Smoking Moms Are More Irritable

While it is known that babies born to mothers that smoke during pregnancy can have low birth weight and an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome, a new study now shows that these babies are also more irritable and difficult to soothe.

Handheld Device Detects Early Signs of Cancer

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a prototype blood scanner that can locate cancer markers in the bloodstream.

New Online Tool May Help Predict Depression

Researchers at University College London (UCL) have developed an online tool that may help predict the risk of someone suffering from depression in the future.