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  1. World’s First Telescopic Contact Lens Invented

    This contact lens “gives you the power to zoom your vision almost three times. Yes, this is the first ever example of a bionic eye that effectively gives you Superman-like eagle-eye vision.” Extreme Tech


  2. Ancient Skull Could Rewrite Australian History

    “The centuries old skull of a white man found in New South Wales is raising questions about whether Captain James Cook really was the first European to land on Australia’s east coast.” Australian Geographic


  3. Rocket Camera Catches Sun ‘Sparkles’

    “Scientists have obtained the sharpest view yet of features in the Sun’s atmosphere using an experimental camera launched on a
    short-lived rocket.” BBC


  4. First Human Head Transplant Possible, Says Neuroscientist

    “Technical barriers to grafting one person’s head onto another person’s body can now be overcome, says Dr. Sergio Canavero, a member of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group.” Quartz


  5. Saber-Toothed Predator Had ‘Embarrassing’ Bite

    “A new study shows that despite it’s imposing dental profile, this ancient carnivore had a bite no stronger than that a house cat.” Live Science


  6. Nuclear Bombs Reveal Illegal Ivory

    “Fallout from long-ago Cold War explosions is now a forensic tool in the illegal ivory trade.” National Geographic


  7. Adventurer to Cycle Around the World in 180 Days

    “An adventurer is vying to be the first man ever to complete an endurance hat-trick, summiting Mount Everest, rowing across the Atlantic and cycling around the world solo.” Travelbite


  8. Inactivation of Taste Genes Causes Male Sterility

    “Scientists from the Monell Center report the surprising finding that two proteins involved in oral taste detection also play a crucial role in
    sperm development.” Science Daily


  9. A Third of World’s Conifers Put on Endangered List

    “Some 206 of the world’s 606 species of pine, cedar, cypress, fir, yew and other conifer plants could cease to exist in the coming years unless strong measures are taken to conserve them.” The Independent


  10. Video: 130 Years of Climate Data—on the Cello

    “Using surface temperature data from NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies, a University of Minnesota undergrad created a cello performance that traces the warming of our planet.” Treehugger

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