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Samsung has announced the release of the Gear IconX, the first truly wireless earbuds from a major manufacturer. Although we’ve already seen offerings from smaller companies like PUGZ and not-quite-wireless offerings from Motorola, the Gear IconX connects to the phone wirelessly and have no wires connecting the two earbuds – they are truly independent of each other. Samsung’s new Gear IconX buds are largely cut from the same cloth: Bluetooth-connecting in-ears with no cords, and controls…

baby dragons are hatching Dragon Eggs are hatching at a cave in Slovenia. A rare bread of salamander which is blind, is known as the olm or proteus, only reproduces every 5 to 10 years, and is thought to live to 100, according to the BBC. Olms, which are called “baby dragons” by locals, typically grow to between 8 and 12 inches. “We got our first Baby dragon!” the Postojna Cave posted on Facebook Wednesday. The BBC reports that…

It may be a while before scientists are able to figure out exactly what caused the loud boom, bright flash, and lingering debris trail in the Arizona skies early Thursday morning. As reported by AZ Central, it may have been a meteor, or it may have been space junk fallen to Earth, said Josh Bangle with the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff. Whatever it was, it brought on a spectacular light show, leaving behind a colorful…

NASA satellite finds air 39 previously unreported sources of air pollution Using a new satellite-based method, scientists at NASA, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and two universities have located 39 unreported and major human-made sources of toxic sulfur dioxide emissions. A known health hazard and contributor to acid rain, sulfur dioxide (SO2) is one of six air pollutants regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Current, sulfur dioxide monitoring activities include the use of emission…

A famous dagger found in the wrapping of Egyptian King Tutankhamun’s mummy was made with iron from a meteorite, a study confirms. An analysis of the King Tut dagger led by Daniela Comelli, a professor of materials science at the Polytechnic University of Milan in Italy, showed that it contains 10 per cent nickel and 0.6 per cent cobalt, the researchers report in the journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science. The analysis was conducted using a technique called X-ray fluorescence, which identifies different…

Fracture healing gene Lawrence Livermore New identification of a gene involved in the fracture healing process could lead to the development of new therapeutic treatments for difficult-to-heal injuries. Fracture healing involves communication between bone, muscle, vasculature and the thin membrane covering the outer surface of bones (periosteum) during the fracture repair. The periosteum contains stem cells that migrate to the fracture site and differentiate into chondrocytes (cartilage-forming cells) and/or osteoblasts (bone-forming cells). However, little is…

As they zero in on their sugary reward, foraging bumblebees follow an invisible clue: electric fields. Although some animals, including sharks, are known to have an electric sense, this is the first time the ability has been documented in insects. Pollinating insects take in a large number of sensory cues, from colours and fragrances to petal textures and air humidity. Being able to judge which flowers will provide the most nectar, and which have already…

Scientists for the first time have directly detected key organic compounds in a comet, bolstering the notion that these celestial objects delivered such chemical building blocks for life long ago to Earth and throughout the solar system. The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft made several detections of the amino acid glycine, used by living organisms to make proteins, in the cloud of gas and dust surrounding Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, scientists said on Friday. Glycine previously was…

Lake Mead’s water level has reached it’s lowest level ever since it was built in 1937. Federal water managers said Thursday the vast Colorado River reservoir is expected to continue to shrink amid ongoing drought. By Wednesday  the lake went to its lowest point since Hoover Dam was completed in 1936 — with a surface level of 1,074.68 feet above sea level. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation plans to let it drop another few feet by…

Sen. Lamar Alexander wind farm Sen. Lamar Alexander publicly opposed the upcoming Crab Orchard Wind Farm project. In a speech on the Senate floor said he will not support the new wind farm project. “There are few places any more beautiful than Cumberland County. We should not allow anyone to destroy our environment,” said Alexander. Cumberland County resident Steve Rimmert caught the speech on TV and agrees with the senator. “To spoil this for such…

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