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The Leatherman Tread: A Multi-Tool That Can Be Worn On The Wrist

The Leatherman Tread

Leatherman Tool Group, most famous for their multiple function tools, just announced that they’ll be releasing a new tool this summer called the Leatherman Tread. The makers consider their new creation to be “an industry first”: a multi-tool that can be worn on the wrist, offering convenience and variety to the user in the form of a bracelet. The design, which has been tested for comfort, offers the consumer at least two tools per link. Leatherman also gives users the option of

Meth-Laden Drug Smuggling Drone Crashes In Mexican Border Town

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This past Wednesday (January 21), Mexican authorities in a border town near the United States recovered a six-propeller drone carrying six one-pound bags of methamphetamine. According to CBS News… “Tijuana police spokesman Jorge Morrua said Wednesday that police were alerted after the drone fell Tuesday night near the San Ysidro crossing at Mexico’s border with California.” Authorities believe the drone crashed because it was carrying too much weight. However, an investigation into where the drone came from, and where it was heading,

Egypt Releases 100 Students Arrested For Protesting Military Takeover In 2013

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Egypt has experienced a roller coaster of political upheavals since early 2011, when nationwide protests succeeded in forcing long-time President and dictator Hosni Mubarak to resign. In the summer of 2012, Egypt held its first free elections since the ousting of Mubarak. The winner was Mohamed Morsi – a representative of the Muslim Brotherhood and the first Islamist candidate to be elected head of an Arab state. On November 22, 2012, Morsi made a declaration in which he announced plans to expand his executive

Atomic Scientists Strike “Doomsday Clock” 2 Minutes Closer To Midnight

"Professor Richard Somerville of the University of California in San Diego today unveils the "Doomsday Clock" showing that the world is now three minutes away from disaster." Image Credit:NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

In August 1945, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on the nation of Japan, effectively ending the Second World War. Just four months later, a group of scientists, engineers and various other experts who had been part of the Manhattan Project (which created the atomic bomb) came together to establish a publication known as the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (BAS). According to the BAS’s website, these founding scientists… “…knew about the horrible effects of these new weapons and devoted themselves to

Over 5,000 Stolen Artifacts Recovered From Swiss-Italian Trafficking Ring

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According to BBC… “In the biggest operation of its kind, Italian police have uncovered what they say is a treasure trove of more than 5,000 stolen antiquities.” The collection, valued at over 50 million dollars, includes a variety of treasures, including vases, bronze breastplates, statues and more. The items date from the 8th century BC to the 3rd century AD, a span of over 1,000 years. According to ABC News… “The hoard was discovered as part of an investigation into

Go Inside the Largest Photo Ever Taken: A 1.5 Billion Pixel Panorama of Andromeda (Video)

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On January 5, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) released one of the most stunning pictures ever taken: a 1.5 billion pixel image of our neighboring galaxy Andromeda. The image, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, is the largest and sharpest photo ever taken of the galaxy. The photo measures 40,000 light-years across and contains more than 100 million stars. According to the Hubble website, “This is a cropped version of the full image… You would need more than

India’s Tigers Make Significant Gains As the Country Aims to Help Preserve the Species Worldwide

Image Credit: National Geographic / Michael Nichols

India is officially home to the world’s largest population of wild tigers. The country gained the title after announcing a major comeback in tiger populations this past Tuesday (January 20). According to the latest census reports, India’s tiger population had grown from 1,706 in 2011 to 2,226 in – roughly a 30% increase. The increase in the tiger population has been heavily credited to India’s tiger conservation and forest management efforts over the last half decade. “This increase in Tiger Population was a testimony

Ever Wanted To Own Your Very Own Robotic Exoskeleton? (Video)

KURATAS   Image Credit: Amazon / DailyMail

According to the DailyMail… “A Japanese electronics firm is selling a 13ft (four metre) mechanical suit on Amazon which can be controlled by an iPhone or by stepping inside the device. Dubbed Kuratas, the five-ton, four-wheeled device was the brainchild of inventor Kogora Kurata from Japan’s Kanto region.” The robot/mech suit was designed by Suidobashi Heavy Industry, and can be controlled in two ways: manually, from a small cockpit inside the suit, or remotely, using any 3G-compatible device (like a smartphone, for example). Kuratas moves with

New Neural Implant Helps Paralyzed Rats Walk Again (Video)

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A new technology, known as the e-Dura, has been labeled as “groundbreaking” after successfully giving paralyzed rats the ability to walk. The new technology is flexible and stretchy, allowing it to be implanted directly on the spinal chord with maximum comfort for the patient. The e-Dura also mimics the tissue around the spine (known as dura mater), so the body doesn’t reject the implant’s presence. According to The Telegraph… “It closely imitates the mechanical properties of living tissue, and can simultaneously deliver

Watch the Explosive Crash Landing of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket Test Last Week (Video)

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Last week, SpaceX attempted to do something that few people had ever even thought of doing before: launching a rocket to deploy a supply ship to the International Space Station, and then landing said rocket on a football field-sized barge in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Everything went according to plan until the very end of the test flight. Shortly after the Falcon was scheduled to land, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk made the following tweet: Rocket made it to drone spaceport ship, but

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