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Man’s Best Friend: Scientists Uncover Bonding Hormone Between Dogs and People

dog love

The bond between a dog-lover and their pooch is one of the strongest bonds in the world. Now, a team of researchers from Japan believe they have uncovered the science behind this phenomenon. During a recent study, scientists from Azabu University found that when a dog owner stares into their dog’s eyes, that person experiences a rush of a hormone called oxytocin. According to The Guardian, “The same hormone has been shown to spike in mothers’ brains when they look into their

This Liquid Body Armor Stops Bullets Better Than Kevlar (Video)

liquid armor

There is no question that the bullet-proof vest was an innovative and life-saving invention. However, even the most rigid vests tend to bend inwards when struck by a high-speed projectile, often causing serious injuries to the wearer. The Polish company Moratex saw this problem as an opportunity for improvement. Moratex is developing a futuristic line of liquid-based body armor that has already outperformed kevlar in safety tests. The armor is filled with a non-Newtonian fluid that increases its viscosity when a force is

New Terminator-Inspired Method Makes 3D Printing 25-100 Times Faster (Video)

terminator printing

In the climax of the movie “Terminator 2″, the Terminator’s arch-nemesis — the evil T-1000 — is melted down into a puddle of metallic goo. Unfortunately for Arnold and company, the robot re-emerges seconds later, rising fully-formed from the puddle of molten metal. It was this scene that inspired a group of scientists at a company called Carbon3D to completely rethink our current methods of 3D printing. The company, which had been keeping the project a secret during the past two years of development, revealed their new method in

German Court Forces Anti-Vaxxer to Pay $106,000 After He Loses Measles Bet

measles bet

Despite the tireless efforts of doctors, scientists and the more level-headed members of society, the anti-vaccination movement has been stubbornly resilient. The latest chapter of this frustratingly ridiculous argument took place in Germany, where a recent measles outbreak has put the anti-vax discussion at the forefront of public discourse. Stefan Lanka, a German biologist and vocal anti-vaxxer, refuses to believe that measles is a virus (which is why he opposes vaccination). Instead, Lanka insists that the disease is a psychosomatic illness that occurs when,

Find Out What Happens When Lava Is Poured Directly Onto Ice (Video)

lava on ice

A few years ago, some folks at Syracuse University had an idea to create the “Lava Project”, in hopes of sparking interest in the Arts and Sciences. According to their website… “The goals of the project include scientific experiments, artistic creations, education, and outreach to the Syracuse University and City communities.”   By involving professors from a number of different departments, the project offers a wide variety of scientific experiments to engage faculty and students. One of the most notable and intriguing of these

Toyota Releases All of Its Fuel Cell Patents to Help Encourage “New Age of Hydrogen”

FC patents

It’s not often that a major international corporation decides to give away two decades worth of trade secrets for free. But that’s exactly what Toyota did on Monday, announcing the release of nearly 6,000 patents related to the company’s hyrdogen fuel cell technologies. The announcement was made at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Monday, shortly after a presentation by physicist Michio Kaku showing off Toyota’s new hydrogen-powered Mirai. “Historians say that we are ‘present at the creation.’ And that’s where we

Biofuels Are On the Rise, and A Facility In Canada Is Leading the Way

edmonton waste

In Edmonton, Canada, beyond towers of trash, sits the world’s first waste to biofuels plant. The plant converts everyday waste into energy: the waste is heated to a gaseous state and is then converted into liquid methanol, a chemical that is used in gasoline, windshield wiper fluid and a number of other industrial chemical compounds. According to Oil Price, “The plant will process around 100,000 tonnes of solid waste annually and turn it into 38 million litres of methanol, enough to fuel 400,000 cars.” The process

Watch Snowflakes Form Right Before Your Eyes In This Enchanting Time-Lapse Video

If you went to elementary school in the United States, it’s pretty likely that you made a paper cut-out snowflake at some point. As a kid, these elaborate craft projects didn’t really seem to resemble real snowflakes – until you actually see a real snowflake up close, that is. To the naked eye they may look like little puffs of white powder, but snowflakes actually have very complex and intricate crystalline patterns, a result of the way in which they are formed. As cold

Watch This Guy Go From 0 to 207 MPH In Under 5 Seconds On a Rocket Bicycle (Video)

François Gissy is a bike enthusiast with an insatiable appetite for speed. In May of 2013, the French daredevil set a bike land speed record by reaching a top speed of 163 mph (263km/h) on his rocket-propelled bicycle. Gissy smashed that record this past Friday (Nov. 7), hitting speeds of 207 mph (333 km/h) while dusting a Ferrari 430 during a test run at Circuit Paul Ricard in southern France. The most incredible part: he reached that top speed in less than 5

Making A Rocket Thats Shoots 2300 Feet Up Out of Sugar and Kitty Litter (Video)

YouTube science experimenter Grant Thompson (aka: “The King of Random”) recently released an awesome new video that shows you how to make a rocket that is both powerful and cheap. How cheap? About $0.50, according to Grant. That’s because the rocket’s main ingredients, sugar and kitty litter, are both dirt cheap! Check it out in the video below: It’s definitely important to remember to check with your local authorities before setting off any type of rocket, especially in residential areas. Grant drove out to

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