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Everything You've Ever Been Told About How You Learn Is A Lie

September 13, 2013 - 02:00 -- Admin

When I was in middle school and high school, teachers loved to impart various tidbits of wisdom about the way students learn during lectures, always couched in such a way as to indicate these were scientifically accepted facts. You know everyone learns differently. Do you think you learn better through words or pictures? Did you know you learn different subjects with different sides of the brain?

Robo-Maggots Will Munch Through Brain Tumors

September 13, 2013 - 01:00 -- Admin

Creepy, crawly maggots might be making their way into people's brains. Robot maggots, that is. Inspired by a TV show where plastic surgeons use maggots to eat away dead tissue, neurosurgeon J. Marc Simard of the University of Maryland School of Medicine has been developing a prototype for a larvae-esque robot that could get eat away at a brain tumor from the inside.

NATO Tests Electromagnetic Beam To Stop Suicide Bombers

September 12, 2013 - 07:35 -- Admin

The high-intensity electromagnetic beam stops a vehicle by interfering with its controls and turning off its engine. In the video above, you can see the beam halt an approaching car in a simulation of a military checkpoint. In another test, the beam-emitting device is mounted inside the back of a vehicle, and stops another car approaching from behind.

Orangutans Announce Their Travel Plans A Day In Advance

September 12, 2013 - 07:00 -- Admin

We often think of the ability to plan for the future as a uniquely human attribute. Recent studies have suggested that our primate cousins might be able to plan for certain occasions, as well (like the mischievous chimp who stockpiled stones that he could later hurl at zoo visitors) but whether they use this ability in the wild is harder to show.

Irradiated Seeds Combat World's Most Serious Wheat Disease

September 12, 2013 - 04:00 -- Admin

Kenyan farmers last week got a first look at two new varieties of wheat that are resistant to the number-one threat to worldwide wheat production. They got to see resistant and non-resistant wheat side by side in fields. The Kenyan government is also giving away the first batch of seeds-six metric tons of it-to seed producers, in hopes their fields will serve as visual persuasion to their neighbors to try the new stuff.