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Scientists remotely hacked a brain, controlling body movements

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Imagine someone remotely controlling your brain, forcing your body's central processing organ to send messages to your muscles that you didn't authorize. It's an incredibly scary thought, but scientists have managed to accomplish this science fiction nightmare for real, albeit on a much small scale, and they were even able to prompt their test subject to run, freeze in place, or even completely lose control over their limbs. Thankfully, the research will be used for good rather than evil... for now.

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Mike Wehner

August 19th

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These solar glass blocks would make great skylights for your solar roof

 If you’re going to be decking your roof out with solar tiles, there’s a possibility that you may forgo what might be the best placement of a skylight in favor of more solar cell square footage. Luckily solar glass is fast becoming an option, and these clever glass blocks are the best option I’ve seen yet. Read More
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Devin Coldewey

August 19th

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These solar glass blocks would make great skylights for your solar roof

 If you’re going to be decking your roof out with solar tiles, there’s a possibility that you may forgo what might be the best placement of a skylight in favor of more solar cell square footage. Luckily solar glass is fast becoming an option, and these clever glass blocks are the best option I’ve seen yet. Read More
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Devin Coldewey

August 19th

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This live map shows lightning strikes all over the world in real-time

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Everyone loves a good thunderstorm, but they can be hard to come by depending on where you live. If seeing a storm unfold as it happens sounds like fun to you, there's a seriously cool website that you're going to adore. The appropriately named LightningMaps.org tracks lightning activity all over the Earth thanks to a massive network of detection sensors, and you can watch it all happen in real-time.

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Mike Wehner

August 18th

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Adding water to your whiskey actually makes it better

Whiskey ice cubes vs water

As with anything involved with the murky science behind alcohol and drinking, whether to add water to your whiskey has long been a contentious topic. Some people swear by drinks on the rocks, others won't touch anything that's not neat.

But one group of scientists have now published a paper that lends some reasoning to adding at least a few drops of water to your whiskey. According to their paper, diluting the whiskey and lowering the alcohol content enhances the smell and taste, which -- assuming you're sipping and not taking shots -- is good news.

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Chris Mills

August 18th

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Solar eclipse viewers spark Oregon traffic nightmare

As the U.S. experiences its first total solar eclipse since 1979, the impending traffic situations are already cropping up, most notably in Oregon.

Starting on Wednesday, traffic back-ups occured in Central Oregon on Highways 26 and 96, with traffic stretching for nearly 30 miles on Highway 26, near the Ochoco Reservoir. The traffic is due to people staking spots to catch a climpse of the event.

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August 17th

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Nine-year-old boy gets closer to scoring NASA’s Planetary Protection gig than you ever will

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Unless you're a seasoned NASA engineer with knowledge of planetary protection protocols and the guidelines that astronauts and scientists much adhere to in order to prevent humanity from contaminating worlds (including our own), there's very little chance you have a shot at landing NASA's new Planetary Protection Officer position. That is, unless you're nine-year-old Jack Davis, who wrote to the agency with the hopes of scoring the job, and definitely did not get a denial.

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Mike Wehner

August 15th

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How to livestream the solar eclipse from your local nuclear bunker

Solar eclipse 2017: how to watch

Next week, the sun is going to be blocked out -- hopefully, by the moon, rather than a hail of ICBMs. A rare solar eclipse will be visible from part of the US mainland for the first time in decades, but if you're not in the eclipse corridor, never fear.

Thanks to the wonders of modern technology and cable news, you'll be able to experience the solar eclipse from anywhere with an internet connection, with zero risk of frying your eyes at the same time.

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Chris Mills

August 15th

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Citing safety concerns, Amazon offers refunds on some solar eclipse glasses

Amazon has offered refunds on some solar eclipse glasses purchased via its site, citing concerns about consumer safety.

“Out of an abundance of caution and in the interests of our customers, we asked third-party sellers that were offering solar eclipse glasses to provide documentation to verify their products were compliant with relevant safety standards,” explained Amazon, in a statement emailed to Fox News. “The offers from sellers who provided this safety documentation remain available to customers. The listings from sellers who did not provide the appropriate documentation have been removed and customers who purchased from them were notified last week.”

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August 14th

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NASA’s Cassini just began its deadly descent into Saturn, and the clock is ticking

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NASA's incredibly successful Cassini probe has delivered a wealth of information about Saturn and its many moons during its 13+ years hanging around the planet, but all good things must come to an end. An end is exactly what Cassini will experience in September when it burns up in Saturn's atmosphere, and the craft just began the last phase of its dramatic series of dives that will bring it closer to the planet than it's ever been before. 

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Mike Wehner

August 14th

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