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A Closer Look At Elon Musk's Much-Hyped Hyperloop

Existing concepts in science like linear induction motors and magnetic levitation are back in the spotlight thanks to Elon Musk's proposal for a rail system that can travel faster than the speed of sound.
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Dementia Test Tweaked For Gen X: Hirohito Out, Oprah In

People famous to one generation may be unknown to another. Getting an accurate diagnosis of dementia for younger patients may require a test that includes the faces of younger celebrities, researchers say.
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Particle Physicists Want A New Collider To Study The Higgs

High-energy physicists are still riding high from last year's discovery of the Higgs particle, a major finding decades in the making. Now they want a big new machine to study the Higgs, but budget cuts and the high costs of building a new particle accelerator mean the world can afford only one.
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A Ball Dropped Through The Earth Becomes A Permanent Pendulum

What happens when you drop a ball down a hole drilled through the center of the Earth? The answer might surprise you.
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Brains Of Dying Rats Yield Clues About Near-Death Experiences

Researchers discovered what appears to be a momentary increase in electrical activity in the brain associated with consciousness. As the brain struggles to survive, it also struggles to make sense of many neurons firing in the survival attempt.
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The Algae Is Coming, But Its Impact Is Felt Far From Water

From China's Yellow Sea to the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, agricultural waste in the water system is fueling spectacular algae blooms. The masses of slime cause dead zones in the water and major losses in tourism revenue in affected towns. But the algae fight doesn't begin at the water's edge; it starts in the fields and pastures.
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An Engineer Beats The Physics Of Traffic

William Beaty, an electrical engineer, has come up with a "traffic fluid dynamics" theory to explain traffic jams, and tells host Rachel Martin how drivers can help smooth out the waves of traffic flow.
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With Ice Cubes, The Larger The Better

Dan Pashman of the Sporkful podcast is worried that you may not be thinking enough about the ice in your drink. Bad ice could leave your drink warm and watery. He tells host Rachel Martin how to fix the problem.
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Sending Poetry To Mars

Poets from around the globe have been sending Haikus to a group of scientists in hopes their verse may make it to the planet Mars. Host Rachel Martin has the story.
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Booze Restores Vigor, 9 Of 10 Charlatans Agree

In the old days, a case of the nerves, constipation or a general lack of vitality could lead someone to try a patent medicine. Though filled with sketchy ingredients, the old remedies may have worked sometimes, too.

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