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  • Giant leap for Pi-powered teddy bear

    Giant leap for Pi-powered teddy bear

    A soft toy controlled by a Raspberry Pi computer has recreated Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking skydive. Baumgartner made the furthest freefall in October 2012, from a balloon almost 39km (24 miles) high. A bear called Babbage has now leapt from a similar height after ascending beneath... Read More »

  • A song that made America believe

    A song that made America believe

    Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King’s speech defined America’s civil rights struggle. And it was a song by soul singer Mahalia Jackson that stole the show. Mahalia Jackson took America to church 50 years ago. Minutes before her friend Martin Luther King Jr. announced “I have a dream” to... Read More »

  • Blueberries, not fruit juice, cut type-2 diabetes risk

    Blueberries, not fruit juice, cut type-2 diabetes risk

    Eating more fruit, particularly blueberries, apples and grapes, is linked to a reduced risk of developing type-2 diabetes, suggests a study in the British Medical Journal. Blueberries cut the risk by 26% compared with 2% for three servings of any whole fruit – but fruit juice did not appear... Read More »

  • George Strait To Record Five More Albums

    George Strait To Record Five More Albums

    Last night (August 28th, 2013), at an event honoring George Strait for his unprecedented 60 career No. 1 singles, UMG Nashville Chairman and CEO Mike Dungan announced the 61-year-old country singer has signed on to record five albums of new material for MCA Nashville. Strait has recorded each of... Read More »

  • Why Did Humans Invent Music?

    Why Did Humans Invent Music?

    Why did humans invent music? Until the hot tub time machine becomes a reality, the answer to that question will remain as mysterious as the true identity of the ’60s garage band ? and the Mysterians. Nonetheless, academic minds are always trying to come up with a theory. Charles Darwin... Read More »

  • Birds Pay Attention to Speed Limits Too

    Birds Pay Attention to Speed Limits Too

    Birds might be paying more attention to road speed limits than some humans. A new study finds that some European birds factor in average traffic speeds when determining when they need to take off to safely avoid oncoming cars. In a new study, published in this week’s issue of the journal... Read More »

  • Oldest Globe of New World Carved on Ostrich Eggs?

    Oldest Globe of New World Carved on Ostrich Eggs?

    A recently discovered globe from the early 1500s, carved onto ostrich eggs, may be the oldest globe of the New World ever identified, experts say. Latin inscriptions dot its surface, and two small islands sit in the place of what we now know as North America. But the globe’s origins remain... Read More »

  • Beatles promoter Sid Bernstein dies

    Beatles promoter Sid Bernstein dies

    Sid Bernstein, the concert promoter who staged early US shows by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, has died. Bernstein booked The Beatles for their legendary show at Shea Stadium in New York in 1965, which was the first concert to be staged in a stadium. Bernstein, who was 95, promoted the Fab... Read More »

  • Man Struck By 180 KMPH Train Survives With Minor Injuries

    Man Struck By 180 KMPH Train Survives With Minor Injuries

    A man from Michigan City, Indiana, USA hit by an Amtrak train going 180 kmph has suffered only minor injuries. Darryle See, 22, was walking along the track, listening to music on earphones when the Chicago-bound train slammed into him. The horn on the train was sounded multiple times, but See... Read More »

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