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THE TOYOTA MIRAI

The Toyota Mirai arrives in Southern California this fall. Suggested retail: $57,500 In the past year, three automakers–Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai–have debuted new hydrogen cars. The biggest launch is likely the Toyota Mirai, which...

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THE 54TH MASSACHUSETTS

From the beginning of the Civil War, President Lincoln argued that the Union forces were not fighting to end slavery but to prevent the disintegration of the United States. For abolitionists, however, ending slavery...

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CUDDLY DRONES DESIGNED BY KIDS

Drones are an inevitable part of our future. Whether they’re used for good or evil is up for debate. With that idea in mind, Setup, a media lab in the Netherlands, created the Cuddly...

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The Giant Amphibian that May Have Feasted on Dinosaurs

Paleontologists have discovered a thoroughly weird new species of giant amphibian, which thrived in freshwater ecosystems of the Late Triassic period, 230 million years ago. Measuring two meters from head to tail, Metoposaurus algarvensis...

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The Microbes in your Merlot

When a wine snob is going on about terroir, as wine snobs are wont to do, they’re usually talking about the climate, terrain, and soil in which the grapes were grown. But in a...

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​Scientists Want to Mine Our Poop for Gold

Every year, Americans are flushing a fortune down the toilet. Literally. More than 7 million tons of biosolids—treated sewage sludge—pass through US wastewater facilities annually. Contained within our shit are surprisingly large quantities of...

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The Age of Man

Geologists divide Earth’s history into chunks of time separated by significant global changes, such as those caused by continental drift, a major climate shift or a giant asteroid impact (like the one many believe...