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Study identifies main culprit behind lithium metal battery failure

Study identifies main culprit behind lithium metal battery failure

Chengcheng Fang uses a technique that UC San Diego researchers invented to quantify inactive lithium. Photos by David Baillot/UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering San Diego, Calif., Aug. 21, 2019 -- A research team led by the University of California San Diego has discovered the root cause of why lithium metal batteries fail—bits of lithium metal…
Study suggests that e-scooter fleets aren’t as green as they seem

Study suggests that e-scooter fleets aren’t as green as they seem

The researchers looked at not only emissions producing by people riding scooters, but also the environmental impact of the materials used in the manufacture of the vehicles and in the shipping and collection of them as well. The amount of electricity used to recharge the scooters was minimal, but what did use a lot of…
Study: Playing Minecraft could boost your creativity—with some caveats

Study: Playing Minecraft could boost your creativity—with some caveats

Don't tell us what to do — Subjects who were explicitly told to be creative in Minecraft improved the least. Jennifer Ouellette - Jul 12, 2019 7:32 pm UTC Iowa State University psychologist Douglas Gentile's latest study suggests that playing some video games, like Minecraft, can have a positive impact on creativity.Minecraft is one of…
Study concludes 33,000-year-old-skull shows signs of blunt force trauma

Study concludes 33,000-year-old-skull shows signs of blunt force trauma

A paleolithic cold case — The killer was probably left-handed and used a club to administer the fatal blow. Jennifer Ouellette - Jul 6, 2019 6:00 pm UTC Enlarge / Right lateral view of the Cioclovina calvaria exhibiting a large depressed fracture. A new paper concludes this is evidence of fatal blunt force trauma.Kranoti et…
Study: Tesla Autopilot misleading, overestimated more than similar technology

Study: Tesla Autopilot misleading, overestimated more than similar technology

More than any other driver-assist system out there today, people overestimate what Tesla’s Autopilot can do, according to a new study. “The name ‘Autopilot’ was associated with the highest likelihood that drivers believed a behavior was safe while in operation, for every behavior measured, compared with other system names,” said the study released this week…
Study finds drivers are clueless about what driver assistance systems can (and can’t) do

Study finds drivers are clueless about what driver assistance systems can (and can’t) do

Automakers like Audi, BMW, GM’s Cadillac, Nissan and Tesla have advanced driver assistance systems that are robust enough to take the sting out of that daily highway commute by handling some driving tasks. The problem: Drivers don’t understand the limitations of these systems, according to two new studies released Thursday by Insurance Institute for Highway…
New study takes a bird’s-eye view of the Nasca Lines

New study takes a bird’s-eye view of the Nasca Lines

It's a bird! It's a... no, it's definitely a bird. — Identifying the species in the Nasca Lines could tell us why they were made. Kiona N. Smith - Jun 20, 2019 8:34 pm UTC At first glance, one of the most famous figures of Peru's Nasca Lines looks like a fairly generic hummingbird. But…
Study Finds Nearly 400 Medical Devices, Procedures And Practices That Are Ineffective

Study Finds Nearly 400 Medical Devices, Procedures And Practices That Are Ineffective

(BeyzaSultanDURNA/iStock) CARLY CASSELLA 13 JUN 2019 We like to view modern medicine as based on rigorous science, and while it certainly beats the various dangerous alternatives out there, sometimes physicians still end up adopting practices based on little evidence. When a medical treatment, device or procedure is no better than previous or lesser alternatives, it's…
A Study Exposes the Health Risks of Gene-Editing Human Embryos

A Study Exposes the Health Risks of Gene-Editing Human Embryos

Last year, a Chinese scientist tried to give two babies a mutation to protect them from HIV. But that mutation also seems to shave years off people's lives.Kin Cheung/APA missing chunk of DNA, 32 base pairs long and smack in the middle of the CCR5 gene, might be the most studied mutation in human history.…

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Teenager solves car blind spots using a webcam and projector

Alaina Gassler of West Grove came up with the idea for the project after seeing her mother struggle with blind spots while driving. Gassler decided to put a webcam on the outer roof pillar of a car which could record everything that was masked from the driver's view. Then, she used a projector to display…

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