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Binge-watching TV can kill you, a study has shown

If you're gonna watch for more than three hours a day, you might want to hop on a treadmill while doing so.

Inside the world’s most powerful X-ray laser

Watch a tour of SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source, a powerful X-ray laser that allows scientists to peer deep inside materials and see how they work on an atomic level.

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Googly eyes: Smart contact lens would test glucose in diabetics' tears

Google Projects just announced a new breakthrough in medical tech: A smart contact lens that monitors diabetics' glucose levels without painful finger-pricks.

Biohazard lab makes a communicator Jean-Luc Picard might recognize

It's lonely wearing a containment suit, and loud too. New communicator badges right out of Star Trek will be a boon to research.

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Eight new mental illnesses brought to you by the Internet

The Internet is driving you insane with all sorts of exciting new conditions now being recognized by the medical community.

Can this music app boost your brain power? Neuroscientists aren't so sure

New music app Focus@will claims to boost concentration and keep you on track at work, but research on these productivity playlists is a little fuzzy.

Mobile phones, meet uncrackable quantum cryptography

Researchers claim to have developed a way to bring photon-bending quantum cryptography to mobile phones, creating a nearly uncrackable connection

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NASA plans to test laser communications link with upcoming lunar mission

An upcoming NASA mission will test a new laser communications system that could one day deliver high-definition 3D video signals from Mars and beyond.

13 awesome science apps to express your inner nerd

From geology to astronomy to meteorology to botany, these apps turn your phone into a virtual tricorder.

If you hear a volcano 'scream,' you're probably doomed

New research finds that volcanoes "scream" at an increasing frequency and then go quiet immediately before they blow.

Computer, make me a program! Researchers find a way to code using plain English

Programming languages can be intimidating to learn, but researchers at MIT show that it's possible to write programs in plain english—for some things, anyway.