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Mining gold from human feces: Yes, we’re serious

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - @ParkstBrett Somehow we think Goldmember will be singing a different tune after this. According to new research just presented at the 249th national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Denver, there are enough gold particles...

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Scientists discover shape-shifting frog in Ecuador

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - @ParkstBrett X-men fans know that Mystique has the ability to change her shape in order to mimic someone else, and now it appears scientists have found a frog with a similar shape-shifting ability. According to a...

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If Neanderthals were still around, would we put them in zoos?

Shayne Jacopian for redOrbit.com - @ShayneJacopian Poe, Wilde, Faulkner, Fitzgerald—it’s no secret that writers like their liquor, and we lowly science journalists are no exception. Sometimes we have a little too much and our minds start travelling to strange places,...

Hello Barbie

Interactive ‘Hello Barbie’ could invade child privacy, critics say

John Hopton for redOrbit.com - @Johnfinitum Using technology to make kids’ toys super cool - seems like a happy enough situation, no? Sadly things are not that simple for Mattel's new WiFi Barbie doll, which critics fear could be used...

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Mystery of ‘strange’ South American mammals solved

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - @ParkstBrett Based on remains found by Charles Darwin and others, we knew that a group of mammals known as South American ungulates had a body that resembled a camel, nostrils high on their heads and...

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Catfish species named in honor of ‘Star Wars’ character

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - @BednarChuck No, it wasn’t discovered a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, but a previously unknown species of catfish has been named in honor of a Star Wars character nonetheless. The suckermouth...

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Study finds Millenials aren’t news-less

Shayne Jacopian for redOrbit.com - @ShayneJacopian According to a study on the information habits of people aged 18-34, the Millennial generation is anything but “news-less". Many of the writers at redOrbit fall under the “Millennial” categorization, and we gave serious consideration...

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What’s in Antarctica’s Blood Falls?

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - @ParkstBrett Caused by the leakage of iron-oxide brine, Blood Falls is a five-story tall Antarctic phenomenon that literally looks like a bleeding glacier. An international team of researchers recently tapped into the source of that brine,...

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We’re running out of places to bury people

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - @BednarChuck As the world’s population inches closer to the eight billion mark, there are growing concerns over an issue that might not be the sort of thing that you’d immediately think about: What to do...

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Anti-vaxxer bets $100k measles doesn’t exist, loses

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - @BednarChuck A German biologist and anti-vaxxer who offered €100,000 ($106,300) to anyone who could prove that the disease was a virus has been ordered to pay a doctor who took him up on the offer. Stefan...