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Friday, May 13, 2016

Gizmodo Australia

Experts Held A Secret Meeting To Consider Building A Human Genome From Scratch 

Earlier this week, over a hundred scientists, lawyers and entrepreneurs gathered to discuss the radical possibility of creating a synthetic human genome. Strangely, journalists were not invited and attendees were told to keep a tight lip. Which, given the weighty subject matter, is obvious cause for concern. 

A Common Artificial Sweetener Is Poisoning Dogs 

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in everything from toothpaste to peanut butter to sugar-free gum. And, it turns out, it’s poison for dogs.

Scientists Want To Use Predators To Fight Drug-Resistant Superbugs 

Bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics far more quickly than humans are discovering new ones. That’s why a DARPA-funded research team is exploring a fascinating new way we might win the war against germs: not with drugs, but with predatory bacteria that sound like monsters from science fiction. 

A Terrifying Interactive Map Visualises The Devastation Of Nuclear Fallout 

The destructive power of nuclear bombs has been seared into our collective memory, thanks to archival images of the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There’s the blast itself, and then all the radioactive fallout to contend with. A new interactive map shows what the damage from fallout would be if nuclear bombs were dropped on target cities today. 

NASA Wants To Build A Magnetic Force Field And A Deep Sleep Chamber For Astronauts On Mars 

A self-assembling space habitat, a deep sleep chamber to shuttle astronauts on long journeys and a protective magnetic force field are the latest projects NASA is embarking on. 

The Physics Of The Hyperloop, Explained 

There was lots of exciting news this week about the much-anticipated Hyperloop, a high-speed train that would be able to make the trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles in just 35 minutes. 

What The Heck Is Star Wars: Episode VIII Filming In Ireland This Week? 

Three actors get off a plane in Belfast. They’re there to film scenes for Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Episode VIII and the paparazzi are all over it. The flash bulbs are flying. When the lights fade, we’re left with one major question. What are these three specific actors filming? 

It's Nuts How Much Work Went Into Making The Sounds For Uncharted 4 

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is the closing chapter of Nathan Drake’s treasure hunting adventures. The game is made by Naughty Dog, a developer known more recently for the survival thriller The Last of Us.The unifying thread among developer’s projects is that they’re exceptionally cinematic, even more so than most other big budget games. 

Liquid Metal Bullets Wreck Havoc On A Watermelon 

Lead is a relatively soft metal, and the fact that it deforms is what makes lead bullets so deadly. It expands inside whatever it hits causing more damage to the surrounding area. But there are metals much softer than lead and their effects on contact are even more pronounced — so naturally someone made them into bullets. 

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