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Can Electricity Shock Your Brain Into Learning Faster? It Works for the Air Force

One of the toughest things to teach Air Force pilots who guide unmanned attack drones is how to accurately spot targets in complex radar images. Researchers, however, have found a way to cut that lengthy training time in half.

Delivering a mild electrical current to pilots’ brains through EEG electrodes placed on the scalp — a process called transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) — can accelerate learning and improve pilot accuracy. In addition, that accuracy is sustained for up to 40 minutes, whereas it otherwise typically declines after 20 minutes.

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What Are the New Seven Wonders of Nature? [PHOTOS]

Votes have been cast, the results are in and the world has chosen seven new wonders of nature with some old favorites missing from the list.

On Friday, November 11, the New7Wonders organization announced the world’s choices for the new Seven Wonders of Nature to help commemorate the 11/11/11 date, and celebrate the natural beauty of the Earth.

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First The Weekend Earthquakes Then Tornado’s on Monday Now an Asteroid?

First we shook and shook some more over the weekend. Monday brought storms to our area that are normally associated with Spring. Now today an Asteroid?

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Doomsday Preacher Harold Camping Apologizes for Another Failed End of the World Prediction

Generally speaking, it’s a good thing when the world doesn’t end. But not so for Harold Camping, who has dramatically — and incorrectly — predicted the date the world will end three times.

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Whoa! Brilliant Scientists Demonstrate a Real Working Hoverboard [VIDEO]

‘Back To The Future’ fans, rejoice! Not only has 2011 been the year of the Nike Air Mag, but thanks to a group of intrepid scientists, hoverboards may no longer be a crazy pipe dream.

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Kraken Released! Paleontologist Discovers Lair of Mythological Beast

According to a new study, scientists may have come one step closer to finally proving the existence of the mythological sea beast familiar to fans of ‘Clash of the Titans’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean.’ Release possible evidence of the Kraken!

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Addiction Vaccines Will Potentially Cure Nicotine and Drug Dependencies

Scientists in San Diego are developing new vaccines that will potentially cure addictions, allowing cigarette and drug abusers to kick their habits with a simple injection.

Dr. Kim D. Janda, a Scripps Research Institute professor, is one of the leading experts, having made addiction vaccines his main priority for the past 25 years. “We view this as an alternative or better way for some people,” he tells The New York Times in reference to rehab programs.

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‘Hairy Crazy Ants’ Invade Florida, Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana [VIDEO]

If ants creep you out, this particular breed will truly give you nightmares.

Dubbed “hairy crazy ants,” they move at warp speed and little deters them. In fact, if one is killed, it releases a chemical cue for the others to attack the threat — making standard pesticides nearly useless.

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Learn the Science Behind S’mores [INFOGRAPHIC]

S’mores may seem simple enough. A marshmallow, some graham crackers, a few squares of chocolate and a campfire are all you need, right? But if you want true perfection, camping equipment purveyors REI have provided this helpful infographic to coach you along.

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Released Lab Chimps Get Their First View of Sunlight [VIDEO]

If you think you’re having a lousy day, buck up. It’s about to get better.

In this German-language news clip, lab chimps who’ve been caged indoors their entire lives venture outside for the very first time, reveling in the unfamiliar sensations of warm sunbeams and total freedom of movement. In other words, things the rest of us ingrates take for granted.

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Finally! Astrophysicist Figures Out Most Efficient Airplane Boarding System [VIDEO]

Anybody who’s ever boarded an airplane knows that there is something terribly inefficient about the slow, agonizing process. Astrophysicist Jason Steffen decided to do something about the messy procedure, using science to develop a plane boarding method that cuts seating times in half.

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Is Domino’s Pizza Really Building a Branch on the Moon? [VIDEO]

If an ad campaign from Domino’s Japan is to be believed, the pizza giant is making plans to take their brand to the final frontier: the moon.

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