1. Science

    Science: “Goo” In Bones Prevents Them From Shattering

    Many of us have broken a bone in our lifetime, but few people are unfortunate enough to shatter one--and new researchers say that's all thanks to goo. Goo in your bones. Bone goo, that is.

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  2. Science

    Screws Made From Silk Could Be The Future of Broken Bones

    Good news for skeletons: researchers have developed biodegradable screws that strengthen bones, prevent infection, and minimize many of the risks in orthopedic surgery. Also they're made from silk, so get ready to become a race of super-fancy worm people.

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  3. Weird

    Police Discover Austrian Man’s Bone Collection of 56 Stolen Skulls

    Austrian police raided a man's home to find a personal museum consisting of 56 skulls and dozens of other bones. He was charged for raiding a church cemetery, but I'm sure he has a good explanation for this. Maybe he was trying to put on 56 technically-accurate performances of Hamlet?

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  4. Science

    Extinct Solitaire Birds Wings No Good for Flying, Great at Punching

    Julian Hume and Lorna Steel of the Natural History Museum did some digging and found that these famously aggro animals -- about whom little is known -- and found that the giant, flightless pigeons did have a use for their wings after all -- as potentially deadly weapons sporting bone growths as large as ping-pong balls. Covered in a layer of thick skin, these bones would have acted as boxing gloves of sorts for the birds during battles over mates.

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  5. Tech

    New Technique 3D Prints Skeleton of Living Animals, Brings Us One Step Closer to Weapon X

    An interesting challenge presented by 3D printing is coming up not only with what to print, but where to get the designs of things to print. One engineering student looked to the natural world for inspiration and has come up with a way to 3D print skeletons of living animals based of models generated from their CT scans. Right now the skeletons are plastic, but once 3D adamantium printing is perfected we'll all have claws and be indestructible. It also has practical uses.

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  6. Weird

    Harvey, The Kitten Born Without Leg Bones, is as Cute as Any Other Kitten, Cuter Than Many [Video]

    This is a Harvey, a spunky little kitten who, despite the above picture, is not just doing his best T-Rex impression. Harvey was born with a rare disorder known as radial agenesis -- he has bones in his paws, and bones in his upper front legs, but no bones connecting the two, meaning he's had to learn to walk around on his elbow in a sort of perpetual prowl. The condition hasn't affected his demeanor, though -- as you can see in the video below, he's just as eager to chase a fake mouse as other kittens, and just as frustrated when his prey won't succumb to his attacks.

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  7. Science

    Researchers Propose Wood As A Next Generation Bone Replacement

    If it was good enough for George Washington's teeth, it's good enough for your bones. An international team of researchers looking for materials that could one day be used to replace bone in grafts and implants have started simple, suggesting that several types of wood could have the qualities doctors look for in a biocompatible bone replacement.

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  8. Entertainment

    5 Out of 5, Would Watch Again…And Again And Again: Our Favorite Star Trek Characters

    Last week, we asked who the worst characters in Star Trek history were -- the series alums you never want to see back -- and you told us. This week, we're still excited for the upcoming movie, but taking a rosier view on things, so we asked who your favorite characters were, and you all weighed in again. We thank you for it. So without further ado, presented for your approval -- or disapproval, if that's your thing -- your choices for the 10 best characters in Trek-dom -- and one honorable mention we just couldn't bring ourselves to leave on the cutting room floor.

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  9. Science

    Being an Insomniac Could be Bad for Your Bones

    A team of scientists led by Carol Everson at the Medical College of Wisconsin have found that rats regularly deprived of sleep suffer from both bone and bone marrow issues directly related to said lack of sleep. Has science found that staying up all night watching Netflix is bad for your skeleton?

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  10. Weird

    World’s Oldest Musical Instrument is 40,000 Years Old

    Though you may think the oldest instrument known to man is the modified chiptunes Game Boy, Oxford University and University of Tübingen researchers have announced that, actually, a collection of flutes made from mammoth ivory and bird bones are actually the oldest known instruments, at about 40,000 years old.

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  11. Weird

    Watch Malware Get Embedded in Bone, Then Uploaded to a Computer in Bones

    Television, specifically run-of-the-mill procedurals, has a reputation for either not getting anything right when it comes to computers, or at the very least, the scenarios in which computers are used to progress the episode's plot are designed by people that actually know how computers work, but are trolls of the highest order. In this installment, we take a look at Bones, a show about Leonard McCoy's life after the Enterprise -- nah, actually it's a show about solving crimes because of bones or something. In this episode, we see a character's computer burst into flames because a malware fractal that was imprinted on bones shut the computer's fans off when the bones were scanned into the computer, thus uploading the virus. It's all very scientific. Watch the clip after the jump.

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  12. Science

    Uncommon Signs of Global Warming: Hunting Mammoths

    Hunting mammoths might not appear to be the most direct sign of global warming, but an article in the LA Times this week has convinced us.

    "Russian scientists disagree over whether global warming is responsible. Some say yes, others are skeptical. But nobody argues that the permafrost is dwindling," and as the Siberian permafrost disappears, it exposes the thousand year old remains of frozen mammoths, their bones and tusks ready for collection.

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