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April 5, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Well, now we've seen it all: Scientists from UC Davis and San Diego State University have released a video of a venomous rattlesnake attacking a robotic squirrel. And we thought robojelly, the robotic jellyfish was weird. The video was made by Rulon Clark , a biology professor at San Diego State who is trying to determine how squirrels and rattlesnakes communicate in the wild. When a squirrel thinks a rattlesnake is nearby, rather than running away, it will raise its tail, heat it up, and wag it. Scientists call this "flagging behavior.
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April 11, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Can a smartphone app influence your dreams? That's what the makers of Dream:ON, a new app and mass-participation experiment available for iPhone users hope to find out. Dream:ON was designed by Richard Wiseman, a professor at the University of Hertfordshire in Britain, who said it may be possible to influence dreams by monitoring people's sleep patterns to discern when they go into REM sleep (when dreaming happens), and then play soundscapes designed to create a desired dream.  To use the Dream:ON app , you would select from one of several prerecorded soundcapes such as a peaceful garden (the gentle twittering of birds)
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April 11, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
"Caine's Arcade" -- a short film about a 9-year-old boy who built an elaborate cardboard arcade in his dad's used auto parts store in East L.A. -- is one of the sweetest videos we've seen all year. And now it's going viral: The 11-minute video has picked up 1 million views on Vimeo in just two days, and another 438,000 views on YouTube. "Caine is a killer," filmmaker Nirvan Mullick, who directed the video, wrote in a recent tweet. "He has been making thousands of grown men weep at work.
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