These beautiful volcanic eruptions will blow your mind

I like volcanic eruptions for the same reason I like a lot of things that make me feel insignificant: they evoke a sense of wonder. Volcanic eruptions — even the slow drizzly lava flows — are astonishing. Our world has these weird pimples that shoot forth liquid rock and toxic …

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A wearable breathalyzer won $200,000 in a biosensor competition

A wearable breathalyzer called the BACTrack Skyn nabbed the top prize at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Wearable Biosensor Challenge this week, Reuters reports. The wristband uses fuel cell technology to measure a person’s Transdermal Alcohol Content, or blood alcohol levels through the skin. Because the device measures ethanol through a …

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The Verge Review of Animals: the star-nosed mole

This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we’ve written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now rectifying this oversight. The star-nosed mole is an under-appreciated wonder. Although its snout is widely considered …

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