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Olympic-size science explored on video

Engineers, athletes and TV types have teamed up for a 10-part video series that highlights the scientific angles of the London Olympic Games.Science editor Alan Boyle’s blog: Engineers, athletes and TV types have teamed up for a 10-part video series that highlights the scientific angles of the London Olympic Games.

Olympics turn London into sport science lab

Torchbearer Debjani Chatterjee holds the Olympic Flame in the Red Room of the MAGNA Science Adventure Center during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay in Sheffield, England, on June 26.Scientists, engineers, and technology gurus make crucial contributions to the Olympic Games, bringing fresh insight to coaches and athletes at each new round of the international competition.

Sony glasses give subtitles to those who need them

Hearing-impaired and non-English-speaking moviegoers know that finding a close-captioned movie to go to can be a pain. But Sony has made a pair of cinema glasses that show customizable subtitles only to the wearer.Hearing-impaired and non-English-speaking moviegoers know that finding a close-captioned movie to go to can be a pain. But Sony has made a pair of cinema glasses that show customizable subtitles only to the wearer.

Dolphins appear to do nonlinear mathematics

Researchers say dolphins appear to use a system that takes advantage of nonlinear math to process echolocation signals when they're scattered by bubbles surrounding the marine mammals' prey. But some questions about the technique still need to be answered.Dolphins may use complex nonlinear mathematics when hunting, according to a new study that suggests these brainy marine mammals could be far more skilled at math than was ever thought possible before.

Antarctic images cater to armchair explorers

Photograph shows inside Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic hut, remarkably preserved for a century.Google on Tuesday added historically significant imagery to its map of Antarctica so people anywhere are able to explore this remote destination.

Video: Site shames, shares hateful gamer messages

The website "Fat, Ugly or Slutty" posts the most offensive comments made to gamers to try to draw attention to harassment online. In-Game's Todd Kenreck reports. (MSNBC)The website “Fat, Ugly or Slutty” posts the most offensive comments made to gamers to try to draw attention to harassment online. In-Game’s Todd Kenreck reports. (In-Game)

Three-hour sex sessions exhaust squid

Two southern dumpling squid mate, the male grasping the female. These sessions can go on for hours.If you’ve ever felt sleepy after sex, you’re not alone. New research finds that after a long bout of mating, squid are too tired to do much swimming.

Xbox Live app lets iPad control your console

The latest update to Microsoft's My Xbox Live app adds a bit of handy functionality for iPads — or rather, brings iPads up to date with the rest of the devices supported by the app. You can now launch games, view achievements, and send messages using your iPad.The latest update to Microsoft’s My Xbox Live app adds a bit of handy functionality for iPads — or rather, brings iPads up to date with the rest of the devices supported by the app. You can now launch games, view achievements, and send messages using your iPad.

Video: Happy birthday air conditioner

The appliance that changed the way we cope with hot weather is 110 years old. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.  (Nightly News)The appliance that changed the way we cope with hot weather is 110 years old. NBC’s Brian Williams reports. (Nightly News)

Wash. to unveil voter registration on Facebook

The state of Washington, Facebook and Microsoft, which developed the application, have been collaborating on the voter registration project since last fall..Facebook users in Washington state will have something else to brag about to their online friends: that they registered to vote on Facebook.