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How Scientists Are Developing the Robot Doctors of the Future

23rd November 2014

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Legions of research teams around the world are now working on proof-of-concept studies that take this tiny step further, engineering microscopic robots that may some day be able to cruise through both the large arteries and small veins of living bodies to perform a wide range of medical feats that would otherwise require invasive surgery.

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The Wallabies of Ireland

22nd November 2014

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Not far off the coast of Ireland’s County Dublin, there’s a private island with some unlikely inhabitants. Along with the native bird colonies and a herd of cattle, the island, called Lambay, is home to Ireland’s only wild mob of wallabies.

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Study: How Yoga Alters Genes

22nd November 2014

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All of the subjects’ blood samples revealed changes in gene expression following meditation. The changes were the exact opposite of what occurs during flight or fight: genes associated with energy metabolism, mitochondrial function, insulin secretion, and telomere maintenance were turned on, while those involved in inflammation were turned off. These effects were more pronounced and consistent for long-term practitioners.

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‘Rise of Saturated Fat in Diet Does Not Raise Fats in Blood’

22nd November 2014

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A new controlled diet study has found that increasing the levels of saturated fat in the diet does not lead to increased levels of saturated fat in the blood. However, increasing the amount of carbohydrates in the diet was found to raise the levels of a fatty acid associated with diabetes and heart disease.

Everything bad is good for you.

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Newly Discovered Hormone Points to Potential Treatment for Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, Fatty Liver Disease

22nd November 2014

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Looks like Michelle Obama will need a new hobbyhorse.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

22nd November 2014

Flash drive cufflinks.

Remote-controlled heated insoles.

Spring-based nutcracker.

Chocolate Cake in a Can.

The Survival Bike.

Guitar Pick Punch. You never know when you’ll need an emergency guitar pick.

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Keeping Up With the Carnivores

21st November 2014

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Over the past 100 years, coyotes have, quite literally, been taking over America. They are native to the continent, and for most of their existence these rangy, yellow-eyed canids were largely restricted to the Great Plains and western deserts where they evolved. But after wolves and cougars were exterminated from most of the United States by the 1800s, coyotes took their place. Colonizing some areas at a rate of 720 square miles per year, coyotes now occupy—or “saturate,” as one scientist I spoke with described it—nearly the entire continent. (Long Island is a notable exception.) The animals are now the apex predators of the east. And they’re proving so resourceful that even the last stronghold—the urban core—represents an opportunity to flourish.

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World’s Deadliest Spiders a Toxic Myth?

20th November 2014

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Toxic spiders have a terrible reputation. Yet even though deadly spider bites are regular fodder for scary stories, spider experts say it’s actually quite rare for anyone to suffer serious injuries from the world’s deadliest spiders.

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Utah Revives Plan For Executions By Firing Squab

20th November 2014

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Sometimes the old ways are best.

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Nanoparticle Detects the Deadliest Cancer Cells in Blood

17th November 2014

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Patients and doctors often don’t know if surgery to remove cancerous tissue was successful until scans are performed months later. A new kind of nanoparticle could show patients if they’re in the clear much earlier.

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These Scientists Are Training Computers to Help Farmers Save Their Crops

17th November 2014

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Want to know why your cucumbers are producing flowers but no fruit? It could be that your flowers are only male. Can’t for the life of you figure out what those white spots on your squash plants are? A new app called PlantVillage may be able to help.

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Why Farmed Fish Are Taking Over Our Dinner Plates

15th November 2014

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Not long ago, full farming of tuna was considered impossible. Now the business is beginning to take off, as part of a broader revolution in aquaculture that is radically changing the world’s food supply.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

15th November 2014

Magnetic Shoe Closures.

Uzi Tactical Pen.

Hexagonal Shelving.

Cutting board with built-in knife sharpener.

Kinglock self-tightening nut.

Light-Casting Gloves.

Solar-Powered System Extracts Drinking Water From The Air.

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Common Core Boosts Homeschooling

13th November 2014

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As well it should.

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52 Common Myths Debunked

11th November 2014

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No mention of ‘Obama is a secret Muslim’, so that one must be true.

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Cloning Cows From Steaks

11th November 2014

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It was January in the Texas Panhandle—flat land, big sky, bitter day. On our way out to see the cloned heifers, Jones had stopped to break the ice on some water troughs. The Nance Ranch, on the outskirts of Canyon, is a research facility belonging to West Texas A&M University (WTAMU), where Jones is a graduate student. He manages the ranch and comes to check on the clones every day.

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USDA Approves a Genetically Modified Potato With Possible Health Benefit

10th November 2014

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When fried, the new potatoes, called Innate potatoes, produce less of a chemical called acrylamide. Acrylamide appears in some starchy foods when they’re cooked at high temperatures. It’s most abundant in French fries and potato chips. It also appears in tobacco smoke. Scientists think acrylamide raises people’s risk for certain cancers, but it’s not clear how much acrylamide people to have to eat to raise their risk for cancer… so it’s not clear how much eating Innates would lower their risk, the New York Times reports. Innate potatoes also bruise less than non-GMO potatoes, a quality that farmers and shippers prefer.

Cue outrage from the Regressive Left. (Notice how potatoes are always white? They’re raaaaaaacist.)

[Remind me again why potatoes have to be approved by the Federal government.]

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Geophysicists Are Turning Peanut Butter Into Diamond Gemstones

10th November 2014

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Why? Because they can.

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AeroFarms Plans to Grow 1.5 Million Pounds of Leafy Greens in the Middle of Newark

10th November 2014

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This is a test site for AeroFarms, a Delaware-registered startup focused on aeroponics, a kind of soil-free vertical farming. Essentially, an aeroponic farmer sprays a mist of a high-nutrient solution on plants to make them grow. The process takes far less space and water than nature would require, and zero pesticides. The idea has been around for decades, mostly among scientists studying how root systems operate outside soil. Until recently, technological limits kept true aeroponics largely beyond the reach of commercial growers.

As my wife is wont to say, I am duberous. This sounds to me like solar power, which is great in theory but not practical economically without massive subsidies from taxpayers through crapitalism.

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‘Foodini’ Machine Lets You Print Edible Burgers, Pizza, Chocolate

9th November 2014

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

8th November 2014

T-Rex Shower Head.

Turkey Lifter.

Space Pirate Watch.

Mini Washing Machine.

Electric Quadrofoil watercraft. Mount a .50-cal on that sucker and you got a deal.

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Paper Maps Refuse to Fold

7th November 2014

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Duke Engines’ Incredibly Compact, Lightweight Valveless Axial Engine

5th November 2014

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New Zealand’s Duke Engines has been busy developing and demonstrating excellent results with a bizarre axial engine prototype that completely does away with valves, while delivering excellent power and torque from an engine much smaller, lighter and simpler than the existing technology. We spoke with Duke co-founder John Garvey to find out how the Duke Axial Engine project is going.

This is really slick. Be sure to watch the videos.

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Mia Love Wins, Will Be First Black Republican Woman in Congress

5th November 2014

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Good luck trying to join the Congressional Black Caucus.

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Recreating the Neolithic Toolkit

5th November 2014

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Skills we may all be needing soon, the way things are going.

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This Self-Stabilizing Boat’s Deck Is Always Flat, Even in Rough Waters

3rd November 2014

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An interesting concept but I doubt that it will scale.

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A Decade After Mapping the Genome, Scientists Scramble for More Imaging Data to Unravel Its Mysteries

3rd November 2014

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In other words, sequencing the human genome merely showed us that we had an overwhelming number of mysteries yet to decode. We were like toddlers handed a giant encyclopedia as a means of learning the facts of life – not only could we not read the book, we didn’t even know how many entries it contained.

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Post-Panamax Bulk Carrier Rides Air Bubble Blanket to Reduce Emissions

3rd November 2014

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The recently delivered bulk carrier, MV Harvest Frost, is the first vessel of its size to use MHI’s proprietary Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System (MALS), which reduces the drag between the vessel hull and seawater by blowing air bubbles produced at the vessel bottom. MHI says that use of the system has been proven to help Harvest Frost achieve a 27% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to conventional bulk carriers, exceeding the target figure of 25%.

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This Device Could Make It Easier to Find Your Veins

3rd November 2014

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Assuming, of course, that that’s what you want to do.

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Humble Spud Poised to Launch a World Food Revolution

2nd November 2014

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Last week the project beat 560 competitors from 90 countries to win the prestigious USAid grand challenge award for its salt-tolerant potato. “It’s a game changer,” said de Vos. “We don’t see salination as a problem, we see it as an opportunity.”

“The world’s water is 89% salinated, 50% of agricultural land is threatened by salt water, and there are millions of people living in salt-contaminated areas. So it’s not hard to see we have a slight problem,” said van Rijsselberghe. “Up until now everyone has been concentrating on how to turn the salt water into fresh water; we are looking at what nature has already provided us with.”

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Parallel Universes Colliding Could Explain Quantum Weirdness

1st November 2014

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Just in case you were wondering. I know I was.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

1st November 2014

USB Travel Shaver.

Telescoping Snow Broom.

Gorilla Grip Gloves.

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Listen for the Chuckling From Cupertino

30th October 2014

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CurrentC, the mobile payments system being pushed by some of the biggest retailers in the US, has been hacked – before the system is even fully up and running.

“Within the last 36 hours, we learned that unauthorized third parties obtained the e-mail addresses of some of our CurrentC pilot program participants and individuals who had expressed interest in the app,” a spokeswoman for the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) told El Reg.

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The Real Reason Some Merchants Are Blocking Apple Pay… for Now

28th October 2014

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Merchants aren’t blocking Apple Pay to collect data on us. They aren’t doing it to spite Apple, or to pressure Apple into giving them a split of the profits. While those might be factors, the real reason is a deep-seated, and possibly well-deserved, hatred of credit cards.

Unfortunately, none of this has anything to do with improving the customer experience.

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Music That Makes You Dumb

28th October 2014

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  1. Get a friend of yours to download, using Facebook, the ten most frequent “favorite music” at every college via that college’s Network Statistics page on Facebook (manually — as not to violate Facebook’s ToS). These ten “favorite musics” are perhaps indicative of the overall intellectual milieu of that college.
  2. Download the average SAT/ACT score (from CollegeBoard) for students attending every college.
  3. Presto! We have a correlation between musical tastes and dumbitude (smartitude too)!

    Music <=> Colleges <=> Average SAT Scores

  4. Plot the average SAT of each “favorite music”, discarding those with too few samples to have a reliable average.
  5. Post the results on your website, pondering what the Internet will think of it.

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Competitive Federalism on a World Scale

28th October 2014

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Sardinians want to become part of Switzerland. And who could blame them?

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Cocoa Flavanols Reverse Age-related Memory Decline

28th October 2014

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Dietary cocoa flavanols — naturally occurring bioactives found in cocoa — reversed age-related memory decline in healthy older adults, according to a study led by Columbia Univ. Medical Center (CUMC) scientists. The study, published this week in the advance online issue of Nature Neuroscience, provides the first direct evidence that one component of age-related memory decline in humans is caused by changes in a specific region of the brain and that this form of memory decline can be improved by a dietary intervention.

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World’s Biggest Beaver Dam Discovered in Northern Canada

28th October 2014

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Of course; where else would it be?

Researcher Jean Thie said Wednesday he used satellite imagery and Earth software to locate the dam, which is about 850 metres (2,800 feet) long on the southern edge of Wood Buffalo National Park.

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Yes, iPad Apps Can Help Your Child Learn to Read

27th October 2014

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The randomized, six-week study took a sample of 95 disadvantaged students across seven different Head Start classrooms in Brooklyn and divided the children into small groups. Each of the 4- and 5-year-old students was given an iPad running either Learn With Homer or another unnamed math and music-oriented learning app. In 12-15 minute intervals, students were fully immersed, headphones and all, in these iPad-based learning environments. Adults only stepped in as needed to ensure the kids were staying on track, but did not aid directly in the learning process so as not to taint the results of the trial.

After six weeks, the students who followed Learn With Homer’s lessons showed marked differences in six of the seven phonological skills being measured. They were especially better in three key areas: print knowledge, phonological awareness, and letter sounds. These students scored higher on their post-trial TOPEL (Test of Preschool Early Literacy) test than either group did before the trial began.

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Scientists Discover First ‘Virological Penicillin’

26th October 2014

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Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) is a well-known Chinese herb. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it has been used to effectively treat influenza infection for centuries.

Now, a team of researchers headed by Dr Chen-Yu Zhang of Nanjing University in China has identified MIR2911 (honeysuckle-encoded atypical microRNA2911) as the first active component directly targeting various influenza viruses, including the swine flu H1N1, highly pathogenic avian H5N1 and H7N9 infections.

MIR2911 represses influenza viruses by targeting PB2 and NS1, two genes that are known to be required for influenza viral replication.

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PL-01 Future Stealth Tank Unveiled By Poland

25th October 2014

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While the PL-01 looks like something out of a futuristic sci-fi movie, it’s actually been slated for full scale production starting in 2018, and will be ready for export in 2022.

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China’s Strangest Buildings

25th October 2014

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Some of these are pretty interesting.

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Poisoning Cancer

25th October 2014

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In the realm of cancerous diseases, tumors affecting the brain can be particularly difficult to cure. Many are fast moving and take hold of key sections of the body’s most fundamental organ, rendering surgical removal extremely difficult or impossible.

Now, researchers at Harvard Stem Cell Institute have come up with a new method for battling these deadly brain tumors — by taking them apart from the inside out. In a new study, the scientists have engineered stem cells to secrete cancer-killing cytotoxins that degrade the tumor from within its core.

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Global Warming Hoax Finally Declared Dead

25th October 2014

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John Coleman, the founder of Weather Channel, has written an open letter to UCLA, in which he claims the theory of anthropogenic climate change is no longer scientifically credible.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

25th October 2014

BottleLoft.

Darth Vader toaster.

Seek Thermal Camera.

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Vatican Library Puts 4,000 Ancient Manuscripts Available Online for Free

24th October 2014

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The Vatican Apostolic Library is now digitising its valuable ancient religious manuscripts and putting them online via its website, available for the public to view for free, as well as turning to crowdfunding to help it complete its work.

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Zuckerberg Speaks Chinese, Internet Soils Itself

23rd October 2014

Catherine Shu shows some serious claw.

Mark Zuckerberg may only own one hoodie, as far as we can tell, but he is multilingual. The Facebook founder was interviewed at business school Tsinghua University today and answered all questions in Mandarin, to the delight of the audience and the relief of Renee Zellweger, who is probably happy that the Internet now has something to talk about besides her face.

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Microwave Magnetrons Being Replaced by Solid State

22nd October 2014

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The product of interest is Freescale’s new MHT1003N, a 250 watt LDMOS transistor for 2.45 GHz that provides a power-added efficiency (PAE) of 58%.  Another device targeting RF heating applications is the MHT1002N for 915 MHz that can deliver 350 watts at 63% PAE.  Using the MHT1003N, manufacturers can use from one to eight of these 250 W units to build a microwave oven with the desired power level.  And the magnetron’s 4 kV power supply goes away in place of a supply of 28 to 50 volts.  Furthermore, the crude on-off control of the magnetron can be replaced with full variable power control.  Using multiple antennas, one per amplifier, provides better coverage of the cooking chamber.  This allows food to be cooked more precisely while the unit operates more efficiently.  And the product lifetime is significantly greater.

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Maglev Train Seen Making Washington-to-Baltimore Trip at 311 MPH

22nd October 2014

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I can see why somebody would want to go from Baltimore to Washington, but can’t imagine why anyone in Washington would want to go to Baltimore.

If it stops at Dulles, of course, that’s another story.

I suspect it’s just another hint to Joe Biden….

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Sandia Labs Reveals New Sniper Sight

22nd October 2014

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The adaptive zoom lens works, not by changing the distance between two lenses as in a traditional scope, but by changing the curvature of a given lens. This is similar to how human eyeballs switch focus. In humans, muscles in the eye pull the lens to flatten it for far-away vision, and contract to thicken the lens for objects up close.

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