Scientists in the 60s wanted to power fake hearts with plutonium

Back in the 1960s, government scientists thought it was a good idea to make artificial hearts powered by the radioactive element plutonium-238. This isotope of plutonium is the same one that NASA has used to power its space instruments — all the way from the experiments for the Apollo missions to Pluto’s probe, New Horizons.…

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24 uncommon gifts for the science-lover in your life

Are you unsure what to get the science-lovers in your life? Or maybe you’re one yourself who always gets stuck with unsophisticated gifts? Good news! The science team at Tech Insider has compiled a 2015 gift guide for science-lovers by scouring the web for stuff we’d add to our own lists, plus some help from the science-themed products site…