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Travis Andrews

Travis M. Andrews is a journalist based in Washington, D.C., and New Orleans. He has written for Time, The Atlantic, Salon, Washingtonian Magazine and The Times-Picayune. He's a regular arts contributor for The Washington Post Express. When he was younger, he wrote on his mother's walls. She was displeased. For more about Travis, please visit

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Lithium, the element that is often used as a medication to battle bi-polar disorder and to power most laptop and phone batteries, is not the most ubiquitous element on the planet. Hence the price of our batteries. Japanese researchers, though, may have discovered a way to use sugar to power batteries.
Nothing really is more fun than stopping in the middle of dinner to answer a pressing call from a telemarketer. Especially when it's a robot offering the call. Expect, of course, anything at all. The Federal Trade Commission knows this, of course, and had decided once and for all to eliminate the telemarketing robot call.
Dolphins are smart little buggers, and the U.S. Navy has used them, via the Marine Mammal Program, to locate underwater mines and enemy divers. They've proven incredibly adept at using their sonar to find said objects, but the Ukrainian Navy wants to test another aspect of dolphin-skill: how they do wielding weapons.
As anyone who owns a guitar can attest to, one of the coolest part of owning one is the origin story. Sometimes, you get air guitars that can play music, sometimes you get ones riddled with bullet holes (well, this happened to me, once), sometimes you have Jimmy Page's old axe, sometimes you print one out. Wait, what?