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Great Scott! Reverse-Causality Research Ends in a Quantum Muddle

One of the longest-running and weirdest examples of a crowdfunded scientific experiment is finally reaching the end of the road, and the results will come as a disappointment to anyone who wishes the "Back to the Future" movies could really happen: Quantum interference foils what once looked like a …

Heart muscle cells regrown in medical research breakthrough

Unlike animals such as the salamander and the zebrafish, humans are unable to easily regenerate heart cells, making it difficult to recover from the permanent damage caused by heart attacks.<p>But scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and the Victor Chang Institute in Sydney have …

Immune System

Stanford's aluminum battery fully charges in just one minute

Lithium-ion batteries have been a boon for the modern world -- they've replaced the heavier, single-use alkaline type in everything from wristwatches to jumbo jets. Unfortunately, these rechargeable cells are already struggling to keep up with our ever-increasing energy needs. But a new type of …

Clean Energy

Smartphones could be charged in 60 seconds with new battery

An iPhone 6 takes around two hours to charge but could be full of power in a minute if fitted with a new aluminium battery<p>Smartphones could be charged in less than one minute after scientists at Stanford University invented an aluminium battery so powerful it could revolutionise the industry.<p>The …

Clean Energy

Biosensing Films And Smartphones Let Doctors Diagnose Disease From Anywhere

Send your doctor a cell-fie<p>Going to the doctor to see if you have strep throat might be a hassle, but it’s next to impossible for people who live in remote regions with limited access to healthcare. Researchers from Florida Atlantic University have created a sensitive film that can detect viruses …

Laser Chip Could Turn Smartphones Into Handheld 3D Scanners

Forget point and shoot, it's point and scan<p>Taking 2D photos with your phone is rather popular these days, but thanks to Caltech scientists, soon you may be able to wave your phone at an object and capture a 3D scan of it. You could scan a particularly nice coffee cup, and then instantly send the 3D …