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Nike unveils its first self-lacing sneaker

Forget about slipping out shoes because of loose laces or feeling pressure from too-tight tying when doing those sprints.<p>Nike Inc. has unveiled its first power-lacing sneaker — it allows users to make the fit looser or snugger on the fly by pressing buttons on the side of the shoe.<p>The world's …

How We've Succeeded In Breaching The Blood-Brain Barrier At Last

For the first time, researchers have made a drug that can cross this barrier. Just how big a deal is that?<p>Last week, a team of Canadian doctors tried an experimental new procedure on a patient in dire straits. Bonny Hall has a brain tumor that she had been managing for years with medication, but it …

The Ozone Hole Is Now Larger Than North America

Welcome to the Twilight (O)zone<p>The ozone hole over Antarctica is now larger than North America, nearing record-size set in 2006.<p>Legislation and restrictions have reduced ozone-depleting chemicals like chlorofluorocarbons in the atmosphere, and the ozone layer is starting to slowly repair its holes. …

UN Agreement Lets Satellites Track Airplanes Over The Ocean

‘Lost’ no more<p>It’s easy to forget, in our world of ever-present GPS directions, that it’s still possible to get lost on this little planet. Then the ocean swallows an entire airliner, and then it does it again, and the world suddenly seems vast and unknowable again. Fortunately, technology exists …

Cockroaches bite with 50 times more force than their body weight

New study says the cockroach has a bite five times the relative strength of a human being's<p>The shudder you feel when you spy a cockroach will only be intensified by the results of a new study.<p>A cockroach can bite with 50 times more force than its body weight, and with five times the relative force …

Real-Life Tricorder Could Find Land Mines, Tumors

Star Trek IRL<p>In the <i>Star Trek</i> universe, tricorders are used for applications ranging from disease diagnosis to analyzing the atmosphere on an alien planet. Now a team of scientists might have created a tricorder for our own universe. The device would use electromagnetic waves to detect explosives in …

Tiny Machine Paddles Water, Eats Pollution, Spits Out Electricity

Row, row, row your bot<p>Inside these tiny machines is a colony of hungry bacteria, yearning to eat. The row-bot, as this charming little device is named, paddles about on the surface of water, funneling waste and pollution into its bacteria-rich stomach and receiving electrical power in return. It’s …

Mars's Moon Phobos Is Falling Apart

Better visit it soon!<p>You'd think that something as solid as a moon would be around forever. But Mars's moon Phobos has an expiration date.<p>Scientists recently presented a theory that the moon is slowly being pulled apart by Mars's gravity, and could cease to exist within the next 30-50 million …

Victoria’s Secret Perfume Wards Off Mosquitoes, Study Finds

Company's “fruity and floral” scent is about as repulsive as DEET to the bloodsuckers<p>Because mosquitoes carry diseases like malaria and dengue fever, and irritate us, humans do a lot to avoid them. In most places people have to fend for themselves against the pests by sleeping under mosquito nets …

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The DHS Is Getting A Wearable Radiation Detector

A Pipboy for the pre-apocalypse<p>The easiest way to detect nuclear material is typically when it's already too late. By the time seismographs, infrasound sensors, and radiation readers pick up on a blast, it’s already happened. Catching a nuclear weapon before it goes off is a lot trickier, which …

The Verge Review of Animals: the African penguin

<i>This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we've written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now rectifying this oversight.</i><p>Penguins are a surprisingly versatile bunch. They play hockey in Pittsburgh, …

Bozkurt Named to Popular Science’s ‘Brilliant 10’

Alper Bozkurt, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University, has been named one of <i>Popular …

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