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Bloody discovery reverses the effects of aging

The fountain of youth flows red<p>GDF11 is the typically unglamorous name of a protein that may hold the key to reversing — not merely delaying — the deleterious effects of aging. Back in 2005, scientists demonstrated that the blood of young mice helps older test subjects regenerate damaged muscle …

Soy sauce compound shows promise to fight HIV

For HIV patients, resistance to drug therapies such as Tenofovir is commonplace. A compound in soy sauce, however, can be 70 times more potent and it …

Experiment backs up theory on beam-like jets in space

Researchers have used plasma flows in a laboratory to understand how beam-like jets may form in space.<p>Streaming jets of high-speed matter produce …

Max Planck Goes To Florida, Invites Brain Scientists To Join

Germany's famous Max Planck Society has opened a brain research institute in Jupiter, Fla. It's another move in the international competition to attract the best brain researchers.<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>One of Europe's best-known research organizations is conducting a high-stakes science …

Tin replaces lead in new solar cells

A lead-free solar cell made from tin is environmentally friendly and can be produced cheaply without any sophisticated equipment or hazardous …

Meet the awesome tech that will soon make your smartphone smarter

Context is everything. Your smartphone knows where you are and what direction you're facing, but that's about it. What if it knew your context?<p>Not …

Quantum Dot Technology Could Lead To Solar Panel Windows

Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of Milano-Bicocca have designed and synthesized a new generation of quantum dots …

14 Emerging Digital Technologies That Will Change The World

<i>Policy Horizons Canada worked with futurist and data visualizer Michell Zappa of Envisioning to produce a report called MetaScan 3: Emerging Technologies and accompanying infographics. We are reproducing the summary for emerging digital and communications technologies.</i><p>We have included predictions …

Invention Awards 2014: 360-Degree Infrared Vision

A thermal radar system with a panoramic view<p>Michael Dortch was building video surveillance trailers for industrial parks in Colorado when his clients started asking for near-omniscient views of their properties. They wanted to see intruders in the dark from all angles, but such coverage required up …

Kill Switches Will Save Your Smartphone

With smartphone theft on the rise, we need remote-wipe features more than ever<p>On an otherwise ordinary Saturday, someone grabbed Kristine Swartz’s iPhone from her gym locker. At first she was annoyed—phones are expensive and filing a police report takes time, with little hope of recovery—but then …

Rejuvenating Effect Found In Blood Of Young Mice

A protein found in the blood of young mice awakens muscles and neurons in old rodents.<p>When people speak of the regenerative power of "young blood," they usually mean it metaphorically. But a trio of new studies show that compounds in the blood of young mice can rejuvenate older animals in a number …

Human hibernation: Secrets behind the big sleep

The extreme survival tricks of hibernating animals… and the occasional human… could help us overcome life-threatening injuries, as Frank Swain discovers.<p>Imagine it: you have been rushed into the emergency room and you are dying. Your injuries are too severe for the surgeons to repair in time. Your …

How Mountains In Our Solar System Compare [Infographic]

Good luck scaling Olympus Mons on Mars<p>Hawaii's Mauna Kea is a gigantic mountain—but it doesn't quite stack up to some of the other landforms in our solar system. Here's a look at our neighbors' most impressive peaks.<p>_This article originally appeared in the May 2014 issue of _Popular Science.

Monterey Bay An 'Ocean Buffet Open For Business' This Spring

Monterey Bay on California's central coast rests atop one of the largest underwater canyons in the world. It's deeper than the Grand Canyon, making it possible for lots of ocean life — including humpback whales, orcas,dolphins and sea lions — to be seen extremely close to shore. That is, given the …

The apparatus of feeling

Have scientific instruments lost their soul? That was the question posed by science writer Philip Ball last week as he bemoaned the fact that much of the equipment found in modern laboratories — centrifuges, incubators, spectrophotometers and PCR machines in the case of my lab — consists of an …

The effects of space travel on the human body

Many people dream of travelling into orbit, to the Moon or even beyond. However those who experience the reality of spaceflight face a succession of potential health problems, says Richard Hollingham.<p>In the words of Star Trek’s legendary doctor Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy, “space is disease and danger, …

IBM's Watson Can Now Argue For You

The supercomputer has been programmed to lay out the pros and cons of an argument. Thanksgiving is saved!<p>IBM's Watson supercomputer has already mastered <i>Jeopardy!</i> and can even whip up an innovative recipe. Next step: it'll be elected to the presidency after dominating against humans in a series of …

How Bitcoin Is Fueling a New Payments Battlefield

More and more small businesses throughout the world are finally waking up to the benefits of accepting Bitcoin payments. Zero chargebacks, low (and sometimes no) transaction fees and no transaction reversals are big boons, but they’re only the beginning.<p>On a broader scale, accepting Bitcoin …

FinTech

Golden eagle’s genome yields a few surprises

Scientists have sequenced the golden eagle’s full genome and the results challenge a few long-held assumptions.<p>The birds appear to have a much …

Ancient Peruvian culture predating Nazcas used desert lines to guide people to solstice festivities

The Paracas immediately preceded another culture called the Nazca, which is famous for making massive line drawings in the Peruvian desert.<p>The image …

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Gear & Gadgets

Climate change could worsen ozone levels across the U.S., study says

Smog could worsen across the United States in the coming decades as climate change boosts summer temperatures and makes ozone levels more difficult to control, a new study says.<p>Americans can expect the number of days with unhealthy air to jump 70% by mid-century unless emissions of smog-forming …

Climate change assessment paints stark picture of potential damage

The warming of Earth, with human consumption of fossil fuels as the main cause, will have severe consequences for every region of the United States, according to the Third National Climate Assessment released Tuesday morning by the Obama administration.<p>Mandated by Congress and published every four …

Scientists can trace your ancestors to within 30 miles using DNA

You might know where your forebears lived a few generations prior, but how about the exact village they came from -- <i>1,000 years</i> ago? Thanks to DNA sequencing, it's now possible to find that out in many cases according to researchers from the University of Sheffield in the UK. The aptly-named GPS or …

New super-heavy Element 117 confirmed by scientists

Atoms of a new super-heavy element the as-yet-unnamed element 117 have reportedly been created by scientists in Germany, moving it closer to being officially recognized as part of the standard periodic table.<p>Researchers at the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research, an accelerator laboratory …

Scientists uncover a secret of aging: Young blood helps restore elderly mice

A group of studies focused on properties of blood linked to rejuvenation, and human clinical trials are coming soon<p>Sarah Gray<p>May 5, 2014 5:00pm (UTC)<p>Three studies, two from Harvard and one from Stanford, track the miraculous ability of young blood to rejuvenate both mental and physical abilities in …

Scio Pocket Molecular Scanner Is a Google-like Device for Physical Objects

A couple weeks ago I had a fascinating video call with a gentleman named Dror Sharon, the CEO of a company called Consumer Physics. He showed me a …