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Teen Wonder: Taylor Wilson

"Kids sometimes have an advantage when it comes to invention. Their lack of experience can actually be a benefit."<p>Taylor Wilson never just got interested in things.<p>"He got obsessed," says his father, Kenneth. "Whatever he was involved in, he went at it nonstop. Even getting him to eat was a big …

Physics

Gene Linked To Alzheimer's Poses A Special Threat To Women

A gene associated with Alzheimer's disease appears especially dangerous to women and may be one reason that more women than men are diagnosed with the disease.<p>The gene, known as APOE4, increases the risk of developing Alzheimer's in both sexes. But a study published Monday in the <i>Annals of Neurology</i> …

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Scientists look into Earth’s past to predict future effects of climate change

Looking back, there were big changes at the end of major climate change periods, such as the end of the last Ice Age when large herbivores went …

Climate Change

If an astronaut fell into a black hole, would he stretch or burn?

Crack open a middle-school science textbook, and you might see a picture of an astronaut in a black hole: stretched out like a spaghetti noodle as the rapidly increasing gravity pulled different parts of their body at different speeds, then crushed by the same force. A growing scientific …

A Light Bulb Powered By Bacteria

Three college students are building an electricity-free light bulb for the masses.<p>We've all basked in the glow of different light bulbs: incandescent, fluorescent, halogen, neon, LED, and more. But a lamp that harbors living, light-emitting bacteria -- a biological bulb, if you will -- is something …

Watch Lab-Grown Heart Tissue Beat On Its Own [Video]

Be still my heart.<p>A team of scientists from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has created lab-grown human heart tissue that can beat on its own, according to a new study in <i>Nature Communications</i>.<p>In 2008, a University of Minnesota study showed that the original cells from a rat heart …

NASA illustrates Earth's frightening chances of an asteroid collision

Earth is sitting in the path of more than 1,400 asteroids that could potentially cause significant damage, but according to NASA we likely won't see any of them smash violently into our planet anytime soon. In a chilling graphic of Earth sitting in a web of possible danger, NASA mapped out data …

A century-long debate: are 'intelligent' people less likely to hold religious beliefs?

Over most of the past century, researchers have been trying to determine whether there's any link between religion and intelligence. The studies haven't all come to the same conclusion, but a group of researchers led from the University of Rochester decided to look at a large number of them …

The Hyperloop: flawed fantasy or achievable challenge

The Hyperloop, an ambitious new form of transport proposed by SpaceX and PayPal founder Elon Musk, could be possible but faces some flaws, according to those who have analysed his plans.<p>The unveiling of the designs of Musk's "fifth mode of transport", which would fire passengers in pods at speeds …

Elon Musk

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What Manhattan Would Look Like In A Nuclear Blast [Infographic]

The latest nuclear-explosion modeling program includes eye-level views from hypothetical ground zeros.<p>The Cold War might be over, but that hasn't made the threat of a nuclear blast any less upsetting. Especially when you visualize it in 3-D, as Alex Wellerstein has done here.<p>Wellerstein is a …

This Is The Molecule Responsible For Stress

Now scientists can create drugs to fit inside its structure precisely.<p>This little molecule is what stress looks like.<p>Researchers from Heptares Therapeutics, a drug company, have discovered the 3-D structure of a protein receptor that mediates our response to stress, according to a new study in …

New MIT software makes it easier to design complex 3D printed objects

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab<p>Most consumer 3D printers print in hard plastic. That’s suitable …

New Shapeshifting Biogel Could Help Heal Aging Spines

Along with cell therapy, the biomaterial could help stop or reverse the loss of material between vertebrae.<p>As we get older, the cushy material that absorbs shock between our spinal vertebrae breaks down, creating back pain and inhibiting our mobility. Injections of more nucleus pulposus (NP) …