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What you need to know about 3D-printed organs

Sure, 3D printers that can spit out chocolates, create shoes, handcraft cars and help astronauts sound fun and magical, but a lot of scientists are working to make models that aren't just fun. They're developing 3D printers that can also save and change lives by printing out functional human …

Scientists simulate time travel using light particles

We may never see practical time travel in our lifetimes, if it's possible at all. However, a team at the University of Queensland has given the Doc Browns of the world a faint glimmer of hope by simulating time travel on a very, very small scale. Their study used individual photons to replicate a …

Scientists create the first life form with 'alien' DNA

Researchers in California have for the first time created an organism whose genetic code comprises six letters, instead of four. This means that the bacterium, described in a study published in <i>Nature</i> today, is the first life form to contain artificial genetic building blocks.<p>When biologists talk …

Time travellers: please don’t kill Hitler

If you find yourself suddenly gaining access to a time machine, what’s the first thing you’d do? If you said “kill Adolf Hitler”, then congratulations; you’re a science-fiction character. Actually, the whole “access to a time machine” thing suggested that already, but the desire to kill Hitler …

How To Become A Rube Goldberg Machine Builder

"I’ve never danced, but to me it feels like dance; you’re doing this little choreography with motion."<p>Brett Doar tried architecture, drove buses, and edited films before carving out a career designing absurdly intricate Rube Goldberg machines. His latest project: a kinetic sculpture made of toys …

Scientists Develop Glowing Green Pigs to Produce Cheaper Medicines

Scientists are one step closer to creating a real-life version of Dr. Seuss' green eggs and ham, thanks to the birth of ten transgenic pigs in late …

Astronomers Get First Glimpse of Cosmic Web

Changing Planet<p>Computer simulations suggest that matter in the universe is distributed in a “cosmic web” of filaments, as seen in the image above from a large-scale dark-matter simulation. The inset is a zoomed-in, high-resolution image of a smaller part of the cosmic web, 10 million light-years …

South Korea's 5G To Let Citizens Download A Full Movie In One Second

And the country's science ministry wants people on the fastest bullet trains to be able to surf the Internet.<p>South Korea's science ministry is investing $1.5 billion in building 5G wireless service for the country by 2020, AFP reports.<p>Some of the things the ministry wants 5G to do include …

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Why the universe may be nothing more than math

If you're not already a physicist, you need to mentally prepare yourself for MIT professor Max Tegmark's explanation of how our entire universe isn't just described by math, but <i>is</i> math. <i>Scientific American</i> published an excerpt from Tegmark's new book, <i>Our Mathematical Universe</i>, which explains that …

Bon Voyage, Voyager: Old Friends Take Stock

For the scientists who have emotionally traveled with NASA's Voyager mission for decades, 2013 will be remembered as the year they knew Voyager 1 had finally become the first explorer from Earth to enter the mysterious realm of interstellar space.<p>Voyager 1 and its twin, Voyager 2, both blasted off …

Making waves: In the hunt for invisibility, other benefits seen

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A new way of assembling things, called metamaterials, may in the not too distant future help to protect a building from earthquakes by bending seismic waves around it. Similarly, tsunami waves could be bent around towns, and soundwaves bent around a room to make it …

Oldest Human DNA Discovered, Muddles Picture of Our Origin

Scientists have decoded the world’s oldest human DNA sequence, beating the previous record by almost 300,000 years, and at the same time confusing …

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Nonsense Paper That Cites Michael Jackson And Ron Jeremy Actually Gets Published

Apparently no one at the Romanian journal that ran it was a Thriller fan. Or realized Bernoulli hasn't published a paper since his death in 1782.<p>All too often, I come upon a scientific paper written so obtusely that it seems perfectly reasonable that there is, in fact, no discovery being detailed, …

Turn A Heart On And Off With The Flick Of A Switch

Stanford scientists are working on a light-controlled pacemaker.<p>A heartbeat is really a pretty magical thing. Every time that beautiful little hunk of muscle in your chest wants to send blood rushing around your body, it requires an electrical signal generated by your body to tell it to do so. This …

Stanford scientists create world's first carbon nanotube computer

Computers of the future could be even smaller, faster, and more efficient — all by doing away with the very material that currently comprises their core.<p>In a finding that builds on earlier work from several institutions, including IBM, a team of electrical engineers at Stanford University today …

Google's Self-Driving Cars: A Quest for Acceptance

Robots can already outdrive humans. Now everyone needs to get out of their way.<p>Every morning, at about 8 a.m., Anthony Levandowski walks out of his house in Berkeley and folds his six-foot-six-inch frame into the driver's seat of his white Lexus. Levandowski is embarking on his daily commute to …

Pretty Much The Entire Human Race Bought The New Grand Theft Auto

In first day sales, it's bigger than any game, movie, or album ever released. (Ha ha, what? Books? Get out of here, nerd.)<p>Murder and car-jacking simulatorAcclaimed video game <i>Grand Theft Auto V</i> was released on Tuesday, and every man, woman, child, and several species of lower fauna purchased …

The 2013 Ig Nobel Prizes: Drunk People Feel Sexy, And More Of The Year's Silliest Science

The Ig Nobel Prizes are in! Here are the winners of the strangest science awards of the year.<p>Last night were the Ig Nobel Prizes, the most important of Nobel Prize ceremonies. The ceremony honors the year's strangest--but also very good!--scientific research, in 10 different categories. Past …

FYI: What Happens If I Put Rocket Fuel In My Gas Tank?

If your car is a diesel, it will run. Liquid hydrogen, the fuel that powered the space shuttle's main engines, could work, says Manuel Martinez-Sanchez, an aeronautics and astronautics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But keeping hydrogen liquid requires maintaining it at a …

Scientists Find Life Buried Under An Antarctic Lake

Scientists at the British Antarctic Survey have announced that they’ve confirmed the presence of life in samples of mud from the bottom of a subglacial lake in Antarctica. The team’s findings have been published in the journal <i>Diversity</i>.<p>The research team conducted their work at Lake Hodgson, on the …

From pesticide to agent of mass destruction: A look at the very quick and deadly effects of sarin http://natpo.st/18IFZPM (Click the link for the full-size version)

'A big hoax': Experts say North Korea showing off missiles that can't fly

PYONGYANG, North Korea -- Missiles paraded through the streets of Pyongyang in recent displays of North Korean military might -- said to be capable of hitting targets throughout Asia and even in the U.S. -- are incapable of flight and are almost certainly nothing more than fakes, according to U.S. …

Clear Cranial Implant Lets Doctors See Into The Brain

Some skulls really just need a window view.<p>Researchers from the University of California, Riverside have debuted a new transparent cranial implant that could let doctors peek inside the brain without having to drill a new hole in the skull every time--a technique that could allow for easier …

New Imaging Technique Shows Surgeons Where Tumors End And Brains Begin

A new way to look at brain tissue in real-time could help surgeons know they're removing all the tumor tissue in a patient's brain.<p>Scientists from the Harvard University and the University of Michigan have developed a way to image brain tumors to reveal exactly where the tumor cells end and the …

NSA Has Secretly Been Hacking, Cracking, And Circumventing Encryption For Years

If you're using encryption with an American company, you might as well forget about any actual privacy.<p>Newly disclosed documents from leaker-on-the-run Edward Snowden reveal that the National Security Agency has been fighting a secret war on encryption...and winning.<p>We wrote about secure email …

The 20 big questions in science

1 What is the universe made of?<p>Astronomers face an embarrassing conundrum: they don’t know what 95% of the universe is made of. Atoms, which form everything we see around us, only account for a measly 5%. Over the past 80 years it has become clear that the substantial remainder is comprised of two …

Google Glass: Surgery Tool Of The Future?

A surgeon transmitted the first Google Glass video of a live surgery to colleagues and med students across town.<p>We've been waiting for a while to figure out what practical uses will come out of Google Glass, besides, of course, making dudes look silly. And aha! A surgeon at The Ohio State …