Courtney Jenkins

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DARPA's New Biotech Unit Will Try to Create New Life Forms

Also: disease detectors and brain-controlled drones.<p>Artist concept of the inside of a cell. Image: DARPA<p>Ye sci-fi writers hard up for new material should spend an hour or so perusing the Defense Department's 2015 budget proposal, especially the section covering the far-out research projects …

Watch This Charger Fully Juice A Smartphone In 30 Seconds

The power of quantum dots<p>I still remember flipping through paper magazines while waiting for webpages to load on my family's PC, in the 1990s. Maybe one day waiting for your phone to charge will seem as antiquated.<p>An Israeli startup recently demonstrated a prototype charger that fully charges a …

Hummingbirds: still evolving endless forms most wonderful

A new study finds that the rising Andes is tied to the rapid speciation of hummingbirds. This study also predicts that hummingbirds will evolve twice as many species as what we see today.<p>"There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few …

Cosmos speed-check probes dark energy

<b>Scientists have produced their most precise measurement yet of the rate at which the early Universe was expanding.</b><p>They find that some three billion years after the Big Bang, the cosmos was pushing itself apart by another 1% every 44 million years.<p>It is the latest result to come from the Baryon …

10 reasons Americans ignore climate disasters

C’mon, admit it, we humans really are causing our own climate suicide. But so what?<p>We’ve got freedom of choice. And we love our cars. They need gas. …

How Earth got its tectonic plates

If you've ever felt the earth shudder beneath your feet during an earthquake, you're no stranger to the effects of Earth's ever-roaming tectonic plates.<p>While scientists have linked the movements of these rigid, puzzle-piece slabs to our planet's most violent events -- quakes, tsunamis, volcanic …