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The 3 Big Technologies To Watch Over The Next Decade -- Genomics, Nanotechnology and Robotics

Many people take it as an article of faith that technology is changing the world, but in his new book, <i>The Rise and Fall of American Growth</i>, economist Robert Gordon says otherwise. He points out—accurately—that productivity, which surged between 1920 and 1970, has stalled since then and is likely to …

Nanotech

Scientists Invent A Liquid With Holes In It

Unique porous fluid could suck up and lock away unwanted molecules<p>You've heard of holy water, but what about hole-y water?<p>In a paper published this week in <i>Nature,</i> researchers announced that they have developed a liquid with its molecules structured in such a way that they have 'holes' within the …

Google's cars have driven 1.2 million miles without getting a ticket

This afternoon Aleksandr Milewski posted a picture that suggested the ticket-less streak might come to an end, but now Google says its car was flagged down because it was going so slowly. These new prototype models are classified as "Neighborhood Electric Vehicles" and have their speeds capped at …

Phase transitions: steam engines, Dark Matter and the Higgs | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics

How the physics of the industrial revolution now connects cosmology and particle physics<p>We had a particle physics seminar at UCL on Friday; we usually do. This one was from Malcolm Fairbairn and was mainly about Dark Matter.<p>“Dark Matter” is the mysterious stuff which we postulate to explain several …

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review

The Galaxy Note Edge's screen seems to go on forever<p>Most importantly, the Galaxy Note Edge is just a really solid smartphone<p>The Galaxy Note Edge is a great phone because the Galaxy Note 4 is a great phone

Doctors transplanted 'dead hearts' into three patients, and it worked

A medical first<p>Two months ago, doctors in Australia transplanted a "dead heart" — a heart that had stopped beating inside a donor's chest — into a 57-year-old woman, reports the <i>BBC</i>. The operation, which has been deemed success, was unlike any other, because for the first time, it didn't involve a …

Researchers make first observation of atoms moving inside bulk material

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have obtained the first direct observations of atomic diffusion inside a bulk …

Make your own memories: one day you’ll be able to replace the bad ones with good ones

Science fiction fantasies such as Total Recall, Blade Runner and Eternal Sunshine could become reality<p>Be careful what you wish for. That’s what Joel, played by Jim Carrey, discovers in Charlie Kaufman’s 2004 film <i>Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind</i>, when he asks a memory-erasure company, Lacuna …

Secretive U.S. robotic mini-shuttle to end 22-month mission on Tuesday

CAPE CANAVERAL Florida (Reuters) - The U.S. military plans to land its secretive X-37B robotic space plane in California on Tuesday, ending a classified 22-month mission, officials said.<p>A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket carrying the U.S. military's X-37B experimental space plane lifts off …

Why Didn't They Win? 10 Huge Discoveries Without a Nobel Prize

National Geographic science writers, bloggers, and editors pick groundbreaking advances and inventions that should have won a Nobel.<p>The 2014 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine has gone to three scientists who discovered brain cells that help us stay oriented—our "inner GPS." Announced Monday, …

Scientists discover a new origin of oxygen on Earth and in space

Scientists have discovered a new way to make molecular oxygen (O2) from carbon dioxide (CO2) -- no green plants involved.<p>Their findings could alter our understanding of the Earth's early atmosphere and how oxygen might form on other planets with carbon dioxide in their atmospheres.<p>In a paper …

BRAIN initiative is underway, funding new ways to map cells, circuits

Scientists will aim to capture the workings of the human brain in comprehensive recordings, to watch the brain while in motion and to reimagine the world's most complex biological organism as a buzzing network of interlocking circuits with the award of $46 million in study grants announced …

Neuroscience

This Discovery Brings Us One Step Closer to Harry Potter's Invisibility Cloak

Researchers at the University of Rochester seem to be taking the words of science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke’s to heart: “any sufficiently …

Harry Potter

The World’s First Genetically Modified Babies Will Graduate High School This Year

Remember the sci-fi thriller GATTACA? For those who never saw the film and/or eschewed all pop culture in the late 90’s for some reason, it was a popular movie that came out in 1997 about genetically modified human beings. Now some literally genetically modified human babies born that same year are …

Digital Telepathy Is The Future Of The Human Species

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Dan Kaplan helps startups tell their stories. He’s done marketing for Twilio, Asana, and Salesforce and blogs about marketing, growth, and storytelling at Threadling.</i><p>The story of life on Earth thus far has had an unmistakable direction, and it has moved toward greater complexity. <b></b>Sure, …