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5 Applications For Graphene, The 'Wonder Material,' That Could Change The Way We Live

Graphene, the pure carbon material that's just one atom thick and nearly transparent when laid out in sheets, manages to be roughly 200 times stronger than steel, even though it's 60,000 times thinner than Saran Wrap.<p>Graphene is also an excellent conductor of energy, can be synthesized from unique …

Nanotech

How To Make A New Planet Home

Three simple steps for an intergalactic exit plan<p>The recipe for creating a habitable planet turns out to be surprisingly simple: Just add water—and atmospheric gases. Mars has both, relics from four billion years ago when the planet was warm and wet. “When it comes to Mars, and only Mars, the …

Building Soluble Circuits To Help End E-Waste

It takes 1,000 years for a typical silicon wafer to dissolve in a bucket of water.<p>The Challenge<p>For every human on the planet—and there’s more than seven billion of us—43 pounds of electronic waste is generated each year. The United Nations predicts that by 2017, the figure will climb by as much as …

How It Works: An Ultra-Precise Thermometer Made From Light

This isn't your average thermometer.<p>The world’s most sensitive room-temperature thermometer uses two colors of light to measure temperature with a precision of 30 billionths of a degree. This kind of precision far exceeds that of regular medical or home thermometers that we come into contact …

Chemistry

This Contact Lens Computer Is Like Google Glass, Without the Glasses

For those who find Google Glass indiscreet, electronic contact lenses that outfit the user's cornea with a display may one day provide an …

Google takes on diabetes with smart contact lenses - Canadian Reviewer - Reviews, News and Opinion with a Canadian Perspective

The Google[x] research lab is hard at work at developing smart contact lenses that can help diabetics monitor glucose levels with the use of tears. …

The First Person to Receive a Carmat Artificial Heart is Dead After 75 Days

The world’s first receiver of a Carmat artificial heart has died, 75 days after the implant.<p>In a statement on Monday, the Georges Pompidou European …

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How to make high doses of chemo less toxic

There may be a way to use higher doses of chemotherapy and radiation without killing healthy cells.<p>Side effects such as heart damage, nausea, and …

The architecture of your cerebral cortex is surprisingly logical

The cerebral cortex is the outermost layer of neural tissue in the brain and is one of the most extensively studied brain structures in the field of …

Photographing puppies

We bet that just about every photographer (at one time or another) has had the desire to try photographing puppies. How can we resist? They're cute, …

How Patterns Can Have an Awesome Impact in Your Photography

Patterns are a simple yet powerful way to add unparalleled visual impact to a photograph. You can find patterns in the natural world, you can find …

How Light, Aperture, Time and Sensitivity Affect Exposure

Most of the time when we discuss exposure we talk about it in very technical terms, using photography-specific jargon. There aren’t too many other …

10 Reasons Why You Should Use Manual Focus

Years ago, photographers would observe a scene through their viewfinder and turn the focusing ring slowly to bring the scene into focus. Much has …

The View From Down There: FDA Approves Pill Cam For Colon Exams

Patients who undergo colon screenings might breathe a little easier now that U.S. regulators have approved a pill containing two cameras. The PillCam Colon is minimally invasive and runs on batteries, its maker says. And as you might imagine, it's disposable.<p>The PillCam is made by Given Imaging, …

A blood test to predict imminent death? Would you want to take it?

Here are some findings that could scare you to death: In a study published this week, Finnish and Estonian researchers report that they have identified specific levels of four chemicals circulating in the blood that offer a reliable signal that death is near. The four harbingers of death can be …

Those BPA-free plastics you thought were safe? Think again.

Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>Inside the Big Tobacco-style campaign to bury the disturbing evidence about the …

Genetics Startup Wants To Prolong Life, 'Make 100 Years Old The Next 60'

Brought to you by entrepreneur J. Craig Venter<p>J. Craig Venter, the scientist and entrepreneur involved in the first sequencing of the human genome and the first synthetic cell, today announced a typically ambitious project: tack another few decades onto everyone's lives through the largest human …

Genetics

The First Mass-Produced Hydrogen Car

Bye-bye, gasoline!<p>When it comes to alternate energy sources, most automakers think simply—battery power or bust. That’s what makes the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell an outlier. The SUV will be the first mass-produced hydrogen car in the U.S. when it debuts this spring.<p>Because hydrogen fuel …

Giant Virus Survives After Being Frozen in Siberia for 30,000 Years

A giant virus has survived after being frozen in Siberia for 30,000 years. Scientists found the giant virus and revived it in a French lab. The newly …

Tiny sensors can tell if antibiotics are working

A new way to measure the level of antibiotics in the blood—and how well they’re working—could be a first step toward personalized treatments for …

‘Edited’ T cells mimic natural resistance to HIV

Scientists have successfully genetically engineered the immune cells of 12 HIV positive patients to resist infection, and decreased the viral loads …