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Can You Guess What These Cute Pink Tiles Are Made Of?

These images are from research into new techniques for medical diagnoses and biometrics.<p>These are some nice color swatches, don't you think? I can just imagine them as decorative bathroom tiles. But what if I told you these are samples of people's skin? They are! The top set is a series of photos …

Near-Infrared

An Electronic Tag You Activate With A Phone Call

The tag actually powers itself by harvesting cellphone signals.<p>Bzzz bzzz! Who are researchers calling in this video? It's not a person. It's a thin little electronic tag. The call activates the tag's display, which then shows some graphics. The tag's makers think it's the first all-printed …

Never Mind the CDC: The Search for Anthrax on the ISS

The recent news of an anthrax containment breach at the CDC was startling to say the least. While the risk of infection was low to nil, the news revealed the weakness of even our strongest containment systems. The event also highlighted the potential for widespread infection –particularly from an …

Q&A: Creating Global Wi-Fi--With Balloons

How Mike Cassidy of Google's Project Loon wants to get internet airborne.<p>Mike Cassidy works at Google X, the company’s self-described <i>moonshot factory,</i> as the leader of Project Loon. His team’s goal is to deploy a global network of thousands of Wi-Fi–connected balloons that will provide affordable …

Beach Sand Used To Make A Battery That Lasts Three Times Longer

Charge your phone with that white stuff from the beach<p>Sink your toes into this: Beach sand can be used to make lithium-ion batteries that last three times longer than current models, according to a study published in the journal <i>Scientific Reports</i>.<p>“This is the holy grail: a low-cost, non-toxic, …

Cross-Laminated Timber is the Most Advanced Building Material

Cross-Laminated Timber Continues to Impress Builders and Engineers<p>On a cloudy day in early October, the architect Andrew Waugh circles the base of a nondescript apartment tower in Shoreditch, a neighborhood in East London. Shoreditch suffered heavily during the blitz of World War II—“urban renewal, …

Wireless Power Transfer Will Energize Our Implants

Scientists devise a way to deliver energy to heart or brain implants buried beneath inches of tissue.<p><b>Microscopic electronic implants zap the brain</b> to help treat pain, depression, or epilepsy. But to do so, they need power. Batteries are bulky, which limits scientists' ability to build smaller …

The Electric Anticancer Helmet Battles Brain Tumors

Is wearable tech finally ready to battle brain tumors?<p><b>For patients diagnosed with brain tumors</b>, long-term survival rates tend to be bleak. Glioblastoma, the most common primary brain cancer, may reappear even after intense chemotherapy regimens, which typically prolong life by only a few months. …

A Laser Blast Could Regenerate Your Teeth

Low levels of laser light could activate stem cells that stimulate the body to repair itself.<p><b>For people who hate trips to the dentist</b> (so, pretty much everyone), some good news: New research in Science Translational Medicine shows that lasers can help to regrow parts of broken teeth. One day, …

Study: Electrical Signals Can Regrow Brain Cells

Researchers uncover a new kind of neuron that can tell the stem cells in a mouse brain to grow more neurons.<p><b>Scientists have found a kind of brain cell in</b> mice that can instruct stem cells to start making more neurons, according to a new study. In addition, they found that electrical signals could …

This Black Powder Will Make Natural Gas Greener

Researchers made a cheap carbon-based powder that could transform how we clean natural gas.<p><b>Here's something that may help states</b> follow the EPA's new plan to reduce carbon emissions: a new and inexpensive powder that captures carbon dioxide (CO2) from natural gas and converts the CO2 from a gas to …

"Waste House" Uses VHS Tapes and Mom Jeans as Insulation

Researchers at the UK's University of Brighton built a house using things like old videotapes, floppy discs, and even used toothbrushes.<p><b>Should you use your old VHS collection to</b> insulate your home? Researchers at the U.K.'s University to Brighton are about to find out.<p>They've created a "Waste …

Satellites Could Predict Floods Months Ahead Of Time

You can look at the crick and read the almanac, but that ain't the best way to predict when a flood is a-comin'.<p>In the spring and summer of 2011, the Missouri River swelled past its banks, reaching a high-water mark not seen in decades. Flooding persisted from May to August, causing $2 billion in …