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Graphene Could Give Us Sleek Night Vision Sensors

As goggles, and maybe even smartphone cameras or windshields<p>Because of its unique chemical and physical properties, graphene has helped scientists design new gadgets from tiny computer chips to salt water filters. Now a team of researchers from MIT has found a new use for the 2D wonder material: in …

First superconducting graphene created

University of British Columbia physicists have created the first superconducting graphene sample by coating it with lithium atoms (yellow), shown in …

University of British Columbia

Why DNA editing needs to stop

In April 2015, a paper by Chinese scientists about their attempts to edit the DNA of a human embryo rocked the scientific world and set off a furious debate. Leading scientists warned that altering the human germ line without studying the consequences could have horrific consequences. Geneticists …

Genetics

Graphene, Meet Mainstream

If the revolution comes, it will have started with Scotch tape, pencil lead, and cosmetic powder.Physicists first produced graphene—a one-atom-thick …

Nanotech

Graphene: Miracle Material

Since its isolation in 2004 (1), graphene and related materials have attracted tremendous attention for being the base for next generation …

Nanotech

Oklahoma girl’s rare syndrome prevents her from aging

Layla Qualls looks like a happy, 9- to 10-month-old baby— but she’s actually three years old. The Oklahoma girl was diagnosed with Syndrome X, which means she will never age.<p>Researchers from the University of California Los Angeles studied Layla as one of seven children found worldwide with …

Medicine

The subtle science of selling – a six-step guide

Salespeople can lure you into buying their products with simple psychological tricks. Tiffanie Wen explores how they work.<p>If I told you this is the most important article you’ll read this week, you probably wouldn’t believe me. But what if I could say that 75% of your friends agreed? Or if I could …

Psychology

For The First Time, Researchers Edit The Genes Of Human Embryos

Rumors that this research was underway turn out to be true<p>Rumors have been buzzing for months that a team of Chinese researchers was intending to edit the genes of a human embryo. According to a study published this week in <i>Protein & Cell</i>, the rumors are true. And though the researchers took pains, …

7 Psychological Tricks for Getting More Work Done

Being more productive starts with willpower and discipline. Here are seven mind tricks for becoming more productive and disciplined.<p>We all wish we could get more work done in less time. If we were more productive, we'd have a better chance at getting that raise, we'd have more personal time to do …

Time Management

How It Works: The Large Hadron Collider

To chaotically combine particles, you need a lot of space ... and a lot of power<p>The world’s most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), famously upended physics with the discovery of the long-sought Higgs boson in 2012. But it was only operating at half power. Since then, …

A 3D-Printed, Battery-Powered Rocket Engine

Space travel is going electric<p>Nothing demonstrates engineering prowess and technical knowhow quite like rocket science. There’s also nothing quite as expensive either. To launch even a lightweight rocket into space, the cost is easily upwards of $100 million--and that mostly has to do with the …

Even insured consumers get hit with surprisingly large medical bills

After Pam Durocher was diagnosed with breast cancer, she searched her health insurer's website for a participating surgeon to do the reconstructive surgery.<p>Having done her homework, she was stunned to get a $10,000 bill from the surgeon.<p>"I panicked when I got that bill," said the 60-year-old …

Health Care

Microscopic gold tubes can both detect and destroy cancer cells

There's no doubt that doctors would prefer to treat cancer as soon as they spot it, and it looks like nanotechnology might give them that chance. Researchers at the University of Leeds have successfully tested gold nanotubes that are useful for both imaging and destroying cancer cells. Since the …

Telomere extension turns back aging clock in cultured human cells, study finds

Researchers delivered a modified RNA that encodes a telomere-extending protein to cultured human cells. Cell proliferation capacity was dramatically …

Stanford University

ZANO Drone Wants To Take Your Selfie From The Sky

Crowdfund your own personal aerial paparazzi<p>A Kickstarter project wants to take the art of the selfie to a higher level -- literally. ZANO, by the Wales-based Torquing Group Ltd, is a palm-sized drone that will fly out from users at up to 25 mph, take stabilized 720p video at 60 fps, and send it …

Enter the Matrix: The rise of brain-computer interfaces

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / agsandrew<p>In 2012, a paralyzed woman with a 96-electrode sensor the size of a baby aspirin implanted …

The Brain

The 100 Greatest Innovations Of The Year

Popular Science's Best Of What's New Awards, all in one place<p>Each year, <i>Popular Science</i> picks the 100 greatest new innovations in technology to feature in our Best Of What's New issue. Discover the most exciting developments in consumer gadgets, sustainability, medicine, automobiles and more.<p>Follow …

A Glowing Ring Powered By Body Heat

And how it works<p>Sean Hodgins enjoys ring smithing, a hobby he adopted from his grandpa, and loves building small electronic gadgets. So he combined his passions to make a ring that turns body heat into light. Hodgins milled a two-finger band out of aluminum—an excellent thermal conductor—to cradle …

How It Works: An Amphibious Vehicle That Can Carry Three Tanks

No coastline will be safe from this beach-storming behemoth.<p>When U.S. Marines landed at Inchon during the Korean War, they had to abandon their amphibious vehicles and cross tidal mud flats on foot. Today, the Navy uses the more versatile Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) to move troops and supplies …

A Brief History Of Stephen Hawking

A new film tells the story of how the great scientist transformed the field of cosmology while fighting a degenerative disease.<p>Stephen Hawking is one of the greatest scientists ever--comparable to Darwin, Einstein, and Newton. Yet few people know the story of his life. In a new biopic, <i>The Theory of</i> …

Jet-fueled electronics are coming

Fuel cells may be a practical reality, but there aren't many choices for the fuel itself -- you usually have to rely on hydrogen, which dictates where and how those cells work. The University of Utah may have a clever alternative in store, however. Its researchers have developed a cell that runs on …

The 16 Wisest Things Men Have Ever Said About Style

From the likes of Cary Grant, Tom Ford, Charles Bukowski, Ralph Lauren, and Charles Dickens<p><b>"Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn."<br>– Gore Vidal, Writer</b><p>"A man should look as if he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care, and then forgotten …

Men's Fashion