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Medieval Potion Kills Superbug MRSA Better Than Antibiotic Vancomycin

An ancient concoction for eye infections seems to really work. The potion, which contains cattle bile, kills the "superbug" methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, researchers at Britain’s University of Nottingham report.<p>In fact, it worked better than the current gold standard for MRSA …

Microbiology

Trail of Tools Reveals Modern Humans' Path Out of Africa

Early Homo sapiens lingered in a lush Arabia before encountering Neanderthals in the Levant.<p>Where did our species come from, and how did we get from there to everywhere?<p>Genetic studies have supplied a convincing answer to the first question: Our modern human ancestors evolved in Africa, then swept …

Autism

17 Ways to Age-Proof Your Brain

What’s good for your body is good for your brain. That means eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies and not much sugar, saturated …

The Brain
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From The Mouths Of Apes, Babble Hints At Origins of Human Speech

An orangutan named Tilda is providing scientists with fresh evidence that even early human ancestors had the ability to make speechlike vocalizations.<p>Tilda has learned to produce vocalizations with striking similarities to human speech, scientists report in the journal <i>PLOS ONE</i>. If you listen …

Linguistics

Here’s how a real teenager uses, and doesn’t use, social media

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Credit: 1000 Words/Shutterstock<p>There’s a whole category of social-science fallacy that revolves around extrapolating from one …

10 Energy Breakthroughs of 2014 That Could Change Your Life

Hoverboards aside, 10 technologies debuted to save energy—and the planet.<p><b>From a new kind of light bulb to a carbon-removing power plant, a dazzling array of new technologies debuted this year that promise to save energy and help fight global warming.</b><p>They're not just gee-whiz hoverboards—levitating …

The Ideas And Breakthroughs That Will Shape The World In 2015

From Ebola to virtual reality, here's what the year has in store for science<p>In 2015, advances in science and engineering will once again shape the world in profound ways. Here are the most important.<p>Wind Power Moves Offshore<p>Ebola Drugs Reach West Africa<p>Ultrafast Data Transfer Speeds Up …

West Africa

The Best DIY Projects Of 2014

From hacked beer cans to drivable fish tanks, these are the coolest, craziest projects of the year<p>Makers enjoyed a particularly fruitful year in 2014. They created projects ranging from the simple to the complex, the small to the large, and the useful to the bat$&*t crazy. In celebration of that …

Cool Stuff

The best science books of 2014: Biology

Today, I share a list of what I consider to be the best popular biological sciences books of the year, hoping that you’ll find lots of interesting and unusual ideas for all the biology buffs on your holiday gift-giving list!<p>Continuing on with the theme I started recently, I am naming some of the …

The 25 Best Inventions of 2014

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Inventions

Google, Stanford build hybrid neural networks that can explain photos

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Stanford University<p>Two separate groups of researchers at Google and Stanford have merged best-of-breed neural network …

Life beyond Earth seems 'inevitable', US planetary scientist says

Astronomers are standing on a 'great threshold' of space exploration, Dr Sara Seager says<p>Astronomers are standing on a "great threshold" of space exploration that could see evidence of extra-terrestrial life being discovered in the next 20 years, an expert has claimed. Life beyond the Earth seems …

How To Stop Light and Make Objects Transparent

New research offers hope for optical cloaking and much more.<p>We see colour in objects because of the way light interacts with them. Different surfaces scatter or emit different wavelengths of light, giving us quantitative colour information in the process. So if colour is, arguably, a matter of …

Quantum Mechanics

'White Noise' For Your Nose Cancels Out Nasty Odors

Scientists have high hopes for "white noise" for the nose.<p>It turns out that two researchers have found the mathematical formula to create an olfactory equivalent of "white noise," which they say could be used to cancel out any pungent odors you may want to get rid of.<p>"This is different than …

Elon Musk warns against unleashing artificial intelligence 'demon'

Elon Musk has met a technology he doesn't like.<p>Musk, who promises to take humans to new heights with space and battery technologies, was especially grounded in his latest caution on artificial intelligence.<p>Elon Musk<p>He told an audience at MIT on Friday that "we should be very careful about …

Note To The Skeptics: The World Will Change For Self-Driving Cars

Every new technology has skeptics at first, and self-driving cars are no exception. I am fully willing to hear these skeptics out, but the most common complaints today are just far too short-sighted to be taken seriously. What they miss is that big new technologies don’t just adapt to the world, …

Our Skulls Might Have Evolved To Withstand Blows To The Face

Prehistoric life really might have been nasty, brutish and short.<p>Although many scientists believe that a diet of nuts, seeds and other tough, brittle foods shaped our faces, a June study in Biological Reviews suggests that violence had a heavier hand in its evolution.<p>"We suggest that many of the …

This atomically thin material generates electricity - Futurity

Scientists predicted the piezoelectric effect was possible in materials of only a few atomic thicknesses. Now a team has demonstrated it.

Chemistry

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Killer Apps in the Gigabit Age

Summary<p>The age of gigabit connectivity is dawning and will advance in coming years. The only question is how quickly it might become widespread. A …

Sense Of Touch Recreated For Amputees In Their Prosthetics

How gentle electric buzzes can give a man sensations in a hand he's lost<p>Years after they had lost parts of their arms in industrial accidents, Igor Spetic and Keith Vonderhuevel once again felt sensations -- such as the fuzz of a cotton ball, or a trickle of water -- seemingly on the backs of their …

San Francisco

Robots Morph From Solid To Squishy

A low-cost material could allow robots to easily shift between fluid and rigid states.<p>Well it looks like science has brought us another step towards a real-life Skynet and the destruction of mankind. Researchers led by MIT’s Anette Hosoi have developed a low-cost phase-changing material that could …

Robotics

Searching for the “Free Will” Neuron - MIT Technology Review

It was an expedition seeking something never caught before: a single human neuron lighting up to create an urge, albeit for the minor task of moving …

Consciousness

Nestlé wants to make a real 'Star Trek' food replicator

The Swiss company dreams of a machine that makes tailor-made food based on individual nutrition needs<p>Nestlé, the world's largest food and beverage company, wants to change how we eat in the near future. <i>Bloomberg</i> reports that the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) has started a program …

Move Over 3-D Printing, The Future Is Objects That Morph And Shift Shape

We’re a long way from Ikea bookcases that put themselves together, but the idea of having programmable, self-assembled “4-D printed” objects isn’t as far off as you think.<p>Airplane wings that change form in response to air pressure and temperature. Flat-pack furniture that self-assembles when you …

What you need to know about 3D-printed organs

Sure, 3D printers that can spit out chocolates, create shoes, handcraft cars and help astronauts sound fun and magical, but a lot of scientists are working to make models that aren't just fun. They're developing 3D printers that can also save and change lives by printing out functional human …