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Caffeine Enhances Memory

That morning cup of coffee or lunchtime soda might serve a purpose beyond giving you a jolt of energy. According to a new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, caffeine enhances memory.<p>Participants in the study took placebos or 200-milligram caffeine tablets—the same amount of the …

Coffee

Supercomputer Takes 40 Minutes To Create Super-Detailed Model Of 1 Second Of Brain Activity

The human brain won't be surpassed by computers any time soon.<p>Futurists have long talked about the day when computers become as powerful and versatile as the human brain. A recent simulation shows that day is not exactly imminent. In one of the most accurate simulations of the human brain to date, …

Singularity

Penn State Students Seek Crowdfunding To Land A Hopping Rover On The Moon

The Lunar Lion is designed to land and then take off again across the surface of the moon.<p>Just before winter break, students at Pennsylvania State University sat in a control room behind a two-foot-thick concrete wall. On the other side of the wall was a cryogenic rocket. As the rocket fired away, …

Space Exploration

Vertical farming explained: how cities could be food producers of the future

Populations are growing and cities are booming – but could we soon see skyscrapers turned into centres for crop production? From Chicago warehouses to the south pole growth chamber in Antarctica, the concept of growing food indoors is catching on. Plant scientist Dr Erik Murchie, from the …

What Should You Do With the World’s Most Powerful Laser? Study Proteins, Naturally

Forget about making James Bond wince or shooting down drones, scientists have found a much more appropriate use for the world’s most powerful laser — …

Engineered 'Glue' Helps Wounds Heal Faster

By Jesse Emspak, Contributing writer<p>Published: 02/20/2014 03:58 PM EST on LiveScience<p>In the movies, superheroes' and vampires' wounds heal so quickly that life-threatening cuts and gashes close up in minutes. These super healing abilities may be out of reach, but researchers in Switzerland have now …

You Can Pay Via Fingerprint With Samsung's Latest Phone

The company teamed up with PayPal to bring biometric scanning to its Galaxy S5<p>At Mobile World Congress today, Samsung announced the latest version of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5. If it's anything like the S4, lots of people will buy it. Since it has a larger number in the front, it will …

Mobile

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, …

Engineering

The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku, review

Michio Kaku's latest is a mind-bending study of the possibilities of the brain<p><b>Quadriplegics move artificial limbs with the mind</b>. Video games are directly controlled by the power of thought. A monkey’s brain connected to the internet can control an avatar on a video screen or a robot half a world …

Physics

Second baby possibly 'cured' of HIV

The first time, it happened almost by accident.<p>Just hours after delivery, a baby born with HIV in Mississippi was given high doses of three antiretroviral drugs. More than three years later, doctors say the little girl has no evidence of the life-threatening disease in her blood, despite being off …