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Bionic breakthrough: Mind-controlled prosthetic leg can read thoughts and subconscious intentions

An Icelandic orthopedic company has introduced bionic legs that can be controlled by clear and subconscious intentions. The new prosthetic limbs are …

June 2015

Diversity

New shield makes certain types of searches for physics beyond Standard Model possible for first time

The Standard Model of particle physics, sometimes called "The Theory of Almost Everything," is the best set of equations to date that describes the …

Paging 'CSI': Microbiome analysis may be the new fingerprint

In forensic science, fingerprints and DNA are beginning to look old-school. To catch perpetrators (or exonerate the innocent), future sleuths may find themselves collecting and comparing entire colonies of microorganisms and the people and places they inhabit.<p>The prospect that microbiotic analysis …

Scientists Have Created Chickens With Dinosaur Snouts

No, this is not the plot of the new Jurassic Park movie<p>Birds have an amazing array of beaks, from the curved snout of a flamingo, to the delicate and deadly beak of an owl, to the rounder snout of the dino-chicken.<p>If you haven't heard of a dino-chicken before, don't feel bad. It was only recently …

What Is Thermodynamics?

Thermodynamics is the branch of physics that deals with the relationships between heat and other forms of energy. In particular, it describes how …

Physics

The First Alien Planet Detected in Visible Light

The exoplanet 51 Pegasi b lies some 50 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Pegasus, discovered in 1995 and will forever be remembered as …

Graphene spintronics: From science to technology

Electronics is based on the manipulation of electrons and other charge carriers, but in addition to charge, electrons possess a property known as …

Nanotech

Human Head Transplant Proposed—How Did We Get Here?

Yes, in case you haven’t heard, a doctor in Italy has announced plans to transplant a guy’s head onto a new body two years from now. Sound nuts?<p>Many of the headlines say so. “No, Human Head Transplants Will Not Be Possible by 2017,” said <i>Popular Science</i>. The <i>International Business Times</i> pronounced …

Immune System

Lost in Space: Half of All Stars Are Rogues Between Galaxies

As many as half of all stars in the universe lie in the vast gulfs of space between galaxies, an unexpected discovery made in a new study using NASA …

Universe

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

Google Analytics

Breakthrough: NASA Confirms Electromagnetic Drive Produces Thrust in Vacuum

© Flickr / i be GINZ<p>Did NASA Mistakenly Create a Warp Field?<p>Scientists at Johnson Space Center, successfully tested the EM drive in a vacuum, …

Unsuspecting U.S. Travelers Bring Novel Disease Home, And It Spreads

When a disease threat looms, you might expect that everyday people won’t recognize the danger, but professionals will. That isn’t always the case, though. Some data made public last week demonstrates that even people well-informed about risks can be vulnerable—and underlines the threat that one new …

Public Health

Water abundant in first billion years after Big Bang?

Water vapor could have been just as abundant in pockets of space a billion years after the Big Bang as it is today, according to new research.<p>How …

Universe

Scientists Are Figuring Out How To Change Blood Types

All thanks to a little enzyme<p>At some point in your life, you’ve probably been asked to donate blood. If your blood is type O, you may have been asked to donate even more, because your blood type is the most useful and is less common. The difference between blood types may seem small--people with …

Dark Matter Is Necessary For The Origin Of Life

When you look up past the stars of our Milky Way and out at the galaxies beyond, it might surprise you to learn that most of what we see <i>isn’t</i> most of what’s actually there. Sure, in our Solar System, 99.8% of the mass is in our Sun, and astronomy has taught us a tremendous amount about how stars …

Dark Matter

Navy Makes Armor Clear As Clay

Well, transparent clay, that they made armor out of<p>It’s a transparent armor so good it might turn the phrase “glass cannon” on its head. The Naval Research Laboratory developed a manufacturing process to reliably make a strong, transparent ceramic that also allows infrared cameras to look through …

Audi Produces e-Diesel Fuel From Water, CO2, Renewable Energy

Cars are getting more efficient, but the fuels that power them may soon change too.<p>That's especially true when it comes to diesel, where the loose …

China shocks world by genetically engineering human embryos

Critics warned that China was becoming the ‘Wild West’ of genetic research<p>China has been ordered to ‘rein in’ scientists who have edited the DNA of human embryos for the first time, a practice banned in Europe.<p>In a world’s first, researchers at the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou confirmed they …

Augmented Reality Glasses Are Coming To The Battlefield

Marines will control a head-up display with a gun-mounted mouse<p><i>Using a pair of augmented reality glasses, a Marine signals intelligence (SIGINT) specialist monitors web traffic while he lies on the ground, his assault rifle trained on a nearby building. Amid the cacophony of cyber-noise in the city</i> …

Artificial Photosynthesis Advance Hailed As Major Breakthrough

In what's being called a win-win for the environment and the production of renewable energy, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley, have achieved a major breakthrough in artificial photosynthesis.<p>The scientists have created a system that can …

Hyper-accurate atomic clock won't lose a second in 15 billion years

Scientists have created an atomic clock so precise that it won't lose or gain a single second in 15 billion years -- roughly the age of our universe.<p>But the clock isn't just steady, it's also amazingly accurate. So accurate in fact, that it can detect tiny changes in the speed of its ticks …

Researchers succeed in light-controlled molecule switching

Scientists at the University of Konstanz and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) are working on storing and processing information on the …

Human hibernation possible? Scientists eye new space exploration tech

Researchers are looking to apply hibernation-like techniques already used in medicine for space travel. Trials to test if ‘freezing’ a person for …

Teen use of e-cigarettes continues to soar, alarming many experts

The use of electronic cigarettes by high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014 — a surprising boom that threatens to wipe out hard-won gains in the fight against teen smoking, a new government report says.<p>The percentage of American high school students who smoked traditional cigarettes on a …

Does your head explode at night?

Our article about “exploding head syndrome” prompted many of you to share your strange and intriguing stories, says William Park.<p>I truly thought a bomb had gone off in the neighbourhood<p>In our recent article about living with exploding head syndrome, we talked to Niels Nielsen about his experiences …

U.S. eyes new ways to prepare and win future war in space | Reuters

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - The United States needs disruptive new technologies, new ways of acquiring equipment and bandwidth, and closer ties with global allies to stay ahead of growing challenges in space from China, Russia and others, the head of U.S. Air Force Space Command told …