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Plastic Bags Transformed Into Eco-Friendly Carbon Nanotubes

Such membranes have potential for water desalinatization and other advanced filtering.<p>Here's a real Cinderella transformation story. A team of chemists has found a way to turn non-biodegradable plastic bags into a carbon nanotube membrane, a high-tech material with potential to make super-efficient …

Science trumps the Force to create a real-life lightsaber

In journalism, there's something called a lede, which is just another word for the main or most important part of your story. Normally you want to lay it out for the reader in the first sentence or two. Obviously, I'm hesitating here.<p>That's because I can't decide if it's more important that …

Scientists create 'light saber' material with photon-binding technique

Photons are usually thought of as ephemeral, massless particles that rarely interact with each other, but a recent discovery by Harvard and MIT professors may force physicists to rethink that assumption. By pumping atoms into a supercooled vacuum chamber, the project created a non-linear quantum …

Stanford's nanotube computer: 4 reasons for non-geeks to care

<b>Because the speed of silicon chips are about to hit a wall.</b><p>A laptop today would've been considered a supercomputer 20 years ago. Every couple years, processors have gotten smaller and faster, relentlessly. But that progress is going to slow down soon.<p>"People are very worried that ten years from now …

Chemistry's Biggest Loser: Official Atomic Weights Change For 19 Elements

The periodic table gets a few tweaks.<p>Cadmium, are you looking a bit chubbier these days?<p>Improved measurements of different elements and their isotopes have changed the official atomic weights of 19 elements, the International Union of Applied Chemistry and the U.S. Geological Survey announced …

Play an FPS, perceive motion better while walking backward

A study from the School of Psychology at the University of Leicester suggests that first-person shooters can help players better perceive motion, at least when walking backwards.<p>"Selectively enhanced motion perception in core video gamers"was published in the journal Perception, and studied the …

Wired microbes turn sewage into electricity

A new way to generate electricity from sewage uses naturally occurring “wired microbes” as mini power plants to produce electricity as they digest …

The Galaxy's Core Is About to Explode

The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy will soon consume a blob of gas and begin to radiate energy at a tremendous rate.<p>The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy will soon consume a blob of gas and begin to radiate energy at a tremendous rate.

The Big Bang May Not Have Spawned The Universe After All

Our universe might actually be the result of the collapse of a four-dimensional star.<p>According to a new paper posted on Arxiv, the Big Bang may not have been what we think it is. In fact, there may have been no Big Bang at all--our universe may have come from an entirely different source.<p>The Big …

Five facts you need to know about the BMW i8

It's a Bimmer like no other. Meet the future of BMW.<p>Yup, there's a new BMW to sit above all other BMWs. It's called the i8, and it will be fully revealed soon. It's going to be a technological tour de force; BMW knows no other way. What's going to be different, though, is the approach. Here's a few …

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Hide From GPS With This Signal-Blocking Phone Case

Privacy in a pouch!<p>Just four data points from a location-tracking cellphone were enough to reveal the identities of 95 percent of people in a recent study. Is that a problem for you? This new Kickstarter campaign offers a solution: a signal-proof phone case called Off Pocket.<p>Off Pocket, created by …

How 3-D Printing Body Parts Will Revolutionize Medicine

Welcome to the age of bioprinting, where the machines we've built are building bits and pieces of us.<p>A device the size of an espresso machine quietly whirs to life. The contraption isn't filled with fresh, pungent grounds but, instead, spoonfuls of opaque, sterile goo. Its robotic arm moves …

Road-legal flying car takes wing

<i>(Credit: Terrafugia)</i><p><b>At an airshow in Wisconsin, US, transforming flying car Terrafugia Transition took to the sky in its first 10-minute public demo</b> …