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5 Topics For…NBA Playoffs

Thursday is Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs between the title favorite Golden State Warriors and much-talked-about Cleveland Cavaliers. Whether you’re rooting for Warrior point guard and reigning MVP Stephen Curry or Ohio’s own LeBron James, follow these topics on Flipboard to get your basketball fix …

Basketball

Use A 3-D Printer To Turn Your Smartphone Into A 1000X Microscope

Simple and powerful<p>The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has released printable files that will help turn your smartphone into a microscope of up to 1000X magnification. If you have access to an 3-D printer--which you may through your local library or community center--this is something you …

3D

A Prosthetic Leg That Plugs Directly Into The Skeleton

Flesh and titanium merge via a design inspired by deer antlers.<p>There are a lot of fancy, high-tech prosthetics out there. Some can read electrical signals from the nerves and muscles of the remaining tissue, while others even interface with the brain to read a person’s intentions when she, say, …

Can We Hack Our Vision To See Infrared With The Naked Eye?

A team of biohackers is attempting to modify the human sensory spectrum.<p>“Can you imagine a color you’ve never seen?” Jeffrey Tibbetts asks, looking directly into the Skype camera. We would like to think that we can, of course, that our imaginations are limitless. But the answer, no matter how much …

Vitamin A

Engineered Bacteria Excrete Propane Fuel

Researchers want to harness your stomach bugs in the service of your barbecue<p>Propane, the gas that fuels your barbecue (and perhaps one day your car), may soon have a new, renewable source.<p>Researchers in Finland and England developed a genetic process that puts <i>E. coli</i> bacteria to work producing the …

4 Strategies For Remembering Everything You Learn

• knowledge about the subject at hand, like math, history, or programming<p>• knowledge about how learning actually works<p>The bad news: Our education system kinda skips one of them, which is terrifying, given that your ability to learn is such a huge predictor of success in life, from achieving in …

Washington University in St. Louis

An Origami Microscope For Less Than a Dollar

Bringing microscopes where none have gone before.<p>Imagine a world where every child owns a microscope. A clever new method to fold the instrument from a single sheet of paper may bring that dream closer to reality.<p>In the Foldscope, invented by Stanford University engineers, creased paper creates a …

5 Educational Programs For Learning By Making

These STEM efforts fuse physics and math with the joy of invention—just add glue.<p>SparkTruck<p>Frustrated with the decline of hands-on learning, Stanford University students created SparkTruck as a roving maker lab. They outfitted a Utilimaster van with tools like a laser cutter and hundreds of dollars …

Hudson Valley

Turn Empty Beer Cans Into Sun-Tracking Cameras

Best use of a six-pack in a while<p>In a world of digital cameras and instant gratification, photographer Justin Quinnell embraces pinhole photography, a technique hundreds of years old. He uses beer cans and photographic paper to record the gradual shift in the sun’s path over the course of several …

Pinhole Cameras

A Homemade Crossbow Designed To Impale A Car Door [Video]

Watch out, Katniss<p>English philosopher Thomas Hobbes believed that men living in anarchy would lead “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short” lives. So as much as I’d enjoy rebuilding civilization from piles of trash after an apocalypse, I’d first worry about a way to send petrol-marauding punk …

Homemade

Three Projects That Make LEGO Toys Into High-Tech Tools

LEGOs aren't just for kids. They're also a maker's best friend.<p>Hand a kid some LEGOs, and you’ll get anything from a sword to a starship. The same adaptability that makes the bricks amazing playthings also endears them to makers, who use the simple toys to create complex machines—at a fraction of …

Lego

Why Scientists Want To Throw Lawn Darts At Mars

Experts from NASA say it’s time to stop beating around the bush when it comes to looking for life on Mars—and they’ve started an Indiegogo campaign to do something about it.<p>Mars almost definitely has water below its surface, and it’s possible that it might have life there too -- buried deep in the …

Players Build Working Hard Drive Inside Minecraft

It's a computer inside a computer game.<p>Over the hills, across the stone bridge, past the giant pony, around the lake of questionable test, and beyond the giant rainbow barrier sits a work of great artifice on a grey plain. Far larger than any single inhabitant of this virtual world, the contraption …

Robo Brain Project Wants To Turn the Internet into a Robotic Hivemind

Robo Brain isn’t exactly feasting on the internet. That implies a level of choice, or agency. What’s happening to Robo Brain is closer to force-feeding, as researchers from four different universities regularly cram its cloud-based computational system with data collected from the internet. So far, …

Robotics

Can This Mineral Power The Planet?

It may soon be time to say "so long" to silicon solar panels.<p>Solar panels are cheaper than ever before, thanks to government subsidies and a flooded market. But they’re not yet affordable enough to eclipse traditional energy sources. Enter perovskites: crystalline minerals that may emerge as the …

Clean Energy

If A Fish Grows Up On Land, Will It Learn To Walk?

Flipping your fins actually does get you pretty far.<p>The old idiom about “being a fish out of water” just lost some of its luster. Researchers from McGill University in Canada successfully trained a group of fish to live on land and strut around.<p>The idea was to simulate what might have happened 400 …

McGill University

Evolution Video Game Tests Your Ability To Spot Camouflaged Bird Eggs

Help scientists by pretending to be a mongoose.<p>Call it a case of virtual selection. Testing out Project Nightjar's experimental video game, I peered through the world in mongoose-tinted glasses, looking for the eggs of a nesting nightjar -- a nocturnal bird in the family <i>Caprimulgidae</i>. The clock …

Eggs

Louisiana's Disappearing Coastline Threatens Entire U.S. Economy

A dramatic visualization of the forces bringing the Gulf of Mexico up to New Orleans' back door<p>An unholy trinity of forces – levees along the Mississippi River, sea level rise due to climate change, and fossil fuel extraction – have caused about 2,000 square miles of southeastern Louisiana to …

Cheap polymers twist into superhuman muscles

An international team has unmasked the hidden superpowers of humble sewing thread and fishing line. Twisting nylon and polyethylene into coils, they …

Nano technique boosts plant energy production and creates plant biosensors

Chloroplasts are self-contained units that contain all the machinery required for photosynthesis – the conversion of sunlight into chemical energy. …

Move Over Hackers, Biohackers Are Here

The creators of FOX’s new science-fiction buddy-cop show, Almost Human focuses the uncontrollable evolution of emerging tech. The solution is real cops need robot cop partners to help control crime. Bio-3D printers, DNA swipes, machines that prick your finger and dispense a pill with the nutrients …

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Scientists just created some of the most powerful muscles in existence

In a surprising breakthrough for the world of materials science, researchers have created some of the most powerful artificial muscles we've ever …

New Contact Lenses Will Give You Infrared Vision

Admit it: You want superpowers. It’s human to look at Spider-Man swinging between buildings or Superman soaring through the air and think “Man, I …

This Invention Could Change the Future of Space Travel

There have been some pretty amazing innovations in the science and tech world in the last few years, from LED beads for crafting to gadgets like Raspberry Pi turning everyday objects into electronics. But the one that caught our eye (and blew all of those out of the water) this week is Silk Leaf, a …

Robotic Exoskeleton Turns Korean Workers Into Ironman

This suit helps out with the heavy lifting<p>The South Korean company Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering is trying out something new: equipping workers with robotic exoskeletons. Workers are only testing prototypes for now, but future shipbuilders might strap on exoskeletons as easily as they …

Robotics

Scientists Turn Cigarette Butts Into Electrical Storage

By burning them. No, really.<p>The electrical power of the future just might be waiting in ashtrays across the world. Researchers in South Korea discovered that, with a one-step conversion process, cigarette filters turn into great supercapacitors. This is great news for anyone who wants new …

One-Step

Engineers Make The World's First Verified, 2-Dimensional Polymers

This manmade polymer is just one atom thick<p>In spite of its looks, this is not the lovechild of an accordion and an earthworm. It is actually a whole new material photographed in the middle of its creation process.<p>It's a crystalline material being soaked in a special acid solution. After some days …

First Exoskeleton Gets FDA Approval For U.S. Sales

The ReWalk exoskeleton helps people with spinal-cord injuries sit, stand, and walk.<p>A motorized exoskeleton, designed to help paralyzed people walk again, just earned U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval. It is the first such device to do so.<p>The device, called ReWalk, straps on user's bodies …

Muscle Tissue Could Make Robots More Lifelike

A robot powered by muscle tissue could improve how engineers design future robots for disaster-relief operations, exploration or construction, new …

Robotics