Ryan Nakamura

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Humans Might Already be Evolving into a New Species

Some scientists think humanity might be heading toward extinction, but others, like the founder of Harvard Business School’s Life Sciences Project, …

Biology

6 Sky Events This Week: Mars Meets the Lagoon and a Snow Globe

Stargazers enjoy Mars in all its glory, and travels, this week.<p>Mars takes center stage for sky-watchers this week, enjoying a rendezvous with the moon and a pair of creatures straight out of the zodiac.<p><b>Moon and Mars</b><p>About 30 minutes after sunset on Monday, October 27, look toward the low southwest …

How Building a Black Hole for Interstellar Led to an Amazing Scientific Discovery | WIRED

Franklin knew that his computers would do anything he told them to. That was a problem and a temptation. “It's very easy to fall into the trap of …

Google wants to flood your body with tiny magnets to search for disease

Google X's latest moonshot: trying to develop nanoparticles that can identify cancer and other illnesses<p>Google's ambition to cure death is beginning to take shape in a new product from its Google X division. Andrew Conrad, the head of the company's life sciences division, today announced the …

What is a Wormhole and Will Wormhole Travel Ever be Possible?

Science fiction’s favorite method for exploring the universe, most recently in the movie Interstellar, won't be easy.<p>As a curious species, humans have long dreamed of traveling to the farthest depths of space. That's the major theme of the upcoming science fiction epic <i>Interstellar</i>, which will take …

DNA Can Carry Current, a Promising Step Toward Molecular Electronics

The promise of molecular electronics gets hoisted up the flagpole periodically, but now an international team of researchers based out of the Hebrew …

Nanotech

Global overpopulation would ‘withstand war, disasters and disease’

The pace of population growth is so quick that even draconian restrictions of childbirth, pandemics or a third world war would still leave the world with too many people for the planet to sustain, according to a study.<p>Rather than reducing the number of people, cutting the consumption of natural …

Astronomers Spot First Ice Giant Outside Our Solar System

Astronomers have discovered the first "ice giant" outside our solar system--an exoplanet that looks a lot like the icy worlds in our own solar system, Uranus and Neptune.<p>The first-of-its-kind discovery may answer some big questions about how these strange planets formed the way they did--in our …

Google is developing cancer and heart attack detector

<b>Google is aiming to diagnose cancers, impending heart attacks or strokes and other diseases, at a much earlier stage than is currently possible.</b><p>The company is working on technology that combines disease-detecting nanoparticles, which would enter a patient's bloodstream via a swallowed pill, with a …

Medical Technology

More than 2m 3D printers will be sold in 2018, analysts

The 3D printing market could hit $10bn in just four years, but it is likely to remain a niche pursuit for many years to come<p>3D-printer shipments will grow exponentially until 2018, according to analysts at Gartner.<p>But even with that growth rate, 3D printing is likely to remain a niche pursuit for …

Ex-Google Executive Launches Digital Health Start-Up To Fight Chronic Disease

It’s a common story. A bruising encounter with disease or the health care system spurs an entrepreneur to come up with a solution. Stephanie Tilenius watched her father struggle during his lifetime with obesity, before succumbing to a heart attack. A consultation with a Mayo Clinic or Cleveland …

Alibaba's market cap passes Wal-Mart as shares hit new high

Wal-Mart’s status as the world’s largest retailer is on shaky ground today after a bump in Alibaba’s share price drove the Chinese e-commerce giant’s …