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3-D Printed Artificial Teeth Could Stop Bacteria

Take a bite out of dental grime<p>Lost a tooth? A new 3D-printed replacement might protect against future cavities. Published earlier this month by researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, “3D-Printable Antimicrobial Composite Resins” details a tooth made from materials that kill …

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Longer fasts might help with weight loss but Americans eat all day long

It's official: Americans' 24/7 culture of work, entertainment and digital connectivity now also extends to our dietary consumption patterns, new research finds.<p>Americans' erratic, round-the-clock eating patterns, suggests the new study, have probably contributed to an epidemic of obesity and Type 2 …

Week's Best Space Pictures: The Veil Nebula Shimmers

The remnants of a supernova create ripples in space and puzzling Pluto images intrigue scientists.<p>Feed your need for heavenly views of the universe every Friday with our picks of the most awe-inspiring space pictures. This week, ribbons of water trail between islands, and two of Saturn's moons play …

Astronomy

Marines Are Testing A Robot Dog For War

Cry 01101000 01100001 01110110 01101111 01100011 00001010 and let loose the robodogs of war<p>Robots can’t die--at least, not in the tragic, irrevocable human sense--so having a robot accompany soldiers gives them at the bare minimum an expendable scout. Spot, the little brother to Alphabet-owned …

Young Inventor Ahmed Mohamed Gets Crowdfunding Campaign After Arrest

To pay for his education and support other enterprising students like him<p>On Monday, school officials in Irving, Texas called the police on 14-year-old high school student Ahmed Mohamed when they suspected that a clock he built himself and brought to school could be a bomb. The internet quickly …

Pluto at Dusk: Spectacular, and Spookily Earthlike

There’s a world near the solar system’s fringe that, in many ways, is more Earthlike than anyone could have imagined. Here, frosted glaciers slowly drain moisture from icy mountains that tower over smooth, lowland basins. Overhead, the sky is filled with haze – lots and lots of it, carved into …

Is another human living inside you?

You may think your body and mind are your own. In fact, you are a fusion of many organisms - including, potentially, another person. Words by David Robson, photography by Ariko Inaoka.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year.</i> <i>Browse the full list.</i><p><i>-</i><p>Once …

Genetics

Scientist who let bees sting him on 25 different body parts awarded Ig Nobel prize

Winners of this year Ig Nobel Prize include scientists who attached a weight to the rear chicken to see if it walked like a dinosaur<p>A scientist who let bees sting him repeatedly on 25 different locations in his body has been awarded the Ig Nobel Prize for physiology.<p>The prestigious prize, which is …

Science

To Prevent Huge Forest Fires, Let Them Burn

A small fire today could mean larger fires tomorrow<p>The size and swiftness of this weekend's deadly Valley Fire in California was startling. But could it (and the other fires currently raging out west) have been smaller if fires in previous years had been allowed to burn?<p>The authors of a new paper …

Forests

Photographer Snaps Pic of a Seal Surfing on a Whale's Back

It was a classic case of being in the right place at the right time: Photographer Robyn Malcolm was on a whale-watching trip near Eden, New South …

Make Your Own DIY Clock

Tell time and support arrested teenage inventor Ahmed Mohammed<p>On Monday, Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old from Irving, Texas was suspended and placed in juvenile detention for bringing a homemade clock to school, triggering a nationwide response against racial and religious profiling, and spawning the …

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Key to All Optical Illusions Discovered

Humans can see into the future, says a cognitive scientist. It's nothing like the alleged predictive powers of Nostradamus, but we do get a glimpse …

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Long-Lost GoPro Found After Falling From The Edge Of Space

2013 video of the Grand Canyon from space resurfaces, is awesome<p>In 2013, some friends attached a GoPro camera to a weather balloon, as was the fashion in those days. Encased in a 3D printed body, they drove to their launch site, 20 miles west of the Grand Canyon. The camera captured its journey on …

Grand Canyon

Implanted Sponges Soak Up Cancer Cells

Better to stop cancer before it spreads<p>Metastatic cancer, or a cancer that spreads to other parts of the body, causes more than 90 percent of cancer deaths. Doctors constantly monitor patients’ blood to make sure that cancer cells haven’t broken off from the original tumor and started spreading, …

Cancer

Star Wars Fans Figure Out The Force That Awakens BB-8 Robot

Magnets, that’s how it works<p><i>Star Wars: The Force Unleashed</i>, the seventh movie in the venerable space opera franchise, has already won fans with a cast full of new as well as familiar faces and a striking, post-Imperial aesthetic. It also features a brand-new robot, the sphere-with-a-head BB-8, who …

Obama Renames North America's Highest Peak, Denali

The mountain formerly known as McKinley<p>Mount McKinley is dead. Long live Denali. On Sunday President Obama announced that the highest peak in North America would cease to be known as Mount McKinley, and would be known from now on as Denali.<p>Often when a place is "renamed," it gets a brand new …

Google’s Self-Driving Car Prototypes Are Coming To Public Roads In Austin

Hit the road Jack<p>Our first glimpse of Google’s driverless cars came in 2012. Since then, Google has confined most of its test-drives of these vehicles to the roads outside its headquarters in Mountain View, California, and recently expanded tests to Austin, Texas (reports of other self-driving car …

50 is the new 42: technology is making brains of middle-aged younger

The increasing mental demands of technology is making older people sharper than previous generations, scientists have shown<p>50 is the new 42, scientists have concluded, after discovering that the brains of middle-aged people are getting sharper and younger to keep up with the demands of modern …

The Brain