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Ampy: Motion-powered backup battery stores kinetic energy

Smartphones have some pretty sweet capabilities, but a super-long battery life is elusive. Some people have turned to portable backup batteries to keep their phones juiced up, but you still have to deal with finding a wall socket or USB port to recharge the devices. Ampy, a Kickstarter project that …

Suspended Animation In Space Travel: What Scientists Still Need To Learn

Human hibernation could be a great way to get to Mars (and beyond), but a few big questions remain.<p>The first astronauts who head off to Mars might make the entire 180-day journey while they’re fast asleep. In a NASA-commissioned study on human stasis, aerospace engineers at SpaceWorks have found …

The Big Future: Can we colonize Mars?

Mars has been seeing a lot of action lately, between NASA's string of rovers and new projects from Elon Musk and Mars One. But what would it take to set up a permanent settlement there? Could humans survive in such a harsh and alien setting? In this week's <i>Big Future</i>, Adrianne Jeffries takes a look …

GMO Facts: 10 Common GMO Claims Debunked

Learn About These GMO Facts<p>Later this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture may approve the Arctic Granny and Arctic Golden, the first genetically modified apples to hit the market. Although it will probably be another two years before the non-browning fruits appears in stores, at least one …

Agriculture

Our Skulls Might Have Evolved To Withstand Blows To The Face

Prehistoric life really might have been nasty, brutish and short.<p>Although many scientists believe that a diet of nuts, seeds and other tough, brittle foods shaped our faces, a June study in Biological Reviews suggests that violence had a heavier hand in its evolution.<p>"We suggest that many of the …

Understanding quantum tunnelling | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics

Quantum tunnelling sounds like science fiction, and does indeed feature quite often in the genre. But it is real, and plays a role in nuclear fusion, chemical reactions and the fate of the universe. Here’s how it works<p>The recent claim from Stark Industries Lockeed Martin that a compact fusion …

The Real Truth Behind How 'Truth-Telling' Drugs Actually Work

The term "truth serum" refers to a number of mind-altering drugs that make you incapable of lying, or so the theory goes. Yes, such mind-altering drugs exist, but their effect does not completely inhibit a subject's ability to lie.<p>Some truth serums, like sodium thiopental, slow the speed at which …

7 Things to Do Right Now Because Your Personal Data Is Under Attack

With the popularity of social media and increased time spent online, many of us have willingly sacrificed our privacy in order to keep in frequent contact with friends -- sharing photos and details about where we ate dinner last night. However, it is the growth in our online shopping habits and …

Five diseases far deadlier than Ebola found in the US

Ebola is far from the deadliest disease to ever reach US shores - we look at five others currently or recently observed in the US with higher fatality rates<p>More than 100 Americans in Dallas could have been exposed to the deadly strain of <b>Ebola</b> currently sweeping West Africa, after the first case on …

Building Better Knees For The NBA

New techniques mean better outcomes for athletes.<p>The stress of repetitive jumping makes NBA players particularly prone to painful, even career-ending cartilage lesions. For decades, microfracture surgery—pricking holes in the knee bone to stimulate tissue regrowth—was the gold-standard repair. But …

Futuristic Skintight Spacesuits May Shrink-Wrap Astronauts

The spacesuits of the future might be totally alien-looking.<p>Instead of the bulky-looking spacesuits that astronauts wear today, a group of MIT …

Space Exploration

GMOs Are Old Hat. Synthetically Modified Food Is The New Frontier

Genetically modified organisms are ancient, technologically speaking. Though some consumers may just be discovering that they're in the food system (and getting riled up about labeling them), farmers have had access to them since 1996.<p>But there's a new technology on the scene, adding a twist to the …

Elon Musk thinks you could travel to Mars really soon

We've been hearing from real-life Tony Stark inspiration Elon Musk about his hopes for sending humans to Mars for a few years now. But in a new interview, the SpaceX founder shares a vision that's far more grandiose than building a small base on the fourth rock from the sun. He envisions a Martian …

Elon Musk

The Truth About Jet Lag and How to Overcome it

<i>This article originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>In a couple of weeks I’m flying to Europe, so I’ve been thinking about jet lag recently and how to overcome it.<p>“75% of European digital ecosystem is present at #TNW2018”Are you doing business in Amsterdam in May?Join us<p>I’ve been overseas a few times …

The Incoherent Fight Against Videogame Piracy

I was 18 the first time I gave up on videogames. It wasn’t that I stopped caring about them or didn’t play them anymore, but I had gradually found myself outside the culture and economy that propelled them forward. The Sony PlayStation had just been released at a price of $299, and the SEGA Saturn …

Improbable Thruster Seems to Work by Violating Known Laws of Physics — NOVA Next | PBS

Every action creates an equal and opposite reaction. It’s perhaps the best known law of physics, and Guido Fetta thinks he’s found a way around …

I wish they’d give me an alcohol monitor wristband, too

All day long, I’ll happily use wristbands to record my steps, heartbeat, pulse, weight, food (calories in), additional exercise (calories out) and even water consumption<p>Most mornings I begin life-logging as I get up. I sync my mobile phone to my purple plastic Vivofit, and download all the data …

Ebola virus outbreak: why is there no vaccine?

Dr. Ben Neuman of Reading University explains why this disease has no cure and why it is so deadly<p>The outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa has claimed the lives of 729 people so far.<p>The leaders of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia will gather in Conakry to organise the deployment of "several …

Scientist warns of inevitable solar super-storm propelled towards Earth

Such a storm would wreak havoc with our communication systems and power supplies, and scientists say we’re overdue.<p>In this month’s issue of <i>Physics</i> …

Fruit flies sense every wing beat to steer straight

In order to fly straight, fruit flies sense where their bodies are every time they beat their wings—one beat about every 4 milliseconds.<p>Fruit flies …

National Academy of Sciences

NASA tested an impossible space engine and it somehow worked

If the tests of the Cannae Drive technology hold up, a trip to Mars could take weeks instead of months<p>NASA has been testing new space travel technologies throughout its entire history, but the results of its latest experiment may be the most exciting yet — if they hold up. Earlier this week at a …

NASA’s Next Mars Rover Will Make Oxygen

Changing Planet<p>Illustration shows the suite of instruments that will be on NASA’s Mars 2020 rover. Courtesy: NASA<p><b>Living off the land looks like the key to survival on Mars, so NASA’s next red planet rover will help show the way by brewing up its own oxygen, the space agency announced Thursday. The</b> …

Hubble sees ancient galaxy that acts as enormous magnifying glass

It was a dumbfounding discovery. Using Hubble telescope data, a scientist spotted a "lensing" galaxy that was enormous, extremely distant and acting as a magnifying glass to another ancient galaxy behind it.<p>Kim-Vy Tran was sure she'd flubbed.<p>The Texas A&M scientific researcher was working late, …

World Health Organization chief says latest ebola outbreak is moving too fast to control

The WHO is asking leaders in the region for help containing the virus<p>In a speech to three countries hit hard by an ebola outbreak, the director of the World Health Organization today said that efforts to halt the spread of the deadly virus have not been good enough. "This is an unprecedented …

This Is the Best Budget Laptop You Can Buy

<i>This post is in partnership with The Wire Cutter. Read the article below originally published at TheWireCutter.com.</i><p>After considering all the major …