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The Bike That Never Needs Repairs

Engineered to be maintenance-free<p>Every mechanic knows that moving parts break down over time, and David Weiner, founder of Priority Bicycles, knows it better than most. Weiner spent six years as a bike mechanic in his hometown of Walnut Creek, California, and much of his job was spent fixing the …

Daniel Harding: conductor on a mission to revive the classical concert

British conductor Daniel Harding has recruited the TV physicist Brian Cox and other famous thinkers to revolutionise the concert-going experience<p>“Classical concerts are just so boringly presented,” says Daniel Harding. “It’s no wonder people stay away.” The British maestro, who has been shaking up …

The Strongest, Most Expensive Material on Earth

Graphene's most problematic superlative is its cost.<p>It was so simple. Take a small flake of graphite and put it on piece of regular old Scotch tape. Pinch it in between the tape, peeling off layer after layer until it leaves only the vaguest, most transparent of marks. Transfer those dustings onto …

Jargon-Free History Of The Universe Finds Beauty In Ordinary Words

Astrophysicist Roberto Trotta argues that we don't need jargon. He tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn he's compiled a history of the universe as we know it, using only the 1,000 most-common English words.<p>Transcript<p>WADE GOODWYN, HOST:<p>A couple of years ago in Switzerland after years of searching, scientists …

How often do you need to see a dentist?

Is going to the dentist every six months really necessary for good oral health? Claudia Hammond investigates.<p>A lot of us think that we should visit the dentist every six months – even if it’s not what we do in practice. Whether those biannual check-ups are really necessary is, however, a matter of …

Camera-Toting Drones Are Coming To Hollywood

Movie producers are now exempt from the FAA's ban on commercial drones. But is it too little, too late?<p>After four years of lobbying by the Motion Picture Association of America, the Federal Aviation Administration announced yesterday that movie producers can fly drones to shoot film. This is good …

Spoiler Alert: Statistician Predicts Future Chapters Of 'Game Of Thrones' Novels

Probability that winter is coming? 100 percent.<p>Desperate for details as you wait for the next installment in <i>Game of Thrones</i>? You're in luck. In what may be the first mathematics paper to include a spoiler alert, a New Zealand statistician has come up with a model to predict what's coming up in the …

Where Your Cat Goes May Blow Your Mind

Fantasy Nobel Laureates, 2014 Edition

With the advent of autumn, a time-honored tradition is ushered into the public consciousness – a chance to draft a team of top-notch talent and see …

'Cloaking' device uses ordinary lenses to hide objects across range of angles

Inspired perhaps by Harry Potter's invisibility cloak, scientists have recently developed several ways—some simple and some involving new …

Frying with Olive Oil and Other Ways You're Misusing Oil

With hundreds of options in the grocery store, choosing the right type of oil for your cooking needs can be difficult. Maximize your efficiency in the kitchen with some simple guidelines for how to use oil.<p><b>Click Here to See the Complete List of Ways You're Misusing Oil</b><p>Whether you're choosing …

New molecule found in space connotes life origins

Hunting from a distance of 27,000 light years, astronomers have discovered an unusual carbon-based molecule contained within a giant gas cloud in …

StoreDot’s Bio-Organic Battery Tech Can Charge From Flat To Full In 30 Seconds

Want to charge your phone from flat to full in 30 seconds? Who doesn’t. But don’t get too excited yet — Israeli startup StoreDot‘s bio-organic fast-charging battery tech, which utilizes quantum dot technology, is only a prototype right now.<p>It’s not a full capacity battery yet either. And they …

Texas oil spill blocks Houston Ship Channel, threatens wildlife

Oil spilled from a barge in Galveston Bay in Texas, blocking the busy Houston Ship Channel and threatening birds at a nearby wildlife sanctuary, officials and environmentalists said.<p>U.S. Coast Guardofficials said as much as 168,000 gallons of oil might have spilled.<p>Michael Lambert, spokesman for …

New Report Reveals U.S. Fisheries Killing Thousands of Protected and Endangered Species

A new report by Oceana exposes nine U.S. fisheries that throw away half of what they catch, and kill dolphins, sea turtles, whales, and more in the …

Girlfriend of Missing Malaysia Airlines Passenger Writes Him Heartbreaking Love Notes

The girlfriend of an American passenger aboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has written of her pain and hope that the pair will soon be …

Eight Dead and 18 Still Missing After Massive Washington State Mudslide

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The death toll from yesterday's mudslide in Oso, Washington is now four eight, with at least 18 …

Will 4G Replace Your Home Broadband?

4G is no longer a fantasy. More and more mobile devices are capable of tapping ridiculously quick LTE Internet, for downloads, streaming and anything else requiring the need for speed.<p>But what about desktops, laptops and other non-mobile devices that traditionally depend on a fixed Internet …

Real-life 'Iron Man' suit commissioned by US military

The technology in <i>Iron Man</i> is getting a step closer to reality thanks to the United States military. The Army has commissioned a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, which would provide the wearer with superhuman abilities like night vision, enhanced strength, and protection from gunfire.<p>It would …

A Very Simple Explanation Of The Higgs Boson

François Englert and Peter Higgs just received the Nobel Prize in Physics for laying the groundwork for the discovery of the Higgs boson. But can someone please explain what a Higgs is? Like, really simply.<p>François Englert and Peter Higgs have won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics, as was pretty …

MIT Scientists Develop New Breed Of Self-Assembling Robots

They're called M-Blocks and the tiny, cubical robots that can spin, flip and jump their way into new configurations are the brainchild of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.<p>According to MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), M-Blocks:<p>"[are] cubes …

Fossil fish find in China fills in evolutionary picture

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An international team of scientists in China has discovered what may be the earliest known creature with a distinct face, a 419 million-year-old fish that could be a missing link in the development of vertebrates.<p>Min Zhu, professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of …

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Dogs: an uncomplicated relationship

Recently Pete Etchells posted about our complicated relationship with cats so, to balance the score, this week I'm going to tell you why our relationship with dogs seems so <i>un</i>complicated.<p>Dogs read our body language<p>Human babies understand that pointing and gaze direction are indications of what's …

Peak Umami

Call it umami's revenge. Although this savory "fifth taste" — after salty, sweet, bitter, and sour—has been known for more than a century, it has …

Small Animals See The World In Slow Motion

This is why it's so hard to catch a fly bare-handed.<p>Ever wonder how a fly or a chipmunk can evade your clumsy human grasp so easily? A new study published in Animal Behavior finds that, generally, the smaller the animal, the more information it can see in a small amount of time. That means certain …

The Confusing Science Of Whether Video Games Are Ruining Your Life

A brief round-up of how video games are destroying your life and also making you a superhuman<p>A good rule of thumb in life is that if you enjoy something, it must be <i>terrible</i> for you. Kidding! Kind of. So it goes with video games. Except not, sometimes. But maybe also yes? Or both at the same …

New Clues To Why Some Autistic Kids Are So Good At Math

Differences in cognitive organization turns some people with autism into math whizzes.<p>Though children with autism spectrum disorder often have difficulty with social interaction and communication, they're also much more likely to be savants--to show extraordinary skill in a particular area, like …