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Creationists grow increasingly desperate in feud with Neil deGrasse Tyson

The “Cosmos” host continues to put science first — much to the chagrin of religious fundamentalists<p>Creationists want religion out of <i>Cosmos</i>, unless of course it favors them. Each week Neil deGrasse Tyson has been attacked by creationists and the religious right for anything he says that makes …

Biotech's Brave New World: Push One To Create Life; Push Two To Create Alien Life

It’s been a good month for miracles. And by miracles I mean our oldest miracle, that first miracle, the creation of life itself.<p>During these first weeks in May, two separate teams working at two separate institutions announced that when it comes to creating life from scratch, well, there are a …

That Amazing 'Solar Roadways' Project Has a Working Prototype

Mind-controlled prosthetic arm from Segway inventor gets FDA approval

Nearly eight years ago, DARPA, the US Defense Department's advanced research agency, set out to find a better solution for amputees than the metal hooks still widely used today. Now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted its approval to one of the projects that came from that effort: a …

Meet The Amazing, Hopping Bionic Kangaroo

As it bounces through the Australian outback, the typical kangaroo can cover around 25 to 30 feet per hop. It’s a model of efficiency: Every time the kangaroo hits the ground, its tendons stretch to store energy like the spring in a pogo stick, so it can easily speed up without getting tired. It’s …

Why Synthetic Biology Is the Field of the Future — NOVA Next

Most Americans may not be familiar with synthetic biology, but they may come to appreciate its advances someday soon. Synthetic biology focuses on …

A Tractor Beam Made Of Sound Waves

The device can move around centimeter-sized objects.<p>Tractor beams (short for "attractor beams," which can bring one object closer to another from a distance) are a common trope in science fiction. But could they be made in real life? Researchers made news earlier this year when they created a kind …

Physics

New medical gel grows bone tissue exactly where you need it

Repairing seriously damaged bones is normally a delicate art; while you want to regrow bones quickly, you also have to carefully manage that growth to produce the right shape. Thankfully, Rice University has created a gel that makes it easier to produce only the bone tissue a patient needs. The …

Tobacco plant may light the way to beating cancer, Australian scientists say

The tobacco plant could be a powerful weapon in the fight against cancer, say Australian scientists.<p>They have found a molecule in the flower of the plant that targets cancer cells and rips them open, according to an article in the journal eLife.<p>"There is some irony," the lead researcher, Dr Mark …

Five million mph pulsar produces longest particle jet in the galaxy

A pulsar moving at speeds of up to five million miles per hour has produced the longest particle jet ever seen by humans. The jet, ten times as long as the distance between our sun and its nearest star, was spotted by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, a telescope in orbit around the earth.<p>The jet …

Nanomotors controlled inside living human cells for the first time

Scientists at Penn State University have successfully controlled tiny nanomotors inside living human cells. Consisting of tiny, rocket-shaped bits of metal, the nanomotors were propelled by ultrasonic waves and steered with magnets. Researcher Tom Mallouk wasn't afraid to talk up potential future …

How Modern Light Bulbs Work

Promising cancer therapy treatment: Vitamin C

Scientists have identified a simple, inexpensive compound that made cancer drugs more effective in mice and helped human patients weather the toxic side effects of<p>chemotherapy.<p>But even as they touted their experimental results, they acknowledged that their remedy was unlikely to inspire the …

The first-ever botwall could change the economics of hacking forever

For companies with data to protect, their primary problem is how cheap hacking can be.<p>While “hacking” encompasses a wide variety of activities, one company is specifically tackling the botnet problem: The ability to use a network of linked computers to overwhelm a website or break into user …

Anti-Virus Software

Video: A Marine With A Prosthetic Hand Controlled By His Own Muscles

Staff Sergeant James Sides lost his right arm in an IED explosion in Afghanistan. Now he's the first patient in an FDA trial testing an implantable, muscle-connected controller for prosthetics.<p>Out on a routine reconnaissance mission in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, Marine Staff Sergeant James …

Prosthetics

Researchers Develop Micro-Windmills to Recharge Cell Phones

A University of Texas at Arlington research associate and electrical engineering professor have created a micro-windmill that generates wind energy. …

Burning Trash With Water [Video]

Astronauts on board the International Space Station study the strange properties of supercritical water.<p>Burn baby burn. Today, we use water to put out fires. But what if we could use it for the opposite effect? Astronaut researchers on the International Space Station are experimenting with water …

CES 2014: The Under-A-Pound Gaming PC

All your games, without the clutter<p>Enthusiast gaming PCs tend to be big. In some cases, they're very, very big. But the Spark, from boutique system builder Maingear, bucks the trend by going small—and by desktop standards, this thing is tiny.<p>The aggressively styled red-and-black Spark measures just …

Computer Hardware

Cells to Civilizations, by Enrico Coen – review

Coen is attempting something few have dared to – you could call it the unification of life, from biochemistry to human creativity<p>According to Enrico Coen, the creative processes that led to the masterpieces of Picasso, Cezanne and da Vinci are no more mysterious than the neural processes that occur …

Crystal structure could push the limits of solar cells - Futurity

A new model for solar cell construction may make them less expensive, easier to manufacture, and more efficient at harvesting energy from the sun.

Solvent safely turns semiconductors into 'ink' - Futurity

A new solvent can dissolve semiconductors safely at room temperature, making them useful as a thin film for low-cost electronics.

Your brain sees things you don’t

Our brains process visual input that we never consciously perceive. A study challenges currently accepted models about how the brain processes visual …

Consciousness

A Self-Assembling Molecular Train Set

An artificial system mimics the way proteins and other things move around inside cells.<p>When the tiny bits of stuff inside your body's cells need to get somewhere, they move on tracks, like the cars of a train. Protein, genetic material and organelles—the mini-organs inside each cell—all move around …

University of Oxford

A Light Bulb Powered By Bacteria

Three college students are building an electricity-free light bulb for the masses.<p>We've all basked in the glow of different light bulbs: incandescent, fluorescent, halogen, neon, LED, and more. But a lamp that harbors living, light-emitting bacteria -- a biological bulb, if you will -- is something …

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New Human Body Part Discovered

Time to rewrite the textbooks!<p>The newest addition to human anatomy is just 15 microns thick, but its discovery will make eye surgery safer and simpler. Harminder Dua, a professor at the University of Nottingham, recently found a new layer in the human cornea, and he's calling it (can you guess?) …

Researchers Turn Cement Into Metal Using Lasers

You might be getting a gadget made out of cement soon.<p>A team of<p>alchemistsscientists say they've just figured out a process that turns cement into a metal semi-conductor using lasers.<p><i>Metal sidewalks! Metal buildings! Metal everything!</i><p>Well, no. But it could have make its way into one of your …

Did comet impacts jump-start life on Earth?

Icy comets that crashed into Earth millions of years ago could have produced life building organic compounds.<p>Early Earth was not very hospitable when …

Tapping 'noise canceling' data signals for faster Internet

Researchers have found a rather elegant way to improve data speeds on existing fiber technology, according to the BBC.<p>At the moment, sending data via …

Through a PRISM darkly: Tracking the ongoing NSA surveillance story

Advertisement<p>25 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Lightspring<p>It was a relatively quiet week for internet news until <i>Guardian</i> blogger Glenn Greenwald …