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Scientists close in on diabetes cure with production of insulin-producing cells

Stem cell researchers at Harvard University have devised a method for creating large quantities of human insulin-producing beta cells, which could …

Nobel Prize a Reminder of How the Brain Can Surprise Us

Brain cells that create our "inner GPS" among a list of others specialized for particular purposes.<p>Location, location, location: It's just as important for the brain as it is for real estate. Our brains help us find our way using specialized cells, and the discovery of this "inner GPS" earned three …

The Fermi Paradox

<i>PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.)</i><p>Everyone feels something when they’re in a …

Eton Blackout Buddy H2O

Yes, candles and flashlights can provide light during an emergency — but candles can be fire hazards, and flashlights require you to make sure their …

A German Lunatic Actually Built Iron Man's Rocket-Launching Gauntlet

I don’t actually have to do this, legally speaking, because websites are generally insulated from anybody dumb enough to see a bad idea on the …

INFOGRAPHIC: Top Ten Most Amazing Buildings in the World That Haven't Been Built!

If you love drooling over crazy architectural eye candy, here’s one fantastic infographic you won’t want to miss. In honor of World Architecture Day …

If Someone Secretly Controlled What You Say, Would Anyone Notice?

The subject enters a room in which a 12-year-old boy is seated. A 20-minute conversation ensues. The subject quizzes the boy about current events and …

16-Year-Old Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair 2014 With World-Changing Crop Yield Breakthrough

Irish teenagers Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow, all 16, have won the Google Science Fair 2014. Their project, Combating the Global …

Water discovered on the smallest planet yet

Being able to find water may make it easier to find life<p>Scientists found water vapor on a Neptune-sized planet 124 light years away from Earth, the first time an exoplanet smaller than Jupiter has been found with water. Their results are published in the journal <i>Nature</i>.<p>Life as we understand it …

Three Irish Teens Win Google Science Fair Using Bacteria to Grow Food

Seeds treated with bacteria grow faster and better, research shows.<p>A trio of Irish high-schoolers nabbed the top prize in this year's Google Science Fair with a project that speeds up crop growth by tapping into the naturally cozy relationship between soil microbes and plants.<p>After 11 months of …

Researcher shows that black holes do not exist

Black holes have long captured the public imagination and been the subject of popular culture, from Star Trek to Hollywood. They are the ultimate …

A Fun Way of Understanding E=mc2

Many people fail to realize just how much energy there is locked up in matter. The nucleus of any atom is an oven of intense radiation, and when you …

Scientists Show You How to Make an Invisibility Cloak (Sort Of)

Physicists have figured out the optical parameters for a magic trick they characterize as a kind of "invisibility cloak" — and unlike most magicians, they're only too willing to show you how it's done.<p>Invisibility cloaks have been getting a lot of press over the years. That's not only because Harry …

No More Air Conditioners: This “Skin” For Buildings Keeps The Inside Cool With Zero Energy

The facade works with no power at all–not even solar panels–and keeps the temperature comfortable and light bright inside.<p>For most of human history, buildings were essentially net zero energy systems. Thick walls kept out cold and simple windows let in fresh air and daylight. Then came complex, …

15 great tricks to master Apple’s iOS 8

So, you just downloaded iOS 8. Looks pretty familiar, right? Certainly, last year's switch from iOS 6 to iOS 7 -- which saw Apple ditch the iPhone's …

30 tips every new iOS 8 user should know

Radinn Electric Wakeboard Powers You Along Without A Tow Line (video)

If you fancy powering along in the water without the need for a boat, the Radinn Electric Wakeboard created by Swedish company Radinn, might be just …

The new Dragon Ball game lets you create your own custom Super Saiyan

Bandai Namco's <i>Dragon Ball Xenoverse</i> will give fans of Akira Torayama's manga and anime series the chance to play with their own original, customizable character and "dive into Dragon Ball history" with that character for the first time.<p>At a pre-Tokyo Game Show press event, Masahiro Kashino of …

A Guide To What's Great In iOS 8

There’s a good chance if you’ve already downloaded iOS 8, you’re wondering what all the fuss is about. It looks enough like iOS 7 that you could be forgiven for wondering if anything has changed at all. Rest assured it has. In fact, there’s more substantial new stuff than Apple put into its mobile …

Scientists manipulate magnetically levitated objects

<b>Researchers from Harvard University have discovered how to orientate small objects in any direction using magnetic levitation.</b><p>Methods to manipulate small objects are crucial to manufacture complex structures such as electronic components in assembly lines.<p>But few methods exist that deal with …

Nepalese Teen Invents Cheap Solar Panel Using Human Hair

Did you know that melanin, the pigment in hair, is light sensitive and can be used as a conductor? Well, that’s what an 18 year old in Nepal recently …