Andrew Sanfilippo

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Cheap DIY Microscope Sees Individual Atoms

This is not an artist’s rendering, nor a physics simulation. This device held together with hardware-store MDF and eyebolts and connected to a …

Nobel Prize

Here’s why this expert physicist thinks Toyota’s hydrogen fuel-cell car is ‘perfect’

LAS VEGAS — Dr. Michio Kaku thinks Toyota has developed the perfect car.<p>Kaku, a theoretical physicist and best-selling author, spoke at Toyota’s …

Alternative Fuel

We Need Young People Working: Here's What This Congress Can Do

The 114th Congress has an opportunity to fundamentally shift American life. To do so, though, they must overcome cynical calculations that have become too common when it comes to young people and politics.<p>First-time congressional candidate Matt Miller, a California Democrat, wrote a candid piece …

Rand Paul

Extraordinary pictures of the most ancient trees on Earth

Photographer Beth Moon spent 14 years traveling around the world taking pictures of the most ancient trees on Earth. The resulting photos—printed in …

23andMe Brings Fully Approved DNA Testing to the UK

23andMe, the Mountain View, California-based ‘personal genetics’ company, has launched its mail-order DNA test kits in the UK today. The kits provide customers with comprehensive reports about their health, genetic traits, inherited conditions and ancestry.<p>The Personal Genome Service starts with a …

This Curry Spice Might Help the Brain Heal Itself

A spice commonly used to make curry could help the brain heal itself by encouraging the growth of nerve cells, according to a new study.<p>Researchers …

Stem Cells

Turn A Shoe Box Into A Phone Projector [Video]

Buy some new crocs, gain a mini movie theater.<p>Don’t watch that YouTube clip on a tiny screen—project it onto the wall instead! The picture may not be movie-theater quality, but it improves if the phone is very bright and the room is very dark.<p>Time: 20 minutes<p>Cost: $2<p>Difficulty: Easy<p>Materials<p>• Shoe …

Royal Society 2014 Winton Prize for Science Books shortlist announced

The Royal Society just announced the six books that were shortlisted for the 2014 Winton Prize for Science books.<p>I’ve got some excellent news that you’ve all been waiting for: After a summer spent lounging in beach chairs under umbrellas while intensively scrutinising this year’s 12 longlisted …

Lockheed Laser Brings Turrets Back To Airplanes

Might the Laserfortress replace the Stratofortress?<p>In World War II, mighty bombers came equipped with gun barrels, manned by gunners at the ready to protect the plane from attacking fighters. The B-52 Stratofortress even came with a tail gun for self defense and last used it in combat over Vietnam …

Forget The Hyperloop: Larry Page Wants Google To Build A Super-Efficient Airport The Rest Of The World Can Copy

Larry Page's ambitions are huge and grow bigger every day.<p>Already, he has Google working on self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, robots, aging, and drones. At Google, they call these efforts moonshots.<p>The latest problem Page wants to solve: inefficient airports.<p>In an excellent report, The …

Transportation

Spooky Action In Threes: Physicists Entangle Three Particles Of Light

The entangled triplets are unusually stable.<p>As if it weren't hard enough already to imagine it in twos, physicists have entangled three photons with each other. Entanglement is a counterintuitive quantum physics phenomenon, in which a particle influences all the others with which it's entangled -- …

White-Dominated Medical Studies Put U.S. Minorities At Risk

One scientist explains how using more diverse test subjects could save lives.<p>When medical research focuses on white people, things get missed, and people die.<p>That's the essence of a commentary published this week in <i>Nature.</i> Bioengineer Esteban Burchard from the University of California at San …

Cannabis use in teens, suicide and school dropout: the jury is still out

A recent study found associations between cannabis use and later poor educational achievement and suicide attempts. But was the cannabis really to blame?<p>The potential harms of adolescent cannabis use is a hotly discussed topic, particularly in recent months as various locations across the globe are …

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Mind games to beat bad behaviour on planes and trains

We are the unwitting subjects of subtle mind games to make us better passengers, writes Katia Moskvitch. And it sometimes starts before we even board.<p>On a United Airlines flight from Newark to Denver in August, a small piece of plastic caused an unexpected diversion to another airport – and …

Virgin Trains

How-to: Request an iTunes purchase refund if you have a legitimate reason

When you purchase an item from the App Store or iTunes, it is possible to obtain a refund on items purchased within the past 90 days if you have a legitimate reason. For example, you might buy the live version of a song when you meant to get the studio version. It is certainly possible to download …

How to print your own 3D designer dildo

Thought 3D printing was just for geeks? A German programmer has come up with a way to create bespoke sex toys online and print them out - whether at home, or in public<p>Whoever invented 3D printing probably didn’t envision this.<p>Forget handguns, housing or healthcare: the latest item to emerge is a …