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Get ready for robots made with human flesh

Humanoid robots would "wear" tissue grafts before transplantation.<p>Two University of Oxford biomedical researchers are calling for robots to be built …

Robotics

There's a Massive, Glowing Blob in The Universe, And a Mystery Source Is Lighting It Up

No one knows what's powering this thing.<p>Astronomers have discovered a vast, glowing blob of gas in the distant Universe, and they can't figure out …

This Is What Happens To Your Brain When You Experience Happiness

<i>This article was previously published on Prevent Disease.com and written by Dr. Marianna Pochelli.</i><p>Too much research has been devoted to the science …

Happiness

Physics To Be Thankful For - The Nature of Reality — The Nature of Reality | PBS

To celebrate Thanksgiving, we’ve asked some of our contributors and friends to tell us what physics they are most thankful for. We hope you’ll join …

Are we on the brink of creating artificial life? Scientists digitise the brain of a WORM and place it inside a robot

• <b>The OpenWorm global project is making a 'digital' worm</b>• <b><br>Their project is recreating the neurons and cells in C. elegans</b>• <b><br>It is the simplest organism we</b> …

Singularity

Is your technology killing you?

As a New York surgeon detects a new phenomenon known as 'text-neck' syndrome, we take a look at some of the other technology-induced health risks<p>Like it or loathe it, technology is something we cannot live without. From the moment we wake up in the morning (the customised ring of a smart phone’s …

'Quantum Weirdness' and 'Many Interacting Worlds'

Recently, the new "many interacting worlds" (MIW) theory of quantum mechanics has received a lot of popular press, in venues such as <i>Nature</i>, <i>New Scientist</i>, and The Huffington Post. This theory provides one possible explanation or interpretation of the "weird" phenomena observed in quantum experiments.<p>…

Teleportation…….is it possible or not? …. Well there is a possibility.

Throughout the history of mankind many concepts of teleportation have been brought, from Sc-Fi to now which it is being tested on labs, this is …

Scientists Have Figured Out How to Turn Peanut Butter Into Diamonds

A team of German scientists has made diamonds from scratch using none other than plain old peanut butter. The exercise might sound a little …

The Brain May Compensate For Heavy Pot Smoking -- Until It Can't Anymore

Another study adds to the growing but controversial pile of evidence that heavy marijuana use over the years can lead to changes in the brain. The research, published in <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i>, found that an area in the front of the brain called the orbitofrontal cortex …

How Animals Hacked The Rainbow And Got Stumped On Blue

Until about 600 million years ago, seeing colors didn't matter so much to Earth's inhabitants — nobody had eyes.<p>"Before the eye evolved, you just wouldn't have seen what was there," says Andrew Parker, a biologist at London's Natural History Museum who studies the evolution of color.<p>Simple animals …

Social anxiety disorder warps view of friendship - Futurity

People with social anxiety disorder tend to underestimate the quality of their friendships, so researchers asked their friends to give their …

Mental Health

Scientists Achieve Direct Brain-To-Brain Communication Between Humans

Telepathy is the stuff of science fiction. But what if the dystopian futurists were on to something? What if our brains could directly interact with each other, bypassing the need for language? The idea isn't quite so far fetched, according to a recent University of Washington study in which …

Physics: Matter Could Be The Result Of Splitting Or Joining Of Strings, Says New Theory

In the search for one unified theory that explains all phenomena in the observable universe, two researchers have come up with a theory that links …

Radical New Quantum Theory Says Other Universes Affect Our Own

Parallel universes have long been a staple of science fiction. But according to a radical new theory of quantum mechanics published Oct. 23 in the journal Physical Review X, other universes are real--and they exist in vast numbers.<p>What's more, the scientists behind the theory say the other …

Curiosity improves memory by tapping into the brain’s reward system

The brain’s dopamine reward circuitry fires up when people are curious about finding answers, making learning more effective<p>Brain scans of college students have shed light on why people learn more effectively when their curiosity is piqued than when they are bored stiff.<p>Researchers in the US found …

Losing sense of smell may be a harbinger of death, study finds

Losing one's sense of smell is a strong predictor that death is near -- and it possibly could be used as an early alert about serious health problems.<p>That's the conclusion of a study of older adults published this week in the journal PLOS One, which found that those who failed a smelling test were …

University of Chicago

Inhabitat's Week in Green: hydroelectric house, human hamster wheel and a saltwater-powered car

Salt water covers the vast majority of the Earth's surface, making it one of the most abundant and under-appreciated resources on the planet. Taking advantage of this resource, Nanoflowcell has developed the world's first saltwater-powered electric car! The vehicle, known as the Quant …

7 Hard Truths About Life That People Don't Like to Admit

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>While people generally like to think they're in touch with reality, the truth is that many of us shield ourselves from certain unpleasant facts to make us happier and more productive.<p>Users on Quora recently discussed the question: "What is an …

Why Some Civil War Soldiers Glowed in the Dark

By the spring of 1862, a year into the American Civil War, Major General Ulysses S. Grant had pushed deep into Confederate territory along the …

War

13-year-old boy passes the Turing test

For the first time in recorded history, a 13-year-old boy successfully passed the Turing test and convinced a panel of middle-aged men that he was an actual human. This has far-reaching implications for future relationships between teenagers and everyone else<p>Scientists are still struggling to come …

Mice With 'Mohawks' May Yield Key Clues About Autism

It's not every day you see a mouse with a mohawk. But that's what researchers saw while studying mice that had a genetic mutation linked to autism.<p>The mohawks that the mice were sporting actually resulted from their "over-grooming" behavior, repeatedly licking each other's hair in the same …

Can a robot learn right from wrong?

Researchers are working on robots that can make ethical choices and then explain why<p>In Isaac Asimov’s short story "Runaround," two scientists on Mercury discover they are running out of fuel for the human base. They send a robot named Speedy on a dangerous mission to collect more, but five hours …