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Video: 4 minutes of 6-second science

Compilation from GE’s #6SecondScienceFair. Go from “wow!” to “huh?” and back again.<p>On August 15, GE hosted a science fair on Vine called …

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Scientists grow "mini human brains" from stem cells

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have grown the first mini human brains in a laboratory and say their success could lead to new levels of understanding about the way brains develop and what goes wrong in disorders like schizophrenia and autism.<p>A cross-section of an entire organoid showing development …

Far Out: Voyager 1 Might Be Over The Edge, Into Deep Space

For the past decade, scientists have been waiting for the Voyager 1 spacecraft to cross into deep space. New research suggests it has left the solar system, but other scientists say it's still inside the sun's sphere of influence. (This piece initially aired Aug. 19, 2013, on <i>Morning …

Oldest Globe of New World Carved on Ostrich Eggs?

The mysterious globe was discovered by a Belgian map collector.<p><b>A recently discovered globe from the early 1500s, carved onto ostrich eggs, may be the oldest globe of the New World ever identified, experts say.</b><p>Latin inscriptions dot its surface, and two small islands sit in the place of what we now …

Store Your Housekey In the Cloud And Cut Copies On Demand

Self-serve robot locksmiths have arrived in New York City.<p>It's 11 pm on a Saturday and you've locked yourself out of your house. You'll have to call a locksmith. Then you'll wait for him or her to come to your place… and, if you're a New Yorker, you'll end up paying about $100 to get back into your …

X-ray vision: how a chance discovery revolutionised medicine – video

Katie Maggs of London's Science Museum and Liz Parvin of the Open University discuss how a German physicist called Wilhelm Roentgen stumbled upon a …

New material can halt runny liquids on demand

<b>A tent that blocks light on a sunny day and becomes transparent and waterproof on a dim, rainy one could be an outcome of work by US scientists.</b><p>The new material can change between two states when stretched, altering both its transparency and its roughness.<p>The team from Harvard's Wyss Institute have …

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Fun facts and science of ice cream

In honor of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, whose 35th anniversary was April 9 and who celebrated with a Free Cone Day.<p>Yesterday – April 9, 2013 – was Ben & …

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New Stanford Technique To Make Brains Transparent

A new technique turns mammalian organs transparent, so scientists can see inside.<p>A new lab technique now lets scientists make gorgeous, fully intact images of bodily organs such as the brain.<p>A team of engineers has developed a way to turn organs from mammals, such as lab mice or human bodies …

Holy Crap, Saturn's Rings Are Raining Water

Astronomers discover rainwater falling all over the planet!<p>Exciting news from space: Astronomers have discovered that charged water particles fall from Saturn's rings over large areas of the planet, and the rainwater has a major impact on Saturn's atmosphere.<p>Previously, scientists thought water …

Why you better not cry in space

Is there anything Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield <i>can't</i> do? He's the commander of the International Space Station, a guitar-strumming space troubadour, a prolific orbital photographer and a frequent commentator about life in space. Hadfield seems to do it all, but apparently there's at least one …

A Harvard Neuroscience Scheme To Change Decisions In Your Brain

A researcher wants to reverse your choices before you even know you've made them.<p>This week at the British Neuroscience Association, Harvard scientist Gabriel Kreiman described a rather diabolical-sounding experiment: He wants to reverse someone's decision to push a button before the person is even …

New music 'rewarding for the brain'

<b>Listening to new music is rewarding for the brain, a study suggests.</b><p>Using MRI scans, a Canadian team of scientists found that areas in the reward centre of the brain became active when people heard a song for the first time.<p>The more the listener enjoyed what they were hearing, the stronger the …

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Why your brain loves music

New neuroscience study sets out to explain why in some respects music offers the same sort of pleasure as a really good thriller.<p>The love affair between <b>music</b> and neuroscience just keeps going and going. And this isn’t surprising because music’s power over us is so huge, and so odd. It’s not like …

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NASA’s ex-CTO built a cloud in a box and he wants you to buy it

Nebula's OpenStack-based hardware turns servers into an Amazon-like cloud.<p>Private clouds are all the rage for businesses seeking to recreate the …

Caffeine-Addicted Bacteria Die If You Give Them Decaf

Engineered E. coli could be used to clean caffeine-polluted waterways.<p>Caffeine. Like so many other wonderful compounds that provide a lift, buzz, high or other pleasant side effect, caffeine under certain circumstances is toxic. It's most certainly poisonous to humans in high amounts, but even …

N Korea 'readies' rockets to strike US bases

North Korea's leader has responded to America's use of nuclear-capable B-2 bombers in joint South Korean military<br>drills with more angry rhetoric, saying his rocket forces are ready to attack US positions.<p>The North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) news agency said on Friday that Kim …

For some, King Richard III's resting place raises a human rights issue

Distant relatives of England's King Richard III have escalated their fight to have the much-maligned monarch's mortal remains buried in York rather than Leicester, claiming that the matter was a human rights issue.<p>The late king's skeleton was discovered beneath a parking lot near the present-day …

Space tourism: the annoying details

With the news of Voyager leaving the solar system (again), prehistoric water on Mars and possible missions there, the mechanics of landings on …

Raytheon Wants To Give Military Pilots Superhuman Hearing

A Raytheon Project wants pilots to hear missiles better so that they can avoid them.<p>Directional sound is awesome. Long a feature of cinema and state-of-the-art home entertainment systems, directional sound uses several focused speakers to create sound that hits one ear differently than the other, …

GameSci: What Is (Scientifically!) The Most Addictive Game Ever?

What's going to glue you to the screen? Science explains.<p>Back in 2007, a study of gamers appeared in the journal <i>CyberPsychology and Behavior</i>. The study, "Experiences of time loss among videogame players: An empirical study," asked gamers to report how often they got sucked in to games: for better …

Neonicotinoid pesticides 'damage brains of bees'

<b>Commonly used pesticides are damaging honey bee brains, studies suggest.</b><p>Scientists have found that two types of chemicals called neonicotinoids and coumaphos are interfering with the insect's ability to learn and remember.<p>Experiments revealed that exposure was also lowering brain activity, …

Little kids know to share, but hoard anyway

<b>U. MICHIGAN (US) —</b> Children as young as three years old know they should share, but putting it into practice is another story.<p>A new study shows it’s …