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The $200 Uno synth crams a ton of features into a small package

IK Multimedia is known for its wide variety of music gear, including MIDI controllers, mixers and instrument interfaces. Now the company has just launched its first analog synth, a compact little machine named Uno.<p>The company's own Erik Norlander (one of the designers behind Alesis' Andromeda …

Antioxidant found to wind back the clock on blood vessel function by up to 20 years

Much mystery surrounds the physiological processes by which humans age, but scientists are learning more all the time. With this knowledge come new …

Medical Research

Are digital drugs the future of medication?

A drug with the potential to revolutionise medication has been approved in the US. The 'smart' pill can communicate with doctors and share information about treatments.<p>In a world where gradually everything is becoming digitised, the latest innovation has been the 'smart pill'. This recent …

Digital Culture

Inside the Mystery of Animal 'Suicide'

The idea of animals taking their own lives has intrigued humankind for aeons.<p>The first I heard about animals suiciding was after getting up close with tarsiers, a type of primate found in the Philippines. These teeny-tiny Yoda lookalikes are nocturnal and loathe noise and human contact; the misery …

Disconnect will protect your privacy on public Wi-Fi during your travels this Spring

popsci shop<p>Get lifetime tracker blocking and VPN protection for $49.<p>As the latest Facebook revelations hit the headlines, many of us are starting to think more carefully about digital privacy. Disconnect is a service that helps you block online trackers and stay anonymous, thanks to built-in VPN …

The Predictable March of Corpse-Eating Microbes

A new video explains how the necrobiome might be valuable to forensic investigators.<p>When a forest is scorched by a fire, you can safely bet that grasses will be the first to regrow, followed by small bushes, and eventually trees. When a newborn baby is born, it will first be colonized by bacteria …

Biology

How Did Astronaut DNA Become 'Fake News'?

For a brief moment, NASA found itself at the center of a digital misinformation campaign.<p>“After year in space, astronaut Scott Kelly no longer has same DNA as identical twin,” the headline of a story on the <i>Today</i> show’s website, published Thursday, declared. Seven percent of his DNA, the story says, …

Genetics

Explore Intricate Alien Landscapes Created by These Complicated Algorithms

Joanie Lemercier has created 1,000 sprawling, computer-generated landscapes comprised of thousands of single dots.<p><b>This article was originally published on December 12, 2014 but we think it still rocks!</b><p>Inspired by the unverifiable images of Comet 67P's surface, artist Joanie Lemercier has created …

SINGULARITY

Blips sticker turns your iPhone into a microscope

Place your iPhone’s camera too close to your subject and it loses its ability to focus, but not if you turn it into a microscope. That’s possible with a simple Blips sticker that’s placed over your iPhone’s camera lens — and you can preorder yours right now.<p>Blips lenses first landed on Kickstarter …

The Psychedelic Art Project That Is Eliphante Village

It's not often that you can visit a magical psychedelic world without taking drugs, but Eliphante Village offers just that. The strange art project began with a couple who were gifted three acres of land in Cornville, Arizona to do with as they please. Back in 1979 Michael Kahn and his wife Leda …

How we built machines that can think for themselves

The computers we have built are now capable of thinking for themselves, and doing complex jobs without our supervision. Where does it go from here?<p>It was renowned British computer scientist Alan Turing – the man who helped crack the Nazi Enigma code – who first came up with a test to see if a …

Artificial Intelligence

The viruses that may save humanity

One day in the future, a dose of a “ninja virus” might just save your life.<p>It was the early 1890s, and Ernest Hankin was studying cholera outbreaks along the banks of the Ganges. As the locals dumped their dead in the holy water, the river should have quickly transformed into a poisonous spring of …

Medicine

6 Graphics To Show To Your Climate-Denying Uncle This Thanksgiving

Pumpkin pie with a side of science.<p>Trying to have any meaningful discussion about the climate change crisis with someone who rejects mainstream science is a recipe for frustration.<p>And with a president-elect who has said climate change is “bullshit” and a “hoax,” it’s likely many family holiday …

What Sun Ra's Poetry Can Teach Us About Afrofuturism

"What I would like to see is a scholarly edition of his poems," says the author of a new book on Sun Ra. "I think they're worthy of that treatment..."<p>The Tower of Babel is a biblical myth explaining the formation of Earth's many languages, and it's been explored by artists in many different …

The real-life diseases that spread the vampire myth

Vampires are some of the most enduring monsters we have created. Diseases that plagued our ancestors played a part in their creation.<p>Diseases were frightening things before the age of medical science. Plagues and epidemics could appear without warning and cause death and misery.<p>It wasn’t just …

The world’s knowledge is being buried in a salt mine

The Memory of Mankind project aims to save our most precious documents from an apocalypse – by burying microscopic engravings in an Austrian salt mine.<p>Etched with strange pictograms, lines and wedge-shaped markings, they lay buried in the dusty desert earth of Iraq for thousands of years. The clay …

Man's Fate

Easter Island tells us all we need to know about our greatness and our fallibility -- and also about our prognosis as a species. We learn from Easter Island or we repeat Easter Island.<p>Once the scene of unprecedented human inventiveness, its fast rising civilization was just as quickly destroyed by …

Listen to Odetta Cover Dylan

We all know the story of Bob Dylan going electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival: the boos, the cheers, Pete Seeger overheard backstage wishing that he had an axe to chop through the microphone cable. It’s one of the great American artistic-origin myths. As Excalibur was to Arthur, so the Fender …

The Leafy Seadragon Is the Most Stunning Fish in the Sea. Argument Over

Dragons have got a lot of things going for them: the fire-breathing, the treasure-hoarding, the people-eating. Problem is, they're not strictly …

Fish

The Physics of Buster Keaton, the Greatest Stuntman Ever

I'm beginning to think that Buster Keaton was the greatest all time stunt-person. Just look at this reel of some of his greatest stunts—most …

Filmmaking

A Volcanic Eruption Photographed Against the Backdrop of the Milky Way, Moon, and a Streaking Meteor | Colossal

<p>While photographing the surface flow of a volcano several weeks ago in Hawaii, photographer Mike Mezeul managed to capture an extraordinary number …

Astronomy

5 Leading Theories of What Dreams Actually Are

The earliest recorded dream is from the Sumerian king Dumuzi of Uruk, who ruled just before Gilgamesh, sometime around 2500 BC. “An eagle seizes a …

The Strange Beauty Of Bioluminescent Fish

The new book Fire in the Sea brings one eccentric marine biologist's paintings out of obscurity.<p>David McKee, a retired biology professor from Texas A&M University, never got the chance to talk to Henry Compton about his art. Compton, an eccentric marine biologist and local fishing pier manager, …

All you need to know about the ‘antibiotic apocalypse’

The post-antibiotic era will be a frightening place to live – but there may be ways to avoid disaster.<p>Antibiotic resistance was around long before we started using antibiotics with a frequency and enthusiasm that borders on addiction. The same genes that modern bacteria are currently loading up on …

The Haunting Sound Of Climate Change Over 100 Years

Two Stanford researchers have transformed data of a dying Alaskan tree into song.<p>Quick, bright piano notes open the melody. It’s lively, almost playful; conjuring images of birds chirping through sun-dappled forests.<p>Then suddenly, a shift. The piano notes quieten; the silence interrupted only by …

The Extraordinary Details of Tiny Creatures Captured with a Laser-Scanning Microscope by Igor Siwanowicz | Colossal

<p>If you’ve ever wondered how a diving beetle swims through the water or manages to rest just on the surface, the answer is in part because its foot …

The myths and reality about interstellar travel

Is reaching alien planets outside our Solar System actually possible, and if so, how would it work?<p>Science fiction writers and moviemakers have shown us countless visions of humanity spread out across the Universe, so you might be forgiven for thinking that we’ve already got this in the bag. …

'We’re growing brains outside of the body'

Madeleine Lancaster has 300 brains growing in her lab – here’s how she’s done it.<p>As she speaks, Madeleine Lancaster rests her hand on her pregnant belly. “Oh they’re about six or seven months along now”. At this point her progeny measure about four millimetres across. She’s growing a few hundred, …

A new book on uses of spider silk shows its role in nature, science, technology, art and the human imagination<p>It is in September and October that we in Britain are most likely to spot spiders and their webs in our gardens and hedgerows. These are the gossamer days, when the silken threads strung …

Insects