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Futuropolis: Building A Bionic Human

We have the technology (or at least some of it)<p>Could humans one day scrap our flesh-and-blood limbs for bionic ones? High-tech prosthetics are improving in leaps and bounds, so bionics seemed like the perfect topic for the fourth episode of our Futuropolis podcast. In the past few years, …

Thanks to 3D imaging, you can now look at a millipede’s genitals

Thanks to 3-D modeling, now you can<p>Scientists discovered a new species of millipede in Spain — and thanks to 3D imaging, they didn't have to cut it open to see how it works.<p>The millipede in question is a humble species that the researchers named <i>Ommatoiulus avatar —</i> in honor of its digital twin. …

Biology

This Is The Vehicle That Will Replace The Humvee

Now all it needs is a catchier nickname than 'LATV'<p>This side of a tank, there is no more iconic U.S. Army vehicle that the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMVV), or as it’s better known, the Humvee. Design on them started in the late 1970s, with the Jeep-like vehicles first delivered …

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Explains The Science Of The Iran Deal

New video from the White House touts the accord using physics<p>In July, the U.S. and other nations drew up an agreement with Iran to limit the country’s nuclear program, with a goal of preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons. As a Congressional vote on the deal draws near, the White House is …

A close look at NASA’s Orion spacecraft after its parachute test

On Wednesday, NASA dropped a test version of its Orion spacecraft out of a military transport aircraft flying over the Arizona desert. During the fall, two of the capsule's parachutes were intentionally made to fail. It was a test to see if the Orion could still land gently when its systems …

Space Exploration

NASA Crashed Another Plane Today

Totally on purpose<p>Earlier this afternoon, another NASA plane crashed into the ground. On purpose. It’s been a big summer of NASA hurtling objects into the earth, with NASA deliberately crashing a Cessna in July, and earlier this week releasing a compilation of flying machine destruction footage. A …

3D Printed Fish Can Detect And Remove Toxins From Liquid

And could one day become medicine that you swallow<p>We all know that eating fish is good for your health, but what about fish shaped robots?<p>In a study published this month in <i>Advanced Materials</i>, researchers from UC San Diego announced that they'd figured out a way to 3D print tiny microrobots in the …

Stephen Hawking: 'If you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up. There’s a way out.'

Physicist says information sucked into a black hole may emerge in another universe<p>All is not lost if you fall into a black hole – you could simply pop up in another universe, according to Stephen Hawking.<p>The celebrated physicist has a new theory about where lost information ends up after being …

Physics

For drivers, the A27 is far more dangerous than any air show

The Shoreham plane crash has prompted calls for a review of airshow safety. But everyday safety on Britain’s A roads is an issue receiving little attention<p>Since the Shoreham Airshow crash, which claimed at least eleven lives, many have called for a review of airshow safety. They question the level …

Air Shows