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Nanotech roundup: turning seawater into drinking water, and body power

This month's roundup includes the promise of a filter that extracts salt from seawater, and a battery powered by the heart<p>A perfect sieve<p>Graphene, the sheet of carbon just one atom thick, has already featured a few times on this blog thanks to its unique promise for many applications. Could it even …

The 17 equations that changed the course of history

Mathematics is all around us, and it has shaped our understanding of the world in countless ways.<p>In 2013, mathematician and science author Ian Stewart published a book on 17 Equations That Changed The World. We recently came across this convenient table on Dr. Paul Coxon's twitter account by …

Mathematics

Physicists find a new 'state of matter' in the eyes of chickens

An unusual arrangement of particles has been discovered in the cells of chicken eyes. It's the first time scientists have seen such a system in a …

Quantum Mechanics

2014 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 First Drive

Putting the G in Unglaublich: Ridiculous toys don't get more fun than this<p>The most flabbergasting aspect of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 isn’t that it exists, but that it’s a production vehicle. As in, you can buy one. AMG has already built nearly 60 units so far this year. I just spent a …

Time I

The 5 biggest crises facing our oceans today (and why you should care)

<b>What is it?</b><br>What’s known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (or the Pacific Trash Vortex) — a massive accumulation of plastic waste in the ocean — is …

Mysterious Undersea 'Crop Circles' Finally Explained

Mysterious undersea circles spotted off the coast of Denmark are not the work of aliens, or spiders. Or alien spiders, unfortunately. Rather, the …

If zebrafish can regrow fins, can we regrow bones? - Futurity

Adult zebrafish can replace bones when they lose a tail fin. Knowing how they do it might lead to better ways to treat bone fractures in people.

Largest human migration takes place around now

Hundreds of millions return to their home villages around the Chinese New Year. In a week to 10 days, 3.6 billion passenger miles are clocked on …

Chinese New Year

Record 829 Manatee Deaths in 2013 Puzzle Scientists

Researchers have found one main cause and are trying to crack the mystery of another.<p>The year 2013 was an unlucky one for manatees, the gentle, rotund sea mammals that live along the coastline of the Florida peninsula. The 829 known deaths last year were the highest annual total since biologists …

Sewage reveals the popular drugs of the world's cities

An anecdote from a student over drug use at the University of Puget Sound led one professor to test sewage in an effort to gauge the use of illegal drugs. "The amphetamine levels go through the roof during finals," says chemistry professor Dan Burgard in an interview with <i>Gizmodo</i>. Sewage tests in …

Restrictions on fishing in marine sanctuaries appear to be working

Two years after the creation of marine sanctuaries in more than 350 square miles of Southern California coastal waters, state wildlife officials and environmental groups say the restrictions on fishing are largely being obeyed.<p>"All of the dire predictions of the collapse of the commercial and …

The changing face of psychology

After 50 years of stagnation in research practices, psychology is leading reforms that will benefit all life sciences<p>In 1959, an American researcher named Ted Sterling reported something disturbing. Of 294 articles published across four major psychology journals, 286 had reported positive results – …

South Korea's 5G To Let Citizens Download A Full Movie In One Second

And the country's science ministry wants people on the fastest bullet trains to be able to surf the Internet.<p>South Korea's science ministry is investing $1.5 billion in building 5G wireless service for the country by 2020, AFP reports.<p>Some of the things the ministry wants 5G to do include …

South Korea

7 Out Of 10 People Will Live In Cities By 2050

Goodbye, little house on the prairie.<p>As people flock to urban centers, engineers will need to figure out how to accommodate them. In 2006, New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority started digging a train tunnel beneath Manhattan to connect the Long Island Rail Road, the nation’s second …

Grand Central Station

Feds Pulled Someone Out Of A Movie For Wearing Google Glass

It wasn't the FBI involved, as originally reported elsewhere, but turned out to be the Department of Homeland Security.<p>A report first appearing on <i>The Gadgeteer</i> sounded like a hoax: a reader told the site they'd been been approached by the Feds for wearing Google Glass in an Ohio movie theater (and …

Google Glass

Ancient And Vulnerable: 25 Percent Of Sharks And Rays Risk Extinction

<b>Listen · 3:29</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>There are more than a thousand species of sharks and rays in the world, and nearly a quarter of them are threatened with extinction, according to a new study. That means these ancient types of fish are among the most endangered animals in the …

Are we born good or evil?

Do humans have an innate sense of morality? If so, where does it exist in the brain and how did it get there? BBC’s Horizon shows how scientists looking into the minds of babies and criminals are rewriting our ideas of right and wrong.<p>Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, David Berkowitz – these men were …

Ted Bundy

Sloth Fur Might Yield New Drugs

Microbes living in the beasts' coats could be deadly to malaria and cancer cells.<p>Sloths are cute. Take this video of baby sloths being washed:<p>Until today, this video might represent sheer joy. But a new study causes a different reaction: NOOOO! DON'T KILL THE FUR FUNGI!!!<p>New research, you see, has …

Biology

How To Conduct A Fish Census From Just A Glass Of Ocean Water

A method to survey the "DNA soup" of water. Don't think about this next time you swim.<p>There are many fish in the sea, as many a jilted lover has been told for non-marine-biological reasons, but what kinds, and how many? To answer those questions to date, scientists have relied on physical counts, …

Aquaculture

Major drought for U.S. West, including California

While eastern U.S. has cold and unsettled weather, dry and warm weather continues in the U.S. West. Over 60% of the U.S. West is experiencing extreme …

Why we want to spend the rest of our lives on Mars

The Mars One project aims to establish a human colony on the red planet by 2025. We speak to three Britons who have been longlisted to be one of the first four colonists<p>Since its announcement in May 2012, the Mars One project hasn't had an easy ride. Critics have questioned all aspects, from the …

Google Developing Smart Contact Lenses To Help Diabetics

The wearable tech will help people monitor their blood-sugar levels.<p>The Google X labs are at it again. But instead of trying to engineer flying generators or spread WiFi with a balloon, the clandestine research center is developing contact lenses that measure blood-sugar levels in the wearer's …

Wearable Tech

Somebody Hacked A Fridge To Send Spam

Is nothing sacred?<p>Have you heard of the Internet of Things? It's, like, the most important Internet since the first Internet.<p>It's a series of connected devices. One day soon, when your alarm clock goes off, your coffee pot will turn on. When you're having a rough week, your toaster will deliver …

Routers

Rapid spread of California’s Colby Fire on January 16

As of Friday morning, Inciweb was reporting 1,709 acres burned. A Red Flag Warning has been extended to today due to a Santa Ana wind event.<p>Here are …

Photoshop Now Supports 3-D Printing

3-D printing, getting more mainstream all the time<p>Good news, 3-D printing enthusiasts: Adobe thinks your weird little hobby could actually be a thing! The company's adding support for 3-D modeling files to its Photoshop software, letting users manipulate objects, then send them off to a home 3-D …

3D

The Best Of The 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Our favorite cars from this year's North American International Auto Show<p>At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week, the level of exuberance seemed more amped up than in previous years—automakers are throwing it all against the wall to see what awesomeness sticks. With the …

Autos

The Best Ways to Choose, Store, and Use Olive Oil

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today: How to shop for the best olive oil -- and then how to treat it once you're home.</i><p><i>For more about olive oil tips, visit the Filippo Berio Facebook page to</i> …