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Scientists discover fundamental property of light – 150 years after Maxwell

Light plays a vital role in our everyday lives and technologies based on light are all around us. So we might expect that our understanding of light …

Limpet Teeth Are Nature's Strongest Material

So long, spider silk<p>Spider silk had a good run as nature’s strongest material. But recently, limpet teeth--made of mineral nanofibers--were found to be up to five times stronger. Asa Barber, an engineering professor at the University of Portsmouth in England, measured the stretching force needed to …

Engineering

Researchers Create First Single-Molecule Diode

Imagine a single molecule that could act as an electrical diode, holding the power to control the direction of current flowing within a circuit. If …

Scientists Have Found a Way to Switch on a Dormant Gene in Human Red Blood Cells

Welcome to the future of genetic editing.<p>Scientists from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia have used a world-first technique to …

System designed to label visual scenes according to type turns out to detect particular objects, too.

Object recognition — determining what objects are where in a digital image — is a central research topic in computer vision.<p>But a person looking at …

Machine learning algorithm cheat sheet

The suggestions offered in this algorithm cheat sheet are approximate rules-of-thumb. Some can be bent, and some can be flagrantly violated. This is …

Scientists achieve critical steps to building first practical quantum computer

IBM scientists today unveiled two critical advances towards the realization of a practical quantum computer. For the first time, they showed the …

Quantum Computing

A 3-D-printed airway splint cures babies, then disappears

At the<p>University of Michigan, printers spit out problem sets and term papers. Now there’s one that makes biodegradable medical devices, allowing babies with a potentially fatal condition to grow up and live a normal life.<p>The new device is called an airway splint. It's designed to support the tiny …

3D Printing

A smartphone with ultimate macro feature: DNA-scanning fluorescent microscope

Researchers have recently developed a device that can turn any smartphone into a DNA-scanning fluorescent microscope.

Microscopes

Beyond genes: are centrioles carriers of biological information?

EPFL scientists discover that certain cell structures, the centrioles, could act as information carriers throughout cell generations. The discovery …

Researchers create smallest gaps ever in nanostructures using graphene - ExtremeTech

By on April 27, 2015 at 8:44 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>There’s a lot of talk about …

Nanotech

MIT’s Self-Assembling Table Could Change The Way You Build Ikea Furniture

Imagine never having to waste a day interpreting confusing instructions again.<p>We’ve seen the remarkable programmable materials coming out of MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab for years–things like magnetic chairs that could snap together in a fish tank, or textiles that could flex themselves into various …

UCLA nanoscientists are first to model atomic structures of three bacterial nanomachines

<b>UCLA California NanoSystems Institute</b><p>Hong Zhou runs the Electron Imaging Center for Nanomachines laboratory at CNSI, where a highly sophisticated …

Nanotubes with 2 walls might be 'tunable' - Futurity

Nanotubes with two walls are stiffer and stronger than those with just one, but it turns out they also have some promising electronic properties.

Replace Your Eyeballs With Synthetic Ones

Vision would no longer have to be #nofilter<p>Our eyes are such elegant, complex, specialized organs that their existence seems almost hard to believe--Darwin himself called their evolution “absurd.” But that doesn’t mean they’re perfect; eyes sometimes don’t focus correctly, they break down over …

3D Bioprinting

Dark Matter --"Is a Parallel Universe That Could Harbor Rich Physics and Complex Behavior"

Astronomers believe they might have observed the first potential signs of dark matter interacting with a force other than gravity. An international …

Probabilistic programming does in 50 lines of code what used to take thousands.

Most recent advances in artificial intelligence — such as mobile apps that convert speech to text — are the result of machine learning, in which …

Scientists urge caution in using new CRISPR technology to treat human genetic disease

A group of 18 scientists and ethicists today warned that a revolutionary new tool to cut and splice DNA should be used cautiously when attempting to …

How to Directly Program an Inexpensive ESP8266 WiFi Module

The ESP8266 is the answer to “I want something with Wifi.” Surprisingly, there are a number of engineers and hobbyists who have not heard of this …

America’s white fragility complex: Why white people get so defensive about their privilege

The author of “What Does It Mean to Be White?” on Black Lives Matter and our biggest misconceptions about racism<p>Stop me if you’ve heard this one.<p>Last year, a white male Princeton undergraduate was asked by a classmate to “check his privilege.” Offended by this suggestion, he shot off a 1,300-word …

Could Drones Pose A Threat To Airplanes?

Drones vs. birds vs. planes<p>We already know what happens when a bird hits a drone, and we know what can happen when birds hit airliners, but what about a drone colliding with a commercial jet? Published last December, a study theorized that small drones--those weighing about the same as birds--posed …

Light's wave-particle duality imaged for the first time

The weird way that light can behave as both a wave and a particle has been known to physicists for about a century, but a team in Lausanne has only …

Graphene Research: Electrons Moving along Defined Snake States

Physicists at the University of Basel have shown for the first time that electrons in graphene can be moved along a predefined path. This movement …

Google's New AI Plays Atari Games As Well As You Can, Or Better

Conquering the world, one videogame at a time<p>Researchers at Google's DeepMind team have developed an artificial intelligence that's loosely inspired by how the human brain works… and that's able to play 49 classic Atari 2600 games, including Space Invaders and Pong.<p>The AI doesn't need to know the …

Artificial Intelligence

This Idea Must Die: Some of the World’s Greatest Thinkers Each Select a Major Misconception Holding Us Back

From the self to left brain vs. right brain to romantic love, a catalog of broken theories that hold us back from the conquest of Truth.<p><i>“To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact,”</i> asserted Charles Darwin in one of the eleven …

Consciousness

Using sand to improve battery performance

Researchers have created a lithium ion battery that outperforms the current industry standard by three times. The key material: sand. Yes, sand. …

(Deep Learning’s Deep Flaws)’s Deep Flaws

A few well-publicized recent papers have tempered the hype surrounding deep learning. The papers identify both that images can be subtly altered to …

Deep Learning

Free HTML/CSS/Javascript Cheat Sheets for Web Designers

Cheat sheets are a collection of notes used for quick reference. Cheat sheets contains the information about all the syntax and data properties that …

Python Programming

Scientists design GMOs that can't escape into the wild

Researchers have designed a new technology that could make it impossible for genetically modified organisms to escape into natural environments.<p>A …

Organisms