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Black holes are even stranger than you can imagine

Our love of black holes continues to grow as our knowledge of these celestial bodies expands. The latest news is the discovery of a rare …

HIV cure possible after disease becomes undetectable in blood of British man

A British man could become the first person in the world to be cured of HIV using a new therapy designed by a team of scientists from five UK universities.<p>The 44-year-old is one of 50 people currently trialling a treatment which targets the disease even in its dormant state.<p>Scientists told The …

Medicine

Virtual reality and exoskeletons helped paraplegics walk again

A study showed significant improvements in voluntary muscle function<p>A combination of motorized exoskeletons and virtual reality could help paraplegics regain some control of paralyzed limbs, according to a new study.<p>New research published today in the journal <i>Scientific Reports</i> looked at how this …

The Mistrust of Science

<i>The following was delivered as the commencement address at the California Institute of Technology, on Friday, June 10th.</i><p>If this place has done its job—and I suspect it has—you’re all scientists now. Sorry, English and history graduates, even you are, too. Science is not a major or a career. It is a …

Research

Chasing The Grail: Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Illumina, and Google Ventures Are Betting This Company Will Find A Cure For Cancer

A conversation with Jeff Huber, CEO of Grail<p><i>Jeff Huber lost his wife Laura to cancer last fall, a loss made even more devastating by the knowledge he</i> …

Cancer

How the Voice First revolution is about to change the world.

<i>This was first published at Tech.pionions (</i><i>https://techpinions.com/there-is-a-revolution-ahead-and-it-has-a-voice</i><i>) on April 12th, 2016.</i><p><b>There is A</b> …

Speech Recognition

Gene-trification? Inside the Brooklyn lab where you can splice your own DNA

The biohacking movement has created a wealth of options for hobbyist scientists. In Brooklyn, a DIY lab offers a place for the curious to dabble<p>On a crowded stretch of Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, on the seventh floor of a building gentrification forgot, is a place where you can dabble in genetic …

Biotechnology

The Weird Science of How Bacteria Force Water Molecules to Become Ice

Ski resorts use these microorganisms to make fake snow. Now we know how the bacteria work their magic.<p>They kill crops, coax snowfall to fall out of the atmosphere, and help ski resorts stay open during unseasonably warm weather. These tiny life-forms are called ice-minus bacteria, and their talent …

Chemistry

These equations changed the course of history

In 2012, Mathematician Ian Stewart came out with an excellent and deeply researched book titled "In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed …

Physics

Brilliantly Textured Body Paintings Turn the Human Form into a Walking Work of Art

Artist Yusk Imai has a long-held fascination with human anatomy, and he displays this reverence for the body in an unconventional painting project called <i>Exoskeleton</i>. The skin is his canvas as hands, arms, legs, and shoulders are covered in intricate textures that mimic reptile scales, brushed …

Tattoos

For Just $10 You Could Soon Find Out How You'll Die

As kids, my friends and I played a morbid game: “If you could find out how you’ll die, right now, would you want to know?” My answer was no. Maybe …

DNA

Google's new robot is the craziest one we've seen yet

Although Google is selling Boston Dynamics to distance itself from "terrifying" humanoid robots, there's still plenty of robot projects underway. The latest: a humanoid robot with a whole lot of leg and wide range of skills.<p>SCHAFT, a Tokyo-based robotics company run by Google's parent company …

Robots

Scientists have identified the minimum set of genes needed for life

As part of an effort to understand the function of every gene in a cell, a team of researchers has culled the DNA of a bacterium to determine the minimum number of genes it would take for the organism to survive and reproduce in a petri dish.<p>In a paper published in Science on March 25, the …

Biology

This app uses a neural network to describe the world around you

It's wrong more often than it's right<p>"A tree climbing a piece of wood. A large bird sitting on a mountain. A bike with a bike leaning against it."<p>This is the world according to AI Scry, a new iOS app that uses a neural network to identify whatever's in front of your phone's camera and describe it …

The Cicret Bracelet puts a smartphone display on your arm with full touchscreen functionality

When Android Wear and Apple Watch launched, each device touted the ability to bring the functionality of a phone to your wrist. This has been executed with varying degrees of success. While I am able to check my notifications and carry out certain tasks on my Apple Watch, an iPhone it is not.<p>That’s …

How the First Gravitational Waves Were Found

After decades of speculation and searching, a signal came through. It promises to change our understanding of the universe.<p><i>Note: On October 3, 2017, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that the Nobel Prize in Physics would be awarded to Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Barry Barish, three</i> …

Physics

suitX launches lightweight and affordable exoskeleton

suitX, the robotics company out of University of California, Berkeley's Human Engineering Lab has launched its first exoskeleton after years of development. It's called Phoenix, a relatively lightweight and affordable device that can help people with mobility disorders walk again. The wearable …

Robotics

Why Violins Have F-Holes: The Science & History of a Remarkable Renaissance Design

Before electronic amplification, instrument makers and musicians had to find newer and better ways to make themselves heard among ensembles and …

Violin

The Future of AI: Quotes and highlights from Monday’s NYU symposium

A veritable who’s who in artificial intelligence spent today discussing the future of their field and how to ensure it will be a good one. This …

Artificial Intelligence

Birth control for men comes down to flipping a switch

Birth control for men still tends to be divided between condoms (which aren't always fun or reliable) and more drastic surgical procedures like vasectomies (which are frequently permanent). Not exactly ideal, is it? However, inventor Clemens Bimek thinks he can make it just a matter of flipping a …

Birth Control

Just Touch Your Ear To Hear Voicemail On Samsung’s Crazy Smartwatch

It’s an idea so good that it might just sell us on a smartwatch.<p>It’s not so helpful to see a call on your smartwatch when you have to pull our your phone to take it anyway. And therein lies the problem with products like the Apple Watch: They’re often not a replacement for your phone, but an …

2015 was a tipping point for six technologies that will change the world

To the average person, it may seem that the biggest technology advances of 2015 were the larger smartphone screens and small app updates. But a lot more happened than that. A broad range of technologies reached a tipping point, from cool science projects or objects of convenience for the rich, to …

Innovation

Vanquishing infinity: Old methods lead to a new approach to finding a quantum theory of gravity

Quantum mechanics and Einstein's theory of general relativity are both extremely accurate theories of how the universe works, but all attempts to …

Physics

German 3D Indoor Mapping And Navigation Startup NavVis Locates €7.5M Funding

Munich-based 3D indoor mapping and navigation startup NavVis has raised a €7.5 million Series B round of funding as it readies the launch of its smartphone indoor navigation app.<p>The investment was led by German VC Target Partners, with participation from existing investors MIG Fonds, and BayBG …

'Suicide' gene therapy kills prostate cancer cells

<b>A new gene therapy technique is able to modify prostate cancer cells so that a patient's body attacks and kills them, US scientists have discovered.</b><p>The technique causes the tumour cells in the body to self-destruct, giving it the name 'suicide gene therapy'.<p>Their research found a 20% improvement in …

A simple invention that can seal a gunshot wound within 20 seconds is now FDA-approved

XStat RevMedx<p>The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved a pocket-sized invention that has been used for about a year and a half on …

Medicine

How Controversial Gene Editing Could Lead To Groundbreaking Cures

This technology may change the way we think of some of the world's most challenging diseases.<p>Thanks to the controversial new technology known as CRISPR, scientists are beginning to make headway in understanding and potentially curing some of the world's most intractable diseases.<p>Sickle-cell anemia, …

Genetics