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12 Insanely Ambitious Ideas For Improving Space Exploration

NASA has awarded $100,000 to each of these sci-fi projects, which cover everything from suspended animation to Mars kites to 3-D printed food.<p>NASA has announced the award-winners of its Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program, in which the agency gives funding to projects that are a little …

What is talent – and can science spot what we will be best at?

My interest in the science of talent has a personal backstory. By the age of three, I'd had 21 ear infections and after an operation to remove fluid …

'OK Glass, Save A Life.' The Application Of Google Glass In Sudden Cardiac Death

Google Glass has made its way into healthcare. Its use in the operating room and in medical education has been profiled here. Yet the magic of Glass will be found in the applications that can make this “technology” into real-world solutions for health and medicine. It’s a bit like the smart phone …

The Energy Fix: Reinventing The Solar Array

Reinventing the array could usher in a new age for solar.<p>The solar market has been on fire. In the U.S., it's grown by 600 percent over the past five years, culminating in 3,313 installed megawatts in 2012. This past March, seven solar projects added the only new utility power of any kind to the …

Can a human being live longer than 120 years?

A human cell can divide roughly 50 times before it dies out. It's called the Hayflick limit, and it's become a real headache for the anti-aging science. As long as the limit holds, it suggests a maximum human lifespan of 120 years — but a new crop of research suggests the limit may not be as hard …

Creationism in UK education – why the fight must go on

<i>Dave Hone writes: The issue of creationism in the UK is something I have considered writing about for some time. However, aside from being aware that</i> …

10 Incredible Ways Technology May Make Us Superhuman

In the last half of the twentieth century, medical science came up with some pretty astonishing ways to replace human parts that were starting to …

In Fish Brains, A Clue To Why We Talk With Our Hands

In fish, the part of the brain that controls the pectoral muscles also controls the muscles required for producing sound, researchers have found.<p>We use hand gestures almost without thinking--even while talking on the phone, despite that the person on the other end can't see our wild gesticulations. …

Why You Can't Name New Moons And Planets Anything You Want

A dispute over the names of two new moons of Pluto is highlighting a broader battle over who names what in our solar system and beyond. On one side is the International Astronomical Union (IAU), a venerable consortium of astronomers who have set the naming rules for the better part of a century. On …

How close are we to getting superpowers?

What would your superpower be? If it's x-ray vision, your dream could be a step closer to reality. Next month, at a technology conference in Hong …

New fingerprint technology that means evidence can no longer be wiped away

We all know the scene in the movies where the criminal wipes his gun and the door handles with his hankie so as not to leave any trace of his …

Help Scientists Solve Mysteries Of The Brain By Watching Worms Lay Eggs

Mark those eggs!<p>It's sort of like slapjack, but slower. You can now help science by watching 30-second videos of microscopic worms and hitting your keyboard when the worms lay eggs.<p>The project is part of a super-basic biology study that takes a first look at what different genes do. The worms are</i> …

Exercise makes brain more resilient to stress - Futurity

Anxiety is less likely to interfere with the brain activity of mice that exercise regularly, research shows.

The Brain

Scientists create human liver from stem cells | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have for the first time created a functional human liver from stem cells derived from skin and blood and say their success points to a future where much-needed livers and other transplant organs could be made in a laboratory.<p>While it may take another 10 years before …

Gravity-Defying Particles Travel Up A Waterfall

The expected rules of physics are no match for a determined tea leaf.<p>Back in 2008, Sebastian Bianchi, then a physics undergrad at the University of Havana in Cuba, was making tea when he noticed something that seemed to defy the most basic rules of physics: Tea leaves from his cup had floated …