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University creates "world's first walkable solar panel pathway"

We typically see photovoltaic panels up on roofs, as they're broad, open surfaces that receive a lot of sunlight. You know what else spends a lot of …

Clean Energy

Scientists grow "mini human brains" from stem cells

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have grown the first mini human brains in a laboratory and say their success could lead to new levels of understanding about the way brains develop and what goes wrong in disorders like schizophrenia and autism.<p>A cross-section of an entire organoid showing development …

Weather could be controlled using lasers

Scientists are attempting to control the weather by using lasers to create clouds, induce rain and even trigger lightning.<p>Experts from around the world are to gather at the World Meteorological Organisation next month to discuss how powerful laser pulses can be used to generate changes in the …

Evolution Punishes Selfish People, Game Theory Study Says

How long can you get ahead by screwing other people over?<p>Contrary to our Darwinian inclinations, evolution may not be as dog-eat-dog of a world as we thought it was. The selfish can survive for a while, but according to new game theory research, long-term survival requires cooperation.<p>Game …

Getting Cozy With Baby Butterflies ... So Cozy, They Whisper A Wriggly Secret

I've got a friend, Destin, who has a YouTube channel called Smarter Every Day, where he pokes around with his camera to get extremely intimate looks at small miracles in nature. In this one, about the secret life of baby butterflies, he learns that when it comes time for the caterpillar to turn …

Here's how Elon Musk's Hyperloop might actually work

How do you get from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes?<p>Elon Musk has made his name on big ideas, whether it's space tourism or the electric car — but his latest project, mysteriously dubbed the Hyperloop, may be more revolutionary than anything he's done. It started with a simple promise: …

Reach inside your computer

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20130710-bringing-the-virtual-into-reality?ocid=global_future_rss<p>See-through screens that allow us to reach in, touch and interact with objects? Jinha Lee believes his 3D devices will break down boundaries and make our digital experiences feel more real.<p>For decades, …

Augmented Reality

New theory upends view of how brain is wired

<b>COLUMBIA U. (US) —</b> The long-held view of how signals move through the cerebral cortex of the human brain may be incorrect.<p>For decades, scientists …

Without these enzymes, fear goes haywire

<b>USC (US) —</b> Learned fear keeps us from repeating risky mistakes, but it can also backfire. A brain protein linked to autism spectrum disorders could …

How To Argue With The Anti-Vaccine Crazies: A Guide

In honor of Jenny McCarthy's new seat at "The View"<p>Jenny McCarthy—savvy, telegenic, and pulchritudinous—is joining the popular daytime talk show "The View."<p>McCarthy is a strident proponent of not vaccinating kids, as she believes vaccinations made her son autistic. Now, many scientists and science …

Down's syndrome cells 'fixed' in first step towards chromosome therapy

Scientists have corrected the genetic fault that causes Down's syndrome – albeit in isolated cells – raising the prospect of a radical therapy for …

Equations match up drugs with your DNA

<b>PENN STATE (US) —</b> Medicines tailored to people based on their genes are becoming a reality, thanks to new statistical models that predict which drug …

Ingenious Tourniquet Invention Saves Lives

An inflatable abdominal tourniquet recently revived two men who were moments away from bleeding to death. The device could have saved three soldiers per month between 2001 and 2010, the U.S. Army says.<p>On June 7 in Birmingham, Ala., a blood-soaked, unconscious 41-year-old man arrived at a hospital …

Magnets can steer stem cells through body

<b>EMORY / GEORGIA TECH (US) —</b> Scientists fed stem cells tiny particles made of magnetized iron oxide and then used magnets to attract the cells to a …

New laser shows what substances are made of

A new laser that can show what objects are made of could help military aircraft identify hidden dangers such as weapons arsenals far below.<p>“For the …

Magnetic Graphene Clouds Can Be Made To Appear And Disappear

Toggling graphene's magnetic field on and off could lead to faster, smaller electronics.<p>Add another point to the list of reasons why graphene, the darling child of material physics, is a wunderkind. A team led by researchers at the University of Manchester has succeeded in turning magnetism on and …

Green Coffee Bean Extract Probably Won't Help You Lose Weight

And, according to this new mouse study, the common diet supplement might make you more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.<p>While drinking coffee has been shown to have health benefits, a trendy extract of unroasted coffee beans used in weight-loss supplements is not as promising. In a new mouse …

New Hope For Regrowing Severed Limbs, Just Like Lizards' Tails

Pretty good superpower to have, if you ask me.<p>Some lizards and amphibians have the ability to regrow severed tails or limbs--in fact, the blue-tailed skink abandons its tail intentionally to distract predators. But humans, despite our amazing advancements in the field of spying on each other, are …

Chip diagnoses infection in minutes, not days

<b>U. TORONTO (CAN) —</b> An electronic chip can analyze blood and other clinical samples for infectious bacteria faster than ever before.<p>Life-threatening …

Eyeball discovery may mean safer surgery

<b>U. NOTTINGHAM (UK) —</b> Scientists have found a previously undetected layer in the cornea, the clear window at the front of the human eye.<p>The …

The Energy Fix: How Waste Could Power The U.S. For Decades

The world throws away enormous amounts of energy each day. In the U.S. alone, waste streams could account for 100,000 megawatts of untapped electrical capacity. New technology could convert those overlooked sources into usable power.<p>The Radioactive Option<p>Next-Next-Gen Nuclear Power<p>U.S. nuclear …

In India, test a billion people for HIV

<b>BROWN (US) —</b> Testing every person in India’s billion-plus population every five years for HIV would not only be cost-effective but also could save …

Miracle material: the graphene revolution

The race is on to harness the potential of graphene, a substance that is harder than diamond, yet incredibly flexible, and the world’s best conductor of electricity.<p>Kostya Novoselov tends to wear an air of slight distraction. But when a problem or topic of conversation sparks his curiosity, his …

Peering at bright screens after dark could harm health, doctor claims

Watching TV or using computers, tablets or smartphones after dark may cause sleep loss and resultant health problems, a leading doctor has …

The first GIFs? Prehistoric rock carvings become 'animated' under sunlight

Prehistoric human artwork is simple but breathtaking, as anyone who has seen some up close or in movies such as Werner Herzog's 2011 documentary <i>Cave of Forgotten Dreams</i> can attest. But now archaeologists say that there is more to it than meets the eye: a group of rock carvings in the Italian Alps …

Cornstarch Replaces Cyanide In Clean New Gold Extraction Method

Scientists accidentally discover a new way to isolate gold that is much safer than existing processes, which use toxic cyanide.<p>Gold, precious forever but especially lately, is a tricky metal. Bound up in consumer electronics, jewelry and the ores that it comes from, gold is difficult to extract, …

Scientists find key to ageing process in hypothalamus

Scientists have found a biological command centre for the ageing process in a lump of brain the size of a nut.<p>The US team identified the mechanism in …

Researchers Build Digital Camera Inspired by Bug Eyes

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed digital camera technology that mimics the eyes of bugs, such as …

Algorithms find ‘hot networks’ in cancer

<b>BROWN / WASHINGTON U.-ST. LOUIS (US) —</b> Scientists have used two new algorithms to assemble the most complete genetic profile yet of an aggressive …