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Food Failures: The Science of Sides

Ghosts of Early Language May Linger in the Brain

New drug makes brain cancer cells explode

Cells belonging to the most aggressive form of brain cancer are blown to smithereens<p>By screening over 1,000 different types of molecules, scientists have managed to identify a compound that can literally blow up tumor cells belonging to the most aggressive form of brain cancer — glioblastoma …

How Many Martinis Can You Fit Inside a V-2 Missile?

In the 1930s, at a remote site called Peenemünde in the north of Germany on the Baltic Sea, a team of rocket engineers working for the Army developed history’s first viable liquid fueled rocket. The A-4, better known by its Nazi-given moniker as the V-2, was a technological marvel that never became …

Hans Blix explains the advantages of thorium energy

As scientists in Shanghai are told to accelerate plans to build the first fully-functioning thorium reactor within ten years, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency Hans Blix runs through the aspects of the fuel that make it a viable source of energy<p>At the Thorium Energy …

FYI: Does Thinking Too Hard Wear You Out?

If it does, it's all in your head.<p>The brain makes up about 1⁄50 of our body weight but consumes about one fifth of the oxygen we breathe. It's natural to assume that overtaxing the cerebrum would leave one feeling lethargic, but that's not quite true. The brain uses most of its energy just to …

10 of the Maddest Scientists Who Ever Lived

From guzzling bacteria to dueling for mathematics, these scientists pulled some of the craziest stunts in the history of the profession.<p>What would you do for science? These scientists gave everything you had to achieve some of the most important advances we know today. From guzzling bacteria to …

Why Is Google Building A Robot Army?

In short: robotics world domination<p>Looking back, Google’s emergence as a robotics powerhouse seems obvious—and inevitable. First came the scattered hires of roboticists and the release of self-driving cars into Bay Area traffic. Then, the search giant reportedly bought two humanoid HUBO robots from …

Robotics

Audi Traffic Light Recognition Could Save Time And Fuel

The new system tells drivers when a light is about to change.<p>Soon, cars may pay more attention to their surroundings than drivers. No one likes to get stuck behind an oblivious person that doesn't notice when a light changes, so Audi came up with a technological solution.<p>The Audi Online traffic …

New Jersey

Everything You Need to Know to Start 3D Printing

Ready to join the new DIY revolution?<p><b>The work I've done on spacecraft got me</b> hooked on 3D printing. When I was an electrical engineer for RCA Astro (now part of Lockheed Martin), I helped design, build, and launch the Mars Observer and other interplanetary probes. Back then I had dreams of building …

Apple’s Buses Are As Secretive And Efficient As Apple Itself

Companies like Apple using specially commissioned shuttle buses to ferry employees back and forth from San Francisco have caused their fair share of problems in the past.<p>Wanting to find out just how often the buses traveled past his house, <i>Wired</i> writer Kevin Poulsen recently decided to start …

Transportation

5 technologies that are shaping the future of design

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Alex Colon/Gigaom<p>Theatrical robots. 3D printers that churn out cells. Wearables for infants. These types of …

Soyuz space capsule returns US and Russian astronauts safely back to Earth – video

The Soyuz space capsule has returned one American and two Russians safely back to Earth after more than six months on the International Space Station. The three spacemen all looked in good shape as they were extracted from the capsule. They were wrapped with blankets to protect them from the fierce …

750km of solid rock: new long-baseline neutrino results

Neutrino physics is one of the fastest-developing areas of particle physics. Two ‘long-baseline’ neutrino experiments, in the US and Japan, reported results last week<p>Neutrinos are peculiar particles. They are very common, billions are passing through you all the time. Perhaps it is fortunate then …

Glenn Beck thinks Thomas Edison was a 'bad man'

Conservative pundit's forthcoming film aims to expose celebrated inventor's dark side<p>Conservative pundit Glenn Beck is making a movie that he hopes will expose the truth about celebrated American inventor Thomas Edison. In a wide-ranging interview with the <i>National Review</i>, Beck said that although …

Ukraine Unveils Half-Finished New Radar System

To be completed in 2015, if funding comes through.<p>Last week, Ukraine's state-owned defense conglomerate Ukroboronprom State Concern unveiled the new MR-1 radar system, which, according to a Ukrainian official, can detect stealth aircraft better than other radar. Igor Presnyak, director of Ukraine's …

The First Mass-Produced Hydrogen Car

Bye-bye, gasoline!<p>When it comes to alternate energy sources, most automakers think simply—battery power or bust. That’s what makes the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell an outlier. The SUV will be the first mass-produced hydrogen car in the U.S. when it debuts this spring.<p>Because hydrogen fuel …

Nano-Tweezers Can Move Molecules With Light

Just in case you were getting bored with the world, we bring you a tiny tweezer made of light beams.<p>Scientists have created the tiniest "tweezers" known to date, which can move around objects the size of single molecules with a "bow tie" of light.<p>"To my knowledge these are the smallest tweezers …

Nanotech

The World's Longest Aircraft Is Half-Blimp, Half-Zeppelin

A discarded U.S. Army concept gets a new life in Britain.<p>Unveiled last Friday, the Airlander is the world's longest aircraft. Developed by Hybrid Air Vehicles, the 302-foot-long Airlander was once a candidate military craft called "Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle," until Pentagon budget …

Aviation

The most beautiful places on Earth – in pictures

As Lonely Planet turns 40 this year, the publisher has picked the most magnificent sights across the globe to be included in a new book entitled Beautiful World, which contains more than 200 images and aims to inspire readers to see the world as they have never seen it before

Element of the week: livermorium

What do ununhexium, eka-polonium and nottingium share in common?<p>This week's element is livermorium, which has the atomic symbol, <b>Lv</b>, and atomic number, <b>116</b>. This is the last of the elements that we'll meet that has a permanent formal name (at this time). This element originally was given the …

3D-printed regenerative shoes developed by British designer

Self-repairing trainers that are 3D-printed from biological cells could be a reality by 2050<p>A British designer has come up with a concept for a pair of running shoes that can be 3D-printed from synthetic biological material and repair themselves overnight.<p>London designer and researcher Shamees Aden …