Pascal Gervais

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How One Woman Deciphered Her Own Genetic Mutation

As access to medical information becomes more democratized, patients have new power to investigate their problems.<p>Kim Goodsell was running along a mountain trail when her left ankle began turning inward, unbidden. A few weeks later she started having trouble lifting her feet properly near the end …

How It Works: The Highest-Efficiency Solar Cell

I'm going to soak up the sun.<p>Solar cells typically convert no more than 20 percent of incoming energy into electricity, in part because they capture only certain wavelengths of light. Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems have developed a solar cell that converts …

World Future Society

Your Journey Begins Here...<p>Each of us has a story to share about the moment or experience that led us down a path of curiosity about the future . . …

The Future

Black Widow Spiders Would Rather Not Bite You Or Beck

This week, while promoting his new album, “Morning Phase,” the great musician Beck has been doing a bunch of interviews. One line in an NPR story caught my attention: During recording sessions, Beck was bitten by a black widow spider, and wound up in the hospital. “My arm was all swollen up,” he …

Zoology

Seventh grader builds a braille printer with $350 worth of Legos

When Lego revealed its line of EV3 Mindstorms robots last year, Bay Area tech companies came up with some very goofy applications. 12-year-old Santa …

Software turns 2D objects 3D; lets you 'reach into' photos; bends your mind

Modeling products in three dimensions can be a time-consuming process. It's easy enough for humans to identify the presence of 3D objects in 2D scenes, but extracting these with algorithms is tricky. A new system developed by a team of researchers from the Interdisciplinary Center in Israel and Tel …

3D-printed pinhead battery could power robots

We've seen some very sophisticated 3D-printed objects recently, but never a tiny 3D-printed battery -- one that's as small as a grain of sand, no less.<p>A group of U.S. and Korean researchers has managed to print a lithium-ion microbattery that can fit on the head of a pin.<p>Although it weighs less …