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The U.S. Navy is designing safer batteries, because no one wants a fire at sea

Samsung isn’t the only organization worried about flammable batteries<p>Our smartphones and other gadgets are powered by lithium-ion batteries, but as companies like Samsung know all too well, those charge-holders can be flammable under the wrong conditions. The hazards of lithium-ion batteries are …

Clean Energy

When will a 3D-printer be able to print human organs?

Your quick question, answered quickly.<p>This could happen. Printing bone, muscle, and cartilage—even an ear—is easy. Anthony Atala, who heads the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, has done that. Organs are harder. They need to grow slowly, generating massive networks of nerves and …

Wake Forest University

See Images of International Borders Taken From Space

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NASA's New 'Space Fabric'

How many problems can one material solve? According to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., the answer may well be limitless, thanks …

3-D Printed Ovaries Are Helping Mice to Get Pregnant

A recent study by Northwestern University showed that mice were able to get pregnant with 3-D printed ovaries — a development that could help lead to …

Century-Long Glacier Study May Help Us Crack Climate Change

A scientist restarts longest glacier study with sketched maps and bear mace. See how the landscape has changed in that time.<p>It's not often an ecologist gets to play sleuth in so adventurous a fashion—picking through musty papers in the Midwest for 100-year-old hand-drawn maps that lead through …

Struck by Uganda's Water Problem, One Student Did Something About It

At 19, Kathy Ku had a simple idea that would change thousands of lives, not to mention her own.<p>While teaching in Uganda in 2010, American college student Kathy Ku noticed that both she and her host family were getting sick a lot from drinking the water. She kept thinking about the problem even …

China, Japan extract combustible ice from seafloor

BEIJING (AP) — Commercial development of the globe's huge reserves of a frozen fossil fuel known as "combustible ice" has moved closer to reality …

Fossil Fuels

Superbug C. auris identified in 122 people across 7 states, CDC says

<b>(CNN) —</b> The number of cases of an emerging and often multidrug-resistant fungus in the United States has grown from seven to 122 over the past nine months, according to a field report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report issued Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and …

Public Health

Health Leaders Must Focus on the Threats From Factory Farms

This week, the World Health Organization — which works globally to improve human health — will meet in Geneva to select a new director general. We have a mission for that leader: take on factory farms, a major threat to health and the environment.<p>Starting just after World War II, animal production …

Agriculture

Microfibres: Scientists warn of growing cost of inaction on tiny particles polluting oceans

When it comes to plastic pollution on beaches, scientists say few of us realise the biggest threat — microfibres.<p>They are invisible to the naked eye …

This car built by college students gets 2,713 miles per gallon

You might look silly doing it, but students from Université Laval, in Quebec, have theoretically made that outlandish trip possible with their prototype gasoline-powered car that gets 2,713.1 miles per gallon.<p>The Laval team took home the big prize at this year's Shell Eco-marathon Americas, a …

What causes sleep deprivation? Air pollution linked to 60% higher risk of bad sleep

Nitrogen dioxide and PM 2.5 were both linked to a much greater chance of poor sleep.<p>People who live in areas with high air pollution are up to 60% …

Global Warming Is Turning Antarctica Green, Study Says

Parts of Antarctica are starting to see more greenery as temperatures rise, a new study says.<p>“We identified significant changepoints in all sites and …

Humpback whales whisper to each other to avoid danger

fabe3dbe-f59f-450b-97b6-35a3b9d3ff64<p>Humpback whales whisper to each other to avoid …

Health Care

The Russian Space Shuttle That Never Was

Space Exploration

American trees are migrating west, and no one knows why

That's weird, because scientists have long predicted that the effects of climate change would send species towards the poles in search of familiar climates, but since 1980, more eastern trees have been moving west instead of north.<p>And at this stage, it's not entirely clear why.<p>And the fact that …

NASA plans emergency spacewalk on International Space Station | Reuters

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A pair of astronauts will venture outside the International Space Station on Tuesday for an emergency spacewalk to replace a failed computer, one of two that control major U.S. systems aboard the orbiting outpost, NASA said on Sunday.<p>FILE PHOTO - The International …

Space Exploration

Mount Everest's famous Hillary Step destroyed, mountaineers confirm

<b>A famous feature of Mount Everest has collapsed, potentially making the world's highest peak even more dangerous to climbers.</b><p>Mountaineers said the Hillary Step may have fallen victim to Nepal's devastating 2015 earthquake.<p>The near-vertical 12m (39ft) rocky outcrop stood on the mountain's southeast …

Mountaineering

The vanishing animals that future generations will never see

Some of the world’s most exotic animals could be extinct within months, conservationists have warned, with future generations growing up in a world without many of the species that are alive today.<p>The WWF claims that some animals, such as the vaquita porpoise, could be wiped out in the next few …

Extinction

A scientist named George Church has a wild idea to upend evolution — here’s what you should know about him

They're considering launching a decade-long drive to build, from scratch, all the genes that make humans human.<p>The meeting raised all sorts of ethical questions. But that's nothing new for Church. He has been stirring controversy, and excitement, in the scientific community for decades. He wants to …

Genetics

Inside the Effort to Kill Protections for Endangered Animals

The U.S. Endangered Species Act has saved more than 200 species from extinction—but business and political interests want to scuttle it.<p>The Crow tribespeople call the grizzly bear their ancestor, the Elder Brother who protects their home, which is the land.<p>They have grizzly bear songs, grizzly …

This Robot Can Complete a 2-Hour Brain Surgery Procedure in Just 2.5 Minutes

Hello, future.<p>Brain surgery is precision business, and one slip can spell doom for affected patients. Even in one of the most skilled jobs in the …

These game-changing solar panels are cheap and can be printed

Despite places like Australia being bathed in sun, the cost of traditional silicon-based solar cells hasn't inspired people to buy, buy, buy.<p>But what …

Broke a Glass? Someday You Might 3-D-Print a New One

Glassmaking is one of the world’s oldest arts. Ancient Mesopotamians and Egyptians made glass glazes more than 5,000 years ago, and glassblowing was developed in the early days of the Roman Empire.<p>Since the mid-1900s, glass has been made in factories by melting sand, then floating sheets of it in …

3D Printing

Hong Kong has a monumental waste problem

By 2020, the region’s landfill sites will be full to bursting with rubbish. What can be done?<p>When I first meet Chan King Ming at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, it is difficult to imagine that the region is facing an environmental disaster. We are speaking on a crisp spring morning, in the …

Hong Kong

Genetically modified algae could soon show up in food, fuel, and pharmaceuticals

Researchers created souped-up algae that can thrive outdoors<p>Algae can be used for anything. You can grind it into cattle feed or squeeze it into jet fuel. You can even make it into algae butter.<p>For now, algae-based products remain woefully expensive, but a group of California scientists is working …

Biofuel

Facebook created a faster, more accurate translation system using artificial intelligence

Tapping a neural network to translate text in chunks<p>Facebook’s billion-plus users speak a plethora of languages, and right now, the social network supports translation of over 45 different tongues. That means that if you’re an English speaker confronted with German, or a French speaker seeing …

Artificial Intelligence

Prototype exoskeleton helps the elderly keep their balance

Why have a walker when you could have an exosuit?<p>Over the past six million years, humans have become extremely adept at walking on two feet. We’ve even developed numerous strategies to keep us from falling down. But most of these strategies involve quickly engaging multiple muscle groups, and as we …

Robotics

What a Jell-O brain tells us about the future of human-machine interaction

Expanding the ways people connect with the digital landscape<p>Yang Zhang, a 26-year-old computer science doctoral student at Carnegie Mellon University, created a touch-sensitive model of the human brain out of red Jell-O and milk using a mold he bought from eBay. Why? Zhang is the lead researcher …

Computer Science