They could become available in two to three years When Carlos Mastrangelo hit his early 50s, he started suffering from a vision problem many people have as they age: he couldn’t focus up close anymore
Why we need artificial intelligence to study our natural intelligence. Over the past several years, Jack Gallant’s neuroscience lab has produced a string of papers that sound absurd. In 2011, the lab it
As India celebrates the festival of Ganesh, spare a thought for the 15,000 Asian elephants still in captivity
Nearly one in three Asian elephants live in captivity—about 15,000 in all. The existence of such a large captive population of this endangered, intelligent, and long-living animal poses a number of ethical
It's called ITER, Latin for "The Way," and is expected to usher in a new era of nuclear fusion-powered electricity — something scientists and engineers have been working toward for over 40 years. By fusing
Anyone can come up with a theory, which in common parlance, simply means “an idea for how something works.” But in order to be a scientific theory, you have to do a lot more. In particular, any new scientific
But that's not the entire story. In fact, it's just the beginning. Before Einstein, mass — the atoms that make up you, me, and everything we see — and energy were treated as separate entities. But in Einstein
Google’s battle against poor passwords is continuing. The company is now testing a new Google Account option that lets users login using their phone, skipping the part where you have to enter your password.
This is the story of two big round things that loom large in our culture. The first of these is Apple Computer—and its ideas and ethics, as embodied in its monumentally circular new headquarters, now construction
One of the most remarkable facts of existence is that every material we’ve ever touched, seen, or interacted with is made up of the same two things: atomic nuclei, which are positively charged, and electrons,
Pulling out hair follicles sends a 'help' signal to the scalp which triggers a huge surge of regrowth, scientists have found For people with thinning hair the idea of plucking out the few strands that
Travel Whether you want to hit the slopes or just drink some hot chocolate by the fire, these are the places to be this winter. From the National Geographic book The 10 Best of Everything Whistler/Blackcomb
Darwin was baffled by it; Christians see it as evidence of the divine. Will science ever unlock the secrets of the human eye? When the body of Dr Yoshiki Sasai, an eminent Japanese biologist, was discovered
Scott Aaronson's answer has implications for C-3PO, the universe and the odds that you are a Boltzmann Brain. Imagine standing in an open field with a bucket of water balloons and a couple of friends.
When I was a boy I had a globe. I could take it in my hands, rest it on my lap, give it a spin and look down on Africa, Europe, North America and Asia spinning by. In 1961 (I was 13), cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin
One Friday night, 30 men and 30 women gathered at a hotel restaurant in Washington, D.C. Their goal was love, or maybe sex, or maybe some combination of the two. They were there for speed dating. The sat