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Bruno Mars Injects Soul into the Super Bowl Halftime Show

<b>Correction appended Feb. 2, 2014; 9:40 p.m.</b><p>Concert of the Year? That’s what the NFL claimed all week long as it hyped its halftime show with Bruno …

Who Is This Bruno Mars Dude, and How Did He Get to the Super Bowl?

So here it is, Super Sunday. And you’re looking at the Super Bowl halftime show lineup and you figure you’re going to see a big name, like you do …

Bruno Mars Rocks Super Bowl-Style With the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Bruno Mars performs during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Ru<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Mark Humphrey—AP

Wisconsin fights frozen streets with leftover cheese brine

Salt for deicing roads is expensive, so the state of Wisconsin is employing a new trick to fight slicks. This month the state began a new test program that uses brine from cheesemaking, an industry it topped in the US last year. The process of manufacturing cheese results in lots of leftover …

A Scientific Miracle: Theories of Mary's Virgin Birth

<i>Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. - Matthew 1:18</i><p>Merry Christmas, scientists! It's that time of year again when all rational human beings shake our …

The War on Pink: GoldieBlox Toys Ignite Debate Over What's Good For Girls

Nestled in the aisle of pink sparkles dedicated to girls in most toy stores, this seasons’ shoppers will find a small collection of engineering toys …

The Modular Robots Are Coming, One Toy At A Time

It’s fitting that the first real-world deployment of modular robotics—smaller bots that combine to form larger ones—came from a company called Modular Robotics. “We stole the name of the academic field for our company,” says CEO and design director Eric Schweikardt. “And I don’t feel bad about that …

Glow-In-The-Dark Paths Could Be The Future Of Street Lighting

Particles absorb light during the day, then emit a blue glow at night.<p>Evening visitors to Christ's Pieces park in Cambridge, England are basking in the glow of a whole new type of street light. Starpath, a new type of resurfacing material being tested within the park, absorbs ultraviolet light …

An Autonomous, Self-Steering Robo-Cane, And Other Co-Robots to Come

Robots that live in canes, that can decipher your heart’s desires, or wriggle themselves right into your heart, by way of your veins.<p>Those are just a few of the research projects now being funded by the National Robotics Initiative, a federal program that aims to push the development of co-robots, …

'Menstrual Man' Had An Idea To Help Indian Women

Arunachalam Muruganantham had his light bulb moment when he was 29 years old, and holding a sanitary napkin for the first time.<p>Examining the cotton pads he was buying as a gift for his new wife, the Indian entrepreneur realized that the multinational company that produced them was probably spending …

New, Incurable Botulinum Strain Has Top Secret DNA

This is the first time scientists have kept a DNA sequence secret because of terrorism concerns.<p>It's one of the most toxic substances known to science. You would die from inhaling 13/1,000,000,000 of a gram of it. And some folks inject small amounts of it in their faces to get rid of their …

A Very Simple Explanation Of The Higgs Boson

François Englert and Peter Higgs just received the Nobel Prize in Physics for laying the groundwork for the discovery of the Higgs boson. But can someone please explain what a Higgs is? Like, really simply.<p>François Englert and Peter Higgs have won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics, as was pretty …

Disney's latest research could let you feel a jellyfish on your iPad

Disney Research, responsible for futuristic feedback systems like an earlobe speaker and a touch sensor that can work on water, is working on a new way to let people feel what's on their screens. The group will soon release a paper describing how to turn geometric figures on a touchscreen into …

Maternal status regulates cortical responses to the body odor of newborns

The natural body odor of humans consists of a wide range of volatile and non-volatile compounds (Zeng et al., 1996) that carry cues conveying such …

Why Brain Surgeons Want Help From A Maggot-Like Robot

Brain surgery is a dicey business. Even the most experienced surgeons can damage healthy tissue while trying to root out tumors deep inside the brain.<p>Researchers from the University of Maryland are working on a solution, and it sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie. They're developing a tiny, …

Central Park Monkeys Caught Whispering About Hated Supervisor

You think those monkeys aren't gossiping about you? How naive.<p>The tamarins of New York City's Central Park Zoo have been caught telling secrets. In the first recorded evidence of whisper-like behavior in non-human primates, the tiny monkeys were observed making very quiet, almost inaudible …

Stanford scientists create world's first carbon nanotube computer

Computers of the future could be even smaller, faster, and more efficient — all by doing away with the very material that currently comprises their core.<p>In a finding that builds on earlier work from several institutions, including IBM, a team of electrical engineers at Stanford University today …

Wired microbes turn sewage into electricity

A new way to generate electricity from sewage uses naturally occurring “wired microbes” as mini power plants to produce electricity as they digest …

Nation’s Math Teachers Introduce 27 New Trig Functions

<i>All Graduating Students Must Master Gamsin, Negtan, Cosvnx, 24 Others</i><p>WASHINGTON—Adding to the six basic functions that have for years made up the …

Could high-end camping gear save lives around the world?

<b>When two engineers at a sleek New York design company started making an ultra-efficient cook stove, they had their own holidays and camping trips in mind. Now, they are betting their technology will save lives in rural communities across the world.</b><p>Every day about three billion people across the …

Seagrass Below Sunken Cruise Ship Worries Biologists

While the Costa Concordia may soon leave the Mediterranean, damage may linger.<p><b>When Italian salvage workers propped up the Costa Concordia this week, they cleared a major hurdle in the long saga of the cruise ship that sunk off the coast of Giglio in January 2012. Over the next few weeks, crews will</b> …

How squirrels are screwing with America's power grid

The next time your Internet goes out, skip the screaming phone calls to the utility company. Chances are, they're busy trying to extract a charred squirrel carcass lodged somewhere in an electrical grid.<p>According to journalist Jon Mooallem, who used a Google Alert to track power outages caused by …

Scientists develop a literal window into the brain

Lots of breakthroughs are hailed as providing a "window into the brain," but a team of mechanical engineers at UC Riverside have taken the phrase literally, creating a transparent material that could be used to surgically replace patches of skull.<p>The breakthrough itself is relatively simple — a …

Science Fair Projects: Winning Tips From Intel And Google Judges

We talked with judges from two of the world's most prestigious science fairs to get some tips on how to put together a great project and have an even better time.<p>Graphing calculator? Check. New binders? Check. While you're getting ready to go back to school, don't forget to start planning an …

almond-crisped peaches + uk book tour

I hope, if we are going to continue to be good friends, that we can have an implicit understanding that there is no such thing as too many peach …