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Researchers Can Now Create Lenses For Less Than a Penny

It's Easy Bake Oven — science edition.<p>Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) have developed a simple, inexpensive method for …

New class of nanoparticle brings cheaper, lighter solar cells outdoors

Think those flat, glassy solar panels on your neighbour's roof are the pinnacle of solar technology? Think again.<p>Researchers in the University of …

The Immortalists

<i>“This sly documentary rises above its speculative hook by shifting to show the very human, and very mortal, sides of these would-be warriors of</i> …

New York Times

'Acrobatic' protein motor could hold cancer clues - Futurity

Researchers have figured out how a protein motor, Kif15, uses acrobatic flexibility to get around the mitotic spindle.

Take away this one gene and mice live long and lean - Futurity

By deleting a single gene, researchers were able to dramatically reduce fat mass in mice while expanding their lifespan by 20 percent, a new study …

Research

The Next X Prize: Artificial Intelligence!

Helmet lets you experience fly vision while driving

Do today's scientific practices really suppress brilliant breakthroughs?

The modern research profession is not without its flaws, but even without Richard Feynman it still packs a serious punch<p>Are scientific mavericks, such as the flamboyant and brilliant bongo-playing Richard Feynman, an extinct product of the 20th century? And is science today relatively too staid and …

Self-Driving Car Test: Steve Mahan

Scientists Create Biodegradable Battery That 'Melts' Inside The Body After Use

A biodegradable, implantable battery could help in the development of biomedical devices that monitor tissue or deliver treatments before being reabsorbed by the body after use.<p>“This is a really major advance,” says Jeffrey Borenstein, a biomedical engineer at Draper Laboratory, a non-profit …

International Team Of Scientists Find 'Navigation Maps' For Human Genome

By Kate Kelland<p>LONDON (Reuters) - A large international team of scientists has built the clearest picture yet of how human genes are regulated in the vast array of cell types in the body - work that should help researchers target genes linked to disease.<p>In two major studies published in the journal …

Video: Predictions from TED Talks, 1984-2014

Predictions are a mug’s game. If they come true, you likely didn’t push your thinking hard enough. If they don’t come true, you risk looking like an …

Custom Chromo: First Yeast Chromosome Built From Scratch

Using the labor of dozens of undergraduate students, scientists have built a customized yeast chromosome from scratch.<p>It's a milestone in the rapidly growing field of synthetic biology, where organisms can be tailored for industrial use. In this case, the near-term goal is to understand the …

Sooner Than You Think, We Will Connect To The Cloud Directly From Our Brains

In his TED talk, Google’s Ray Kurzweil announces that 20 years from now, “thinking will grow exponentially” as human brains interface with computers.<p>Have you ever approached someone important, but only had three seconds to think of something clever to say? Today, companies tout the ability to …

Seeing Cells As They’re Meant To Be Seen: In 3-D

Here's the big picture<p>Cells live in a three-dimensional world, but until recently, scientists using fluorescence microscopes could see them well in only two dimensions. With advances in confocal microscopes, which use pinhole apertures to focus light on several planes, scientists can now view …

Australian Universities

Nanofiber bandages could safely seal your next wound

Over-the-counter liquid bandages are great for sealing up minor cuts and scrapes, but sutures are still required to close most surgical incisions and deeper wounds. A group of scientists at the University of Maryland, however, have devised a way to apply a layer of 370 nanometer-wide biodegradable …

Neurosurgeons successfully implant 3D printed skull

A 22-year-old woman from the Netherlands who suffers from a chronic bone disorder -- which has increased the thickness of her skull from 1.5cm to …

Inside Look at Insect Flight

Annoying as they are, blowflies are marvels of aeronautical engineering.<p>Scientists at the University of Oxford in the U.K. have developed a CT scanning technique that lets them view the inner workings of insects' muscles while in flight.<p><b>The intricate movements of a blowfly's muscles—as it flaps its</b> …

Foodini Is A 3D Printer That Lets You Print Dishes With Fresh Ingredients

Foodini is a 3D printer for foodstuffs. Its Florida-based makers are hoping their time-saving device becomes as ubiquitous on kitchen countertops as the microwave oven has become.<p>But instead of forcing people to rely on highly processed convenience food that’s larded with additives and unhealthy …

Here's the 'Luminous Ceiling' you never knew you wanted

Here's the result of Philips' latest LED experiment -- the OneSpace Luminous Ceiling, which glows with a white light and makes a room feel like it's …

Data-stealing Snoopy drone unveiled at Black Hat

<b>Security firm SensePost has unveiled its Snoopy drone, which can steal data from unsuspecting smartphone users, at the Black Hat security conference in Singapore.</b><p>The drone uses the company's software, which is installed on a computer attached to a drone.<p>That code can be used to hack smartphones and …

Black Hat

Becoming Cyborgs: Wearable Tech Disrupts Healthcare

Health and healthcare have typically been a personal relationship between doctors and patients – kept private and behind closed doors. More recently, however, healthcare is being opened up by technology. Medical questions are crowdsourced, records are electronic and doctors are connected directly …

Hands On With The Ubi, A Voice-Activated “Ubiquitous Computer”

Have you ever wanted to stand on the bridge of your very own spacecraft and, in a stentorian voice, proudly declaim “Computer? What is the weather in Brooklyn tomorrow?” The Ubi, announced a few years ago and successfully funded to the tune of $229,000, was supposed to offer us this Picardian …