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Teslaphoresis-activated self-assembling carbon nanotubes look even cooler than they sound

Not all important scientific research is cool looking, or has a cool name. But now and then you get something with both. These self-assembling carbon nanotubes are created with a process called Teslaphoresis. If you’ve read a more impressive-sounding sentence today, I’d like to hear it.<p>Even the lab …

Nanotech

How To Pick A Lock With Just A Hairpin

Editor's Blog Photo credit: NightHawkInLight/YouTubeWe’ve all seen the movies where a lock is poked around with a hairpin and the door miraculously …

Video Tutorials

The Ehang 184 is a self-piloting drone you can ride inside

Drones are currently best at carrying cameras for recording (sometimes-illicit) videos of sunsets, skyscrapers and sporting events, and, well, not …

Drones

CRISPR named Science 2015 Breakthrough of the Year

Samantha Lee/Business Insider<p>This year was undoubtedly the one in which CRISPR took over the minds and hearts of science lovers everywhere.<p>On Thursday, Science Magazine announced the gene-editing technique won its Breakthrough of the Year Award, beating out other events such as the discovery of …

Genetics

Move Over, Graphene: Borophene Could Be the Strongest Material Ever

Graphene is the best-known two-dimensional material, with its atom-thick layers proving plenty of fascinating material properties. But now a team of …

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New Kind Of Material Stores Heat Till You Squeeze It

Could revolutionize energy storage<p>Even after night falls, a slab of concrete or asphalt might still feel warm to the touch. The surface has stored up heat after a long day of sitting out in the sun, and is slowly letting it go. It's something that happens naturally all over the world, but what if …

Nature Communications

The father of all humans lived 239,000 years ago

Huge Icelandic study provides insight into the genome of a nation<p>By sequencing the genomes of 2,636 Icelanders — the largest set ever obtained from a single population — researchers were able to identify that genetic mutations play a role in everything from Alzheimer’s disease to liver disease. The …

Genetics

At CES And Beyond, It's The End Of The Car As We Know It

Apologies to REM for borrowing the band’s song title, but I’ve never been more convinced that the car is undergoing a dramatic transformation courtesy of technology. The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week in Las Vegas is the prime place to witness this metamorphosis of the …

Autonomous Cars

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Tiny bullets prove graphene is 10x stronger than steel - Futurity

Scientists fired microscopic bullets at graphene and discovered just how tough it really is.

Graphene

Magnetically Levitating Elevators Could Go Up, Down, And Sideways

Elevators: not just for elevating anymore<p>For more than a century, elevators have gone pretty much just up and down. Ever since the first elevator was introduced in 1854, a cable-based design has pulled the elevator car along a single shaft, using steel ropes connected to a counterweight.<p>But now, …

Skyscrapers

A Genetic Fog Machine That Tags Criminals

Applied DNA Sciences & SmokeCloak A/S SmokeCloak DNA<p>For years, “security smoke” has saved valuables but failed to catch bad guys. A new indelible (and harmless) tag on skin and clothes could help.<p>Read the full story here or dive into the entire list of Best Of What's New winners

Genetics

9 Ways to Use Vinegar for More Beautiful Skin and Hair

<b>Facial Toner</b><br>Mix together one tablespoon apple cider vinegar and two cups water. Moisten a cotton ball, and swipe the mixture over a clean, dry face to tighten skin. Don't rinse (the scent will dissipate quickly). Apple cider vinegar's natural alpha-hydroxy acids and acetic acid will stimulate …

What Happens To A Body When It's 'Sleeping With The Fishes'?

Scientists submerge pig cadavers to find out<p>Forensic scientists often have to reconstruct the events leading up to and following a person's death, in case of foul play. The state of the body can reveal when the person died, how, and where the body was disposed of.<p>Part of discerning that information …

Simon Fraser University

Are Flying Cars The Future Of Transportation?

VIENNA – Looks like tomorrow’s skies are going to be pretty crowded. Today, Juraj Vaculik and Stefan Klein, of Slovakian company AeroMobil unveiled at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna what they call “the most advanced flying car”. Able to drive 430 miles (692 Km) on a tank of petrol, it has a …

What Happens to Your Body When You Stop Working Out?

<b>THE SITUATION:</b> <b>You used to weight train like crazy, but for the past several months, all you’ve fit in is a few sessions a week on the treadmill.</b> <b><br>THE EFFECT ON YOUR BOD:</b> In this case, your aerobic health should be in good shape, though you may notice that your strength and muscle tone have diminished …

Three glasses of milk a day can lead to early death, warn scientists

Drinking three glasses of milk doubles the risk of early death and does not prevent broken bones, new research has shown<p>Milk has long been recommended by doctors and nutritionists for boosting calcium intake and helping to keep bones strong.<p>But research suggests that it does little to strengthen …

7 New Materials That Could Change How Our Buildings Act

The gap between material science and actual construction is very far and very wide. It can take decades to move a breakthrough in engineering from a …

Engineering

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Solar Cell Breakthrough Could Unlock Cheaper Energy

A new breakthrough in the design of silicon-based solar cells has seen a 20-year-old efficiency record broken by not one, but three companies. …

Is browsing on your wrist a worthwhile experience? Opera will help Samsung Gear S users find out

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>The cool thing about Samsung’s Gear S smartwatch is that, unlike its rivals, it is itself a phone, rather than a dumb …

Scientists discover RNA modifications in some unexpected places

Deploying sophisticated high-throughput sequencing technology, dubbed ψ-seq, a team of Whitehead Institute and Broad Institute researchers …

3D Printed Prosthetics

Depending on where you get your statistics, there are between 10 and 15 million amputees in the world. People who lose a limb go through a lot of pain obviously and the challenge to get a prosthetic limb that allows them to fully function again often doesn’t lessen the emotional pain aspect. It is …

Video: Paralyzed Rats Walk Again, Now Farther Than Ever

Scientists found that fluctuating the electrical signal to the rodents' paralyzed legs can make them step higher and walk for longer.<p>Like a severed telephone line (from back in the days when phones had wires), a spinal cord injury can cut off communication between the brain and the rest of the body …

Neurophilosophy

Brains grow and shrink like 'rainbows' as we age - Futurity

Researchers have used a new magnetic resonance imaging technique to show, for the first time, how human brain tissue changes throughout life.