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Leap Motion's new Muse app lets you create music with in-air hand gestures

Leap Motion is diving deep into the world of electronic music with the release of Muse, a new Mac desktop app that lets you create and perform original ambient music via hand gestures as you sit at your computer.<p>Muse was created jointly by musician BT and Dr. Richard Boulanger of the Berklee …

We may already know how we will cure death—but should we?

A pair of advocates—they do legitimate research too, but their ardor is so intense, it’s hard to call them scientists—believe that they will, within their lifetimes, make ours the first generation of humans to live forever.<p>Their quest is elegantly laid out in <i>The Immortalists</i>, a new documentary …

Singularity

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> …

Smart skin patch knows when you need your meds

Scientists developed a patch that could help patients receive drugs the minute they need them<p>A lot can go wrong when doctors prescribe drugs to patients. For one thing, there's always a chance that someone might forget to take their pill or refill their prescription. And then there's also the risk …

Scientists Move Closer to Inventing Artificial Life

Synthetic biology advances with a man-made chromosome inserted into live brewer's yeast.<p>In a biological first, an international team has inserted a man-made chromosome into brewer's yeast, producing a life form that thrives and successfully passes the designer genes on to its offspring.<p>The …

Experts create intelligent 'plaster' to monitor patients

Still a prototype, the gadget comprises multiple layers of ultrathin nanomembranes and nanoparticles, the creators wrote in the journal <i>Nature</i> …

Scientists create sensor for night vision contact lenses

It may seem like the stuff from spy and superhero movies but scientists have created "the <i>first</i> room-temperature light detector that can sense the …

New China study reveals a link between air pollution and brain development in babies

Developing fetuses are extremely vulnerable to the harmful effects of environmental pollution. As the cells of major organs develop during the first …

The Brain

New gel to promote bone growth on implants used in surgical procedures

A research group at Uppsala University, Sweden has developed a new responsive coating for implants used in surgery to improve their integration into …

Science Weekly podcast: how to rebuild our world from scratch

This week on the show <b>Alok Jha</b> meets <b>Lewis Dartnell</b> to discuss his new book The Knowledge: How To Rebuild Our World From Scratch.<p>Lewis argues that a handbook of key scientific principles and practical tips will be all you need as a survivor of an apocalyptic breakdown of society.<p><b>Ian Sample</b>, the …

Black death skeletons reveal pitiful life of 14th-century Londoners

DNA from emaciated London Black Death skeletons matches modern plague bacteria and supports airborne theory of spread<p>The 25 skeletons unearthed in the Clerkenwell area of London a year ago may hold the key to the truth about the nature of the Black Death that ravaged Britain and Europe in the …

Breakthrough in invisibility cloaks, stealth technology

Scientists can create artificial nanostructures that can ‘bend light.’ But the challenge has been making enough of the material to turn invisibility …

Nanotech

Turn Empty Beer Cans Into Sun-Tracking Cameras

Best use of a six-pack in a while<p>In a world of digital cameras and instant gratification, photographer Justin Quinnell embraces pinhole photography, a technique hundreds of years old. He uses beer cans and photographic paper to record the gradual shift in the sun’s path over the course of several …

Aluminum Cans

America's Most Popular Boys' Names Since 1960, in 1 Spectacular GIF

An infographic depiction of the epic battle between "Michael" and "Jacob"<p>Call it Jacob's ladder.<p>When it comes to the most popular names for baby boys in the United States, "Michael" long held sway. For most of the 1960s, and then on throughout the '70s and '80s (and almost all of the '90s!), the …