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Build Your Own Working Mario Kart Track with K'Nex

It’s Mario Kart in real life! Get busy, really busy, building your own working track with Nintendo Mario Circuit Ultimate Building Set. This set uses …

Graphene - the new wonder material

Scientific interest rolls in for a material that is more solid than steel and a better conductor than copper<p>The molecule is priceless but it is not a matter of cost – a few hundred dollars per kilo. The value lies in its potential. The molecule in question is called graphene and the EU is prepared …

Conceptual footbridge puts the O into iconic

Three guess how this novel design for a footbridge to be built in Salford, UK got its name: the O. Its distinctive ring provides support for the …

Salford

Real-life 'Iron Man' suit commissioned by US military

The technology in <i>Iron Man</i> is getting a step closer to reality thanks to the United States military. The Army has commissioned a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, which would provide the wearer with superhuman abilities like night vision, enhanced strength, and protection from gunfire.<p>It would …

WildCat, a Terrifying New Robot Feline, is on the Prowl

Boston Dynamics, the makers of Atlas and Cheetah, reveal their newest terrifying robot.<p>Boston Dynamics, the robotics company with a knack for making creepy biomimetic automatons like the pack-carrying BigDog and the bipedal Atlas, has unleashed new creation upon the world: WildCat.<p>WildCat is the …

The third state of consciousness under the knife

<b>Having a general anaesthetic is a routine part of many operations. But what happens if you are still conscious after you close your eyes?</b><p>You are in the operating theatre. Anaesthetic has been administered and the countdown to unconsciousness begins.<p>For most people, the next thing they will remember …

Consciousness

MIT lab builds self-assembling robot cubes

Today, MIT researchers unveiled a new kind of robot called M-blocks, a group of self-assembling cubes with no external moving parts. The M stands for "modular," which means the cubes can form themselves into whatever shape scientists require, in contrast to more specialized robots like rovers or …

Future Spacecraft Will Be 3-D Printed–In Space, By Robots

In a sci-fi dream come true, a new NASA-funded project engages 3-D printers and robots to build the space systems of tomorrow.<p>Space exploration has always been restricted by the fact that all technology is to-go. Everything we put into the great beyond must first be fabricated on Earth and then …

Engineers write programming language to help build synthetic DNA

Chemical reaction networks make up an old language of equations that detail how chemicals behave together. Now engineers at the University of Washington are taking this language into the 21st century with a computer program for chemistry that can help direct the movement of synthetic molecules.<p>This …

See the very first images of a hydrogen bond

Chemists have long known what a hydrogen bond should look like, but until last week, most hadn't actually seen an image of one. Now, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have been able to visualize a hydrogen bond using atomic force microscopy, a technique that can deliver higher …

Did We Steal Our Moon From Venus?

Is our planet a dirty thief?<p>Dave Stevenson, professor of planetary science at Caltech, gave an intriguing speech at the Origin of the Moon conference in London this week. The most widely accepted theory about the Origin of the Moon is called the "giant impact theory," which is pretty much what you …

Astronomy

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, …

These Magnetic Nanobots Could Carry Drugs Into Your Brain

The robots are coming from INSIDE the blood!<p>These tiny cages, each 100 microns long and 40 microns wide, may not look like much, but they are the new semi-trucks of targeted medicine delivery. Developed by a team of Chinese researchers, in conjunction with Swiss and South Korean institutes, the …

September 2012

Scientists Unravel Secrets of Monster Black Hole at Center of Milky Way

Supermassive black hole last erupted two million years ago, and will again.<p><b>For years astronomers have been puzzled as to why our Milky Way galaxy's "volcano"—a supermassive black hole (SMBH) at its core—is dormant today.</b><p>It seems the answer may simply be that we didn't catch the cosmic …

Turn A Heart On And Off With The Flick Of A Switch

Stanford scientists are working on a light-controlled pacemaker.<p>A heartbeat is really a pretty magical thing. Every time that beautiful little hunk of muscle in your chest wants to send blood rushing around your body, it requires an electrical signal generated by your body to tell it to do so. This …

Tower Infinity "invisible" skyscraper receives go-ahead

Korean architectural studio GDS Architects has received the green light for its award winning 450 meter (1,476 ft) high Tower Infinity design. To be …

Skyscrapers

How To Use Science To Get Better Bar Service

A study on how body language affects who bartenders serve will help teach a robotic barkeep to recognize new customers.<p>There's no better way to combine a love of drinking and a love of technology than by employing the services of a robot bartender. We've seen many a drink-pouring prototype, but to …

No One Understands The Scariest, Most Dangerous Part Of A Self-Driving Car: Us

The most dangerous moment in a self-driving car involves no immediate or obvious peril. It is not when, say, the computer must avoid a vehicle swerving into its lane or navigate some other recognizable hazard of the road -- a patch of ice, or a clueless pedestrian stepping into traffic. It is when …

Crave giveaway: Seiki 50-inch 4K/Ultra High Definition TV

Congrats to Adam G. of New York, N.Y., for winning last week's giveaway -- an Amzer Shatterproof Screen Protector, plus a $50 Amzer gift card. This week, we've got a big prize. Fifty inches big.<p>Online retailer TigerDirect.com is giving away a 50-inch 4K (2160p) HDTV from Chinese OEM Seiki.<p>The …

The first-ever naturally occurring gears are found on an insect's legs

Gears are a potent symbol of human industry, a sign of mechanical wonder or a cold assembly line. If you had to pick something to stand against the natural world, they'd be a pretty likely pick — except that as it turns out, insects discovered them first. In a paper published today in <i>Science</i>, …

Robo-Maggots Will Munch Through Brain Tumors

Gross, but great for minimally invasive surgery.<p>Creepy, crawly maggots might be making their way into people's brains. Robot maggots, that is. Inspired by a TV show where plastic surgeons use maggots to eat away dead tissue, neurosurgeon J. Marc Simard of the University of Maryland School of …

Man and chainsaw no match for device that controls bleeding

There comes a time in every man's life when he must face a chainsaw. Unfortunately, the chainsaw sometimes wins.<p>Thus the story unfolded on a recent summer's day near Olive Branch, Miss., when a 64-year-old man out tree trimming caught his shirtsleeve in a saw, which proceeded to take a 7-inch-long …

A Ride in the Semi-Autonomous Leaf

Nissan wants to put a bevy of autonomous systems into production vehicles by 2020. To catch a glimpse of the future, we take a ride-along in their semi-autonomous car.<p><i>Steve Rousseau</i><p>The semi-autonomous car exists, but it hasn't arrived, much in the same way Google Glass exists on a select few …

Scientists achieve human brain-to-brain interface

Brain-to-brain interfacing – it’s previously been accomplished between two rats, but now it’s been achieved between two humans. Rajesh Rao, who …