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Battery that dissolves in the body could power embedded health sensors

Embeddable sensors that can track a person's vitals could eventually be a boon for healthcare, but something equally small, portable, and safe is going to have to power those sensors. Researchers from the University of Illinois may have an answer: batteries that slowly decompose in the body. Using …

3D printing human tissue and organs to 'spark ethics debate'

3D printing's rapid development of printing living tissues and organs is likely to ignite calls to ban the technology's use for human application<p>Known as bioprinting, the medical application of 3D printing to produce living tissue and organs is advancing at such a rate, a major ethical debate on …

Tunisia's desert dunes lure amateur astronomers and Star Wars aficionados

A source of coveted meteorites and location for Darth Vader's home Tatooine, the Sahara draws many obsessive travellers<p>Deep in Tunisia's Sahara desert is an otherworldly planet familiar to Star Wars fans: Tatooine, the twin-mooned childhood home of Darth Vader.<p>Once a pilgrimage site for aficionados …

Noah's Ark Blueprints Found—4,000-Year-Old Detailed Instructions

Irving Finkel, British Museum curator and author of “The Ark Before Noah,” has found a 4,000-year-old tablet that describes the materials and …

Supermoon 2014: 'Super Moon' Could Appear Bigger in Sky, or Not

The next supermoon in 2014–which will also be a black moon–is slated for January 30, but astronomy experts warn that even though the moon could …

Astronomy

Archaeologists find remains of previously unknown pharaoh in Egypt

Discovery of 3,600-year-old body of King Senebkay confirms existence of forgotten dynasty<p>The 3,600-year-old remains of a forgotten pharaoh unearthed this month in southern Egypt may be the first of several significant discoveries in a previously ignored burial ground that rivals the Valley of the …

Scientists Decode Genome of the Hot Pepper

An international team of scientists have decoded the genome of the hot pepper. The researchers include scientists at the University of California, …

Hawking: Black Holes Do Exist. Now the Complicated Part

Sometimes you just have to wonder whether Stephen Hawking is messing with us. The famously wheelchair-bound physicist earned his scientific …

‘Sweden’s Atlantis’ at Bottom of Baltic Sea: 11,000-Year-Old Settlement Uncovered

A team of divers led by Södertörn University archaeology professor Björn Nilsson has uncovered artifacts from what could be the oldest known …

Unusually Large Virus Discovered That Kills Bacterium That Causes Anthrax

An international team of researchers has discovered a new, unusually large virus (or bacteriophage) that infects the bacterium, <i>Bacillus anthracis</i>, …

Bugs in Space! 5 Unusual Astronauts

NASA has a penchant for sending some strange stuff into orbit. But for scientific experiments in microgravity, nothing beats bugs.

Can flywheel technology drive out the battery from car hybrids?

Batteries are energy intensive to make and problematic to dispose of. Flywheel technology, known as Kers in the Formula One world, could be a solution<p>Consider the hybrid car. Halfway between the traditional motor and the fully electric Nissan Leaf or the Volkswagen e-Up!, they're a nod to green …

Space travel weakens fly's immune system - Futurity

Growing up on the space shuttle weakens a key arm of the immune system of Drosophila flies, research reports.

Racial gap exists when docs talk to patients about HIV meds - Futurity

Conversations between doctors and patients about taking HIV medication as prescribed differ depending on the patient's race or ethnicity, research …

1,500-year-old plague victims shed light on disease origins

Study finds catastrophic diseases aren't things that evolve once – 'they actually evolve multiple times from different ancestors'<p>Scientists have sequenced the genome of the pathogen that caused one of the most devastating plagues in human history, shedding light on where the disease came from and …

Should a robot decide when to kill?

By the time the sun rose on Friday, December 19th, the Homestead Miami race track had been taken over by robots. Some hung from racks, their humanoid feet dangling above the ground as roboticists wheeled them out of garages. One robot resembled a gorilla, while another looked like a spider; yet …

Rebuilding Noah's Ark Following 4,000-Year-Old Instructions

Following newly discovered, detailed instructions written on a 4,000-year-old Babylonian tablet, a team is rebuilding Noah’s Ark.<p>The instructions …

Archaeologists Find 300,000-Year-Old Hearth in Qesem Cave in Israel

Humans are estimated to have discovered fire over one million years ago. Newly found evidence indicates humans had fireplaces over 300,000 years ago. …

7,000-year-old hunter-gatherer had dark skin, blue eyes

Researchers analyzed the DNA from a tooth belonging to the 7,000-year-old remains of European hunter-gatherer to determine his appearance.<p>They say …

'Smart' Windows Lighten And Darken On Cue

A Wi-Fi-connected window accessory will make your pane listen to your commands<p>Call it the curse of the picture window. Big panes may light up a home, but they also let in enough heat to drive up the temperature by several degrees, raising cooling costs. Self-tinting windows solve the problem, …

Startups

Lawsuit Alleges NASA Is Failing To Investigate Alien Life

Read the suit in all its glory here.<p>You may recall, NASA recently announced that a strange rock had somehow "appeared" in front of its Mars Opportunity rover. The explanations for the mystery rock were straight-forward: maybe some kind of nearby impact sent a rock toward the rover, or, more likely, …

Paranormal

This Leech Can Survive A 24-Hour Submersion in Liquid Nitrogen

100 percent of the leeches also survived extreme cold (-130°F) for nine months!<p>At first glance there is nothing overly special about <i>Ozobranchus jantseanus</i>, a small parasitic leech of freshwater turtles in East Asia. But throw them into a vat of liquid nitrogen, and they can survive for 24 hours. …

Asia

How Can Death Be So Beautiful?

Several billion years after it’s born, a star dies. It’s death takes another few billion years. Our middle-aged sun is expected to die in some 5 …

A High-Tech Bra That Unhooks Only For 'True Love'

A weird/bad/nerdtastic idea from Japan.<p><i>Note: Video is a tad NSFW.</i><p>Japanese lingerie manufacturer Ravijour has designed a bra, called the True Love Tester, that apparently knows "how women truly feel." Yes, this is a goofy marketing scheme. But it's also a science bra, so... carry on.<p>The ad above …

NASA's Hot New Ride for 2014

Patrick H. Corkery—Lockheed Martin<p>NASA<p>NASA<p>NASA<p>NASA<p>Dmitri Gerondidakis—NASA<p>Bill Stafford—JSC/NASA<p>David C. Bowman—NASA<p>NASA—KSC<p>Aerojet Rocketdyne<p>NASA—SSC<p>…

Ancient Plague's DNA Revived From A 1,500-Year-Old Tooth

Scientists have reconstructed the genetic code of a strain of bacteria that caused one of the most deadly pandemics in history nearly 1,500 years ago.<p>They did it by finding the skeletons of people killed by the plague and extracting DNA from traces of blood inside their teeth.<p>This plague struck in …

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Water Spotted on Solar System's Largest Asteroid, Raising Questions About Life There

The dwarf planet Ceres releases water vapor from two locations, scientists say.<p>Water spewing from icy volcanoes or ice patches may adorn our solar system's largest asteroid and smallest dwarf planet, known as Ceres, an international astronomy team says, instantly raising questions about the …