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Born To Swim?

Try this to trigger one of the cutest reflexes around. Just blow into a baby’s face and watch him or her gulp air, close eyes, and stop whatever they’re doing. Parents have used this as a way to get their little ones to stop crying – but it’s also the path to swimming.<p>The response is what’s known …

Scuba Diving

Nano-Tweezers Can Move Molecules With Light

Just in case you were getting bored with the world, we bring you a tiny tweezer made of light beams.<p>Scientists have created the tiniest "tweezers" known to date, which can move around objects the size of single molecules with a "bow tie" of light.<p>"To my knowledge these are the smallest tweezers …

Chemistry

An Interactive Map Of The Brain

Time to play "name that cortex."<p>Can you point out the small squiggle of gray matter that makes up the brain's motor cortex? Or how about the eye fields, which control visual attention and eye movements? No? Take a look at this handy interactive infographic created by Open Colleges, an Australian …

Neurology

Latest space tourism trip uses balloon to take passengers 100,000 feet up

You may soon have a less expensive way to get into space. A new space tourism venture plans to bring visitors 30 km (about 100,000 feet) into the stratosphere in what is essentially a space-ready air balloon for $75,000. The capsule won't technically be in space — and that's not high enough to …

Scientists Accidentally Create Improbable Two-Dimensional Quasicrystals

A strange new substance has unexpectedly emerged from a university lab in Germany: a two-dimensional quasicrystal, consisting of 12-sided, …

Scientists 3-D Print Tiny Cages That Imprison Bacteria

Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have figured out how to make structures – like houses or cages – that are small enough to corral …

Mother Nature talks nanotech: data storage breakthrough

Nanotechnology promises 1,000 terabytes of storage on a disc the size of a CD<p><b>Scientist: A team at the University of Southampton has been using nanotechnology to create</b> <b>an amazing new form of data storage (pdf)</b><b>. Data is written into silica glass with an ultrafast laser, creating layers of nano-sized</b> …

Enough With Baby Talk; Infants Learn From Lemur Screeches, Too

New research suggests that 3-month-old human babies can use lemur calls as teaching aids. The findings hint at a deep biological connection between language and learning.<p>Babies begin learning as soon as they're born. They're listening, too. But researchers still don't know exactly how the …

Our body's gene-snipping machine is like a Transformer - Futurity

Scientists are unraveling the secrets of the mechanism that snips our genes. Certain diseases such …

Scientists Recreate The Sense Of Touch With Direct-To-Brain Electrical Signals

These findings could help researchers make prosthetic arms that have a lifelike sense of touch.<p>We've seen some very cool prosthetic arms recently, including ones people are able to control—just as they control biological arms—with their thoughts. So what's one of the next great frontiers for …

Johns Hopkins University

Tabletop Device Would Destroy Chemical Weapons With X-Rays

With support from the Pentagon, one scientist is developing a compact x-ray device to break up chemical and biological agents.<p>The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which is overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical arsenal, won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Destroying …

Nobel Prize

Little-noticed Paul Ryan comments may signal showdown’s next move

As Ryan prepares debt limit bill, one interview suggests he’d give 5 percent of economy “back to private sector”<p>While 2012 vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan has largely avoided the media spotlight in the lead-up to today’s government shutdown, the Wall Street Journal reported last week that he …

Republicans Shut Down the Government, But They Can't Stop Obamacare

Tea Party Republicans are thrilled about taking away benefits from millions of needy Americans, but they're losing in the long run<p>Is there anything …

President Obama Urges GOP to Abandon 'Ideological Crusade,' End Shutdown

Congressional Republicans are "demanding ransom" by refusing to fund the government unless Democrats agree to alter the health care law that passed …

Health Care