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USAID Is Getting Its Own DARPA-Like Innovation Lab To Solve Global Development Challenges

Bringing cutting-edge science and technology research to combat the world’s biggest problems.<p>The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency inside the US Department of Defense, is at least partially responsible for some of the biggest technological advances in recent history, …

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How to spot a psychopath

We think of psychopaths as killers, alien, outside society. But, says the scientist who has spent his life studying them, you could have one for a colleague, a friend – or a spouse<p>There are a few things we take for granted in social interactions with people. We presume that we see the world in …

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 …

5 Awesome Photos Of Wild Animals In Action

Winners from the Zoological Society of London's Animal Photography Prize 2013.<p>Can the world ever have too many beautifully composed photographs of wildlife? Only correct answer: never ever. So without further ado, here are the winning images from the Zoological Society of London's second annual …

Chimps are making monkeys out of us

Tetsuro Matsuzawa begins his working day, conventionally enough, in front of a computer. He taps in a few commands, takes a seat and waits. Within minutes, the calm of his basement laboratory is pierced by the sound of excitable primates.<p>On cue, two chimpanzees appear through an opening in the …

Is Trypophobia a Real Phobia?

We investigate the fear of creepy clustered holes<p>If you're like me and you have a visceral reaction to the image above—if it makes your skin crawl, your hair hurt, and your stomach turn—you can count yourself among the trypophobic. According to its Facebook page, which is more than 4,000 members …