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This new carbon nanotube material is the darkest thing on the planet

We know what darkness is: it's the absence of light, and something we each encounter when the sun goes down. Seeing darkness in broad daylight on the other hand, that's weird. It's also, astonishingly, a completely possible thing. Sitting on a piece of aluminum foil in Surrey NanoSystems' lab is …

Stanford, MIT scientists find new way to harness waste heat

May 21, 2014<p>Researchers have developed a new battery technology that captures waste heat and converts it into electricity.<p>Stanford and MIT …

Experimental Malaria Vaccine Blocks The Bad Guy's Exit

For the first time in decades, researchers trying to develop a vaccine for malaria have discovered a new target they can use to attack this deadly and common parasite.<p>Finding a target for attack is a far cry from having a vaccine. And the history of malaria vaccines is littered with hopeful ideas …

This pill could stop 90 percent of HIV cases in the US

But only if it reaches the right people<p>Michael Lucas has been taking Truvada, the HIV prevention pill, for about a year now. And the 42-year-old adult film director and gay porn performer readily admits that the decision wasn't all that hard to make — especially when compared with the alternative. …

Has The End Of The Banana Arrived?

Researchers fear that a relentless and virulent fungus could cripple the world's banana monoculture<p>Two weeks ago, at a conference in South Africa, scientists met to discuss how to contain a deadly banana disease outbreak in nearby Mozambique, Africa. At fault was a fungus that continues its march …

Scientists show AIDS vaccine could work against changeable site on HIV

In the new study, Burton's team examined a vulnerable site on Env, known as the "high-mannose patch" for the frequency of molecules called mannoses …

China may build an undersea train to America

China is planning to build a train line that would, in theory, connect Beijing to the United States. According to a report in the Beijing Times, citing an expert at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Chinese officials are considering a route that would start in the country's northeast, thread …

A Get-Smart Pill, With Side Effects — NOVA Next | PBS

What if there was a pill that helped you learn?<p>A new study, published in <i>Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience</i>, could change that, though. Researchers …

A Tractor Beam Made of Sound

It can't pull a spaceship into the Death Star, but the acoustic tractor beam is the most powerful yet created.<p><b>Scientists have created a sonic tractor beam</b>. And it's not simply an amazing proof of concept: This beam pulls with a billion times more force and can tow objects a million times larger …

Doctors are prescribing mushrooms to cancer patients to treat anxiety

The results of the first study on LSD used in drug therapy were announced last month, hinting at the benefits of psychedelics substances used in treating patients with anxiety. Now, according to <i>The Atlantic</i>, similar research is being conducted at New York University, as scientists test psilocybin …

Meet the world's newest H1N1 flu carrier: the sea otter

Scientists have discovered that sea otters can get the flu — and not just any flu, either. According to the <i>Smithsonian</i>, these mammals are the world's newest carriers of H1N1, the flu strain that lead to a human pandemicback in 2009. And, according to a study published in <i>Emerging and Infectious</i> …

Fertility mystery solved: protein discovered that joins sperm with eggs

A fundamental key to fertility has been uncovered by British scientists with the discovery of an elusive protein that allows eggs and sperm to join together.<p>The molecule – named Juno after the Roman goddess of fertility – sits on the egg surface and binds with a male partner on a fertilising sperm …

Multiple sclerosis and 'miracle cures': sometimes it's the hope that'll kill you

I have progressive multiple sclerosis. I’m quite disabled, and I have no idea how disabled I’ll end up. That’s what MS is like. It’s unpredictable, and it’s different for everyone. Ask 100 people with MS, and you’ll get 100 different sets of symptoms.<p>There are treatments: things that slow down …

Scientists Discover How to Generate Solar Power in the Dark

Meet 'photoswitches,' a breakthrough set of materials that act as their own batteries, absorbing energy and releasing it on demand.<p>The next big thing in solar energy could be microscopic.<p>Scientists at MIT and Harvard University have devised a way to store solar energy in molecules that can then be …

Honeybees in East Africa Resist Deadly Pathogens

Bees in Kenya stay healthy despite parasites and viruses that collapse U.S. and European hives.<p>A surprising finding about East African honeybees lends new hope to the fight against colony collapses in the West. Scientists have discovered that bees in Kenya have strong resistance to the same …

Researchers 3D Printed Cancerous Tumors to Learn How to Kill Them

Now we can test drugs on actual tumors, not 2D sheets of cells.<p>HeLa cells under a microscope (image not from 3D printing study). Image: Pablo Ramdhor/Flickr<p>For the first time ever, scientists have 3D printed a cancer tumor in order to study how to kill it.<p>Growing cancer cells in a laboratory is …

Scientists create an inexpensive self-healing polymer

Stretchy, self-healing paints and other coatings recently took a step closer to common use, thanks to research being conducted at the University of …

Honey bees in East Africa are winning the mite war

Parasites and pathogens that devastate honey bees in Europe, Asia, and the United States are spreading across East Africa, but don’t appear to be …

Ecology

Stem cells cloned from human adults may lead to patient-specific medical treatment

A team of scientists have used cloning methods to produce stem cells from the skin cells of adult patients. To do this, researchers extracted DNA from the cells of two adult males, aged 35 and 75. The DNA was then fused with human eggs donated by four adult women. The study, published in the …

One fifth of China's farmlands are polluted, government says

Nearly one fifth of China's farmland contains pollutants such as cadmium, nickel, and arsenic, reports the Associated Press. The news is outlined in a multi-year soil survey released this week by China's Environment Protection Ministry and its Land and Resources Ministry.<p>"the overall condition of …

Read This Article Again in 2064

Here's what Americans think life will be like in 50 years.<p>For most daydreamers, predicting the future is a business of missing more than you hit.<p>For example, we still haven't eliminated childbirth by inventing designer babies grown in artificial wombs, a prediction the science editor of LIFE …

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3D-printed cast concept uses ultrasound to heal broken bones

Last year, Victoria University of Wellington graduate Jake Evill created the Cortex cast, a concept that sought to potentially replace traditional plaster casts while also offering the added benefit of being lightweight and odor-free. Now, the Osteoid cast, a new concept designed by Deniz …

New MRSA Superbug Emerges in Brazilian Patient

A new, highly drug-resistant type of the superbug methicillin-resistant <i>Staphylococcus aureus</i> (MRSA) recently caused a fatal blood infection in a …

MRI, on a molecular scale: Team develops system that could peer into atomic structure of individual molecules

Yacoby said that while conventional systems can achieve resolutions of less than a millimeter, they are effectively limited by the magnetic field …

Scientists are using mushrooms to get gold out of your old phone

The chemicals and heavy metals in our phones are bad news — both for the workers exposed to them during mining and manufacture, and for anyone who …