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Black Solar Cells Reach Incredible New Efficiency Record

The bright world of photovoltaics<p>Renewable energy is the future. All over the world cities and countries are vowing to go quit fossil fuels and commit to getting their energy fix from 100 percent renewable sources.<p>One of the most popular renewable options is solar—especially in areas that are, …

Practical Jetpacks (Finally) Take Off

Jetpacks have been a staple of science fiction and movies for decades. Remember James Bond’s flight in Thunderball? However, these older designs had a number of drawbacks: they couldn’t fly very far or very long and they were difficult to control. If you wanted a jetpack, you’d be better be a …

How DNA Scissors Can Perform Surgery Directly On Your Genes

These gene-slicers may help tackle HIV, Alzheimer's, and brain cancer.<p>Jay Johnson’s DNA was cut into pieces. Tiny molecular scissors chopped it into slices the cell couldn’t readily repair. The cell did its best at a speedy patch-up job, but the gene was left effectively useless. As the battered …

10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing

Many ideas have left the world of science and made their way into everyday language — and unfortunately, they are almost always used incorrectly. We …

2013's Biggest Tech Moments, Told In Photos

Octocopters, hyperloops, bitcoin — in the tech world, this is what we call an "eventful year." But you needn't fear information overload. Looking back, these are the innovations and tech moments to remember from 2013.<p><i>This story appears the special Year in Photos issue of our weekly iPad magazine,</i> …

The 9 Coolest Student Biology Projects At The 2013 iGEM Competition

We're thinking of our visit to this year's International Genetically Engineered Machines competition as our gold ticket to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. You know, "Come with me, and you'll be in a world of pure imagination." Or something.<p>Synthetic biology's equivalent to the student robotics …

Take A Computerized Look At 17th-Century London

A new project recreates St. Paul’s Cathedral, back in the olden days.<p>For as well-preserved as Shakespeare's writing is, there's still plenty we don't know about 17th-century London. For example: we know town square-style speeches were an important part of life, but what was it like actually …

Asteroid With Six Tails Leaves Astronomers Dumbfounded

The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a possibly doomed asteroid with multiple comet-like tails.<p>Weird things are afoot in the asteroid belt, located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. A newly identified asteroid called P/2013 P5 is posing as a comet, with not one but six dust tails trailing …

FYI: How Did English Get To Be The International Language Of Science?

Everyone got mad at the Germans.<p>More than 98 percent of all scientific articles published today are in English, but that hasn’t always been the case. “There used to be one language of science in Europe, and it was Latin,” says Michael Gordin, a historian of science at Princeton University who is …

Peripheral Vision 003: Professor John Slough on how nuclear power could get us to Mars in 30 days

"We thought of a clever idea of how you might use fusion to do manned space travel," explains John Slough. The University of Washington research professor discusses such seemingly impossible ideas with the cavalier nature one might otherwise reserve for picking out shirts in the morning. The …

From MIT, A Tool For Mapping Crucial City Supply Chains

Roads that make sense for pedestrians and horses work less well for delivery vans and 18 wheelers. Enter this handy-dandy mapping tool.<p>Big cities have a problem: they weren't designed big. Roads that made sense for pedestrians and horses work less well for delivery vans and 18 wheelers. So MIT's …

More Than 200,000 People Sign Up To Die On Mars

Only a few dozen will be chosen for the 2023 mission to colonize the red planet.<p>Five months after the Netherlands-based private spaceflight project Mars One announced it would begin accepting applications for a one-way trip to the red planet, 202,586 people from more than 140 countries have …

6 of the most important drug milestones of all time

From arsenic to Prozac to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act.<p>In <i>The Drug Book</i>, author Michael C. Gerald details 250 milestones in the history of drugs, from the introduction of arsenic and Xanax to the passage of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act, the first major legislation aimed at protecting …

Why Mars Colonists Will Definitely Go Crazy

A space colony could be a breeding ground for mental illness.<p>Everyone and their mother wants to send people to Mars these days. Dutch spaceflight nonprofits, President Obama, and even Buzz Aldrin have seriously discussed plans to put humans on the inhospitable planet in the next few decades. But …

FYI: Can Anything Move Faster Than Light?

Yes, the universe itself will eventually outpace the speed of light. Just how this will happen is a bit complicated, so let's begin at the very beginning: the big bang. Around 14 billion years ago, all matter in the universe was thrown in every direction. That first explosion is still pushing …

This Jacket Keeps Warmth In, While Letting Sweat Out

The Army-approved Polartec Alpha does what down and synthetic materials can't.<p>In 2010, the U.S. Army went to textile manufacturer Polartec with a problem: Troops needed a jacket that would breathe when they worked up a sweat but would also hold onto warmth when they sat still. Down and synthetic …

How NASA Is Developing Fresh Space Salad

Plus cameos from former International Space Station crewmembers Zucchini, Broccoli and Sunflower<p>Early in the history of the U.S. space program, space ice cream caught the imagination of American youngsters. Now, NASA and other researchers are developing a different kind of space food—space-grown …

The Next Space Shuttle: Hybrid Engines Make Runway-To-Orbit Missions A Reality

A new type of engine could usher in an era of affordable spaceplanes<p>A disembodied jet engine, attached to a hulking air vent, sits in an outdoor test facility at the Culham Science Center in Oxfordshire, England. When the engine screams to life, columns of steam billow from the vent, giving the …

The Final 6 Disrupt SF Startups: Cota, Dryft, Fates Forever, Layer, Regalii And Soil IQ

This year’s TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco has hit attendance records and been one of the most exciting we’ve ever had. Over the past few days, 3200 people have walked through the concourse to watch Valley titans and newcomers hash it out with the TechCrunch team — including Marc Benioff’s moving …

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About News on the Web, Which Will Take You Two Days to Watch

I don’t know what to say about Riptide, the massive oral history of digital journalism that popped up on the Web tonight.<p>That’s because I’ve been …

Nymi Is A Heartwave-Sensing Wristband That Wants To Replace All Your Passwords & Keys

Passwords could be passé if this Toronto-based startup has its way. Bionym, which was founded in 2011 and closed a $1.4 million (CAD) seed round last month, has devised a biometric recognition system in the form of a wearable wristband — called Nymi, just launched as a pre-order for $79 for early …

Toshiba has invented a quantum cryptography network that even the NSA can’t hack

If you’ve got communications that absolutely cannot be intercepted—whether you’re a NSA whistleblower, the president of Mexico, or Coca-Cola—quantum cryptography is the way to go.<p>It harnesses the bizarro-world properties of quantum physics to ensure that information sent from point A to point B …

Panasonic's 20-inch 4K Toughpad tablet ships in November for about €4,500

Panasonic's 4K Toughpad tablet initially debuted at CES in January, but here at IFA in Berlin, the company is finally ready to shed some light on availability. Speaking at a press conference focused on the device, GM Jan Kampfer detailed the giant slate, which includes a fiberglass housing and …

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Sony's new HMZ-T3 wearable display gets 'wireless' option, easy smartphone connectivity and HD audio (hands-on)

Ahead of Sony's own IFA press event, it's already announced its latest head-mounted display. The HMZ-T3 is the third iteration and while there's no substitutional reality function (or camera), the company's made some important improvements that could tip the balance for anyone concerned with …

CSR's membrane puts wireless, super-thin touch controls on tablet covers

We marveled at how the Microsoft Surface's Touch Cover could fit a full keyboard into such a thin space, but it has nothing on a new membrane from CSR. The peripheral combines printed circuitry with a Bluetooth 4.0 chip, producing a flexible, nearly paper-thin (0.5mm) touch layer that can talk …

Bluetooth-powered Dice+ now available for digital gaming

Digital game die Dice+ is finally available to purchase. Announced last year, the six-sided die features LED lights and uses Bluetooth to speak directly to your tablet or smartphone. In practice, this means you can play a handful of iOS and Android board games by rolling a die. Right now the number …

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