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TREKNOSIS: Making Dr. McCoy's Magic Pills Real

When was the last time you gave yourself a paper cut? Have you ever looked at the scar it left behind and wondered why that's the limit of our …

Star Trek

Climate change threatens to bring eradicated viruses back from the dead

Scientists revive a frozen 30,000-year-old giant Siberian virus<p>All it took was a single sample of frozen Siberian soil for an international collaboration of researchers to discover, and revive, a new type of "giant virus" — a virus whose unusually large size means scientists can spot it through a …

NASA Delays 'Flying Saucer' Test Launch Until Wednesday

Bad weather has delayed the first test flight of NASA's new "flying saucer" yet again, pushing the liftoff back to Wednesday (June 11) at the …

Each Page of This ‘Drinkable Book’ Is a Water Filter That Removes Deadly Bacteria

Drinking is fundamental.<p>With that thought in mind, DDB New York and Water Is Life have authored a Drinkable Book that not only educates at-risk …

$2 Million Competition Aims to Monitor Ocean Health

The planet's oceans are gradually becoming more acidic, in turn threatening the life and ecosystems that call the seas home. Yet the technology for …

Father Devises A 'Bionic Pancreas' To Help Son With Diabetes

An alarm sounds on Ed Damiano's night stand in the middle of the night. He jumps out of bed and rushes into his son's room next door.<p>His son, David, has Type 1 diabetes. The 15-year-old sleeps hooked up to a monitor that sounds an alarm when his blood sugar gets too low. If it drops sharply, David …

Illinois Is First State To Ban Microbeads

The Land of Lincoln says no to the synthetic exfoliants, which often end up in waterways.<p>Illinois has become the first state to ban microbeads, the small plastic bits often found in soaps and many different types of cosmetic products. The law, signed this week by Governor Pat Quinn, bans the …

What an Enterprise! NASA physicist, artist unveil warp-speed craft design

Thanks to a NASA physicist, the notion of warp speed might just travel out of sci-fi and into the real world.<p>NASA's Harold White has been working since 2010 to develop a warp drive that will allow spacecraft to travel at speeds faster than light -- 186,000 miles per second.<p>White, who heads NASA's …

Making Car Parts From Tomatoes

Usually, finding ketchup residue in your car is a bad thing. But what if the ketchup in question wasn’t caked onto your cup holder—what if it …

Sustainability

Shrimp-based invention new step in plastic

Shrimp: It's not just for surf-and-turf anymore.<p>In fact, thanks to research at Harvard University, the little crustaceans may be the next thing in plastic.<p>In experiments with the material in shrimp shells, called chitosan, and material from silk, known as fibroin, researchers at Harvard's Wyss …

A Spaceship For The Sea

This vertical structure will allow scientists to better study the ocean.<p>Scientists know more about the surface of the moon and Mars than they do about our own seafloor. Which helps explain the grand vision of the French architect Jacques Rougerie, who’s designed an ocean-going laboratory that …

These Students Want to Send a Time Capsule to Mars

WASHINGTON — A student-led project aims to send a time capsule to Mars for future explorers to discover, its organizers announced today (June …

MIT Invents a Radical New Way to Heat Buildings: Spotlights That Follow You

The heat in big buildings is a massive energy suck. Commercial buildings account for 20 percent of the national energy consumption—a big number on …