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The End Is A.I.: The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

<i>The second in a series of posts about the major myths of robotics, and the role of science fiction role in creating and spreading them. Previous and former topics, respectively: Robots are strong, the myth of robotic hyper-competence, and robots are evil, the myth of killer machines.</i><p>In 1993, Vernor …

The Science Of Bubbles

More than just good for a bath, bubbles are a focus of new research<p>Bubbles may seem pretty ordinary. We tend to think of them just as beverage enhancers or entertainment for small children. But scientists are uncovering another side to bubbles: They can perform computations, drive climate, and even …

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Once A Year, Cancer Research News Comes In A Flood, Not A Trickle

News about cancer therapies usually comes out in medical journals with the regular rhythm of an IV drip. But every now and then information comes out in a flood.<p>That's the case this weekend. The American Society of Clinical Oncology is holding its 50th annual meeting in Chicago. The convention …

Why Google Glass Will Make School Easier For Deaf Kids

Meet the researchers developing apps for planetariums, classrooms and more.<p>About seven years ago, a summer camp for deaf kids visited the planetarium at Brigham Young University in Utah. An American Sign Language interpreter sat on the floor with the kids to translate the show’s narration. The kids …

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Sleepy brains neglect half the world

Damage to certain parts of the brain can lead to a bizarre syndrome called hemispatial neglect, in which one loses awareness of one side of their body and the space around it. In extreme cases, a patient with hemispatial neglect might eat food from only one side of their plate, dress on only one …

The Real-Life Science Behind The Summer's Most Outrageous Sci-Fi Movies

When inhumans attack<p>Mechanized suits, alien apes, dinosaur robots -- this summer's blockbusters are brimming with scientific-sounding conceits. But is there any real science to back them up? While you watch, here's something to chew on (besides the popcorn).<p><b>DIGITAL EFFECT: AN ALIEN-BLASTING</b> …

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Scientists use 3D printing to make artificial blood vessels

The tangled highway of blood vessels that twists and turns inside our bodies, delivering essential nutrients and disposing of hazardous waste to keep …

Are you prepared for a hurricane?

If a hurricane were approaching, would you and your family be ready? This post can help you prepare.<p>June 1 is the start of the Atlantic hurricane …

Martian Volcano May Once Have Hosted Life-Friendly Lakes

Lakes inside a glacier may have been oases for Martian microbes 210 million years ago.<p>Thanks to a series of discoveries made over the past year by the Curiosity and Opportunity rovers, planetary scientists are more confident than ever that the Martian surface probably had abundant water more than …

Nano fibers get their structure from DNA ‘origami’

A new method uses DNA origami to turn one-dimensional nanomaterials into two dimensions.<p>Their breakthrough, published in the latest issue of <i>Nature</i> …

Gene Study Shows Blond Hair Color Is Just Skin Deep

A tiny mutation gifts a person with golden locks, scientists find<p><b>For thousands of years, people have both prized and mocked blond</b> <b>hair</b><b>. Now, a new study shows that many can thank a tiny</b> <b>genetic mutation—</b><b>a single letter change from an A to a G among the 3 billion letters in the book of</b> <b>human DNA—</b><b>for</b> …

Did mammoths disappear thanks to hunting dogs?

A new look at archaeological sites in Europe with lots of dead mammoths and dwellings built with mammoth bones has led to a new theory about humans’ …

Giant star cluster Omega Centauri

All globular star clusters are impressive, but Omega Centauri’s in a class by itself. Sparkling with 10 million stars, it’s the Milky Way’s largest …

5 Apps For A Citizen Science Summer

With summer just around the corner in the northern hemisphere (and that nasty winter not quite a distant-enough memory), a lot of us are looking for any excuse we can to go outside. Here are five citizen science apps that will give you all the reasons you need to get some fresh air.<p><b>Noise …

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Bursts Of Light Create Memories, Then Take Them Away

You can't just open up a living brain and see the memories inside.<p>So Roberto Malinow, a brain scientist at the University of California, San Diego, has spent years trying to find other ways to understand how memories are made and lost. The research — right now being done in rats – should lead to a …

Scientists discover new source of hurricane danger: Sexism

Sexism may be getting in the way of hurricane safety.<p>In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers from the<p>University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignandArizona State Universitylooked at 63 years of hurricane fatality data collected by theNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationand found that …

How Would Humans Know If They Lived in a Multiverse?

Some theories in physics give rise to the idea of multiple universes, where nearly identical versions of the known universe exist. But if such a …

Will Synthetic Biology Evolve Into the Next Hot Field?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Synthetic biology grew from a very old human desire to engineer living systems and make them do useful things for us.<p>As genetic engineering of the 1970s has evolved into synthetic biology today, the technologies and economics for …

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This Spider Disguises Itself As Bird Poo To Avoid Getting Eaten

Animals have evolved lots of creative ways to blend in with their environments, developing colors or body types that help them hide from predators. But sometimes, camouflage isn’t enough, and a creature has to masquerade as something else. Some creatures pretend to be an object that no animal would …

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Scientists Prime The Immune System As A Powerful Cancer Weapon

Watch out, cancer cells. Humanity is learning how to use our built-in weapon – our own white blood cells – to kill you.<p>Early results showing that genetically modified white blood cells, called T-cells, can make cancer cells disappear, at least temporarily, in 50% to 90% of patients with certain …

Skip the Humans: Drug Discovery by Simulating Cells

Virtual clinical trials would combine big data and computer simulation.<p>The future of medicine, we're often told, will be personalized. We'll have gene therapies, wearables to monitor our vital signs—maybe even new kinds of vital signs—and robot doctors to diagnose our illnesses.<p>But the real promise …

Our Best Bet for Colonizing Space May Be Printing Humans on Other Planets

"Maybe we will colonize other worlds not with astronauts in space suits, but with bacteria," says NASA's lead engineer on the Curiosity Rover mission.<p>Assuming human deep space travel turns out to be not just incredibly dangerous, but perhaps "crazy idiotic" and "laughable," as Harvard biologist …

Brain stimulation: The military’s mind-zapping project

Shocking the brain with mild electrical current was once a controversial treatment for the mentally ill. Now evidence is emerging that it could quicken learning and improve attention, and as Emma Young discovers, the US military is very interested in its potential.<p>An unusual trial is underway at …

Asteroids that buzz Earth

Cool infographic showing asteroids that will come closest to Earth in the next 200 years.<p>This infographic, from RiaVovosti, shows a lot of …

It's Time To Treat Crime Forensics Like Real Science

Justice depends on it<p>John McCormick, a 63-year-old cab driver, was on his porch the morning of July 26, 1978, when he was robbed and shot dead. His wife, awakened by the commotion, reported that she saw the assailant flee wearing a face stocking, which investigators later found near the scene. …

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