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There's A Physics Trick To Keep Your Shoes From Coming Untied

In order to tie your shoes, there’s a simple knot that almost all of us learn how to make when we’re small children: a “criss-cross and tuck” part, followed by a “loop-and-pull” part. That simple knot has three strong advantages to it over most other types:<p>It effectively takes up the rest of the …

CrissCross

New Implant Method Could Give Amputees Direct Nerve Control of Artificial Limbs

A group of researchers have developed a new kind of human-machine interface that detects individual neuron signals for use in controlling artificial …

The Human Lifespan Has a Natural Limit. Scientists Might Know How to Break It

In the future, aging will be treated not as a natural process, but as a disease.<p>We all want to live forever, whether we'll admit it or not. How else to explain the restrictive diets, the wrinkle creams, or the more bizarre therapies and treatments—cryogenic freezing comes to mind—that people seek …

11 Reasons to Have a Cup of Coffee RIGHT NOW!

The brew can boost your health in some seriously surprising ways<p>Coffee is one hell of a drug. Every morning, you stumble down to the kitchen a bleary-eyed, bed-headed grump, but as soon as you chug some java, you’re ready to walk out your door with a big bounce in your step.<p>If you’re like 59 …

New FDA Rule: You Won’t Be Able to Buy Most Antibacterial Soaps Anymore

The bug-killing soaps may not have been doing you any good anyway<p>Back in 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a rule requiring soap companies to prove their antibacterial products were actually more effective than washing with plain soap and water.<p>Now, three years later, the FDA …

FDA

For first time, carbon nanotube transistors outperform silicon - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

MADISON — For decades, scientists have tried to harness the unique properties of carbon nanotubes to create high-performance electronics that are …

The Arm-Building Workout You’ll Wish You Had Known About Sooner

It’s one of the best ways to spur muscle growth in your biceps and triceps<p>Ditch the dumbbells and barbell once in a while. Incorporating a mix of training tools into your arm workouts provides a unique stimulus to spur muscle growth and makes tough training more fun.<p>Try it today with this bar and …

7 Ways You Screw Up Scrambled Eggs—and How to Achieve Fluffy Perfection

The simple meal that anyone can make requires more nuance than you think<p>Like spaghetti and PB&J, scrambled eggs are one of those incredibly simple dishes that practically everyone knows how to make.<p>Except … not so much. It turns out almost everyone is doing it wrong—and your amateur mistakes are …

Major breakthrough against heart failure after scientists use stem cells in 'astonishing' trial which could help millions

Heart attack patients who were not expected to live are fit and healthy after scientists regenerated their hearts with stem cells in a ground-breaking trial which could help millions of people with heart failure.<p>The research is the first to show that scarring of heart muscle, associated with a …

Scientists have found a way to repel great white sharks

The manufacturers of the A$749 Shark Shield Freedom 7TM say it works by emitting an electric field around the wearer. This causes uncomfortable muscle spasms in sharks that swim too close and discourages them from coming into contact.<p>Our research, published in the journal PLoS ONE, shows that the …

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Genetic engineering transforms tobacco plant into an antimalaria drug factory

Tobacco, the plant responsible for the most preventable deaths worldwide, may soon become the primary weapon against one of the world’s deadliest …

Genetic Engineering

Why your skin goes wrinkly in the bath

Ever wondered why your fingers go wrinkly in water but not other parts of your body? The answer’s in the evolution of your gripping hands…<p>Some parts of human skin, better known as glabrous skin, have a unique response to water. Unlike the rest of the body, the skin of our fingers, palms, and toes, …

This $499 magic mirror could make you fitter than ever

Anyone who's ever tried to lose more than a few pounds knows the harsh raw power of the bathroom mirror and the bathroom scales. For some of us, …

Ravens Can Figure Out When Someone Is Spying on Them

It’s time to put the “birdbrain” fallacy to rest. Researchers say birds are just as smart as apes and other mammals, according to findings published …

Watch: Boston Dynamics are being jerks to robots, for science

If you’ve ever wondered about the event that would make robots rise up and begin to fight back against their human oppressors, it probably looks a lot like the tests Boston Dynamics puts its Atlas robot through.<p>While it may look like pure jerk-ery, researchers are putting their humanoid robot …

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back.<p>Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound …

Dementia

Chinese fusion test reportedly reaches new milestone

Fusion power has long been considered to be the holy grail of alternative energy. Clean, abundant power, created through a self-sustaining process …

Physicists Have Broken The Record For The Most Accurate Clock Ever Built

This could redefine what a second is.<p>Physicists in Germany have built the most accurate timepiece on Earth, achieving unprecedented levels of …

The Strange Science Behind Why Alcohol Burns

If you’ve ever taken a shot of alcohol, you know that it comes with certain unexpected consequences—the surprising heat you feel as the liquid slides …

Why people fall for pseudoscience (and how academics can fight back)

Ingrained cognitive biases play a role, as does inverted snobbery about educational privilege. But we must battle on, says this scientist<p>Pseudoscience is everywhere – on the back of your shampoo bottle, on the ads that pop up in your Facebook feed, and most of all in the Daily Mail. Bold statements …

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The Types of Snacks That Will Satisfy Your Brain, According to Science

A new study teases apart whether we really want the flavor or the calories in sugar.<p>Sugar is the dietary downfall of a lot of people. And a lot of studies in recent years have looked at the ways in which food -- especially sugar -- actually functions like an addiction in the brain.<p>As Yale …

Watch this robot solve a Rubik's Cube in about a second

Ah, the Rubik's Cube. Few novelty puzzles have had as long of a career.<p>Since its invention in 1974, the cube has become on one of the best selling …

Diamond squeeze hints at metallic hydrogen

<b>British researchers think they have come close to creating a long-sought new state for hydrogen.</b><p>They have put a sample of the familiar gas under so much pressure that it takes on a previously unseen solid crystalline form.<p>The team tells the journal Nature that this phase may be just a step away …

Hydrogen

Drinking Milk Is Linked to Parkinson’s Disease: Study

Studies have found a connection between the consumption of dairy products and a higher risk of developing Parkinson disease, the neurodegenerative …

Study Says That Men Have The Better Sense Of Direction

But it's not for the reason you may think.<p>The idea that men have a better sense of direction than women is one of the oldest gender cliches. But new research suggests that men really might employ better navigational strategies than women.<p>Previous studies -- including many decades-old experiments on …

New phase of carbon discovered: Making diamonds at room temperature

Scientists have discovered a new phase of solid carbon, called Q-carbon, which is distinct from the known phases of graphite and diamond. They have …

Chemistry