Walking up stairs, keeping your balance and doing some light cleaning are easy for people. Less so for robots.
The machine overlords of the future may now, if it pleases them, eliminate all black and white imagery from the history of their meat-based former masters…
Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil thinks that technology will eventually help us reach immortality, at least in some form. He considers death to be “a great robber of meaning, of relationships, of knowledge” and believes that, over time, the human race will overcome disease and aging to allow us to live on “indefinitely.”
Researchers are looking to transplant therapy for treatment of Parkinson’s disease, after successfully transplanting neurons grown from stem cells into …
The humble phage known as M13 could hold the key to unraveling the misfolded proteins that underlie many diseases.
University of Michigan Medical School scientists have developed a drug that could allow stem cells to become any type of cell in the body.
A team of scientists from Rutgers and Stanford have developed an implantable technology that enables stem cell-derived neurons to colonize damaged neurological tissue.
Evidence suggests the techniques and expertise needed to create a deadly insect or virus are far beyond the capabilities of the typical citizen scientist or community lab
Scientists have made a new ‘bioink’ that could change the way we create prosthetics and replace damaged cartilage.
Researchers found a new “supercomputer” using nanotechnology. These biocomputers can solve mathematical problems faster, and they are more energy efficient.
“We are sending a spacecraft into orbit that will be the brightest star in the sky, visible from any point on our planet.”
Software algorithms can help CRISPR systems avoid off-target effects by combing through genes to locate and optimize guide RNA.
Even though it’s looking increasingly likely that humanity will find a way to wipe itself off the face of the Earth, there’s a chance that our creative output may live on. Servers, hard drives, flash drives, and disks will degrade (as will our libraries of paper books, of course), but a group of researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute…
Just last week, we reported that Germany’s revolutionary nuclear fusion machine managed to heat hydrogen gas to 80 million degrees Celsius, and sustain a cloud of hydrogen plasma for a quarter of a second. This was a huge milestone in the decade
Scientists are set to make a major announcement Thursday on efforts to pinpoint the existence of gravitational waves, or ripples of space and time that transport energy across the universe.
This image was compiled over 15 years from Chandra data, and it reveals a simply staggering jet eminating from a black hole.
Google is working in secret at a spaceport in New Mexico to build and test solar-powered internet drones in a new initiative codenamed Project SkyBender, according to a report from The Guardian t…
Although we experience time in one direction-we all get older, we have records of the past but not the future-there’s nothing in the laws of physics that insists time must move forward. In trying to solve the puzzle of why time moves in a certain direction, many physicists have settled on entropy, the level of molecular…
Not even for Einstein
Can you touch a finger to the tip of your nose with your eyes closed? Most of us can, thanks to a sense called proprioception, which tells us where our body parts are relative to each other and our environment. Not surprisingly, this sense is essential for normal movement and balance-walking, for instance.
Some people are aging three times faster than the rest of us. Scientists are trying to figure out why.
This week (19th Oct-24th October) is Real Time Chem Week (if that means nothing to you,check out their FAQ page here!). As part of it, we’re featuring the RTC Week competition-winning entries of fi…
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Xuriden (uridine triacetate), the first FDA-approved treatment for patients with hereditary orotic aciduria. Hereditary orotic aciduria is a rare metabolic disorder, which has been reported in approximately 20 patients worldwide.
Itâs not a huge mystery why Los Angeles experiences earthquakes. The city sits near a boundary between two tectonic plates â they shift, we shake. But what
The existence of parallel universes may seem like something cooked up by science fiction writers, with little relevance to modern theoretical physics. But the idea that we live in a “multiverse” made up of an infinite number of parallel universes has long been considered a scientific possibility – although it is still a matter of vigorous debate among physicists. The race is now on to find a way to test the theory, including searching the sky for signs of collisions with other universes.
It appears that the standard tools used to identify chaotic signatures might be missing lots of hidden chaos – especially in systems that seem like they’re not chaotic at all.
Sure, he was pretty good at science. But science isn’t everything
Rice University scientists have theoretically determined that the properties of atom-thick sheets of boron depend on where those atoms land.
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Working with human cancer cell lines and mice, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and elsewhere have found a way to trigger a type of immune system “virus alert” that may one day boost cancer patients’ response to immunotherapy drugs. An increasingly promising focus of cancer research, the drugs are designed to disarm cancer cells’ ability to avoid detection and destruction by the immune system.