Passwords, PIN, Fingerprint, Brainwave

Forget passwords, you might unlock everything around you with your brain one day

By on May 20, 2015 at 10:45 PM.

Forget passwords, you might unlock everything around you with your brain one day

Passwords, PINs and fingerprints are currently used to unlock or sign into various devices and services, but these security layers might one day be replaced by a far more advanced tool: your brain. More →

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Bees Being Born Timelapse Video

Mesmerizing timelapse video shows bees’ entire life cycle in just over 1 minute

By on May 20, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

Mesmerizing timelapse video shows bees’ entire life cycle in just over 1 minute

It takes bees about three weeks to be fully born but a terrific new video posted by National Geographic Japan shortens that life cycle down to just over a minute. The stunning timelapse video filmed inside a bee colony shows eggs being laid inside individual cells, where they grow into larvae that get fed by worker bees. Once the larvae reach full growth after about two weeks, they’re sealed off in their cells and enter the pupa stage. At this point, it takes roughly one more week for them to emerge as fully formed bees. More →

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L'Oreal 3D-Printing Human Skin

How L’Oreal wants to let you 3D print your own skin

By on May 20, 2015 at 5:37 PM.

How L’Oreal wants to let you 3D print your own skin

Have you ever just wanted to order a new batch of skin tissue on a whim? That’s apparently something that might happen in the not-too-distant future, as at least one company is researching technology that would allow it to grow human skin using 3D-printing techniques. The company in question is French cosmetics company L’Oreal, which partnered with bio-engineering start-up Organovo for the gig. More →

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Self Healing Concrete Limestone Producing Bacteria

Incredible ‘bioconcrete’ can heal itself thanks to limestone-producing bacteria

By on May 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

Incredible ‘bioconcrete’ can heal itself thanks to limestone-producing bacteria

Remember how cool we all thought the original T-1000 was when it would heal itself after getting shot thanks to its liquid metal alloy? Well, some scientists have created something that’s almost as cool: “Bioconcrete” that can heal itself with the help of some very special bacteria. More →

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Elon Musk Larry Page Google Robots

Elon Musk fears Google will build ‘a fleet of robots capable of destroying mankind’

By on May 16, 2015 at 11:00 AM.

Elon Musk fears Google will build ‘a fleet of robots capable of destroying mankind’

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is the furthest thing from a Luddite technophobe we can imagine, but he has nonetheless raised some very legitimate worries about the dangers of artificial intelligence. The Washington Post this week pointed out another fascinating tidbit from Ashlee Vance’s upcoming book on Musk’s life and career in which it’s revealed that Musk is particularly worried about what the company run by his friend Larry Page is working on. More →

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Lightning in a Box Video

Watch this incredible video of lightning being captured in glass box

By on May 13, 2015 at 11:50 AM.

Watch this incredible video of lightning being captured in glass box

Nature is chock full of terrifying phenomena, from hurricanes to tornadoes to celebrities with strong political leanings, but nothing strikes fear into our hearts quite like a thunderstorm. Dogs run under tables, babies start crying and adults pretend it doesn’t bother them, but they know deep down that getting struck by lightning is a real possibility.

Fortunately, like most things in nature, we seem to have found a way to corral that crackling electrostatic discharge. More →

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Cimavax Lung Cancer Vaccine Therapy

$1 ‘cutting edge’ lung cancer vaccine comes from the same country that makes cancer-inducing cigars

By on May 11, 2015 at 4:48 PM.

$1 ‘cutting edge’ lung cancer vaccine comes from the same country that makes cancer-inducing cigars

You wouldn’t expect Cuba to be the source of a lung cancer vaccine that many other countries want, but that appears to be exactly the case. In fact, the country that’s known for the cancer-causing cigars it mass produces also has an advanced medical system in place that has had similar vaccine-related breakthroughs in the past. More →

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Song Stuck in Head: How to Remove

Science has found an insanely simple way to remove the song that’s stuck in your head

By on May 11, 2015 at 3:06 PM.

Science has found an insanely simple way to remove the song that’s stuck in your head

Are you tired of hearing the same song in your head when you should be doing something else? Apparently, there’s a remedy for your problem that’s easier and cheaper than you’d expect. And no, it’s not a drug you’d need a prescription for. More →

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Spider Webs Carbon Nanotubes Experiment

Spiders produce Kevlar-tough webs after being fed carbon nanotubes

By on May 7, 2015 at 10:15 PM.

Spiders produce Kevlar-tough webs after being fed carbon nanotubes

This is something that’s either incredibly cool or incredibly scary depending on how you feel about spiders. Technology Review brings us word that materials scientist Emiliano Lepore at the University of Trento in Italy has discovered a way to spray spiders with water that contains carbon nanotubes and graphene flakes that will give them the power to spin silk that matches “the toughness of state-of-the-art carbon fibers such as Kevlar.” Apparently, the spiders actually swallow and ingest the nanotubes before being able to create this super silk. More →

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IBM Watson DNA Cancer Treatment

The computer that beat Jeopardy! champions will now help treat cancer

By on May 7, 2015 at 11:35 AM.

The computer that beat Jeopardy! champions will now help treat cancer

It’s becoming increasingly clear that by looking at a patient’s DNA data with help of modern computers, physicians will be able to better adapt treatments for all sorts of complex diseases. A new Reuters report reveals that cancer treatments might soon see huge improvements with help of one such computer, IBM’s Watson, which is a machine you might already be familiar with.

Watson beat two Jeopardy! champions in 2011. Now, 14 cancer institutes from the U.S. and Canada will use the supercomputer in an effort to create personalized cancer treatments derived from DNA analyses. More →

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Parkes Telescope

Mysterious radio signals that baffled astronomers for years weren’t from aliens, but from a microwave

By on May 5, 2015 at 3:16 PM.

Mysterious radio signals that baffled astronomers for years weren’t from aliens, but from a microwave

For years now, astronomers who operate the famed Parkes Observatory Radio Telescope in South Wales, Australia were baffled by the mysterious bouts of unfamiliar radio signals they encountered about once or twice a year.

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Pouring Molten Aluminum Into A Watermelon Video

Watch what happens when you pour molten aluminum into a watermelon

By on April 29, 2015 at 9:15 PM.

Watch what happens when you pour molten aluminum into a watermelon

The beauty of YouTube is it lets you watch people do very stupid and dangerous things from the comfort of your own home without any personal risk to yourself. We found one such video on Wednesday that was posted this week by TheBackyardScientist, who decided it would be interesting to see what happened if your poured a can of molten aluminum into a watermelon. The results of this experiment were thankfully non-lethal but that still doesn’t mean you should try it at home and you especially shouldn’t try it in the way TheBackyardScientist did. More →

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