Cellphone Cancer Link

Your cellphone is not giving you cancer

By on May 27, 2016 at 12:06 PM.

Your cellphone is not giving you cancer

A government-funded study was released this morning which somewhat shows a link between cellphones and cancer. The results are catnip to the paleo-vegan anti-vaxxer crowd, who see the $25 million study as vindication for an irrational fear of technology.

But while the results are certainly interesting, they absolutely do not show that your cellphone is going to give you a brain tumor.

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Flexible Battery Solar Panel

Researchers have created flexible batteries that never need to be recharged

By on May 19, 2016 at 8:49 AM.

Researchers have created flexible batteries that never need to be recharged

One of my biggest gripes with today’s smartwatches is charging — specifically, that I have to plug in my wristputer every night, or it becomes a useless and expensive hunk of metal. But if this flexible solar-powered battery becomes a reality, we could finally have wearables that live up to the hype.

A team from the University of Illinois, Northwest University, South Korea and China developed the battery, which they say is capable of changing its shape to fit in various devices. The various components of the battery and solar cells are integrated into a silicone shell and connected by flexible copper-polymer joints. The result is a charging and storage solution that can stretch and bend by 30 percent without losing its ability to generate solar charge.

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Power Of The Human Brain

How powerful is the human brain compared to a computer?

By on February 27, 2016 at 11:30 AM.

How powerful is the human brain compared to a computer?

For as fast and powerful as computers have become, they still pose no match for the human brain. Sure, a computer specifically programmed to perform singular task such as, say, playing chess can give a human a run for his or her money, but when we measure a computer against the entirety of what a human mind is capable of, it’s not really all that close.

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Zero Gravity Water Experiments

Incredible zero gravity experiments with water caught on camera

By on December 23, 2015 at 10:27 AM.

Incredible zero gravity experiments with water caught on camera

Every day from December 1st to December 25th, The Royal Institution of Great Britain is opening a new box on its virtual advent calendar and sharing an original piece of content. One of the best so far came last week, when Christmas Lecturer Kevin Fong boarded a parabolic flight to see the effects that weightlessness would have on water.

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Colorblind Glasses

Incredible Video: Colorblind man sees new colors for the first time, is overwhelmed

By on July 18, 2015 at 12:30 PM.

Incredible Video: Colorblind man sees new colors for the first time, is overwhelmed

It’s easy for people who aren’t colorblind to take the colorful, rich, and vibrant world we live in for granted. Though it may be hard for some to comprehend, individuals who suffer from colorblindness often see a duller version of the world, with something as commonplace as green grass, for example, taking on a more brownish hue.

Earlier this year, we covered an incredible partnership between Valspar Paint and glasses manufacturer EnChroma. Together, the two companies manufactured a special type of glasses which help colorblind individuals see the full gamut of colors on the visible spectrum.

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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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Frog Species Kermit

Newly discovered frog species looks exactly like Kermit

By on April 21, 2015 at 5:06 PM.

Newly discovered frog species looks exactly like Kermit

I’ve always found it fascinating when researchers discover entirely new species. Not only does it serve as a helpful reminder that there’s still so much more on this earth left to discover, it also introduces us to some ridiculously crazy creatures, such as this cartwheeling spider from Morocco.

The most recent species discovery comes to us from Costa Rica, where researchers uncovered a completely new species of glass frog. While the new frog species can’t do any cartwheels, it’s worth highlighting because it bears an uncanny resemblance to a much more famous frog: Kermit the Frog from The Muppets, to be exact.

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Night Vision Eyes

Crazy Science: Biohackers develop night vision eyedrops

By on March 30, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

Crazy Science: Biohackers develop night vision eyedrops

A group of biohackers based out of California recently developed eye drops which, when inserted into the human eye, provide users with some semblance of night vision. According to researchers over at Science for the Masses, a human test subject injected with the eye drop solution was not only able to make out shapes and sizes from 10 meters away, but was also able to locate individuals outside in the dark from a distance of 50 meters.

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Why Is Pizza So Good

Video: The science of why pizza is so delicious

By on October 15, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

Video: The science of why pizza is so delicious

Pizza is a national pastime in America. When sports are on and beer is flowing, pizza is cooking up its cheesy goodness in ovens all across the country. But why is pizza something so good that even the most prolific poets would fail to truly capture the true essence of its splendor?

We’ll give the job of scientifically explaining why pizza is so amazing to the good folks over at Reactions.

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Amazing X-ray GIFs

Human skeletons come to life in these amazing X-ray GIFs

By on August 15, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

Human skeletons come to life in these amazing X-ray GIFs

As doctors transition into the digital age, they are finding new ways to communicate with their patients. One project, commissioned by Dr. Noah Weiss, had designer Cameron Drake take raw X-ray video footage and create GIFs that the doctor could use on his website. If you visit Weiss Orthopaedics online, you will see a drop-down menu labeled “Hurt?” There are five different options: shoulder, elbow, wrist & hand, knee and foot & ankle. Each page contains an enormous X-ray GIF of the body part in motion. More →

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Quick Date Rape Drug Test

Date rape drugs may soon be a thing of the past

By on April 1, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Date rape drugs may soon be a thing of the past

Researchers from the National University of Singapore have found a way to quickly detect GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid,) also known as a “date rape drug” alongside Rohypnol (roofies), Time reveals. Once mixed with a beverage that contains GHB, the newly discovered liquid changes into a fluorescent orange color in less than 30 seconds. More →

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Top-50 Natural Phenomena Photos

50 of the most incredible natural phenomena you’ve ever seen

By on February 17, 2014 at 12:15 PM.

50 of the most incredible natural phenomena you’ve ever seen

As amazing as the technology we typically cover here on BGR is, sometimes nature shows us things that are more incredible than anything man could ever imagine creating. Turkmenistan’s “Gates of Hell,” Madagascar’s “Stone Forest,” the Zhangye Danxia “rainbow mountains” in China… these are all remarkable natural occurrences that most of us rarely pause to appreciate. Do you know what a moonbow is? Have you ever seen a red tide? Did you know that thousands of frogs actually rained down from the skies over Serbia back in 2005? More →

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