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  • Nobel winner in physics is also an Ig Nobel Laureate

    Posted October 5, 2010 - 4:49 pm

    It was bound to happen eventually. An Ig Nobel Prize winner has become an actual Nobel laureate.
  • Doctors Warn of 'Toasted Skin' from Prolonged Laptop Use

    Posted October 4, 2010 - 8:40 pm

    It's been a joke among computer users that working too long with a notebook PC on your lap can lead to a laptop tan. Swedish researchers aren't laughing. They say using a hot laptop that rests on your legs can give you mottled, discolored skin that could lead to a condition called "toasted skin syndrome".
  • Graphene Nanobubbles Could Mean More Powerful Gadgets

    Posted October 4, 2010 - 8:39 pm

    After some hubbub this summer about graphene-coated lithium batteries that charge in minutes, some scientists at the University of California, Berkeley have found another (cooler?) use for the single-atom-thick carbon material. It turns out that they've been able to make the electrons in graphene react as if they were exposed to a very strong magnetic field--something that has big implications for how we build the smallest, most basic parts of electronic devices.
  • NSF funds research to make the Internet more secure, robust

    Posted September 27, 2010 - 2:23 pm

    The National Science Foundation late last month announced four research projects focused on developing a more robust and secure Internet.
  • Artificial 'E-skin' May Soon Help Robots 'Feel'

    Posted September 13, 2010 - 9:57 am

    Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a new technology that may help robots feel, give the sense of touch back to those with prosthetic limbs, and ultimately help robots do the dishes without breaking them (and while they're at it, maybe make a sandwich without turning it into land of the flatlanders).
  • Urine: Power source of the future?

    Posted September 2, 2010 - 7:09 pm

    Forget about leaky oil wells and dangerous nuclear power plants.
  • 7 Spectacular Rocket Launch Videos

    Posted August 27, 2010 - 8:00 am

    Arguably some of the greatest technological advances have come with the pursuit of space travel -- from instruments created for measuring the surface of Mars to telescopes that can gaze into the heavens unimpeded by our pesky atmosphere.
  • Materials research needed to make space elevator a reality

    Posted August 16, 2010 - 8:17 pm

    While much of the first day of the Space Elevator Conference was dedicated to the problem of space trash, the concept also faces another significant challenge.
  • Better Living Through Implants

    Posted July 19, 2010 - 1:03 pm

    Imagine if you could learn to fly a helicopter by downloading software directly to your brain. Imagine if your eyes could see an object, overlaid with data, miles away in the dark. These science-fiction scenes from The Matrix and Terminator movies may be less fictional in the future, thanks to the fascinating science behind medical implants.
  • Academic study says violent games reduce stress

    Posted July 12, 2010 - 3:54 pm

    Texas A&M International University recently conducted a study in which volunteers were subjected to stress, with some subjects being allowed to play video games afterward. According to the results, the game-playing group reported less stress and depression afterward.
  • British vet builds "bionic cat"

    Posted July 5, 2010 - 6:13 pm

    A British vet managed to fit a two-legged cat with artificial limbs fitted so tightly to his skeleton that skin can grow over the seal.
  • Brain scanners know you better than you know yourself

    Posted July 2, 2010 - 7:29 am

    The thought of brain-scanning machines detecting when you're lying is creepy enough -- but now they can apparently detect when you're lying to yourself.
  • Nanotech, off-the-shelf lets doctors camera see cancer cells

    Posted June 25, 2010 - 4:45 pm

    A Rice University research team have combined nanotechnology with an off-the-shelf digital camera to create a system that will help doctors easily distinguish cancerous cells from normal cells in a human being.
  • Data Protection: EnergySec's plan for key infrastructure

    Posted June 16, 2010 - 10:39 am

    Energy companies rely on IT infrastructure more than ever. Would-be cyber terrorists know it. A group called EnergySec hopes to be ready for what may come.
  • Nanowires could lead to foldable tablets, say researchers

    Posted June 14, 2010 - 11:43 am

    Scientists at Duke University have figured out how to make large quantities of copper nanowires that can be used to make computers and maybe even bendable, foldable tablet computers someday.
  • Oversimplification of computing concepts leads to error

    Posted June 7, 2010 - 11:36 am

    Many folks who work in computing -- sometimes even experienced decision-makers -- operate as though being able to say the words means that they understand the concepts.
  • Future technology today: 7 cool videos

    Posted June 3, 2010 - 8:00 am

    When you think of futuristic tech, spaceships, laser guns and foldable suitcase flying cars immediately spring to mind. So what's out there? Which visionaries will create tomorrow's technology today? Check out these seven videos and enjoy the future.
  • Virtual reality slap results in physical reactions

    Posted May 28, 2010 - 6:15 pm

    Subjects participating in a simulation in which their avatars were unexpectedly slapped displayed an elevated heart rate and other reactions similar to the victims of a real-world attack.
  • Research Robots 'Graduate,' Head to College

    Posted May 28, 2010 - 11:09 am

    A California-based start-up called Willow Garage is hoping to accelerate the adoption of robots into human society by lending eleven robots to different research institutions across the world. To kick off the new program, Willow Garage held a "graduation ceremony" earlier this week at the company's Menlo Park, California headquarters.
  • Computers learn to recognize sarcasm

    Posted May 26, 2010 - 6:08 pm

    As a generation raised on the Simpsons comes of age, the computers of the future will need to be able to deal with people who are cynical and sarcastic all the time.
  • British scientist infected with computer virus

    Posted May 26, 2010 - 10:34 am

    A British scientist claims to have become the first human to be infected by a computer virus, in an experiment he says has important implications for the future of implantable technology.
  • NASA shuttle Atlantis spending last day in space

    Posted May 25, 2010 - 10:02 pm

    The six-member crew of the space shuttle Atlantis is preparing for its scheduled landing tomorrow at the Kennedy Space center in Florida.
  • Chinese scientists find good use for cigarette butts

    Posted May 22, 2010 - 3:00 pm

    Toxic chemicals in cigarette butts can be used to keep water pipes from corroding.
  • NASA: Spacewalking astronauts install battery on solar array

    Posted May 21, 2010 - 1:46 pm

    Two NASA astronauts attached batteries to the International Space Station's solar array during the third and final spacewalk slated during the 12-day mission of the space shuttle Atlantis.
  • Newton's apple tree experiences zero-G

    Posted May 21, 2010 - 6:59 am

    A sliver from the famous tree goes where no tree has gone before: low earth orbit.
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