Sometimes being soft is an advantage.
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These down-and-dirty labors are hard, dangerous, and outright gross—and people love them anyway
Randal Koene is recruiting top neuroscientists to help him make humans live forever
Why would a petro-state erect a solar-powered eco-metropolis in the middle of the Arabian desert? To change the world.
Could the secret to breakthrough science be as simple as having fun?
Forget algebra homework: try building spaceships, operating a nuclear reactor or listening in to distant galaxies
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The creator of the Segway is one of the most successful and admired inventors in the world. He leads a team of 300 scientists and engineers devoted to making things that better mankind. But he's not done
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
We visit operating rooms, observatories, and islands full of slightly-less-than-rational monkeys to find the young geniuses who are shaping the future of science
Once upon a time, a neurosurgeon's best friends were a buzz saw and a knife. Now, robotic hands offer doctors the best chance of performing miracles
Roboticist Hod Lipson wants you to stop shopping and use his portable 3-D printer to make your own stuff
The next generation of artificial limbs-fused directly to human bone and commanded by the brain-promises effortless, natural motion. It can't come soon enough for the newest group of prosthetics wearers: U.S. soldiers
The world's first human-robot arm-wrestling match shows off the potential of a new material that someday could power machines--and even human limbs and organs
Los Alamos scientist Steen Rasmussen plans to one-up nature by cobbling together a brand-new creature that reproduces and evolves. Is he making a biotech marvel that will do our bidding, or a test-tube-size Frankenstein monster?
Behind the scenes in the race to develop a military vehicle that can drive itself.
Some monkey business in a Duke University lab suggests we'll soon be able to move artificial limbs, control robotic soldiers, and communicate across thousands of miles--using nothing but our thoughts.
We patrolled the halls of academe. We eavesdropped on the research grapevine. We asked scientists: Whose work is just plain brilliant?