Sometimes being soft is an advantage.
A new study associates taste preferences with personality traits
SparkFun's annual autonomous vehicle competition pushes the limits of cheap tech
Air: It's one of the world's most important, least understood, and possibly life-saving substances
In the future, spider-strengthened silk could go into bulletproof vests.
In Iceland, a question of ice and fire
It ain't just folded paper.
You'll never guess what lab this research came from.
Randal Koene is recruiting top neuroscientists to help him make humans live forever
Neurologist Tally Lerman-Sagie saw her first cases of children having seizures a decade ago, but didn't have the technology to find their cause until now.
We're constructing ever-more-complicated creatures in labs.
Getting closer to lifelike
A study of skin color in the Indian subcontinent shows the complex movements of populations there.
The app's creators think of it as "lockout insurance."
A synthetic biology method proves its chops.
In 2010, OxyContin introduced a new formula that drug abusers can't crush to a powder to snort or inject. This is how it works, chemically, and whether it actually deters abuse.
Could the secret to breakthrough science be as simple as having fun?
Harvard has a world-class trove of valuable astronomical data. But it's in the form of half a million glass photographic plates
Not every student falls asleep at the thought of doing another lab. For a fortunate few, homework means setting off bombs, making lightning, crashing cars, and unleashing 100mph winds. Come meet the luckiest students in the country inside (with video)
This snake-like â€™bot detects damage to underground power cables so people donâ€™t
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
Coming to German sewer pipes this summer: Robotic snake inspectors.
Robotic skins could have a place in space (and on stuffed animals).
When David Hanson set out to build a robotic head, he saw no reason not to make it look just like a human. Then he stumbled into the Uncanny Valley.
Just another interesting bee-havior.
What if insects just couldn't climb into your house?
A new crowd-sourced effort found 35,000 promising molecules that could make light, flexible solar power materials.
A new way of structuring fats could be the key
First stop: Flat-pack pasta.
The world's oldest lizard-like reptile, with roots dating back to the Triassic period, has been found breeding again for the first time in 200 years
An emotionally abusive supervisor ruins the workplace environment for everyone.
Not that we're hurt, or anything.
And if so, why?
Keira Havens went from boom to bloom
Important things from September 1914
Just four months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled genes can't be patented, Myriad Genetics is seeing some competition.
Humans aren't the only species that try to get rid of bacteria
A new search for ways to reduce the methane cattle produce.
More than you expect. Especially at night.
PepsiCo makes Quaker Oats, Nestle makes Hot Pockets, and 58 other company-brand relationships.
Oxford scientist to create a green, no-electricity refrigerator based on an aged Einstein patent
The first invisibility cloak that works on visible objects
Make a condom that people actually want to use, and snag yourself a hundred K from the Gates Foundation. Also you'll save millions of lives.
An anti-dopamine drug could block the addictive rush associated with THC.
Charge your phone with that white stuff from the beach
The future of test tube babies is one step closer to being motherless
The holiday staple/bane of gift wrappers' existence is now a water-collecting gripper.
Nauseous pregnant women in the U.S. can finally have access to the morning sickness drug Canadians have been using for years.
Fabric coated in DNA from fish sperm won't catch on fire. Who knew?
Preserve like an Egyptian
The physics of dandelion dispersal could inspire windborne microdrones.
Plus the new selfie drone
"Does this angle make my solar wing look fat?"
A new way to reconstruct viruses in 3D could reveal the big picture on tiny objects
Robo-flycatchers can speed up research, keeping scientists sane
Hospitals are surprisingly "robot friendly" places. Now you know.
Where no human has gone before
You know, like a child with mechanical tentacles.
it never skips leg day
Future and ancient past combine in the study of vertebrates
What some squirrel-sized hermaphrodite robots can tell us about evolution
Could robots take over the world? That's the premise of this summer's I, Robot. And AI researchers aren't scoffing.
Can do work too dangerous for humans
Following the first U.S. double hand transplant, Jeff Kepner is the proud owner of a brand-new pair of lunch hooks
The do-it-all robot of the future will descend from the do-one-thing-well robots of today. Take a look at the worldâ€™s most advanced humanoid precursors
It's the closest we have come to a naturally functioning hand
Futurist Ray Kurzweil explains how the boundary between man and machine is quickly disappearing. PLUS: A gallery of today's most mind-blowing 'bots
Within 10 years, infantry soldiers will go into battle with autonomous robots close behind them. One day, they'll be fighting side-by-side
The bot's programmers intentionally constrained its vocabulary, so it wouldn't be impossible to beat. But it ain't friendly.
Two of this summer's sci-fi movies share one of Hollywood's oldest obsessions--the inherent risk of unchecked genius. Here's how this trope has evolved through the decades.
Should "frankenbrooms" be allowed in the age-old sport of curling?
Our ancient quest to create androids is about to destroy the boundary between humans and machines. Futurist, author and inventor Ray Kurzweil explains how
We're all familiar with images of lurching robots performing rote tasks on the factory production lines. But the capabilities of robots have evolved well beyond the banality of those grainy industrial films.
A change of skin tone can bring a change of heart, apparently.
The tiny insects see in low-res, but are masters of motion tracking
For nocturnal rodents, long days prompt long faces.
It sounds scary, but we're probably fine
Bats can detect ultra-small perturbations in the air, and understanding this ability could improve sensitive detection equipment.