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The next generation of electronics, airplanes and could be made out of incredibly strong "buckypaper"
The first invisibility cloak that works on visible objects
Taking a lesson from chocolatiers
A new device that amplifies waves and captures their energy could soon power parts of Rhode Island
Engineers develop a mind-controlled prosthetic arm dexterous enough to play piano
Potential to make better solar cells? Check. Improved televisions down the road? Check. Pretty? Check.
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How ideas from biology-evolution, immune systems and forensics-will keep your PC safe from hackers
It's not the space agency's official line, however
It's damage-resistant, cheap, and so much fun to watch
As if that's possible
If you wanted better asteroid detection, maybe you should have provided some funding, NASA's chief told Congress.
In his book The Most Human Human, Brian Christian looks at the artificial intelligences we've built, and what they say about us
When rigid people make bad choices
And what you can do about it
Canadian biochemistry professor proposes a deep investigation.
Topics included the opioid crisis, nuclear weapons, and "beautiful clean coal."
Scientific opinion varies on the practicality of animal-free dairy.
Vino without veritas
Nerdy art doesn't have to look dorky.
Unless it's a secret tunnel, or a toll road
Adorable munchkins fundamentally misunderstand how times passes.
Drug lords, millionaire wannabes and the North Korean government have perfected methods for knocking off our most valuable greenback. Now the scientists in charge of making the real dough are fighting back with an unfakeable (for now) $100 bill
See the top ten hurdles facing game designers today, and the cutting-edge tech that will soon make them relics of the past
A new way to give 3-D structural integrity to vat-grown tissue.
The first study of global warming's effects on clear-air turbulence offers some uncomfortable predictions.
In a recent study, molars beat materials science
To green or not to green?
These are the 2017 winners of the Vizzies Challenge.
Meanwhile, jet contrails found to be a worse climate-change culprit than carbon
Depending on who you ask, these long-ignored, widely-scattered elements are either a dealbreaker or no problem at all
Outside researchers haven't been able to reproduce the papers' results.
Or at least a much more complex slice
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In celebration of BOWN's 20th anniversary: highlights of our best (and, yes, worst) predictions about the important technologies of decades past
It might seem silly to investigate whether people are happier on the weekend, but behind such truisms are revelations about our brains, our behavior and our environment. Here we round up the year's most outwardly obvious scientific studies
Raw food takes too long to digest and offers too few calories to grow a human brain. Cooking it is the key.
Early appearances by Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, Ernest Rutherford, and other notable 20th-century scientists
The skeleton represents "perhaps the best-preserved remains of an ancient human uncovered in the past 40 years."
Cheaper, plant-based carbon fiber could be used to make lighter cars that consume less fuel.
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
Apparently no one at the Romanian journal that ran it was a Thriller fan. Or realized Bernoulli hasn't published a paper since his death in 1782.
Practice with close friends only
Back to the (genetic) roots
Playing with time.
Preserving food isn't hard--the challenge is in the flavor (or lack thereof, or disgustingness thereof)
This isn't your average thermometer.
And Popular Science is included, of course
It's virtually impossible.
The physics of dandelion dispersal could inspire windborne microdrones.
Seventh time's the charm
Microbiology: Shirts, shoes, and even magazines--all from a petri dish.
Linda B. Buck, co-winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, retracts a 2001 Nature paper, citing irreproducible results.
Check out some of the most important research in any field at a glance
Real cheating, no jokes
She still stands by her work on one of the two papers that have come under fire in the past months.
Journal editor resigns after publishing "an incommensurable, trans-disciplinary, neologistical, axiomatic theory of life from quantum gravity to the living cell"
A recent study finds that only 21 percent of all retracted papers were due to legitimate error rather than scientific misconduct.
The software lets investigators catch scientific fraud that would be otherwise difficult for journal editors to spot.
Gird thy loins with jellyfish, child.
A cool scientific finding and a strange semantic investigation.
The beauty of the latest, teeniest motor is its simplicity: easy to build, runs on light, no moving parts
Another "green" brick, this time made like sausage
Cheating in science
A flexible, RFID-powered AMOLED screen embedded in an identification document gives a 360-degree rotating view of a person's mughsot
Maybe it's not so easy to create stem cells after all.
Unraveling the real sixth sense.
The moon's thick ocean may derive energy from chemicals donated by nearby Io.
There's still a chance to make up for your not-so-intelligent first name.
More than you might realize