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The brain interface learns—and remembers—how to read thoughts.
A new study looks at the power of practicing well beyond mastery.
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.
Dogs are the best bomb detectors we have. Can scientists do better?
Take a look in a book.
A mass animal-hunting contest that actually, well, makes sense.
Presenting the winners of the 2016 Vizzies
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
New research on where invasives are most pervasive
Meet the world's first self-cloning python.
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.
Could robots take over the world? That's the premise of this summer's I, Robot. And AI researchers aren't scoffing.
The threat of zombies, venomous octopuses, and pythons, and what we can learn from them
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 polygraph, though used in hiring, marital disputes, and possibly even anti-terror investigations, is flawed. Now scientists are looking deep within the brain to devise ways to detect deception at its source.
No one taught AI the rule about never reading the comment section
They're blazing new linguistic territory.
Three myths your teachers told you about how your brain learns, debunked
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
* that's a big, fat "might"
Two desktop-printer engineers quit their jobs to search for the ultimate source of endless energy: nuclear fusion. Could this highly improbable enterprise actually succeed?
Software can classify bacteria species based on their behavior
A new project turns data from the Large Hadron Collider into live music
The world's most prestigious universities have begun posting entire curricula on the Web—for free. Is there such a thing as a free higher-education lunch? I enrolled to find out
Tests in mice show potential for reversing the slowdown in learning that comes with puberty
New systems will use your cell phone to tell if your food is fresh
We asked a writer to notice and decode the science claims he heard on a typical day. They averaged one every 10 minutes. And they weren't very scientific.
We asked a writer to notice and decode the science claims he heard on a typical day. they averaged one every 10 minutes. And they werenâ€™t very scientific.
From harvesting energy to building networks, nature has been solving problems for billions of years longer than humans have
Fighting hail with chemicals, combatting tornadoes with computers, and other weather-battling techniques from the PopSci archive
Suchi Saria is one of the 10 most brilliant people of 2016
The adolescent brain is setting the stage for adulthood
Brains learn better and forget less when connections are clustered
"You gotta Crash and Learn."
The founder of littleBits on turning kids into creators
No more pencils, no more books: With PopSci's guide to the best continuing-ed programs on the Web, you can lose the paper and still gain a grade-A education
Nap time, anyone?
As you head off to school, take a note from some of these brilliant learners, from all corners of the animal kingdom.
Randal Koene is recruiting top neuroscientists to help him make humans live forever
But the long-term effects of prolonged cellphone use require further study—and will spark fresh controversy
Helping dolphins talk back
Toddlers learn by testing hypotheses and analyzing evidence, just like scientists are trained to do.
How a drug now can change fear later.
BirdCast would unite big data with ornithology.
New neuroscience study shows that going with your gut really works
Our tribute to the 20 all-time greatest on-screen geeks
What's the best way to make scientists?
And if we combined the two, what extraordinary intelligence would they be capable of?
Well, it's one way of getting better at math.
Google's education wing has devised school lesson plans based on the movie.
Brain areas that control movement have to learn new tricks.
Teens may be works in progress, but they help society evolve.
While their peers worry about zits, these rising young stars are designing lunar bioreactors and new cancer drugs. What did you accomplish before turning 18? Meet our eight future Edisons here
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
Ten students who are improving MRIs, cancer treatments and human-robot interaction--between classes, of course
Behaviors are spread through cultural transmission in animals other than humans and non-human primates.
Short answer: You're less distracted by your native tongue.
We spoke to candidates with science backgrounds from across the political spectrum
In his lab far from the scene of a crime, Skip Palenik forges unbreakable chains of evidence from dust & detritus. Let's watch the master at work.
Research shows tackling the hardest problems first could better teach children new skills
Child development: Down's kids learn to just do it.
The International Bitterness Unit explained
If you tell people they slept better than they did, they are likely to perform better on math and word association tests.
Are some people just better at becoming fluent in new languages as adults?
You can hone your corpse pose by hanging out with actual corpses.
To Baldomero Olivera, venom is nature's drug industry.
The ability to reprogram the immune system is one of the most sought-after goals in medicine. Now researchers are closer than ever to pulling it off in patients with Type 1 diabetes, one of whom happens to be our correspondent
Sometimes our biggest fear is not knowing what to fear most. Fortunately, the weird science of risk analysis can teach us to judge better and fear smarter
Fight fire with fire science. And fear the fire demons.
Sure, chimps and dolphins are smart. But did you know about the terrifyingly intelligent Komodo dragon, the paranoid squirrel, or the insect supervillain Portia labiata?
By playing back altered versions of the Bengalese finches' songs through these tiny earphones, scientists found that birds improve their singing by making small adjustments rather than large ones
Maybe, if you're really prepared. But it's not going to be an especially smooth flight.
The latest in a long line of destructive invasive species in Florida might be one of the worst.
Turn it up! Scientists have discovered that some species of birds can dance
Massive space rocks hurtle past Earth with frightening regularity. Some scientists want to deflect them. Others want to drag one closer.
But one thing's for sure: This creature of the deep has an incredible memory.
A professional athlete's mental game is just as important, if not more so, as their physical one.
From auction houses to eBay, this is how people buy up Nobel Prizes and space rocks.
This week in New York, a media-infused science extravaganza
Time to play "name that cortex."
You know, like a child with mechanical tentacles.