Stained glass is thicker at the bottom - so is it a liquid? Earth's mantle enables plate tectonics, so is it a liquid?
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Typing six words per minute may not sound very impressive. But for paralyzed people typing via a brain-computer interface (BCI), it’s a new world record. To pull off this feat, two paralyzed people used prosthetics implanted in their brains to control computer cursors with unprecedented accuracy and speed. The experiment, reported today in Nature Medicine, was the latest from a team testing a neural system called BrainGate2.
This amazing little aircraft is as fun on the water as it is in the air, and its spin-resistant design makes it safer during a stall.
Human Connectome Project finds surprising correlations between brain architecture and behavioural or demographic influences.
I was close enough to stick my hand inside the jet engine, or sit on the giant landing gear.
At 9 a.m. on Oct. 1, former coal baron Donald Leon Blankenship will stand before a judge at the Robert C. Byrd U.S. Courthouse in Charleston, West Virginia, for what promises to be a lengthy, complex, and historic criminal trial.
"The Martian" is hitting cinemas right about now, and already it is being heralded as one of the most scientifically accurate sci-fi films of all time. We’ve seen the movie, and we’ve got to say, it’s amazing how far we’ve come since "Armageddon" (shudder). NASA has been so impressed, they've been using the movie as a marketing campaign for their own, actual manned missions to Mars in the 2030s.
Surgeons test possible stem cell cure for blindness. Surgeons in London have used human embryonic stem cells in a pioneering attempt to cure blindness. Cells derived from a donated early embryo were implanted into the retina of a 60-year-old woman with age-related macular degeneration - the most common cause of blindness in the UK.
America’s top four wine-producing states — California, Washington, New York and Oregon — found all but one have arsenic levels that exceed what’s allowed in drinking water.
Rather than an expensive Apollo 8-style flyby or an audacious out-the-gates landing, NASA is mulling landing on the rocky, tiny moon first.
Chocolate chip cookies are nearly universally adored. People like them in all sorts of textures, sizes, and tastes. So how can you make your perfect cookie? Using science, of course. In preparation for National Homemade Cookies Day on October 1, here are some tips on how to experiment with ingredients to get cookie that is just right for you.
Feeling blue? Get yourself a mood-changing gardenia, writes James Wong. This exotic houseplant has much more to offer than mere visual appeal. Its creamy-white petals house structures that generate sweetly scented compounds which not only fill a room with their rich, jasmine-like fragrance, but according to recent trials may also have a profound effect on your mood.
An ongoing study by Stanford engineers, in collaboration with researchers in China, shows that common mealworms can safely biodegrade various types of plastic.
The digital currency has caused any number of headaches for law enforcement. Now entrepreneurs and academics are scrambling to build a better version.
A number of you have asked for an episode on worm wars. Others of you will have literally no idea what worm wars is. This episode is for both groups. Worm wars are the topic of this week’s Healthcare Triage.
Jellyfish don’t have a heart, or blood, or even a brain. They’ve survived five mass extinctions. And you can find them in every ocean, from pole to pole. What’s their secret? Keeping it simple, but with a few dangerous tricks.
Researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have developed a way of assembling organic molecules into complex tubular tissue-like structures without the use of moulds or techniques like 3D printing.
Earth-like planets orbiting close to small stars probably have magnetic fields that protect them from stellar radiation and help maintain surface conditions that could be conducive to life, according to research from astronomers at the University of Washington.
After an unexpected and mind blowing discovery on the slopes of Mount Hood, we embark on an expedition deep under the Sandy Glacier to document the disappearing world and fleeting beauty of the largest glacier cave system in the lower 48 states.
How did Rosetta's rubber-duck-shaped comet get its funky, two-lobed look?
From the G-spot to multiple orgasms, female sexuality has presented many mysteries. But as Linda Geddes discovers, radical experiments are finally revealing some answers.
What is silence? To most of us, it is found in temporary absence of sound: the quiet nights of sleep in suburban neighborhoods; the demi-beat before a pianist pounds the ivories; and the pause one takes after receiving bad news. In our world, silence is also abstract. It is the hush that blankets a city devastated by disaster. But silence – true silence – is neither poetic nor dramatic. For those who can no longer hear, it is constant and formless.
'Having got this far, we feel it will work. There has been a lot of research behind this and this is now looking like a route to treatment'
About 20 million years ago a single flea became entombed in amber with tiny bacteria attached to it, providing what researchers believe may be the oldest evidence on Earth of a dreaded and historic killer – an ancient strain of the bubonic plague.
Tropical Storm Joaquin may converge with another slow-moving storm in the East to create a serious flooding situation into early next week.
The most annoying thing when you drive is a flat tire. Imagine while driving your tire goes flat, but you don’t need to repair/change it. A team of scientists at the Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research in Dresden, one of the largest polymer research facilities in Germany, have developed a new type of rubber that can heal itself after a tear or break.
Using nanometer-scale components, researchers have demonstrated the first optical rectenna, a device that combines the functions of an antenna and a rectifier diode to convert light directly into DC current.
A detailed new study of the origins of viruses lends weight to the argument that they are living cells, and offers us a reliable method to turn back the clock and track their evolution.
The ultra-stable properties of the proteins that allow deep-diving whales to remain active while holding their breath for up to two hours could help Rice University biochemist John Olson and his colleagues finish a 20-year quest to create lifesaving synthetic blood for human trauma patients.
Experimental transplant uses eye cells grown in a lab and if successful could be used to treat hundreds of thousands of macular degeneration sufferers in UK
The SR-71 Blackbird flew to 85,000 feet. The folks behind this glider want to beat it.
Twenty years ago, Cessna gave birth to a military jet trainer that had wealthy private pilots with fighter jock dreams licking their chops. Here’s the story of how Cessna ended up with their promising design and why they walked away from it.
This isn’t another story about that dress, or at least, not really. It’s about the way that humans see the world, and how until we have a way to describe something, even something so fundamental as a colour, we may not even notice that it’s there. Until relatively recently in human history, “blue” didn’t exist.
Fascinating article about Laika and the other dogs who followed her into space.
New findings from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars.
David J. Peterson has crafted languages for TV shows and films — even a whole language for a single giant, in Game of Thrones. For him, every language is a balance of the technical and the artistic.
Hurricane Marty was churning Monday in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexican resort town Acapulco, causing authorities to shutter schools and send 200,000 students home.
David J. Peterson has become one of the most recognizable and prolific conlangers; now, his new book sets out how you can be one too. By K. M. McFarland.
Caves and meteorite strikes and more! We've learned a lot since Apollo astronauts walked on the surface over 40 years ago.