China's Plan for Global WarmingPresident Xi Jinping of China announced today during a visit to the White House that China will start a national cap-and-trade program to limit greenhouse gas emissions in 2017. More >
SpaceX Test-Fires its Upgraded Falcon 9SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, which has launched satellites into orbit and carried cargo to the International Space Station and back again on multiple occasions, is getting a serious upgrade. It's ... More >
How to Build a Quantum TeleportTeleportation isn't real, at least not as it's depicted in fiction. No one has ever made a material object -- be it Harry Potter or Captain Kirk -- physically disappear from one location and ... More >
Your Seafood Might Contain Tiny Plastic ParticlesWhat goes around comes around, and that might be bad news for seafood lovers. We already know that eating fish comes with risks of ingesting metals like mercury and lead, or pesticides like DDT. A ... More >
The Army Wants To Enlist Robot MedicsThis is an understatement: Battlefields are unsafe. For troops wounded in combat, they need to get out of battle fast and to medical care. Historically that's been the role of human medics, who ... More >
Robotic hands aren't typically known for being delicate or spontaneous. They're more likely to be part of an assembly line, or specifically designed to do one task perfectly, over and over. But those days may be waning. A new robotic hand printed out of silicone by MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) can pick up just about any object, no matter how delicate or strangely sized. The results were released today, and really, it can pick up any small object:
It almost feels wrong to label The Martian as science fiction. Based on the book that computer programmer Andy Weir researched for three years, the movie feels like it could happen in real life any day now. You'll find no suspended animation, jump drives, or wormholes in this flick—just technologies that NASA is already using or could develop in the near future.
The Nexus line -- Google's ideal of a modern Android phone -- was originally meant to provide developers with a clean version of the Android mobile operating system and official Google apps, without the extraneous bloatware added by device manufacturers and wireless carriers. But consumers quickly caught on that Nexus devices provided some of the best experiences in the Android world. At its Fall 2015 event, Google announced the latest additions to its flagship smartphone lineup: The LG Nexus 5X and the Huawei Nexus 6P, giving Android fans two new compelling options to choose between for their next phone. But which one is better? Here's the rundown when it comes to raw specs:
No matter what country they're in, people living in rural places often don't have access to high-quality medical care. Everything from emergency facilities, to pharmacies, to sophisticated labs for tests are often farther away. But according to a study published recently in the free-to-read journal PLOS One, drones could help bring better medical care to rural communities all over the world.
Facebook has placed increasing importance on video lately. With muted, autoplaying video the social network has cracked the code to increasing their online video impressions—skyrocketing from one billion to four times that, according to News.com.au. Last week, Facebook introduced 360-degree videos that let you spin around and control what you're looking at while a video clip plays. Now, the world's largest social networking website will let you use a short video as your Facebook profile picture.
Let's get one thing straight: The Martian is a darn good movie and you should definitely go see it when it comes out. (Or better yet, read the book!) In addition to just being a great tale about man versus nature, the story is a culmination of years of research by the author and computer programmer, Andy Weir, and it's pretty accurate as a result.
Genetic diseases are the leading cause of death for infants in the United States. Many doctors treating these infants rely on whole-genome sequencing to target the exact cause of the illness, and hopefully treat the disease in time. However, even the fastest sequencing technique till now has taken about 50 hours to complete, and many severely ill infants simply can't wait that long.
Automotive safety systems giant Autoliv has joined Volvo in the Swedish automaker's Drive Me autonomous car research project. The two companies will share their findings in order to accelerate efforts to get the active safety systems fundamental to autonomous driving into production.
Scientists know a lot about HIV—how it's transmitted, the virus' life cycle, and where it likes to hang out in the body. But they haven't had a good understanding of how it moves between cells in the body, and they have never been able to actually watch it spread. Now a team of researchers from Yale University led a study that recorded the virus infecting the lymph nodes in a mouse to better understand how it infects the body, with the intention of being able to stop that spread in the future. Their work was published today in Science.
Pluto has gotten a lot of love lately, both from scientists and the unscientific alike, thanks largely to the series of beautiful close-up images that NASA has published online following the unmanned New Horizon spacecraft's flyby of the dwarf planet earlier this year. But now Pluto's moon Charon is getting its own chance to shine in the spectacular new high-res images that NASA released today.
Have you ever wondered how whales stay underwater for up to two hours without coming up for air? It's because they use a highly stable protein called myoglobin, which stores oxygen for a long time, to power their muscles. Now researchers from Rice University are working with the protein in order to make synthetic blood for humans, according to a study published last week in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.