Anti-Wrinkle Cream Might Be the Key to Treating Parkinson's Disease

A new study suggests that kinetin, a chemical frequently used in anti-aging creams, could be used to develop a treatment for Parkinson's Disease. Forget regenerating your youthful skin—this chemical could be used to reverse the cell-death that causes, the deadly disorder which afflicts more than a half-million people… » 8/19/13 6:57pm 8/19/13 6:57pm

Where Do All Those Amazing Discoveries Go, Anyway?

It seems as though every day we read (and write) about another amazing new breakthrough, be it medical, technological, epicurean, or other. And then we wait... and wait... and wait... and... hey, just a minute. Where'd that quantum computer go? » 8/07/13 9:21am 8/07/13 9:21am

How a Plant Virus Can Make Lithium Batteries Last 10x Longer

The tobacco mosaic virus is a destructive beast infecting over a hundred different species of plants, including tomatoes. But it may have a weird eco benefit: Incorporated into lithium batteries, it can increase storage capacity ten times. » 12/10/10 8:40am 12/10/10 8:40am

Connecting the Quantum Dots to More Than Double Hard Drive Capacity

Scientists have developed a new type of semiconductor structure—using microscopic crystals called magnetic quantum dots—that could more than double current hard drive storage capacity. That's just for starters. » 3/08/10 9:00pm 3/08/10 9:00pm

Researchers Cram a Camera Into a Sheet of Fiber

Another day, another innovation from MIT researchers. This time, it's a camera built in the middle of a 25mm fiber sheet, which might be the coolest invention we will never use (save for an appearance in Splinter Cell 10). » 6/17/09 9:30pm 6/17/09 9:30pm

Paper-Thin, Flexible Batteries Developed

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and MIT have developed a battery that uses carbon nanotubes and paper to make a flexible battery that can be cut by scissor and could eventually be printed. The energy density is fair, at about 110mAh/gram, and small prototypes are powerful enough to power small fans.… » 8/13/07 9:12pm 8/13/07 9:12pm

IBM Chip to Let You Download an HD Movie in One Second

IBM trash-talks all those other chipsters with its latest breakthrough, an optical transceiver chipset that can accomplish the technological equivalent of cramming a basketball through a garden hose. The trick here is moving data through fiber optic cables at 160GB per second; that's eight times faster than today's… » 4/02/07 11:45am 4/02/07 11:45am

Laser TV Technology: Plasma and LCD Killer?

Two companies blurted out some boisterous bluster today, saying they have laser TV technology that can smack down LCDs and plasma displays because their idea costs half the price, looks twice as good, is half the weight and thickness, and only uses a quarter of the electricity. Big talk. » 10/10/06 9:35am 10/10/06 9:35am

EEStor Ceramic Battery: Internal Combustion Replacement?

Seasoned scientists at EEStore say they've created a battery made of glass- and aluminum-coated ceramics that could allow electric motors to completely replace the internal combustion engine. The inventors, erstwhile Xerox PARC and IBMmers, boast about the car's efficiency, saying it'll be so cheap it'll be as if gas… » 9/22/06 1:09pm 9/22/06 1:09pm

MIT Working on Nanotube Batteries, Could Be a Breakthrough

In the search for that holy grail, the everlasting battery, not much has been accomplished over the 200 years since old man Volta rolled out the first crude battery back in the dark ages. Now those whiz kids at MIT are using nanotube structures to create new super batteries by using energy storage doodads called… » 2/11/06 10:42am 2/11/06 10:42am