Oh God They Made Shark's Teeth Into an Actual Saw Blade

It's every swimmer, surfer, and slow fish's greatest fear, but to understand just how deadly a shark's bite can be, researchers at Cornell University wanted to study the cutting power of various sharks' teeth. So they did what any mad scientist would: build a saw blade covered in shark's teeth, attach it to a… » 1/19/15 10:14am 1/19/15 10:14am

Could a Smartphone Cholesterol Sensor Convince You Not to Supersize?

One day you might be able to make a more informed decision when the cashier asks if you'd like to supersize your fries. Researchers at Cornell University have developed an accessory for your smartphone called the smartCARD that actually lets you measure your cholesterol in mere minutes. » 12/17/13 6:40pm 12/17/13 6:40pm

Researchers Are Finally Teaching Robots To Be Less Stabby

Most of the news coming out of robotics research has us really worried about mankind's future, but Cornell University finally brings us a glimmer of hope. Researchers there are working on developing an algorithm through physical feedback that will teach robots to be more careful with certain objects—like say when… » 11/05/13 1:40pm 11/05/13 1:40pm

A Magical Window That Blocks Noise But Lets Breezes Pass Through

It's a warm summer night in the city, but instead of sleeping with the windows open to let a breeze in, you've got them all closed to keep your bedroom quiet. It's a 'lesser of two evils' decision that people living in crowded urban centers might soon not have to make. Researchers in South Korea have developed a… » 7/08/13 12:20pm 7/08/13 12:20pm

Shape-Remembering Hydrogels Are the First Step Towards a Real-Life T-1000

A team of researchers at Cornell University, led by professor Dan Luo, has developed a new kind of hydrogel made from synthesized and interwoven DNA, like a microscopic bird's nest. In the presence of H2O the hydrogel forms and holds a pre-determined shape. But in the absence of water, the material flows like any… » 12/05/12 10:40am 12/05/12 10:40am

This Fabric Simulator Will Make CG Characters Sound More Realistic Than Ever

Every last detail can help make a computer-generated character seem more realistic. So a team of researchers at Cornell University have developed a simulator that can accurately recreate the sound of cloth so that the CG characters you see on screen also sound as authentic as possible. » 9/27/12 9:23am 9/27/12 9:23am