The First Man-Made Biological Leaf Turns Light and Water Into Oxygen

If humanity hopes to realize its dreams of exploring the stars, we're going to need to find ways to recreate life on Earth aboard a spaceship. Simply stockpiling enough vital supplies isn't going to cut it, which is what led Julian Melchiorri, a student at the Royal College of Art, to create an artificial biological… » 7/29/14 10:44am Tuesday 10:44am

UV-Powered Blood Test Could Make Universal Cancer Detection Possible

Early detection is the best tool to fight cancer, but biopsies can be painful and inconclusive. New research shows a simple blood test can detect cancers by blasting white blood cells with UV and seeing how they respond. Painless, universal cancer detection could be a drop of blood away. » 7/26/14 9:04am 7/26/14 9:04am

Watch This Bot With a Broken Leg Learn To Walk Straight Again

Humans are highly adaptable creatures, and we'll do anything we can to prevent an injury from completely immobilizing us. So if robots are supposed to eventually take over all of our duties, they need to learn how to quickly bounce back from damage as well—which is what this research with walking robots is hoping to… » 7/24/14 12:28pm 7/24/14 12:28pm

Augmented Reality Climbing Walls Turn Mountaineering Into a Game

There are lots of reasons to tackle a climbing wall at your local gym: it's great exercise, it can improve your hand-eye coordination, and it helps instill useful mountaineering skills should you ever find yourself trapped on a cliff. But researchers at Aalto University in Finland want to take them one step further » 7/23/14 1:44pm 7/23/14 1:44pm

New Super Software Tracks Every Cell in an Organism as It Develops

Imagine if we could track every single cell in an organism as it develops. The sheer volume of information about how life forms and works would be invaluable for scientific research. The only problem is the startling amount to computational power it would take to crunch that much data. At least, until now it was. » 7/21/14 4:14pm 7/21/14 4:14pm

A Dome Packed With 480 Cameras Captures Detailed 3D Images In Motion

If you've ever watched behind-the-scenes footage of a film with extensive visual effects, you've probably seen actors wearing ping-pong ball covered motion capture suits bringing digital characters to life. But researchers at Carnegie Mellon have come up with a better way to capture 3D motion that can be implemented… » 7/21/14 10:16am 7/21/14 10:16am

Projectors Could Turn Your Tiny Apartment Into a Goggle-Less Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift promises to make Star Trek TNG's holodeck a reality, but only in your head. You can't spend every moment of your life with a goofy visor strapped to your face, and that's why this alternate approach to the holodeck—using projectors to make a tiny non-descript room appear massive—seems far more… » 7/18/14 3:18pm 7/18/14 3:18pm

Scientists Use World's Largest Laser To Recreate Jupiter's Core

It is not pleasant inside the core of Jupiter—or any other planet for that matter. However, gaining a better understanding of what's going on in there is key for understanding how these planets form. That's why a team of scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory recently used diamonds and lasers to recreate » 7/18/14 11:21am 7/18/14 11:21am

How a Cat Poop Parasite Could Help Scientists Beat Cancer

This week, a team of researchers at Dartmouth announced an exciting, if terribly disgusting, medical discovery. A single-celled parasite usually found in cats' intestines—and later in their poop—shows unique promise as a cancer treatment. The researchers even think the parasite could enable them to create personalized… » 7/17/14 7:11pm 7/17/14 7:11pm

MIT Wants To Give Our Hands Two Extra Robot Fingers

First it was an extra set of shoulder-mounted robot arms, but now MIT feels that humanity could also benefit from a couple of extra robotic fingers on each hand. Faye Wu and other researchers at the school have been developing SR—or supernumerary robotic—fingers that work alongside your existing digits to make… » 7/17/14 1:57pm 7/17/14 1:57pm

3D-Printed Ice Cream Guarantees the Perfectly Balanced Cone

The MIT students who hacked together a Cuisinart soft-serve machine, a Solidoodle, and a freezer to create this wonderful 3D ice cream printer have no plans to commercialize it; they just built it as a proof-of-concept. And that's too bad, because if perfected this machine has the potential to engineer a perfect ice… » 7/17/14 9:49am 7/17/14 9:49am

Honda's Asimo Robot Gets a Little Bit Better, a Whole Lot Creepier

It's been almost 15 years since Honda first introduced Asimo, the company's attempt to create a humanoid robot that can walk and perform other human-like tasks. But Asimo's most recent upgrade introduces something unsettling: a pair of dead black eyes and a permanent smirk that leaves the bot looking more like an… » 7/16/14 9:02am 7/16/14 9:02am

Scientists Engineered Mutant Worms That Can't Get Drunk

A team of researchers in Texas recently did something extraordinary. They made a genetic tweak to worms' brains that made it impossible for them to get drunk. More specifically, the scientists modified the worms' genes so that a molecular channel that binds alcohol to their brains would no longer work. And humans have… » 7/15/14 6:51pm 7/15/14 6:51pm

Heart Rate Monitoring Car Seats Keep You From Drifting Off

Instead of finding ways to help reduce stress, long hours at work, and other contributing factors to our increasing levels of fatigue, researchers have just accepted the fact that we're all perpetually tired, and are instead focusing their efforts on ensuring we don't fall asleep at the wheel. And the latest… » 7/15/14 9:21am 7/15/14 9:21am

MIT Thinks Lighting Drones Could Be the Perfect Photography Assistants

If you've ever been to a photography set, you've probably noticed how much time the photographer and their assistants take to perfectly position the lighting—only to have their efforts foiled when the model moves. That's why researchers at MIT are proposing using drones as lighting, as they can constantly ensure… » 7/11/14 3:20pm 7/11/14 3:20pm