How did the universe get its start? That question may plague mankind until the end of time, yet there's one scientific mind that could get us a little closer to the answer. That mind? It belongs to Jacob Barnett, a 12-year-old in Indiana who already takes college-level advanced astrophysics classes.
Tractor beams are one of those sci-fi staples that, when you get right down to it, are actually pretty hard to wrap your head around: it's a force that projects outward, and yet it pulls an object inward. Crazy as it is, Chinese researchers may have just figured out how to do just that.
We've seen computers that can out quiz-show humanity's best, now Japan is putting a series of robots through endurance trials. There are lots of ways this could end for us — few of them are good.
In the past, someone telling you to "put on your thinking cap" did little more than get your attention. In the future? If Australian researchers can make good, it could mean tripling your complex problem solving powers and opening up whole new avenues of thinking with a very real and physical "thinking cap."
The Russians have been drilling down through miles of glacial ice into an ancient freshwater lake that's been sealed off from the rest of the planet for millions of years. If they find life down there, it could make it more likely that we'll find life elsewhere in our solar system too.
For those of us who spend unhealthy amounts of time playing World of Warcraft, the land of Azeroth seems like an awfully big place. A level 85 human warlock named Daelyn (who also happens to be a physics and applied math major) decided to perform some in-game experiments and calculations to figure out just what sort of world WoW is.
Guys, Jurassic Park is coming true! Well, a much less dangerous and exciting version of it, at least: scientists say they should have a cloned woolly mammoth within four years.
Anyone's who's seen Gorilla Glass knows that the stuff is unbreakable. Found in products like the Zune HD and Galaxy Tab, the glass is super strong, unlike the backs of the iPhone 4. Now, a group of scientists have created glass that is as tough as steel.
Here's something you didn't have hanging up in your high school chemistry class: the entire periodic table of the elements, etched into a single human hair.
Science comes up with a lot of awesome stuff, and you don't need a Ph.D, a secret lab, or government funding to get your hands on some of the coolest discoveries. We've got a list of 11 mostly affordable gifts that are guaranteed to blow your mind, whether or not you're a science geek.