It's common for high-end watchmakers to include piezoelectric elements in watches, using your swinging wrist, rather than a battery, to keep it powered. New research hints that future gadgets could include something similar by way of genetically engineered viruses.
They say that leaves don't grow on trees, and they're right: leaves grow in labs. Labs at MIT, where some exceptionally clever biochemists have reinvented the ol' tree finger and turned it into something that's useful for more than something to keep giraffes in business: this artificial leaf can take sunlight and convert it straight into hydrogen and oxygen.
Electrons are generally known as "fundamental particles," meaning they're not made up of anything: you can't smash an electron to bits, because there are no bits to smash it into. Under the right circumstances, electrons can be broken up into quasiparticles, and the third one of these has just been identified: the orbiton.
Sometimes seeing how something works is better than just reading an explanation. Artist Daniel Palacio's exhibit "Waves" tackles showing audiences what sound looks like as it travels through space. Answer: it looks damn cool.
New analysis of an experiment performed by the Viking landers suggests that evidence of microbial life in the Martian soil may have been detected 36 years ago. As one of the authors of this new paper puts it: "on the basis of what we've done so far, I'd say I'm 99 percent sure there's life there." Whoa.
Remember when everyone was freaking out about the mass deaths of bees back in 2006? Well, while the general populace may have decided to go back to eating its honey completely care-free, scientists have been hard at work trying to discover the cause.The newest suspect? High-fructose corn syrup.
Hermit crab housing has just taken on an interesting new turn. Harry, the local resident at the rock pool in Legoland in the U.K. has crawled into a specially crafted shell made of the local building material — Legos. So, adorable hermit crabs enjoy plastic blocks as much as they love 3D-printed enclosures.
Scientists have created a sensor so accurate it can now measure the weight of a single proton. The super scale uses the smallest unit of mass as a measurement, a single yoctogram, whereas previous sensors could only get within 100 yoctograms — a large margin at that scale.
London's Wellcome Collection has an awesome exhibit starting today through June 17: It's all about brains! The image above is a corrosion cast of blood vessels in the brain from the 1980s....
Three billion years ago was way, way before humans. It was before mammals. It was before dinosaurs and insects and even plants. It was before Earth had any forms of life more complex than microbes. But it still rained back then, and paleoclimatologists have used fossilized raindrops to figure out what kind of atmosphere our planet used to have.