We all know the Periodic Table of Elements — it's that thing with the pretty colors that hung on your chemistry class wall. While we may all recognize the venerable chart, we may not really know it (unless it's done up as a Star Wars version). Now, students and science buffs can actually interact with it thanks to QR codes for each element.
Up until now we've had no problem with scientists working to give us robots that can swim, run, jump and even scale walls. But when robots that can camouflage themselves to disappear into the scenery start popping up, it may be time to get a little nervous.
Usian Bolt has reconfirmed his status as the fastest human on Earth, but is he faster than a person falling vertically with just gravity to propel them? Let's find out!
You know what's boring? Surfaces. Why does an orange always have to feel like an orange? Couldn't it change it up every so often and feel like a peach or something? And why should all that neat stuff underneath touchscreens always feel like such a … touchscreen?
Yesterday, the Royal New Zealand Air Force spotted a gigantic mass made from volcanic pumice rocks floating in the south Pacific. The total area of the "island" is about 9,000 square miles, or about the same size as New Jersey (and larger than Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island or the entire nation of Israel).
Bacteria are a nasty bunch, creating infections from the common to the horrific. Not only that, but they lurk pretty much everywhere. Now they may have met their match in a film created by Harvard scientists that is so slippery, it fools bacteria into thinking they can't attach there and grow. Major score for science!
In the future, police may analyze highly detailed, glowing fingerprints instead of dusting a crime scene. A research team in China has developed a process by which fingerprints both old and new are not only more detailed, but could allow authorities to pick up extra evidence, such as drug use.
As a kid, I'd sit watching Star Trek and it would blow my tiny mind. From the phasers to the universal language translator I was fascinated by this imaginary future, not realizing I'd be living in a time when many of the things envisioned by Gene Roddenberry are close to coming true.
How do you like them apples? Not so much when they keep turning brown after you slice them. This is a serious problem for us first-worlders, but Okanagan Specialty Fruits has saved the day with their Arctic Apple, which has been genetically modified to never turn brown when it's cut or bruised.
Single-celled creatures on the lam, beware! Scientists have devised a method utilizing ultrasounds to hold small bits of matter (including living cells) by seemingly invisible means. The technique, called "acoustic tweezers," appears in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.