Lihong Wang creates the sort of medical technology you’d expect to find on the starship Enterprise. Wang, a professor of biomedical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, has already helped develop instruments that can detect individual cancer cells in the bloodstream and oxygen consumption deep within the body. He has also created a camera that shoots at 100 billion frames a second, fast enough to freeze an object traveling at the speed of light.
The Lexus Hoverboard is set for release on August 5… The Lexus Hoverboard represents true engineering innovation. It is close to life imitating the art of the 1989 classic movie ‘Back to the Future II’, which features Marty McFly (played by Michael J Fox) riding a hoverboard (see below).
If you ever find yourself digging through the fridge looking for food when you’re not really hungry, it could be more than a lack of willpower that’s to blame. Scientists believe the phenomenon could be the result of a hormone deficiency in the brain.
Physicist Wal Thornhill continues his discussion of NASA’s New Horizons mission to the dwarf planet Pluto. The mission has already provided a number of surprises for planetary scientists. The tiny planet’s geological activity, its apparent age, the stunning features on its moons and more all defy many fundamental ideas in planetary science.
Have you ever observed that time seems to be going by faster as you get older? There’s a reason that one summer seems to stretch out forever when you’re a kid, but zips by before you know it when you’re 30. That reason is perspective, as a gorgeous interactive visualization, by Austrian designer Maximilian Kiener, demonstrates. When you’re one year old, a year is literally forever to you — it’s all the time that you’ve ever known. But as you grow older, one year is a smaller and smaller fraction of your total life. It’s like watching something shrink in your rear view mirror.
Your car CAN be hacked! James Corbett discusses the confirmation of yet another “conspiracy theory,” namely that cars can be remotely hacked and controlled.
Women’s brains might be more vulnerable to the degenerative effects of Alzheimer’s disease than men’s, causing them to decline in memory and cognitive function twice as fast, according to new research that could explain why women make up two-thirds of all diagnosed Alzheimer’s cases in the US.
The finding was presented this week at the 2015 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in Washington, DC, with the team also noting that women tend to decline more dramatically than men in cognition, function, and brain size after they’ve been in surgery or under general anaesthesia.
a truly mind-boggling set of experiments, discussed in an article in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2004, Dr Rollin McCraty from the Heartmath Institute—a leading-edge research center for the scientific study of heart coherence and its health benefits and of other aspects of this revolutionary new science of the heart—found that the heart seems to ‘know’ the emotional future.
Neuroscientists have identified an area of the brain that might give the human mind its unique abilities, including language. The area lit up in human, but not monkey, brains when they were presented with different types of abstract information.
A 1,500-year-old parchment could be one of the oldest known copies of the Quran, possibly dating back to a time that overlapped with the life of the Prophet Muhammad, according to researchers who recently dated the manuscript fragments. The text underwent radiocarbon dating, which measured the age of the find’s organic materials. Researchers at the University of Birmingham, in the United Kingdom, found that the leaves of parchment date back to A.D. 568 and A.D. 645.
NASA has released a number of stunning colour photographs of the planet Pluto. The pictures have been compiled from four images from the New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager mixed with color data from the Ralph instrument. The new pictures indicate that Pluto is covered by masses of flowing ice.
Lightning is an unruly beast; hard to predict and filled with surprises. And according to the National Weather Service, so far this year lightning strikes have killed at least 20 people in the United States, which is almost double the norm. Behind those strikes are some pretty wild facts. Consider the following
People often think it’s the quality of their friendships that counts as opposed to the quantity, but a new study shows that the number of friends we have when we’re young has a significant impact on our health later in life. As we get older, the quantity appears to matter less, and it’s the quality of our relationships with those we hold dear that confers the most benefits as we age.
NASA’s Kepler Mission is searching for life on other planets, and it recently discovered a promising lead that’s the most Earth-like yet (NASA: “similar to our own”). The new discovery, called Kepler-452b orbits around a sun-like star.
This week, two major studies of the DNA of living and ancient people try to settle the big questions about the early settlers: who they were, when they came, and how many waves arrived. But instead of converging on a single consensus picture, the studies, published online in Scienceand Nature, throw up a new mystery: Both detect in modern Native Americans a trace of DNA related to that of native people from Australia and Melanesia.