Space Elevator Competition Shows Promising Future

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The annual Space Elevator Games were held this past Monday in Farmington, Utah. Student teams designed 100-meter-tall space elevators in the competition, and the winning team's robot came close to winning NASA's half-million-dollar prize. read more »

Newest Studies Show Kids Should Stop Watching TV

If there was something that you as a parent could do to decrease your child's risk of cancer, increase their level of education, and prevent them from getting involved with sex, drugs and alcohol until an age of responsibility, would you?

Even if it meant turning off the TV?

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Upload Your Brain and Become Immortal?

"If a self-improving AI is thrown together in a slapdash fashion, we could be in for big trouble," warns AI theorist and transhumanist Eliezer Yudkowsky read more »

Space-Based Solar Cells Could Power Entire Earth

Gigantic satellites orbiting the Earth, equipped with solar cells, could collect enough energy from the sun every year to power the world seven times over. Beaming the energy down to Earth in the form of microwaves or a laser, the satellites would provide energy which would be gathered in antennas on the ground and then converted to electricity.
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Robot Makes Your Personal Space “Shady”

 Going by the name "Shady," this robot climbs windows and produces a small shade to block the sun from shining on the exact spot you're sitting. read more »

Human Urine: Safe, Inexpensive Fertilizer?

There may be a reason why it looks like a stream of gold. read more »

Ever Wish For A Voice-Controlled Computer Mouse?


Researchers at the University of Washington have designed "Vocal Joystick," an alternative to a handheld mouse based on the human voice. read more »

Cell Phone-Brain Cancer Debate Continues

Recently, researchers from the Orbero University in Sweden led by Professor Kjell Mild have suggested that young children may be at risk for brain cancer when using cell phones because of their thinner skulls and developing nervous systems. read more »

Winners for the Best in Wacky Science Research Get Ig Nobel Award


Winners included the discovery that Viagra helps hamsters overcome jetlag, a method for extracting vanilla flavor from cow dung, and a study of the word "the." read more »

Robots See Optical Illusions Just Like People


Robots are teaching us humans about our own physiology, enabling scientists to understand what goes on in the brain when we see an optical illusion. read more »

Researchers Treat Skin Cancer with Cream and a Laser

Using cream and a laser, scientists have improved a new treatment for skin cancer, the most common cancer. read more »

Top Sci-Fi Fashion Clothing of 2007

Heart-monitoring underwear, cancer-detecting bras, and message-displaying jackets are a few of the "smart fabrics" we have today.
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An Endless Supply of Green Energy Coming from Europe: HiPER circa 2030

Plans for a nuclear fusion reactor facility are soon to be underway, with a mission to demonstrate that inertial fusion could be used as a future energy source--to power the world. read more »

Learn Your Genetic Ancestry With a Saliva Swipe

While we're waiting on the thousand-dollar genome sequencing, researchers have recently designed a new program that lets you learn your genetic ancestry right now with a quick cheek swab. The results take just minutes, and are 99% accurate. read more »

New Device Could Make DVDs Obsolete









What if you could condense your entire DVD collection into a single box? read more »

New Robots May Soon Have Your Face and Your Expressions

With a name like "WD-2," this robot may sound like a robot's robot: all gears and metal. But WD-2 is actually a "face robot"-with a face that is realistically human-looking. read more »

Humans May Receive Organ Transplants from Pigs














Well-known scientist Robert Winston from the UK is setting up a lab to breed pigs with special organs that could one day be transplanted into humans who would otherwise die. The first genetically modified pigs could be bred in two years, and the first pig-human transplant might occur in the next decade. read more »

Cheap Ocean Energy Converter to be Used in Several Countries

An amateur engineer from Texas has developed a way to capture the energy from ocean waves in an inexpensive, simple way. His company's devices are planned for use in the future in several countries to cheaply generate electricity. read more »

Experiments with Flying Cars

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When most people think of flying cars, they think of the Jetsons TV show, and speculate that, maybe one day in the far-off future, people may drive flying cars. You might be surprised to know that flying cars have been in development since the 1930s--even before the Jetsons. read more »

An Eco Laptop - Ways to Make Laptops Green









The annual sale of laptops is expected to reach 150 million in 2009, and with the average consumer keeping their laptop for only three years, researchers are looking into laptop technology that's a little friendlier toward the environment. Popular Science has recently reported on the most ingenious ideas for the future of the green laptop. read more »