New Method for Creating Water Could Lead to Inexpensive Fuel Cells

Scientists have discovered a new technique for creating water, using a new catalyst that reacts with both hydrogen and oxygen. The method could lead to the development of less expensive and more efficient hydrogen fuel cells, the energy source of hydrogen vehicles. read more »

Deep-Space Experiment becomes Deep-Sea Experiment

A science experiment designed to detect deep-space neutrinos is discovering insights into everything from bioluminescent swimming bacteria to the possibility of increasing carbon pollution to underwater hurricanes. read more »

Student Solves $25,000 Wolfram Computer Challenge

A 20-year-old from the UK has recently proven that one of the simplest types of computers can solve every known computational problem, given enough time. Alex Smith, who is studying electrical engineering at the University of Birmingham, will receive mathematician Stephen Wolfram's $25,000 prize in a ceremony held in the home town of the famous computer scientist Alan Turing. read more »

Scientists Identify Drug-Craving Brain Region

Scientists from Chili have discovered that blocking a region of the brain called the insular cortex causes rats that are addicted to amphetamines to stop craving the drug. This understanding could lead to the development of new therapies to help treat drug addiction. read more »

Space Elevator Competition Shows Promising Future

Artist's depiction of a space elevatorArtist's depiction of a space elevator


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 »