In a robot lab at TEDGlobal, Raffaello D'Andrea demos his flying quadcopters: robots that think like athletes, solving physical problems with algorithms that help them learn. In a series of nifty demos, D'Andrea show drones that play catch........
The Electronic Frontier Foundation records happenings at the National Security Agency since September 11, 2001.
I consumed nothing but Soylent, a food-replacing beverage, for a week. Here's what happened to me (and my poop).
Summer is almost here, which means it's time for picnics, pool parties, and every parent's favorite pastime: chasing after your kid with the sunscreen bottle.
Safer sex in style
Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have come up with a promising design for a lithium-sulfur rechargeable battery that is considerably cheaper and energy-dense than standard lithium-ions. Using a solid electrolyte rather than a l
Back in December of 2011, Stratolaunch Systems announced that it was designing a new air launch system for both manned and unmanned spacecraft.
The Robo-Raven, as the solar-powered, remotely piloted surveillance aircraft is called, was designed and built at the University of Maryland’s Maryland Robotics Center — an interdisciplinary research establishment in the university’s A. James Clark S
In 100,000, we may have finally discovered alien life. Then again, we may merely look like alien life. At least, that’s what an artist and a computational geneticist think.
Text size, especially in emagazines, is one of the biggest complaints about Apple's baby tablet. Here's what to do about it.
Nanotechnologies require a detailed knowledge of the molecular state. For instance, it is useful to know when and how a generic polymer, a long chain of polymers (chain of beads), knots.
Wood: It's what's for dinner? Scientists have learned how to transform cellulose — the inedible stuff of wood — into an edible starch.
A fantastic device called an aerodynamic levitator, which uses nozzles pumping out inert gas to levitate a material, is then used to levitate the molten cement. The levitator prevents the molten cement from touching the walls of the container, preven
By implanting a microchip in the back of a person's head and fitting them with a special pair of glasses affixed to a small camera, researchers hope to restore the sight, at least partially, to the visually impaired.
A new study by researchers at UC Santa Barbara provides clues into the understanding of the behavior of the charged molecules or particles in ionic liquids.
A new enzyme — capable of aiding in the cost-effective conversion of woody-waste into liquid fuel — was recently discovered during research on the tiny marine wood-borers known as ‘gribble’.
Last month's Bay Area Maker Faire delivered its usual collection of inspiring inventions from a number of independent hardware tinkerers and software developers pushing the boundaries of technology.
Most people notice a distinctive smell in the air after it rains. It's frequently linked with spring, as the smell of fresh cut grass is associated with summer.
NASA's Mars rover Opportunity has made what may be its greatest discovery: Proof freshwater once existed on the Red Planet.
Though Comet Lovejoy disintegrated on December 17, 2011, just two days after its incredible journey, scientists are hoping to capture a similar event in 2013, when Comet Ison makes its way towards the Sun.
California company says 3D 'bioprinted' liver functions a lot like real thing
Spoiler: still not super hospitable.
In the never-ending arms race between secret-keepers and code-breakers, the laws of quantum mechanics seemed to have the potential to give secret-keepers the upper hand
HiveBio in Seattle is not the world's first community-based biology lab, but it may be the first one started by a high school student. Her name is Katriona Guthrie-Honea, and her co-founder is Bergen McMurray.
Head's YouTek Graphene Speed Pro is one of the first racquets to deliver both crushing power and precise control.
"Today's special meat is a chop of Grévy's zebra flank, fresh out of the exercise amplifier and seared in giant squid fat."
An ambitious experiment is underway to harness the heat of a volcano in central Oregon. The process is green, efficient... and causes earthquakes.
Many of us live in a bubble where technology is a magical thing, a thing to be fiercely but safely debated on Twitter and in the blogosphere … which is why we don’t realize that tech has become the latest and most divisive actor (along with religion
ound turmeric extract reduces post-bypass heart attack risk by 56%. Now, we would like to bring attention to a remarkable study published in the journal Nutrition Research in 2012 that revealed that curcumin, the primary polyphenol in turmeric and wh