Freaky Expanding Pill Stays in Your Gut for Days to Deliver Drugs by George Dvorsky
The problem with pills is that you have to take them on a regular basis. An innovative new pop-up capsule solves this problem by staying in the stomach for days, where it slowly releases medication over the course of an entire treatment.
How We Might One Day Communicate With Liquids by George Dvorsky
A new machine designed at Stanford University sends digital messages without electronics, using common household chemicals. Eventually, similar systems could allow tiny devices to communicate inside the body, or be adapted to environments in which traditional electronics break down.
Brain Implant Allows Paralyzed Woman to Spell Out Messages With Her Mind by George Dvorsky
Researchers in the Netherlands have successfully tested a brain implant that allows a patient with late-stage Lou Gehrig’s disease to spell messages at the rate of two letters per minute.
This USB Stick Performs an HIV Test by George Dvorsky
Scientists in the UK have developed a USB stick that can quickly and accurately measure the amount of HIV is in a patient’s blood.
Disturbing Images Show the Extent of Delhi’s Extreme Pollution Emergency by George Dvorsky
Delhi, the capital city of India and home to 25 million residents, is in the midst of an “extreme pollution event.” In other words the city has been overrun with smog—tons of it. Recent photographs show the extent of the problem, which is being blamed on everything from vehicle emissions and crop burning through to smoking and fireworks.
What a Trump Presidency Means for Your Health by George Dvorsky
The future of public health in the United States was a hotly contested topic during the 2016 election, with the presidential candidates making bold promises and several important ballot initiatives up for grabs. Here’s how America voted, and what a Trump presidency means to your health.
Brain Implant Allows Paralyzed Monkey to Walk Again by George Dvorsky
For the first time ever, a neural device has been used to restore locomotion in paralyzed primates. It may be years before clinical trials can begin for humans, but this latest breakthrough marks an important step in that direction.
Health Studies Funded By Beverage Companies Are Dangerously Misleading by George Dvorsky
An analysis of 15 years’ worth of experimental research into the health risks posed by sweetened beverages is raising questions about the impartiality and credibility of studies funded by the soda industry.
Software Error Implicated in Crash of Mars Lander by George Dvorsky
Researchers with the ExoMars mission are pointing to a potential computing glitch as the cause of last week’s crash of the Schiaparelli lander. The challenge now will be to isolate and correct the error in hopes of preventing a repeat in 2020, when mission planners aim to land a much larger rover on the Red Planet.
Renewables Now Exceed All Other Forms of New Power Generation by George Dvorsky
Last year, renewable energy accounted for more than half of all new forms of power generation produced worldwide. It’s an unprecedented milestone for our civilization—one that points to a bright future for solar and wind power.
Extended Space Travel Could Cause Irreversible Back Damage by George Dvorsky
New research shows that astronauts who return from extended missions in space experience a significant weakening of their spinal muscles. Disturbingly, their back muscles don’t return to normal even after several weeks back on Earth.
This Is the Most Detailed Hydrogen Map of the Milky Way Ever Created by George Dvorsky
Using two of the world’s largest configurable telescopes, scientists have created the most detailed map yet of hydrogen atoms the Milky Way.
Our Sun’s Quirky Tilt Means Planet Nine Might Actually Exist by George Dvorsky
New research links the odd and unexplained six-degree tilt of our Sun to an undiscovered planet in the outer reaches of our solar system. It’s even more evidence that planet Nine is for real.
We Were Wrong About Limiting Children’s Screen Time by George Dvorsky
How much time should kids be allowed to stare into their screens like zombies? New guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics upturns conventional thinking on the matter, showing that a sweeping one-size-fits-all approach is not the right way for parents to go about limiting their children’s screen time.
How the Universe Could Annihilate Itself at the Speed of Light by George Dvorsky
Time now for a very cute video about a rather terrible prospect—the very grim possibility of the universe spawning a lethal bubble of pure vacuum that expands in all directions at the speed of light.
Brain Implant Allows Paralyzed Man to Feel Objects With a Prosthetic Limb by George Dvorsky
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC have developed a system that’s enabling a man with quadriplegia to experience the sensation of touch through a robotic arm that he controls with his brain.
Why the Human Lifespan Ends at 122 by George Dvorsky
The oldest human to have ever lived died at the age of 122—and that was nearly 20 years ago. A recent analysis of global demographic data suggests this may very well be the maximum age attainable by humans, and that it’s extremely unlikely anyone will ever live much beyond this advanced age. That is, unless we science the shit out of this problem.
Nobel Prize For Chemistry Awarded to Creators of the World’s Tiniest Machines by George Dvorsky
The 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded to a trio of scientists for their pioneering work in developing molecular machines. These gadgets measure just a thousandth of a human hair in width, and they’re poised to revolutionize everything from manufacturing and materials to medicine and the functioning of the human body.
Astronomers Spot a Massive Black Hole That’s Gone Rogue by George Dvorsky
Using the Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found evidence of a “wandering” black hole on the outskirts of a distant galaxy. It’s too far away to cause us any trouble, but the discovery of this homeless ball of gravitational despair affirms a long standing theory about the existence of such objects.
The Nearest Earth-Like Planet Outside Our Solar System Could Be a Water World by George Dvorsky
At a distance of 4.2 light years, Proxima b is the closest potentially habitable Earth-like planet outside our solar system. New research suggests this distant orb could be completely covered in water. So when do we go?
Listen to the First Music Ever Made With a Computer by George Dvorsky
Researchers from New Zealand have restored the very first recording ever made of computer generated music. The three simple melodies, laid down in 1951, were generated by a machine built by the esteemed British computer scientist Alan Turing.
New Wind Turbines Could Power Japan for 50 Years After a Single Typhoon by George Dvorsky
Typhoons are generally associated with mass destruction, but a Japanese engineer has developed a wind turbine that can harness the tremendous power of these storms and turn it into useful energy. If he’s right, a single typhoon could power Japan for 50 years.
FDA Approves World’s First Automated Insulin Pump for Diabetics by George Dvorsky
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Medtronic’s MiniMed 670G, a medical device that monitors a diabetic’s sugar levels, and then automatically injects the required dose of insulin.
All the Incredible Things We Learned From Our First Trip to a Comet by George Dvorsky
The historic Rosetta mission has finally come to an end. Over the past two years, the probe’s many instruments have scanned virtually every nook and cranny of this weirdly shaped rock, unleashing a treasure trove of new information about comets in general, and 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in particular.
Generation Cryo: Fighting Death in the Frozen Unknown by George Dvorsky
In a vat of liquid nitrogen on storage platform 17, the youngest person ever to be put into cryogenic storage has been waiting for the future for one year and eight months. Matheryn “Einz” Naovaratpong was two when she was diagnosed with a rare form of terminal brain cancer. “She showed fighting spirit since she was born,” her father Sahatorn Naovaratpong tells me. “Her cry was the loudest in the nursery.”
How the Rosetta Spacecraft Will Crash Onto Comet 67P by George Dvorsky
In just seven days, the Rosetta spacecraft will smash into Comet 67P. A new visualization shows how it’ll go down.
Our Last Line of Defense Against Gonorrhea Is Failing by George Dvorsky
Health officials in the US have identified a cluster of gonorrhea infections that exhibited unusual resistance against the last two main antibiotics known to work against the dreaded sexually transmitted disease.
Monsanto Just Got Access to the World’s Most Powerful Gene-Editing Tool by George Dvorsky
Agriculture company Monsanto has acquired a non-exclusive global licensing agreement from MIT’s Broad Institute and Harvard to use the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing system. The firm will use it to design and grow new seeds and plants, but there are key restrictions on its use to prevent Monsanto from abusing this revolutionary new technology.
India Awakens Conference Fundraiser and Ticket Sale by Giulio Prisco
The India Awakens Conference fundraiser and ticket sale is live! Please contribute to our fundraiser to cover the Conference’s costs, and choose one of the recommended donation levels to attend the Conference (in person or online) or receive the video proceedings on DVD.
Skeletal Analysis Suggests Lucy Died After Falling From a Tree by George Dvorsky
The world’s most famous human ancestor, an extinct hominid named Lucy, died after falling from a tall tree, according to scientists. It’s a revelation that points to tree-dwelling behavior in recent evolutionary history, but some scientists aren’t convinced.
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