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Scientists have developed a way to make wood as strong as steel

February 9th, 2018 at 10:54 am » Comments Off

Scientists have developed a new type of “super wood” that is more than 10 times stronger and tougher than normal wood – and this innovation could potentially become a natural and inexpensive substitute for steel and other materials.

‘A fantastic find’: Mars hides thick sheets of ice just below the surface

January 22nd, 2018 at 11:42 am » Comments Off

The slope rises as high as London’s Big Ben tower. Beneath its ruddy layer of dirt is a sheet of ice 300 feet thick that gives the landscape a blue-black hue. If such a scene sounds otherworldly, it is. To visit it, you’ll have to travel to Mars.

Fat fighting drug could let you lose weight without dieting

January 8th, 2018 at 2:35 pm » Comments Off

The drug reportedly increases the metabolism of white fat cells.

Strange atomic ripples in graphene could unlock clean, limitless energy

December 12th, 2017 at 10:40 am » Comments Off

By all measures, graphene shouldn’t exist. The fact it does comes down to a neat loophole in physics that sees an impossible 2D sheet of atoms act like a solid 3D material.

Scientists built an external womb to help premature infants survive

June 23rd, 2017 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

For expecting parents, 24 weeks is an important milestone. It’s a little more than halfway through pregnancy, and it’s at this age that the fetus has at least a fighting chance of surviving outside its mother’s body. The odds of survival aren’t great—only about half of babies birthed at this age survive—but it’s possible.

The factories of the future could float in space

June 23rd, 2017 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

This past summer, a plane went into a stomach-churning ascent and plunge 30,000 feet over the Gulf of Mexico. The goal was not thrill-seeking, but something more genuinely daring: for about 25 seconds at a time, the parabolic flight lifted the occupants into a state of simulated weightlessness, allowing a high-tech printer to spit out cardiac stem cells […]

The changing demographics of entrepreneurship

June 10th, 2017 at 7:47 am » Comments Off

Who are today’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs? That answer is very different than it was 20 years ago. Most new entrepreneurs are still white and male, but the U.S. entrepreneurial population is becoming much more diverse in terms of age, race and region. Cities in the southern half of the U.S., such as Los Angeles, Miami and Austin, […]

Photographing people in 3D through walls using Wi-Fi

June 2nd, 2017 at 3:28 pm » Comments Off

Wi-Fi can pass through walls. This fact is easy to take for granted, yet it’s the reason we can surf the web using a wireless router located in another room. But not all of that microwave radiation makes it to (or from) our phones, tablets, and laptops. Routers scatter and bounce their signal off objects, illuminating […]

Scientists use Martian dust to 3D print tools

May 8th, 2017 at 10:10 am » Comments Off

Food and transportation aren’t the only aspects of a mission to Mars scientists must consider. Limited cargo space means to obtain tools or similar items, astronauts may need to make use of resources available on the red planet – like dirt. Four Northwestern University researchers were recently able to utilize a Martian dust simulant to […]

A New Type of Li-Fi Has Reportedly Cracked 40 Gbps, 100 Times Faster Than the Best Wi-Fi

April 6th, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

If you’re frustrated with slow wi-fi, you might be one of the many people eagerly awaiting the commercialisation of li-fi (or light-based wi-fi), which promises to be up to 100 times faster than the connections we use today. Most li-fi systems rely on transmitting data via LED bulbs, which means there are some limitations to how easily the technology […]

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