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June 1st, 2015 at 8:01 pm

A growing list of retracted scientific studies


The latest prominent withdrawal of research results from scientific literature is the retraction by Science of a study of changing attitudes about gay marriage.  And it is very likely it will not be the last.  A study by Nature in 2011, found an increase of 10-fold in retraction notices during the preceding decade.   Continue Reading »

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June 1st, 2015 at 7:45 pm

Tiny milimeter-size ‘millirobots’ could replace invasive surgery

Cross-section: three-component Gauss gun before (top) and after (bottom) firing.

Researchers from the University of Houston have developed a concept for MRI-powered millimeter-size “millirobots” that could one day perform unprecedented minimally invasive medical treatments.   Continue Reading »

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May 28th, 2015 at 12:31 pm

New class of magnets that swell in volume in magnetic field


Researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) and Temple University, have discovered a new class of magnets that swell in volume when placed in a magnetic field and generate negligible amounts of wasteful heat during energy harvesting.   Continue Reading »


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May 25th, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Chart shows the surprising links between faith and evolution and climate denial


For a long time, the discussion about the relationship between religious beliefs and the rejection of science, has been pretty confused, especially its two most prominent U.S. incarnations, evolution denial and climate change denial.   Continue Reading »

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May 7th, 2015 at 1:26 pm

Digital tattoo for controlling devices with your mind


For around $120, anyone can can buy a headset that reads the electrical activity of their brain. It’s called an electroencephalogram, or EEG, a devise that reads the electrical activity of their brain, and you can use it to control devices with the power of your mind.  But there are some drawbacks:  they don’t work when the wearer is moving and they look silly, so no one wants to wear them.   Continue Reading »

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February 5th, 2015 at 1:35 pm

Scientists grow human hair in lab using stem cells


A new method for initiating human hair growth has been developed by Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) researchers, using human pluripotent stem cells to create new cells.

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February 3rd, 2015 at 7:25 pm

All over the world girls outperform boys in math and science


With Silicon Valley struggling to add diversity into the male-dominated tech companies, a new study suggests that women have a natural head start.

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January 24th, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Polymer gel that stores light energy



A team led by Nicolas Giuseppone, professor at the Université de Strasbourg, at CNRS’s Institut Charles Sadron, has developed a polymer gel that is able to contract through the action of artificial molecular motors. Continue Reading »

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January 6th, 2015 at 1:20 pm

How Scientists Can Turn off Pain Receptors


In research published in the medical journal Brain, Saint Louis University researcher Daniela Salvemini, Ph.D. and colleagues within SLU, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other academic institutions have discovered a way to block a pain pathway in animal models of chronic neuropathic pain including pain caused by chemotherapeutic agents and bone cancer pain suggesting a promising new approach to pain relief.

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December 27th, 2014 at 9:56 am

Top 10 Articles on

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The articles posted on the Impact Lab represent an unusual mix, all of which are oriented around future trends, future thinking, or recent innovations that may more may not alter the course of history.

With that in mind, here are the posts that caught most people’s attention over 2014.

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