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