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A Sneak Peek at the First Cyborg Olympics

While working as a professor in the sensory-motor systems lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), Robert Riener noticed a need for assistive devices that would better meet the challenge of helping people with daily life.

Are We Loving Monarchs to Death?

Until recently, monarchs have mostly been at Mother Nature's mercy—contending with disease, weather fluctuations, and heavy predation in the wild.

Salts on Mars Are a Mixed Blessing

It’s a major component of solid rocket propellants. It allows water to exist as liquid on Mars, despite atmospheric pressure at the Martian surface being roughly 0.6 percent that on Earth.

Where Are All the Prehistoric Women and Children?

This post originally appeared in the online anthropology magazine SAPIENS. Follow @SAPIENS_org on Twitter to discover more of their work.

Gene Therapy in 'Orphan Black' Is Pretty Spot On

Gene therapy is all the rage among researchers in several fields of medicine, and the BBC America sci-fi TV hit Orphan Black has made sure to get its own piece of the action.

These Experiments Are Building the Case to Terraform Mars

Whether it's extreme climate change, an impending asteroid impact, scientific curiosity or even space tourism, there are compelling reasons to think about calling Mars our second home.

What Do the Stars Look Like from Mars?

The Mars-like deserts of the American Southwest are some of Earth’s most iconic stargazing grounds. Far from pestering city lights and free from regular cloud cover, they provide a starry-skied sanctuary for lovers of the night.

Destiny Isn’t Completely Written in Your Genes

The turn of the 21st century was an exciting time in the history of genetics. The first sequencing of the human genome was completed in 2003 and it provided numerous insights to the scientific community and society in general.

How I Helped Turn Carbon Dioxide into Stone

To halt climate change and prevent dangerous warming, we ultimately have to stop pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Table Talk: How the Elements Got Their Names

The seventh row of the periodic table is complete, resplendent with four new names for the elements 113, 115, 117 and 118.

The Chemical Reactions That Make Food Taste Awesome

Have you ever wondered how freshly baked bread gets its golden brown crust and why it smells so good?

Inside an Ant Royal Rumble

A months-long Indian jumping ant Battle Royale is almost as brutal as the process to elect members of Congress.

In Memory of the Spirit Rover

Five years ago, NASA officially ceased recovery efforts for the Spirit rover. They didn’t give up without a fight.

Mental Health Alerts via Facebook?

Every day, 730,000 comments and 420 billion statuses are posted on Facebook, 500 billion 140-character tweets are posted and 430,000 hours of new video is uploaded to YouTube.

The Doomsday Clock in Fiction and Reality

A nuclear-armed Pakistani aircraft crashes just over the Indian border and the situation is about to spiral out of control.

The First Moon Base Will Be Printed

Planetary Resources, a company hoping to make asteroid mining into a trillion dollar industry, earlier this year unveiled the world’s first 3D printed object made from bits of an asteroid.

If There's Life on Mars, How Should We Treat It?

NASA’s chief scientist recently announced that “…we’re going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we’re going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years.” Such a discovery would clearly rank as one of the most important in human history and immediately open up a series of complex social and moral questions.

Extreme Fossil Hunters Dig the Dirt in Antarctica

A recent expedition to Antarctica has returned with a cache of fossils and data gathered over the course of almost two months of work on the frozen continent.

Lessons from 'Living Cadavers'

The dead, the headlines read, might soon be brought back to life. As pop-science headlines tend to, they blew the actual research proposal out of proportion, but the premise is real: The ReAnima Project recently received “ethical permission” from the government of India to take 20 patients who’ve been declared clinically brain dead, and try to restore a limited range of brain functions using cutting-edge neuroscience techniques.

The Myth of the Virgin Rainforest

(This post originally appeared in the online anthropology magazine SAPIENS. Follow @SAPIENS_org on Twitter to discover more of their work.)  The little village of Pa Lungan sits in a grassy clearing, high in the hills of Malaysian Borneo, in a region called the Kelabit Highlands.


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