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.
Until recently, monarchs have mostly been at Mother Nature's mercy—contending with disease, weather fluctuations, and heavy predation in the wild.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
To halt climate change and prevent dangerous warming, we ultimately have to stop pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
The seventh row of the periodic table is complete, resplendent with four new names for the elements 113, 115, 117 and 118.
Have you ever wondered how freshly baked bread gets its golden brown crust and why it smells so good?
A months-long Indian jumping ant Battle Royale is almost as brutal as the process to elect members of Congress.
Five years ago, NASA officially ceased recovery efforts for the Spirit rover. They didn’t give up without a fight.
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.
A nuclear-armed Pakistani aircraft crashes just over the Indian border and the situation is about to spiral out of control.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.