Inside The Forensic Lab That Fights Crime And Counterfeits With DNA

What you’re looking at is me, being blasted by a fog machine. It’s not a prop for a rave or a haunted house; it’s vapor laced with custom DNA particles that could prove I was at the scene of a crime. And it’s just one way a cutting-edge security firm is using life’s building blocks to detect counterfeits and bust criminals.


The Many Ways We're Using Mutant Mosquitos To Eradicate Disease

Mosquitos suck. It’s not just because of those itchy red bites we all get in the summer, either. Mosquitos suck because they’re the deadliest animals on the planet, and none of our classic strategies from combatting the threat seem to be working. That’s why we’re turning the mosquitos against themselves.


Scientists Are Using Anthrax To Cure Cancer

“You need some anthrax” is probably not the diagnosis you’d like to hear from your family doctor; but if one MIT team has their way, that’s exactly what’s going to happen.


The Shrinking Of The Arctic Ice In One Simple Graphic

Briefly: NASA’s Greg Shirah made this great grid graphic using images of the north pole sea ice extent from the National Snow and Ice Data Center. From left to right you go from 1979 to 2014. From top to bottom you can see the months. You can see how the spots are smaller every year. Zoom in and scroll.


No, Your Hair And Fingernails Don't Keep Growing After You Die

Ever heard the morbid little Fun Fact™ that your hair and nails keep growing after you die? Well, it’s not true. It may appear that a dead person’s fingernails are still growing, but that’s only because the body is drying up. The skin’s retraction around the nail just makes it look like they’re growing.


New Robotic Fabric Could Make Auto-Adjusting Jackets A Reality

Remember the futuristic automatic-drying jacket in Back to the Future 2? Purdue researchers are developing a robotic fabric that could become a big material for wearable technology and soft robot creators, which means you may be able to rock smart outerwear like Marty McFly someday.


Invisibility Cloaks Closer To Reality Thanks To 'Digital Metamaterials'

The concept of “digital metamaterials” – a simple way of designing metamaterials with bizarre optical properties that could hasten the development of devices such as invisibility cloaks and superlenses – is reported in a paper published in Nature Materials.


A Bunch Of US High-Schoolers Broke The Paper Airplane World Record

A ‘science’ project for high school kids normally involves making a poster of the periodic table, or perhaps torching things with a small gas burner if your science teacher is a bit Walter White. If you’re also a cadet with the Civil Aviation Patrol, on the other hand, you can make a computer-controlled, record-breaking paper airplane.


10 Strange Projects In Development At NASA

NASA is pursuing future cosmic exploration with some rather unexpected whimsy. Occasionally fantastical but always backed by concrete science, here are 10 of the most awesomely strange projects NASA’s scientists are cooking up.


These Tiny Diamond Nanothreads Could Someday Support A Space Elevator

A team of scientists just strung heaps of the world’s smallest diamonds into superstrong nanothreads. That makes for one impressive (and basically invisible) necklace, but the applications of these nanothreads don’t end there. They could someday help string up a lift to space — just like in science fiction.


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