Category Archives: STEM News

Now kids can easily program a complex robot to recognize a smile

Technology

Anki’s cute Cozmo bot is finally programmable by the rest of us.

In a sea of coding-for-kids products, an update to Anki’s holiday-shopping darling, Cozmo the robot, may have one of the best chances of success. Read on. Continue reading

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Ransomware Virus Hits Computer Servers across the Globe

Cyber security experts say the malicious software is related to the WannaCry attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers in May

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Solving the Centuries-old Mystery of Rare ‘Bright Nights’

On rare occasions throughout history, the darkness of night fails to materialize. Even with the moon darkened, the sky fills with a diffuse glow that seems to filter out of the very air itself. Such “bright nights” have been recorded back to the days… Continue reading

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Becoming Cyborg

A new film explores the dawning age of technologically augmented humanity

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Scientific studies favor male mice—and that could hurt a lot of humans

Science

Let’s talk about sex (in biomedical research).

A new study quantifies how much sex differences impact the results of biomedical research—and it’s a lot. Read on. Continue reading

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Success of Gravity-Wave Satellite Paves Way for 3-Craft Mission

Technology far exceeded expectations in LISA Pathfinder test

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Lightning-Caused Fires Rise in Arctic as the Region Warms

The trend could worsen significantly in the future if tree cover spreads northward

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fMRI Testing Holds Promise in Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

We can now tell what someone finds sexually interesting without them knowing

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How scientists modeled a deadly tornado with an insanely powerful computer

Technology

Inside the creation of a supersize supercell simulation.

Simulating a supercell thunderstorm and the tornado it produces involves hundreds of terabytes of data. Read on. Continue reading

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Precision Farming Increases Crop Yields

Combining sensors and imaging of every plant with real-time data analytics improves farm outputs and reduces waste

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Nil Communication: How to Send a Message without Sending Anything at All

Physicists have exploited the laws of quantum mechanics to send information without transmitting a signal. But have they, really?

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Human Cell Atlas Opens a New Window to Health and Disease

An international project is set to detail how every cell type in the body functions

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The Tao of Tau

There are plenty of arguments for why the lesser known Greek letter should be as popular as its more famous cousin

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Nuclear Weapons Site Alarms Shut Off, Scientists Inhale Uranium

Most scientists were not told of risks for months after 2014 incident; investigation shows more mishaps at Nevada and New Mexico nuclear sites

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Moths Inspire Better Smartphone Screens

Researchers designed an antireflective coating for smartphone screens, with inspiration from the bumpy eyes of moths. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Scientists in Limbo as US Supreme Court Allows Modified Travel Ban

Justices overturn lower court rulings on policy targeting people from six majority-Muslim countries

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Artificial Leaf Turns Carbon Dioxide Into Liquid Fuel

Artificial-leaf technology converts carbon dioxide to fuels and more

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Bacteria in the sky may help to make it rain

Science

Here’s how they do it.

Certain bacteria can cause water to freeze into ice, in turn making it rain. But just how much do these tiny organisms contribute to our annual rainfall? Continue reading

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Blood Tests Allow for Scalpel-Free Biopsies

Ultrasensitive blood tests known as liquid biopsies promise to improve cancer diagnosis and care

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You’ve Done the Research: Now Share It with the World

Scientific American, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and the Kavli Foundation announce a new course that teaches scientists how to write for the public

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Scientists Search a Gorge for the Secrets of Wind

Researchers hope to find a way to more accurately forecast wind strength

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Martin Shkreli, Who Raised Drug Prices 5,000 Percent, Heads into Fraud Trial

Accusers say he lied to investors

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Last week in tech: Amazon’s massive drone delivery hub may be coming to your city (in the distant future)

Technology

Plus: Free vintage Sega games and the latest from the wild world of cryptocurrency.

All the biggest tech news of the week, including Amazon’s drone hub patent, and the OnePlus 5 smartphone. Continue reading

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Most Opioid Prescriptions Are for People with Depression, Other Mood Disorders

The finding raises questions about how different people respond to pain

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Cash Is Falling Out of Fashion–Will It Disappear Forever?

Cash will likely become less popular, thanks to the high cost of using cash and the growing array of alternatives

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The Beers and the Bees: Pollinators Provide a Different Kind of Brewer’s Yeast

A North Carolina lab taps stinging insects for an ancient microbe to use in “bumblebeer”

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Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2017

Which 10 disruptive solutions are now poised to change the world?

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10 Emerging Technologies to Watch

Innovations that are on the verge of making a difference to society

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How to go ultralight camping

DIY

Hit the trail without any extra baggage.

Going camping doesn’t have to feel like gearing up for a Himalayan expedition. Here’s how to get ready for an overnight hike without breaking the bank—or your back. Read… Continue reading

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If Trump Won’t Uphold the Paris Agreement, Will You?

If your answer is yes, declare your personal commitment by becoming a citizen-signer

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