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In the last week, new research upended the theory of how static electricity works — and a small tsunami in England caused people’s hair to stand on end with the mysterious stuff.
June 30, 2011, 8:36 PM PDT | By Laura Shin
Scientists mix up the perfect brain cells in the lab and see spurts of activity, which could one day be used to treat stroke patients.
June 30, 2011, 4:00 AM PDT | By Boonsri Dickinson
A Museum of Mathematics set to open in Manhattan next year will illustrate the beauty of math through interactive exhibits such as square-wheeled tricycles.
June 29, 2011, 9:48 PM PDT | By Laura Shin
The Seabreacher is a jumping, diving, speeding water sub/Jet Ski, making it more similar to a dolphin than any other man-made machine.
June 29, 2011, 7:52 PM PDT | By Laura Shin
Printed electronics will be in everything from photovoltaics to transistors to displays to batteries to antennas to sensors. Scientists have a pen that can write circuits directly onto a surface.
June 29, 2011, 3:18 AM PDT | By Boonsri Dickinson
Compared to traditional bicycle saddles, no-nose versions reduce numbness, tingling and other symptoms in bike riders. So why aren’t they more popular?
June 28, 2011, 8:24 PM PDT | By Laura Shin
Scientists have demonstrated a “cloak” that makes objects invisible to sound waves, which could someday be used to conceal ships from sonar.
June 27, 2011, 8:38 PM PDT | By Laura Shin
Interview with MIT researcher Arup Chakraborty. He tells SmartPlanet how he’s using concepts from physics, math and engineering to understand how HIV mutates.
June 27, 2011, 11:49 AM PDT | By Boonsri Dickinson
Powering your cable set-top box and DVR may be the biggest part of your electricity bill.
June 26, 2011, 10:20 PM PDT | By Laura Shin
Browse the human genome on an iPad, all 3 billion base pairs.
June 25, 2011, 4:00 AM PDT | By Boonsri Dickinson