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A neural network of 16,000 computers was let loose on YouTube images for three days. What did it learn by the end? How to recognize cats.
June 27, 2012, 5:29 AM PDT | By Laura Shin
The non-invasive procedure improves upon existing pre-birth paternity tests that carry a small risk of inducing a miscarriage.
June 25, 2012, 7:21 PM PDT | By Laura Shin
A Swedish chemistry professor enlisted his son to help him solve a problem he’d puzzled over for eight years — after noticing how good the boy was at Sudoku.
June 15, 2012, 2:28 AM PDT | By Laura Shin
For Ebola, which has a 90% kill rate, treatment must be given within an hour of infection. A new antibody cocktail could boost the window to 24 hours.
June 15, 2012, 1:05 AM PDT | By Laura Shin
Considering that our microbes outnumber our human cells ten to one, it was about time for the first major study of our microbiomes. The results were beyond what researchers had imagined.
June 14, 2012, 3:11 AM PDT | By Laura Shin
A pioneering reconstructive surgery to treat female genital mutilation has shown success in easing pain and restoring sexual pleasure.
June 13, 2012, 2:38 AM PDT | By Laura Shin
The International Dark-Sky Association is combating light pollution to keep stargazing from going the way of the dodo bird.
June 12, 2012, 3:28 AM PDT | By Laura Shin
How technology used to track badgers could help save victims of natural disasters.
June 12, 2012, 3:00 AM PDT | By Rose Eveleth
This is not one of those animal stories with cute photos. But if you’re interested in weird technologies that solve problems you didn’t know about, this is for you.
June 12, 2012, 2:30 AM PDT | By Laura Shin
Find it hard enough to make contact with a tennis ball? Try doing it just based on the sound the ball makes when it hits the ground.
June 11, 2012, 4:14 AM PDT | By Laura Shin