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You might think that you have control over what you buy, but you’d be mostly wrong. Consumers tend to select whatever’s right in front of them.
July 31, 2012, 6:00 AM PDT | By Rose Eveleth
The breakthrough means that robots could someday feel the slightest breath of air and distinguish between direct pressure, a sideways brush and a twisting touch.
July 31, 2012, 3:00 AM PDT | By Laura Shin
Scientists try to figure out what works better to dissuade potential terrorists: positive or negative feedback.
July 31, 2012, 3:00 AM PDT | By Rose Eveleth
We’ve all learned how to fake a chuckle, but how often are we using that skill? Scientists show that the fake laugh is far more common that you might think.
July 30, 2012, 6:00 AM PDT | By Rose Eveleth
HIV can hide from the immune system for years. In a new study, a cancer drug pushed it out of hiding — a crucial step toward creating a cure for AIDS.
July 30, 2012, 3:03 AM PDT | By Laura Shin
How one scientist took tape and tried to make an X-ray mirror.
July 30, 2012, 3:00 AM PDT | By Rose Eveleth
Most people can’t even write in cursive with their hands, but new technology is training those who have lost motor control to write with their eyes.
July 27, 2012, 6:25 AM PDT | By Rose Eveleth
Someday, blood vessels in bypass surgery may be made from stem cells obtained in liposuction.
July 27, 2012, 3:02 AM PDT | By Laura Shin
Say goodbye to the language barrier. New experimental glasses provide a subtitles in real time during your conversation.
July 26, 2012, 6:00 AM PDT | By Rose Eveleth
Sticky shoes and gum-dotted sidewalks might soon be a thing of the past thanks to non-sticky gum.
July 26, 2012, 3:00 AM PDT | By Rose Eveleth