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Invisible Cloaks Aren't Just for Harry Potter Anymore
Nader Engheta and his team have made a breakthrough in organizing and tricking light by relying on binary computer code.
A Wireless Device Built to See Through Walls?!
Dina Katabi, a researcher at MIT, recently unveiled a device that uses low-energy wireless signals to detect objects and people, through walls.
Want Safer Nuclear Power? Fusion May Pave the Way
Dr. Omar Hurricane at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has made a breakthrough that could lead to safer form of nuclear energy, derived from fusion, not fission.
How a Laughing Fish Could Lead to Medical Breakthroughs
Michael Bell, the head of the New Devices Group at Intel, is trying to shake things up at the semiconductor behemoth. Surprisingly, he's doing that by encouraging the researchers to address public needs, even if they're silly.
Behold Quantum Dots! Tiny Particles May Change Medicine
Quantum dots are small particles that can function in hard-to reach environments. Until recently, they were too toxic to use in the human body, but a researcher in Israel might have found a solution.
Lasers and Stem Cells: How One Doc Is Regrowing Teeth
Working with a team of researchers at the Harvard Wyss Institute, Doctor Praveen Arany has found a way to coax stem cells into the production of dentin, a material that forms the backbone of teeth.
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Bot Breakthrough: Computers Teach Themselves Pac-Man
Matthew Taylor, a researcher at Washington State University, has made a breakthrough in artificial intelligence that could lead to smarter robots.
Smart Slime: Bacteria Learns to Heal Wounds
Nerdwatch: By adding gold particles to bacteria and training it to grow in a specific fashion, researchers are improving the reach of bio-materials.
Going Up! Engineers Inch Closer to 'Space Elevator'
Nerdwatch: Professor Matteo Pasquali recently unspooled one of the longest carbon nanotube fibers from his lab in Rice University. One of the many possible uses for the super-strong, conductive fiber could be to build an elevator to space that would replace rocket technology.
Inside Your Head: Scientists Map Brain With Video Games
Nerdwatch: Researchers at MIT's Seung Lab are using a video game to help them identify the shapes of retinal neurons.
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Was Evolution Inevitable? Physics of Life on Earth
Professor Jeremy England believes that the laws of physics could explain how evolution began, and why life on earth was all but inevitable.
Not Quite Clones: Organs Grow on Microchips
Nerdwatch: Dr. Kit Parker is working on a way to grow human organ tissue on computer chips, which could one day help test new drugs.
Jupiter's Frozen Moon Could Hide Cosmic Neighbors
Nerdwatch: NASA researcher, Robert Pappalardo, believes that our closest cosmic neighbors could be hiding under the frozen surface of Europa, one of Jupiter's many moons. He's working on a plan to send a satellite to the distant moon, but it could be years before we get a better picture.
Nerdwatch: Can 3-D Printers Cure Blindness?
Nerdwatch: Researchers in the United Kingdom are printing retinal cells that could, one day, help people recover from a loss of eyesight.
Bathroom Science: Robot Turns Human Waste Into Fuel
NerdWatch: Dr. Peter Walters created a robot that ingests human waste and converts it to energy.
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