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Researchers are exploring a new approach to fighting HIV infection by genetically modifying a person’s own immune cells to be resistant to the virus.
As more devices come online, is enough attention being given to security and privacy?
Biologists crack the case of sea turtles’ “lost years” with a little help from a nail salon technician.
In "The Future of the Mind," physicist Michio Kaku predicts big advances for our brains.
Particle Fever takes filmgoers behind the scenes of physics’ big breakthrough: the discovery of the Higgs Boson.
In It’s Complicated, Internet scholar danah boyd debunks myths about teens’ online lives.
Researcher and musician Charles Limb created an fMRI-safe keyboard to study the effects of jazz on the brain.
Adam Summers of the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Labs details how the northern clingfish takes the art of suction to new heights.
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz talks about progress on President Obama’s “all-of-the-above” energy strategy.
A pulsar 37,000 light-years from Earth collided with a billion-ton asteroid.
The ancestors of Native Americans may have lived for millennia on the Bering land bridge before fanning out across the Americas.
Bitcoin is a digital currency that was created by an anonymous developer in 2009.
Researchers create superhuman strength from sewing thread and fishing line.
Will the 'Internet of Things' be open to developers—or hindered by proprietary smart boxes?
Ellis Hamburger, a reporter at The Verge, talks about why social media giants are betting on news.
Despite what Hollywood might show you, there’s no big tank of liquid rock under a volcano. Stored magma spends most of its time as a crystalline mush.
Acoustic engineer Trevor Cox recorded the world’s longest reverberation.
Physiologist and aerospace engineer Troy Flanagan shares the science behind Olympic training.
Will the next big Olympics competition be a race for more technology?
Researchers in a recent study report creating stem cells in 30 minutes through an acid bath.
Data geeks say our “digital breadcrumbs” can reveal where to eat, who to date, or which bus to take.
How do our expectations, environment, and social cues trick us into believing our wine tastes better or worse?
Could mysterious dark streaks on Martian slopes be evidence of liquid water flows?
Andy Weir’s novel of Mars survival mixes science fact and fiction.
Wind tunnels help Olympic ski jumpers balance between lift and drag.
Understanding fluid dynamics helps Olympians shave minutes off race times.
The Jakobshavn glacier reached speeds of more than 150 feet per day during the summer of 2012.
A new documentary, Tim’s Vermeer, shows that the Dutch master painter was a tinkerer, too.
The glowing bioluminescent bay near Fajardo, Puerto Rico went dark for more than a week in November.
On average, adults’ earliest memories go back to the age of three.
NYU's Katherine Isbister imagines a future where technology connects us to other people, not avatars.
Marc Norman obsessively monitors the ice at the Utah Olympic Oval to create the perfect skating surface.
Friction researcher and avid curler Robert Carpick discusses the tricky physics of ice.
Move over polar bears—could penguins be the new poster children for climate change?
Physicist Lawrence Krauss and Nobel Laureates Frank Wilczek and Brian Schmidt discuss current cosmic challenges.
What makes science work on-screen? This year’s Sundance judges weigh in.
Alda's 'Flame Challenge' asks scientists to explain color—with children as the judges.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that programming jobs will grow by 12 percent from 2010 to 2020.
In Critical Mass, a crime writer draws inspiration from an overlooked physics pioneer.
What happens when two spiral galaxies collide?
On January 24, 1984, Steve Jobs unveiled the Macintosh computer to the world.
Inventor James Dyson built 5,127 prototypes before completing his first bagless vacuum.
In The Mathematical Universe, physicist Max Tegmark argues that the universe is completely mathematical.
An estimated one out of seven Americans suffers from anxiety.
Tiktaalik roseae was a fish that had scales, gills, and limb-like front fins.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American women. Yet women make up only a third of subjects in cardiovascular clinical trials.
Asian long-horned beetle, emerald ash borer: Will they survive the colder weather?
Century-old Antarctic photos offer a peek into Shackleton’s ill-fated Ross Sea Party Expedition.
Patients’ expectations can play a role in the effectiveness of medications and placebos.
Chris Ziegler of The Verge discusses technology trends from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.
Fermentation guru Sandor Katz solves your pickling problems.
Chemist Gavin Sacks says talk of terroir may often be simply a clever marketing ploy.
Popular wine jargon such as "breathing," "corked," and "wine tears" gets translated into chemistry you can understand.
Ellis Hamburger, a reporter for The Verge, talks about a few of his favorite mail-managing apps.
Currently, there are 2,142 U.S. and foreign species protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Researchers used photographs to recover reflected images 30,000 times smaller than the actual subject.
Author Jeffrey Lockwood dissects our complicated relationship with insects.
Plants can hear, taste and feel, as Michael Pollan writes in his latest piece for The New Yorker. But is any of that evidence of intelligence?
In this 1996 interview, Carl Sagan talks about pseudoscience, UFOs, and the origins of the universe.
In this 2006 interview, Temple Grandin explains how her autism helps her understand animal behavior.
In this 1997 conversation, neurologist Oliver Sacks describes the island of the colorblind, then chats with a researcher searching for giant squid.
Google has purchased eight robotics companies in the last half-year.
An update from the annual birding holiday tradition: the Audubon Christmas Bird Count.
A researcher from Cornell details the chemical composition of wine’s diverse flavor profiles.
Ira Flatow and a panel of editors and bloggers discuss the year’s biggest science stories.
Researchers were able to restore the function of incorrectly folded proteins in mice.
Doctor Jordan Metzl says specific cardio and strength training regimens can treat a variety of ills.
Madeleine George’s new play explores our dependency on technology—and each other.
Journalist Deborah Blum and Maria Popova of Brainpickings.org share their top science books of 2013.
How do synths work? Reggie Watts shows off a synthesizer you can build yourself.
BBC science editor David Shukman talks about the motivations behind China's moonshot.
The secret behind The Simpsons math jokes? A writers’ room full of ex-mathematicians.
Seventy thousand miles of track will need to be outfitted with "positive train control" technology by 2015.
Unraveling the speech patterns behind tongue twisters and Valley girls. . .and boys.
Steven Brill discusses "Bitter Pill," his investigation of skyrocketing healthcare costs.
The IgNobel Prizes salute unusual research, such as an investigation of dung beetle navigation.
Author Jo Robinson digs up tips on how to get the most nutrition out of our fruits and vegetables.
Choreographer and gravity-junkie Elizabeth Streb pushes the boundaries of physics—with dance.
Fifty years later, forensic scientists apply modern tech to the JFK assassination.
Jeff Potter, author of Cooking for Geeks, dishes up a few cooking hacks for Turkey Day.
Researchers test ridged surfaces in order to control the movements of hot water.
As Comet ISON skirts the sun, it could be destroyed—or emerge, even more spectacular than before.
Researchers linked daily nut consumption to a lower risk of dying from major chronic diseases.
Stores can tap into your smartphone’s Wifi signal to track your in-store movements.
Under NASA’s proposed 2013 budget, planetary science would receive $1.217 billion.
Is there a link between climate change and stronger hurricanes?
New York Times columnist Nick Bilton's new book reveals the social network's dark side.
Why most mammals—even elephants—take only 20-30 seconds to urinate.
New data suggest one in every five stars like the sun may have an Earth-like planet circling it.
Falling Upwards chronicles the balloonists who took science into the stratosphere.
In this episode of App Chat, Ellis Hamburger debates the pros and cons of Square Cash.
Bioethicists--and the FBI--are rethinking biosecurity for the synthetic biology revolution.
Scientists say antifungal bacteria could help fight the fungus causing white-nose syndrome.
Dietary supplements don’t fall under the conventional food or drug FDA regulations.
The Mangalyaan orbiter would make India the fourth space program to reach the Red Planet.
Can woolly bear caterpillars predict winter weather?
The Bigshot Do-It-Yourself Digital Camera kit gives tinkerers a view of a camera's anatomy.
Einstein is best known for relativity, but was his quantum theory more revolutionary?
Retired astronaut Chris Hadfield explores life floating through space and back on Earth.
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