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Science Images Of The Week: Origami Zipper-Tube Tower, A Gold Sponge And More

Scientists folded papers into complex origami towers and grew blobs of lung tissue in dishes with beautiful results that they shared with the world this week. Plus, a nanopourous gold sponge and brightly-colored avian survivor.

September 10, 2015

Where Homo Naledi Fits Into The Human Family Tree And Why It’s Important

The scientific community is abuzz with the news of the discovery of not one, but fifteen skeletons of an ancient human species that has never been described before. Here’s what scientists know -- and just as importantly, don’t know -- so far about where the species fits into our extended human family.

September 10, 2015

The First Ever Space Whiskey Experiment Reveals 'Groundbreaking' Flavors

Three years ago, whiskey went to space for the first time. Now, experts at the distillery that sent the samples have described the 'groundbreaking' flavor profile of the space whiskey.

September 9, 2015

Engineers Use An Origami Technique To Design Strong And Versatile New Structures

An origami technique called Miura-ori folding inspired researchers to create a design that allows paper and other materials to support much more weight than they would have been able to otherwise. They call the design 'zippered tubes.'

September 8, 2015

Why Your Tan Disappears By Winter

Tans are sun protection for your skin, yet they don’t stick around all year. Why does skin change back?

September 8, 2015

What Happens When A Virus Is So Big That Other Viruses Infect It

A little over a decade ago, scientists discovered giant viruses so large that they were mistaken for bacteria in the past. They can even get infected by other viruses.

September 4, 2015

This Week In Space: A Virtual Ride Aboard New Horizons And A Successful Trip To The ISS

Reflections on New Horizons' journey to Pluto, plans to build a real-life tractor beam, and more this week in space. Plus, the discovery of a quasar powered by not one, but two black holes.

Space September 4, 2015

Chimp Demonstrates A New Tool-Using Behavior By Destroying A Drone With A Stick

Chimps: 1. Nature documentarians: 0. Scientists: This is very interesting.

September 3, 2015

Science Images Of The Week: Double Black Hole, DNA Nanobots And More

Cutting-edge tiny technology and giant ancient sea monsters were among this week's most amazing science images. Plus, a male giving birth and a quasar powered by a pair of black holes.

Feature September 3, 2015

Slow-Melting Ice Cream, Brought To You By Science

Messy ice cream cones may soon be a problem of the past, thanks to a special type of protein. Scientists are working on turning this protein into a protective coating for ice cream that prevents drips.

September 3, 2015

A Robotic Exoskeleton Allowed This Paralyzed Man To Walk Again

Blind and paralyzed from the waist down, Mark Pollock is fighting to regain some of the physical abilities most people take for granted. By non-invasively stimulating his spine and training his legs using a robotic exoskeleton, Pollock has managed to win back some movement in his legs — and in doing so, became the first paralyzed person to regain this level of control.

FUTURE TECH September 2, 2015

Amazing NASA Animation Shows New Horizons’ View Of The Pluto System

It took 10 years for New Horizons to reach Pluto. Now, you can relive the climax of this epic journey in under 30 seconds.

Space September 2, 2015

A Simple Treatment Allows Coffee Grounds To Capture Climate Change-Causing Methane

Scientists found that bathing coffee grounds in a simple solution commonly found in home oven cleaners and then heating them converts them into methane sponges. As a result, this human fuel byproduct could help provide a more sustainable form of fuel for our vehicles.

September 2, 2015

Chasing Life On The Red Planet: An Interview With Mars One Candidate Laurel Kaye

Mars One is a private space compay that aims to send six teams of four people to Mars – permanently – beginning in 2027. Tech Times spoke with Laurel Kaye, one of the final 100 candidates for the mission, about her experience thus far, her hopes for life on Mars and her concerns about the idea of leaving the only home she's ever known forever.

Space September 2, 2015

Beating Heart-In-A-Box Technology Is Salvaging Organs For Transplant

Disembodied beating hearts are the stuff of horror stories, but a new medical device is turning this creepy concept into a lifesaving strategy. This heart-in-a-box technology has already saved more than a dozen lives.

September 1, 2015

Podmasters: Buddhist Geeks' Vincent Horn On Meditation In The Modern World

Integrating meditation and technology is a tricky task, but the Buddhist Geeks podcast attempts to do just that. Tech Times spoke with Vincent Horn, founder of the podcast and self-described mind hacker and Buddhist geek.

Internet Culture September 1, 2015

Oliver Sacks’ 'Awakenings' That Didn’t Make It Into The Movie

Neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks is best known for his book ‘Awakenings,’ which was made into a movie starring Robin Williams in 1990. The book and film focus on lifting patients out of a disease-induced stupor, but Sacks spent his entire career awakening the public as much as his patients.

August 31, 2015

How The Moon Affects Tides

Can you explain why the tide goes in and out? Gravity is key.

August 31, 2015

A Double Black Hole Powers Our Galaxy’s Closest Quasar

Quasars are the brightest objects in the universe, and they are fueled by the darkness of black holes. Scientists recently found the first example of a quasar powered by a pair of black holes instead of a single supermassive black hole.

Space August 28, 2015

Chemical Traces In Fossilized Dinosaur Feathers Shed Light On Their True Color

By analyzing trace chemicals left in fossilized dinosaur feathers, researchers have finally settled the debate about whether color-conferring structures called pigments are preserved. Chemical signatures confirm that the structures that gave dinosaur feathers their color are in fact present in some fossils.

August 28, 2015

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