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Podmasters: Interview With Nate DiMeo Of The Memory Palace Podcast

In each episode of the history podcast The Memory Palace, host Nate DiMeo surrounds listeners with a striking scene from America's past. Tech Times spoke to him about how he finds stories, why he keeps episodes so short and sweet, and more in this exclusive interview.

Feature July 7, 2015

Scientists Build A Computer That Works More Like The Human Brain

'Memcomputers,' a type of computer that functions using a method similar to our brains' working memory, have existed in theory for years. Now, scientists have finally built one that actually works.

July 6, 2015

This Week In Space: Explosions In Our Sky And Our Sun

It was a rough week for space research in light of the failure of SpaceX's latest mission, but there were still wonders to be found in the night sky and our sun. Plus, the arts and sciences collided with the announcement of plans to send fine art to the moon for the first time.

Space July 3, 2015

These Tiny Liquid Metal Motors Could Provide A Simple Source Of Hydrogen Power

In addition to being fun to watch as they zip around a petri dish, these tiny metal motors could one day contribute to the production of hydrogen power for cars and other machines. The motors are 'self-powered' because the hydrogen bubbles coming out of the rear propel them forward.

July 2, 2015

Crumpled Paper Resembles Folds In Brains Due To Universal Scaling Law

The same physical law that controls the way a sheet of paper folds when you crumple it up also dictates the folding of the tissues in your brain. The folding in the brain affects how quickly it can process information.

July 2, 2015

Seahorse’s Strangely Square Tail Could Help Engineers Build Better Robots

Tough yet bendy, the tail of a seahorse has a combination of properties that are very useful robots as well as for sea creatures. New research shows that the key to this desirable design is the square bony plates that give a seahorse’s tail its structure.

July 2, 2015

Simple Sniff Test May Accurately Detect Autism In Children

People tend to take a deep whiff of pleasant smells like baked goods and avoid breathing through the nose around the stench of body odor or public bathrooms. But a new study suggests that children with autism don’t make this automatic sniff adjustment.

Life July 2, 2015

Science Images Of The Week: Psychedelic Skin, Chaotic Terrain On Mars, And More

From the hot vents of the deep sea to the frigid surface of Mars, there were some amazing sights in the world of science this week.

July 2, 2015

Diving Bio-Robots Being Deployed To Give Indian Ocean A Much-Needed Checkup

Little is known about the inner workings of the Indian Ocean. So, scientists at CSIRO are sending in a swarm of specialized diving robots to report on the ocean’s health.

Animals June 30, 2015

Podmasters: 5 Great History Podcasts You Should Be Listening To Now

Al Letson gives a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the podcast that he hosts, called State of the Re:Union.

Feature June 30, 2015

Birds Have Their Own Version Of The Word, Research Shows

Singing is a well-known and beloved bird behavior, but researchers want to know what our feathered friends are actually saying. They found that specific sounds made by the chestnut-crowned babbler have specific meanings, similar to human use of words.

Animals June 30, 2015

Is The Leap Second More Trouble Than It’s Worth?

Every so often, people around the world work to accommodate an extra second on a particular day so that our atomic clock doesn’t speed ahead of the solar clock. But all of the time, expense and headaches that go along with this "leap second" have many questioning whether it’s worth the effort.

Feature June 30, 2015

Ultrasonic Fingerprinting Technology Goes Beyond Skin-Deep To Improve Smartphone Security

The iPhone 6’s fingerprint sensor can be fooled with a printed image of a fingerprint. But a new ultrasonic fingerprint sensor goes beyond skin-deep security.

June 29, 2015

How This Solar Flare May Have Disrupted Your GPS Signals

Intense bursts of radiation on the sun are so powerful that they can actually cause what are known as radio blackouts on Earth. These can affect GPS and other long-distance communication signals.

Space June 28, 2015

Tamper-Resistant Pill Dispenser Uses Fingerprinting To Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse and misuse is an enormous problem in America. A tamper-resistant pill dispenser that dishes out the exact amount of pills prescribed by a doctor when shown the appropriate fingerprint could help cut down on overdoses.

June 26, 2015

Watch Supersmall Self-Assembling Bloodstream Bots Deliver Drugs Directly Where Needed

Pills and shots are old-school methods of drug delivery. They've served us well in the past, but supersmall bloodstream bots are poised to revolutionize the way we administer medicine.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 26, 2015

HoloLens Is Going To Space As Sidekick In A Joint Project By NASA And Microsoft

Microsoft’s new augmented reality technology, HoloLens, is useful for much more than playing video games. The company teamed up with NASA to bring the technology aboard the International Space Station to aid astronauts.

Space June 25, 2015

American Patients Want To Chat With Their Doctors Over Facebook or Email

A national survey of pharmacy customers found that many American patients want more online resources for managing their health. Yet, many still don’t use the resources on physicians’ websites that are available to them.

Life June 25, 2015

Science Images Of The Week: Silver-Haired Ants, A Robotic Roach, And More

This week’s science images include a robot-like ant (the Saharan silver ant, shown above) and a roach-like robot. Plus the echoes of X-rays, volcanoes on Venus, and other incredible images.

June 25, 2015

Freaky 'Smile' Of A Half-Billion-Year-Old Worm Settles Mystery

For decades, scientists literally couldn’t make heads or tails of the worm Hallucigenia. However, the discovery of teeth has finally provided a definitive answer.

Animals June 24, 2015

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