“Breakthrough: A Re-Sounding Remedy” is the first video in a SciFri series about groundbreaking women in STEM.
There are numerous futuristic, high-tech materials used in medicine these days, from titanium alloys to hydrogels — even 3D-printed human tissue. But medicine's next wonder material might come from much humbler origins — worm spit. Otherwise known as silk.
Research at NYU shows that while babies can learn from experiences near high ledges or narrow bridges, it's not a phobia they acquire. So how do people learn to be afraid of heights?
What's the fastest sport in the world? A little birdie told me: badminton. Professional players can make the birdie, or shuttlecock, travel over 200 mph.
The beer you order doesn't just make a difference in terms of taste. A group of Princeton researchers has found how different beers are more spill-resistant than others thanks to their layers of foam — and even crowned a winner.
Even with the amazing advances in electronics, truly immersive virtual reality devices have remained more science fiction — think The Matrix or Tron — than hot new tech. But that's changing, with a new device that is lighter, faster ... and doesn't give you motion sickness.
It's an oddball relic from the prehistoric past, but the nautilus, a tiny cephalopod, is surprisingly complex. Apart from its iconic shell shape and unique behavior, scientists say it may also teach us about the evolution of the brain.
Sometimes the best solution to a problem is natural. With wildfires, for example, there's a new effort to let four-legged critters do their thing to keep the fires at bay.