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Biomimetic materials: New ways to copy nature

In science, we have a predicament of looking for solutions to problems in the most unforeseen ways, thinking that maybe the most complex solution is always the best. Nothing could be further from the truth. Nature, after millions of years of evolution, has always given rise...

source: By Adolfo Benedito
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Talking to a machine over the phone or through a chat window can be an infuriating experience. However, several research groups, including some at large technology companies like Facebook and Google, are making steady progress toward improving computers' language skills...

source: MIT Technology Review

Scientists have discovered how to prise volcanic secrets from magma crystals. These secrets include details of volcanic history, which explain global geography. Their discovery will help to better predict future eruptions of active volcanoes.

source: Trinity College Dublin via ScienceDaily

American Mensa's membership includes a wide spectrum of people with vibrant, eclectic interests — and, of course, they are all highly intelligent. If you are interested in getting in front of our members, we can help. Contact Julie Garcia at

source: American Mensa

As inquisitive beings, we are constantly questioning and quantifying the speed of various things. With a fair degree of accuracy, scientists have quantified the speed of light, the speed of sound, the speed at which the earth revolves...

source: The Conversation

A newborn infant can see its parents' expressions at a distance of 30 cm. For the first time, researchers have managed to reconstruct infants visual perception of the world.

source: University of Oslo via ScienceDaily

A new technology for "editing" defective genes has raised hopes for a future generation of medicines treating intractable diseases like cancer, cystic fibrosis and sickle-cell anemia. Such drugs could home in on a specific gene causing a disease, then snip it out and, if...

source: The Wall Street Journal


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