In April, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will launch a sleek, 132-foot warship from Portland, OR, testing its abilities over a succeeding period of 18 months. And the real kicker? The ship is entirely autonomous, fully operational without an onboard crew. Already, autonomous vessels designed for countermine missions exist.
Each year thousands of hikers end up lost in the woods. The search and rescue missions prompted...
X-energy, a startup operating in stealth since 2009, was the recipient of a $40 million grant...
The company is specializing in a blood test that can detect cancer in patients years before it...
Sixty hours after the spacecraft Philae landed on the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014, communication went dark. Today, scientists with the German Aerospace Center announced it’s time to bid the lander goodbye.
Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have developed a new technology to detect disease biomarkers in the form of nucleic acids, the building blocks of all living organisms.
Why do we remember some events, places and things, but not others? Our brains prioritize rewarding memories over others, and reinforce them by replaying them when we are at rest, according to new research.
A study has uncovered the key role played by a single gene in how groups of animals diverge to form new species.
Electrons that act like slow-pouring honey have been observed for the first time in graphene, prompting a new approach to fundamental physics.
Imagine digital cameras or smartphones without the bulky lenses or eyeglasses with lenses that are paper thin.
In the 1970s, paleontologists unearthed the fossil toe bone of a large bird. But only recently have researchers confirmed that the bone belonged to Gastornis, a genus of flightless bird that weighed several hundred pounds.
After more than half a decade of speculation, fabrication, modeling and testing, an international team of researchers led by Drexel University’s Yury Gogotsi, Ph.D. , and Patrice Simon, Ph.D., of Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, France, have confirmed that their process for making carbon films and micro-supercapacitors will allow microchips and their power sources to become one and the same.
Researchers have developed a new, more computationally efficient way to process data from GPS to enhance location accuracy from the meter-level down to a few centimeters. The optimization will be used in the development of autonomous vehicles, improved aviation and naval navigation systems, and precision technologies. It will also enable users to access centimeter-level accuracy location data through their mobile phones...
Rechargeable lithium metal batteries have been known for four decades to offer energy storage capabilities far superior to today’s workhorse lithium-ion technology that powers our smartphones and laptops. But these batteries are not in common use today because, when recharged, they spontaneously grow treelike bumps called dendrites on the surface of the negative electrode.
Have you ever noticed that, when heated, a film of oil in a pan doesn’t remain completely flat? Instead, it forms a wavy pattern that resembles the exterior of an orange. These sorts of deformations inspired a group of researchers at the Technical University of Darmstadt, in Germany, to explore whether they could be used to improve and streamline microfabrication processes.
Preserved in 100-million-year-old amber, the confrontational interaction between extinct ant species indicates that advanced sociality in arthropods was present tens of millions of years earlier than previously thought.
Physicists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a nanolaser, a thousand times thinner than a human hair. Thanks to an ingenious process, the nanowire lasers grow right on a silicon chip, making it possible to produce high-performance photonic components cost-effectively.
Palmer Luckey doesn't just want to sell a bunch of virtual reality headsets. He wants buyers to use them every day.
The National Science Foundation announced that scientists have officially detected ripples in spacetime, 100 years after Albert Einstein predicted the existence of such phenomena.