Command a Robot By Tilting Your Head New advances in robotic control systems allows wearers of Google Glass to control a robot, hands-free!

Many marvel at the immense computing power available in modern day wearable devices. However, few appreciate the many sensors that work together in these devices. Wearable electronics contain many sensors that continually collect data. Picture a smartwatch or personal health READ MORE

Would a Self-Driving Car Kill You If it Had the Chance? A series virtual reality experiments approach the uncomfortable subject of whether human ethics should inform the ethics of self-driving cars.

What started out as a study of ethical decision making for self-driving cars turned into a study of human psychology. How do we decide, when a collision is inevitable, who or what to hit? No one wants to be confronted READ MORE

Pollution from Traffic Can Cause DNA Damage in Children Researchers compared the length of telomeres over the course of a year to see if they shortened with exposure to pollution.

Cars are everywhere. They are essential for our day to day lives, but these vehicles are a double-edged-sword. Cars emit exhaust gases, and those gases contain hydrocarbons. These molecules, as their name suggests, contain both carbon and hydrogen atoms. Hydrocarbons READ MORE

Microbial Computers: Is There Anything that Bacteria Can’t Do? Though we won’t be seeing bacteria computers on our desks any time soon, this group of researchers demonstrated that cleverly arranged bacteria operate like a rudimentary computer.

Really, is there anything that microbes can’t do?

How Do Algae Biofuels Compare to Diesel in Real Engines? Scientists put algae biodiesel blends and plain diesel fuel to the test in real engines to compare their efficiency and emissions.

Choosing the right species of algae is one of the most important first steps, they report, as it ultimately impacts the engine’s performance and amount of exhaust emissions.

The Latest Cutting-Edge Water Filtration Technique Was Inspired By Your Kidneys Both scientists and start-ups are excited about using water-filtering proteins called aquaporins to make seawater drinkable.

The latest cutting-edge water filtration technique comes from a biochemistry process that predates even dinosaurs. It involves harnessing aquaporins, a protein in cell membranes which are present in all living things.

CONPHINE: Nanoconfining Polymers for Stretchable Smart Devices Scientists develop a new way to obtain high performance polymer films for wearable electronics.

Wearable electronics are the new fashion statement. Fitness trackers, smart watches, electronic skins….the possibilities are endless. We don’t lug around our gadgets anymore, we wear them. But every story has its villain. Drop that smart bracelet, and your device won’t READ MORE

Disposable Vape Pens: What Are You Inhaling? Metal elements were found in the vapors of electronic cigarettes and hookahs and their concentrations were compared to regular cigarettes.

Metal elements were found in the vapors of electronic cigarettes and hookahs and their concentrations were compared to regular cigarettes.

Are facial morphs a reliable way to produce fake IDs? Experiments show how often humans and computers misidentify a morphed ID image as an unfamiliar person

Most people can identify a familiar face in a photo, even if the picture is taken at an unusual angle, or in poor lighting. Think about how easily you may recognize someone you know in a social media feed or READ MORE

Why Trains Don’t Fall Off the Track When Turning Researcher derives the optimal angle for train wheels and reveals a new analysis that simplifies our understanding of trains

Trains have been the fundamental backbone of transportation and shipping for a few hundred years. Despite the ubiquity of trains, the details of their workings are a bit of a mystery. Trains have come about as more of a feat READ MORE