Japanese designer Yoshiki Matsuyama is fascinated by science—particularly the biological and physical explanations for the shapes, colors, and textures of nature. So when he entered a recent design challenge on the theme of curiosity, he decided to create a product that answers a classic question: Why is the sky blue?
Mark Levinson, a filmmaker with a PhD in physics talks about finding the human story behind science’s biggest breakthrough, and the documentary as science experiment.
Sociologist Dalton Conley gave his kids unusual names after seeing a study suggesting that could help improve impulse control. Here he talks about his new book Parentology, part startling memoir, part primer on how to use scientific method to help raise your kids.
Robonaut, installed on the International Space Station to perform chores for astronauts, just got its first pair of real legs.
NASA says that the new seven-jointed legs are designed for climbing in zero gravity and offer a considerable nine-foot leg span. Instead of feet, the legs feature “end effectors” designed to grapple onto handrails and sockets located both inside the space station and, eventually, on the ISS’s exterior. Robonaut’s end effectors have a built-in vision system—almost like a pair of eyes—that are designed to eventually automate each limb’s approaching and grasping.
With advances in biotechnology promising a future of lab-grown homes, hamburgers, and even the very shirts on our backs, a better question might be: What won’t be grown from cells in the future?
The former astronaut shares his views on the importance of innovation, collaboration, and leadership to the success of any project.
"This isn’t a rock, it’s actually moss from a Chilean desert, and it’s been there for more than 2,000 years."
Most of us are aware of what happens to the body when we exercise. We build more muscle or more stamina. We feel how daily activities like climbing stairs becomes easier if we exercise regularly. When it comes to our brain and mood though, the connection isn’t so clear.
For the first time, scientists have created early-stage embryos using cloned cells from adults.
A study from Advanced Cell Technology published Thursday in the journal Cell Stem Cell highlights how researchers were able to create embryos from the skin cells of two men, ages 35 and 75. Tissue from the embryos featured exact DNA matches with the donors.
An inside look at the inner-workings of Google’s top-secret research lab.
Google X isn’t like most R&D labs. In this month’s feature, Fast Company was granted first-of-its kind access into Google’s top-secret research laboratory, where “moonshots” trump real-world feasibility, and failure is openly encouraged. “If we can get to a no quickly on an idea, that’s almost as good as getting to a yes,” says Rich DeVaul, head of Google X’s Rapid Evaluation team in the video above. Hit play to watch what happens when the very active imaginations of some very smart people are given free rein to fail.
“Once this hypothetical machine was built, “it could take you from ground to orbit with a net of basically zero energy.”
College-aged girls have heard it before: Never leave your drink alone. But what if there was a way to know, before you even took a sip, if it had been tampered with? - This Mini-Chemistry Kit Will Let You Know If Your Drink Has Been Drugged
Asteroid mining, orbital 3-D printing, and—of course—manned spaceflight are all part of the modern-day space race. Read>
Coral is actually a living creature, but the human eye rarely catches it moving. This incredibly slow-motion video lets you see the ocean life you don’t notice, before it’s destroyed by climate change.