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artshock/iStock/Thinkstock The Future of Blood

In the future, blood may be manufactured in labs — and designed to be more shelf-stable than Velveeta. Forget Tru:Blood. This stuff could be given to all patients, regardless of blood type, and stored for years without refrigeration in case

Prill Mediendesign & Fotografie/iStock/Thinkstock Testing Homeopathy

I find our world to be somewhat paradoxical. On the one hand, we have scientific projects uncovering the Higgs boson, discovering evidence of gravitational waves and looking for signs of dark matter. On the other, we have people practicing (and

Image courtesy of NASA Robotic Surgery for Astronauts

In this week’s video and podcast, we talked about the present and future of robotic surgery, alluding to the possibility of space-bound surgical robots to operate on astronauts in emergencies. We spoke in terms of possibilities, only to find out

Massimo Merlini/iStock/Thinkstock DNA Cage Match

A few weeks ago, I talked about how nanotechnology could help improve solar panels. I mentioned that scientists took inspiration from structures found in the eyes of moths. When it comes to the world of the very small, nature provides

scalpel-tools-470x275 Scalpel. Sponge. WD-40.

In an upcoming episode of our video series, I’ll be talking about robotic surgery — that is, surgery performed by robots, not surgery you’d perform on a robot. Doctors have been using robots in surgical procedures for a while now.

Sebastian Kaulitzki/Hemera/Thinkstock Outsmarting Bacteria

Humans have spent the past century trying to outfight bacteria. What if we could outsmart them instead? Smiting your average bacterium has been easy enough since the discovery of penicillin’s antibacterial properties in 1928. Created as a byproduct by Penicillium

iStock/Thinkstock Chemical Engineers Get Unbalanced

As a kid, I knew shapes were important. I had toys, books and even shows like Sesame Street teaching me about shapes. Somewhere along the line, I stopped getting the message. But thankfully the chemical engineers at MIT had greater

© Corbis Future States: “Life” After “Death”

This morning I noticed an eye-catching headline over at Wired.com: “Possible Hints of Consciousness After Death Found in Rats.” Now, like lots of people, I think the end of my existence sounds like kind of a bummer, so I perk

iStockphoto/Thinkstock The Eyes Have It

Eye-tracking technology is pretty cool stuff. I’ve played with implementations of eye tracking a few times at CES and other conferences. Using your gaze to control something on a computer screen makes it seem like you have super powers. I

Richard Newstead/Lifesize/Getty Images Feeling Blue About Genes

You are a collection of genetic expressions. Genes, the short sections of DNA that provide instructions on protein construction, determine everything from the color of your eyes to how your body ages. A greater understanding of genetic medicine has led

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Explore the physical science of the Prius v with these videos from HowStuffWorks.

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Read from topics in the driver’s guide to fuel economy at HowStuffWorks.

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Learn how to decode the new EPA fuel economy labels with this interactive infographic.

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