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This Is the End of the Silicon Chip, Here’s What’s Next

Electronics keep getting smaller, and it’s all thanks to electric switches called transistors. When these little fellas replaced vacuum tubes, computers went from the size of entire rooms to merely the corner of a room. In the 60-odd years since, transistors have kept shrinking, scaling down and powering up our electronics with them. But many […]

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Is It Easier to Recognize People Who Look Like You?

Faces are possibly the most important visual stimuli that we perceive. The moment you see a person’s face, you can infer their race, age, mood, identity, and possibly their gender expression (always ask). Unless, of course, you have prosopagnosia, aka ‘face blindness’ — where you can’t tell familiar or unfamiliar faces apart. Prosopagnosia is important […]

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Could Increasing the Melanin In Your Skin Protect You From Cancer?

More people are diagnosed with skin cancer in the US than any other cancer combined. In fact, melanoma–a highly dangerous type of skin cancer–is estimated to claim one life every hour. So what if you could lower your risk of skin cancer….by changing the color of your skin? Ok, this is a big subject, so […]

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This New Form of Light Is a Physical Molecule, Here’s How We Made It

Photons are oddballs. When they’re not busy being waves, they’re massless particles that can travel at light speed because, well, that’s what they are, little packets of light. For decades it was also thought photons didn’t interact with each other, but recently researchers have discovered how to bind photons together as though they were molecules. […]

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Two-Thirds of All Cancers Are Caused by One Thing: Your DNA

Cancer is made of cells, just like anything. A cancerous tumor is simply a collection of cells, that are rebelling. There are trillions of cells in the human body (estimates range from about 15 to 70 trillion, it’s hard to say for sure). All these cells are making copies of themselves, replicating and copying their […]

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We Could Back Up The Entire Internet On A Gram Of DNA

If you think about it, DNA is basically nature’s hard drive. You are the result of a three-dimensional computer program, written in tiny compounds wound up inside the nucleus of all your cells. It’s a set of instructions, coded and saved that our bodies write and read to build proteins, construct cells, and perform thousands […]

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