Nine tech terms to know in 2017

Nine tech terms to know in 2017

For those new to tech culture, or even just interested in how the industry and its many inventions work, the associated terminology can sometimes...
Smartphone microscope offers cost-effective DNA sequencing and genetic mutation analysis

Smartphone microscope offers cost-effective DNA sequencing and genetic mutation analysis

Just like an alphabet is made up of individual letters, DNA is composed of chemical bases. And in the same way that letters must...
Instagram documents rising hookah use in social settings

Instagram documents rising hookah use in social settings

Social media is giving researchers insight into the rising use of hookah, according to a study from USC. Hookah, smoked through a water pipe and also...
Faster websites with fewer bugs

Faster websites with fewer bugs

Today, loading a web page on a big website usually involves a database query — to retrieve the latest contributions to a discussion you’re...
A step toward renewable diesel

A step toward renewable diesel

MIT engineers have genetically reprogrammed a strain of yeast so that it converts sugars to fats much more efficiently, an advance that could make...
Your 'anonmyized' web browsing history may not be anonymous

Your ‘anonmyized’ web browsing history may not be anonymous

Raising further questions about privacy on the internet, researchers from Princeton and Stanford universities have released a study showing that a specific person's online...
One in 5 adults secretly access their friends' Facebook accounts

One in 5 adults secretly access their friends’ Facebook accounts

Most people are concerned about the prospect of their social media accounts being hacked, but a new study finds that it's actually people we...
The power of attraction

The power of attraction

Engineered nanometer- and micrometer-scale structures have a vast array of uses in electronics, sensors and biomedical applications. Because these are difficult to fabricate, KAUST researchers...
Soft robot could aid failing hearts by mimicking healthy cardiac muscles

Soft robot could aid failing hearts by mimicking healthy cardiac muscles

Every year about 2,100 people receive heart transplants in the United States, while 5.7 million suffer from heart failure. Given the scarcity of available donor...
New low-cost technique converts bulk alloys to oxide nanowires

New low-cost technique converts bulk alloys to oxide nanowires

A simple technique for producing oxide nanowires directly from bulk materials could dramatically lower the cost of producing the one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures. That could open...