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Explore  with us some of the latest developments in science, including physics, biology, mathematics, chemistry, information, and astronomy.  Imagine what the future holds with today’s discoveries in these and other scientific pursuits.  Along the way we will encounter fascinating people and their ideas that push the boundaries of science and shape the future direction of knowledge.

We feature some of the latest developments in a range of scientific branches, highlighting the human ingenuity and circumstances that lead to discovery and new technologies.   We explain the ideas, the problems that led to the solutions, and the function of the discoveries, in words designed for the general audience so no background in science is required to appreciate the work of the scientists.  The ideas for our stories are drawn from other freely-available publications as well as paid subscriptions, and we welcome contributions and story ideas from volunteer contributors.  Join our science writers Mariana Meneses and Saulo Silvestre as we explore the exciting new developments in science and the showcase the good people who dedicate their life’s work to the advancement of knowledge and the human mission.

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Shedding New Light on Matter: Synchrotron Radiation and Neutron Beams Probe the Tiniest Pieces of Nature

New synchrotron radiation and neutron beam technologies in Brazil’s Sirius and the European Spallation Source in Sweden promise unprecedented insights into the fundamental properties of materials. Illuminating hidden parts of nature could lead to groundbreaking discoveries and revolutionize research in many scientific fields.

From Nature to Robots and Vice-Versa? Blurring the Lines Between the Real and the Virtual

The increasing integration of nature’s mechanisms with robotics is enabling precision control of industrial robots, while raising concerns about biosecurity and ethical implications. With bio-inspired sensing systems, brain-computer interfaces enhancing human capabilities, and biomimicry inspiring new applications, the boundaries between artificial intelligence and cognitive sciences are blurring and raising questions about human outcomes.

Evolution of the Universe: Why Measuring Voids of Nothing Tells Us Something

A renewed focus on studying cosmic voids, the “nothingness” that occupies an estimated 90% of space, is yielding new information about the evolution of the universe. If the voids are remnants of vibrations from the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago, what might they tell us about the tiniest bit of energy, the quantum, and the fluctuating quantum energy of the vacuum of space?

Latest Science News

  • AI Accelerates New Treatments for Diseases But Raises Ethical Issues

    Imagine life-saving drug discovery on autopilot, and development of innovative treatments like never before. However, caution is needed as we journey down this road of AI-assisted drug development and ethical concerns emerge, notably with issues of bias and discrimination.

  • AI Advances The Use of Stem Cells in Personalized Medical Treatment

    Explore a revolutionary 3D-printed biocurative stem cell-enriched treatment that speeds healing and offers cost-effective recovery from severe burns and chronic wounds. Biocuratives are one example of the use of regenerative therapies, cellular processes, and AI in precision medicine that are transforming healthcare.

  • The Future of Battery Technology: The Search for Sustainable and Cost-Effective Solutions

    Are lithium-ion batteries a thing of the past? While it’s uncertain what the future holds, many researchers are exploring alternatives to address the concerns of safety, cost, and environmental damage. Recent breakthroughs suggest a bright future ahead for battery technology.

  • Innovations in Personal Protective Equipment Increase Safety, Efficiency, and Sustainability

    Innovations such as self-decontaminating fabrics and the increasing adoption of technology-enabled PPE are not only addressing waste and sustainability concerns but also transforming safety measures. Advances in materials science offer promising prospects in diverse applications, showcasing the potential of science and engineering in personal protection.

  • Navigation Systems and the human ability to adapt to unpredictable realities

    Navigation systems provide guidance for tasks requiring spatial positioning. They have wide-ranging applications, but come with risks like accidents caused by over-reliance, hacking, and improper use, among others. This emphasizes the importance of maintaining awareness of unusual situations, and human oversight in development, regulation, and use of the technology.

  • Advances in Nuclear Fusion Technology are Fueling the Dream of Limitless Clean Energy

    Recent advancements have brought us closer to achieving clean, limitless energy through nuclear fusion, a process where lightweight atoms combine to release heat like that of the stars. However, challenges remain, including sustaining a net energy gain and supply of tritium. Ongoing global research aims to develop a commercially viable process for fusion energy.

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