The Biomechanical Perfection of Simone Biles in Flight

The Biomechanical Perfection of Simone Biles in Flight

And then, pow pow, Biles is in the air, a möbius loop of motion 10 feet off the ground at the apex, more than a second in the air, twisting around her head-to-toe axis three times and flipping over her side-to-side axis twice before, bang!

Ebola Is Now Curable. Here’s How the New Treatments Work

Ebola Is Now Curable. Here’s How the New Treatments Work

And all Ebola treatment units in the outbreak zone will now only administer the two most effective monoclonal antibody drugs, according to the WHO’s director of health emergencies, Mike Ryan.

Now We Know How the Zombie Ant Gets Its Bite

Now We Know How the Zombie Ant Gets Its Bite

“What we found was that the muscle appears to be in a state of forcible contraction,” says molecular biologist Colleen Mangold, lead author on a new paper describing the findings in the Journal of Experimental Biology .A scanning electron microscope image of ant muscle covered in tubular fungal cells.

Inside the Bulletproof Coffee Guy’s New Body-Hacking Gym

Inside the Bulletproof Coffee Guy’s New Body-Hacking Gym

About a week after I talk to Tobias and Asprey on the phone, I’m parking my 2007 Jeep Liberty among the hulking Mercedes G-Wagens at the Beverly Hilton for the sixth annual Biohacking Conference, hosted for the first time by Upgrade Labs.

Should You Wear White or Black on Hot Days? Here's the Data

Should You Wear White or Black on Hot Days? Here's the Data

Perhaps the question should be: Does white reflect MORE thermal radiation than black clothing (I'm equating thermal radiation and infrared light—same thing). The T-shirts (both the black and the white) have an emissivity very close to 1—they don't really reflect much infrared radiation.

Depth of Field: Alex Morgan and the Politics of Women in Celebration

Depth of Field: Alex Morgan and the Politics of Women in Celebration

Depth of Field: Alex Morgan and the Politics of Women in Celebration. The US women’s soccer team forward scored in the team’s semifinal win over England. Catherine Ivill’s photograph of US women’s soccer team forward Alex Morgan is one such moment.

How Extreme Heat Overwhelms Your Body and Becomes Deadly

How Extreme Heat Overwhelms Your Body and Becomes Deadly

That could be a cold shower, a dip in the pool, or ice on your head, armpits, and groin (where there are more blood vessels close to the surface of the skin).If you don’t get relief, extreme heat reaches a dangerous point as your body temperature rises to 103 or above.

This Robot Fish Powers Itself With Fake Blood

This Robot Fish Powers Itself With Fake Blood

This new robotic lionfish does indeed have batteries, but they are sprinkled throughout its body and operate in conjunction with two pumps—one for powering the pectoral fins and the other for the tail.

These Protein Picker-Uppers Keep Your Cells Clean and Healthy

These Protein Picker-Uppers Keep Your Cells Clean and Healthy

Just like small-molecule drugs, protein-degraders will impact not just receptors in, say, tumors, but anywhere cells are displaying them, including in healthy tissues.

Observation Is About Putting Yourself Back Together

Observation Is About Putting Yourself Back Together

As SAM, after all, the space station is you, your body, the only one you've got. Most narrative games design themselves around the abilities and bodies of people—to be immersed in that player character is to feel like yourself, only digital, and maybe with superpowers or something.

Transhumanism Is Tempting—Until You Remember Inspector Gadget

Transhumanism Is Tempting—Until You Remember Inspector Gadget

Gadget has seemingly unlimited physical resources at his disposal, but cannot use them to save his life (literally).It is in scenes like this that I think of two things: Three Mile Island and butter production in Bangladesh.

Caster Semenya and the Twisted Politics of Testosterone

Caster Semenya and the Twisted Politics of Testosterone

Joanna Harper, a trans woman and biophysicist who testified on IAAF’s behalf in the Semenya case, argues that testosterone levels are the most important metric for deciding sex because sports divisions are ultimately split between male and female, and a distinction needs to be made somehow.

Sunscreen Chemicals Soak All the Way Into Your Bloodstream

Sunscreen Chemicals Soak All the Way Into Your Bloodstream

When new research emerged in the late ’90s and early 2000s suggesting that UV-blocking ingredients in chemical-based sunscreens could be absorbed into the human body, the agency began to ask any companies bringing new molecules to market to include such data in their safety studies.

SpaceX Is Launching 'Organs on a Chip' to the ISS

SpaceX Is Launching 'Organs on a Chip' to the ISS

The following year, the NIH granted a total of $6 million to five research projects that would study how microgravity affects the human body by sending organ and tissue chips to the ISS.

How to Cook With Weed—and a Dash of Tasty, Tasty Science

How to Cook With Weed—and a Dash of Tasty, Tasty Science

And, of course, they can complement that taste with the intoxicating experience of THC, like traditional chefs might pair foods with particular wines. Just like a tasting menu at a fine restaurant might come with wine pairings, heightening the experience both with additional flavors and drunkenness, so too might cannabis chefs use weed to augment a meal.

Are Humans Fit for Space? A ‘Herculean’ Study Says Maybe Not

Are Humans Fit for Space? A ‘Herculean’ Study Says Maybe Not

A human mission to Mars could last as long as three years, and in the laconic tones of the twins study, “genetic, immune system, and metabolic functions are of particular concern given exposure to space radiations, restricted diets … disrupted circadian rhythms, and weightlessness.”.

Coding Is for Everyone—as Long as You Speak English

Coding Is for Everyone—as Long as You Speak English

When you put translating code in terms of the billions of the people in the world who don't speak English, access to high-paying jobs and the ability to tinker with your own device is no longer a hypothetical benefit.

Our Syria War Correspondent Talks About the Gear He Carries

Our Syria War Correspondent Talks About the Gear He Carries

You can also download an app like Pocket Casts or Radio Public, and search for Gadget Lab. And in case you really need it, here's the .We're also on Soundcloud and Spotify, and every episode gets posted to as soon as it's released.

This Tiny Guillotine Decapitates Mosquitoes to Fight Malaria

This Tiny Guillotine Decapitates Mosquitoes to Fight Malaria

It’s a first step toward an eventual goal of a fully automated robotic guillotine, which could help Sanaria produce that elusive mass-produced, effective malaria vaccine. Sanaria’s vaccine, called PfSPZ, is thought to work by inducing killer T cells to attack the parasites in the human body as they’re developing in the liver.

The Body Pullers of Syria

The Body Pullers of Syria

Under a patch of trees nearby, a small campfire crackles inside the remains of a clothes dryer.“Who needs biscuits?” a young man with steely eyes says to a group of roughly a dozen men gathered around the fire.

The WIRED Guide to Cannabis

The WIRED Guide to Cannabis

It’s called the entourage, or ensemble, effect: THC doesn’t work alone to produce a high, but instead interacts with other compounds in the plant.

Making Beautiful Darkroom Images—Without Using a Camera

Making Beautiful Darkroom Images—Without Using a Camera

Related Stories "I just kind of let my body move around," Kent says. "My main meditation practice is a body scan," Kent says.

My Jibo Is Dying and It's Breaking My Heart

My Jibo Is Dying and It's Breaking My Heart

Unlike an Amazon Alexa or Google speaker, Jibo can initiate conversations and ask you about your day. SQN Venture Partners, the company that purchased Jibo's assets, has kept the robot's servers running since taking ownership in November, perhaps out of kindness or obligation.

My Jibo Is Dying and It's Breaking My Heart

My Jibo Is Dying and It's Breaking My Heart

Unlike an Alexa or Google Speaker, Jibo can initiate conversations and ask you about your day.

The Perfect Pair of Pants Is Just a 3D Body Scan Away

The Perfect Pair of Pants Is Just a 3D Body Scan Away

Isabella Wren , a Hong Kong-based fashion brand, sells tailor-made jackets, dresses, and trousers with a proprietary body scanning technology that lifts a woman's exact measurements from a few photos.

How Chris Evans Became Twitter's Avatar of Male Decency

How Chris Evans Became Twitter's Avatar of Male Decency

Regina King, making her way onstage to accept an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for If Beale Street Could Talk , was struggling with her long white dress, so Chris Evans offered her his forearm for stability.

Sunscreen Regulations Haven’t Aged Well

Sunscreen Regulations Haven’t Aged Well

In addition to the proposed regulations on product ingredients, the FDA is also asking manufacturers to submit more data on new forms of sunscreen, like SPF powders, wipes, body washes, and shampoos, before determining if those too are safe.

One Woman Pushes Hula-Hooping to Its Absurd, Glittery Limits

One Woman Pushes Hula-Hooping to Its Absurd, Glittery Limits

"The Hula-Hoop stays aloft thanks to conservation of angular momentum, but the system is extremely unstable—one little hiccup, and the hoop comes tumbling down," says Ramesh Balasubramaniam, a sensorimotor neuroscientist at UC Merced and an expert in how the brain and body work together to perform skilled tasks.

How Measles Hacks the Body—and Harms Its Victims for Years

How Measles Hacks the Body—and Harms Its Victims for Years

“They’re supposed to be on a mission to destroy viruses, and instead they act as a shuttle, delivering measles straight to the closest lymph nodes.” Once they’re in the lymph nodes, a sort of bustling immune system transit hub, the virus hops to its intended target—a subset of cells responsible for making antibodies to remember past pathogens.

A New Tool Protects Videos From Deepfakes and Tampering

A New Tool Protects Videos From Deepfakes and Tampering

With this approach it’s binary: Either the hash matches or it doesn’t, and it's all publicly verifiable." "We can show that there are ways to ensure that all parties have faith in the video and how it was captured." Josh Mitchell, Amber Security Consultant A tool like Amber has obvious appeal for human rights activists, free speech advocates, and law enforcement watchdogs wary of potential abuse coverups, but governments also have an interest in video integrity tools.

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