Why do the number of spirals in a sunflower match up with the integers 34,55, 89 and 144; numbers found in the famous Fibonacci Sequence? Scientific American editor John Matson explains.
A non-invasive blood test that uses microchips instead of needles is being tested in Spain, with a view on incorporating it in the Spanish public healthcare system. Originally designed to test the blood of astronauts, the test is a pain and anxiety-free alternative to the needle and syringe.
We've put robots on both the moon and mars, but scientists have never tried to soft-land a robot on a comet--until now. In this episode of The Countdown, we cover everything you need to know about the European Space Agency's groundbreaking Rosetta mission.
The era of flexible phones and wearable computers has moved a step closer with the development of the world's first foldable lithium-ion battery. An efficient, stable, flexible battery has long been sought by companies like Samsung and LG who want to be first with the next generation of consumer electronics.
Researchers at Stanford University are putting flies on a treadmill to see how their brains respond to motion. The scientists say flies and humans perceive movement in very similar ways and believe the insects could shed new light on how the human brain processes information.
A flexible, energy-absorbent material called Armourgel has been adapted to help mitigate the impact of falls that often leave elderly people with broken bones. Armourgel's British designer says the material can be incorporated into conventional clothes, providing protection for fragile bodies falling on to hard surfaces.
The elephant's vocal folds work in a similar way to those of humans, according to a study conducted in Vienna. A team led by voice scientist Christian Herbst, now of the University of Olomouc in the Czech Republic, used the donated larynx of a dead elephant to study the process of vocalization, which he says opens new possibilities for researching oice projection problems in people.