1. Brain

    This brain region may make lifelike robots creep you out

    Robots that look too much like real people can be unsettling. Scientists identified a brain region that may be behind these uneasy feelings.

  2. Tech

    Sunlight can produce energy and clean water at the same time

    A new device can make electricity from the sun. What makes it truly special, however: It uses waste heat from the system to turn dirty water or salty water into drinking water.

  3. Physics

    This device turns the kilogram’s new definition into a real mass

    A new suitcase-sized device will be able to measure small masses — around 10 grams — with surprising accuracy.

  4. Planets

    Was that a Marsquake?

    ‘Marsquakes’ could help scientists learn more about the Red Planet’s inner activity.

  5. Tech

    This robot’s parts are helpless alone, but turn smart as they team up

    In a new system called “particle robotics,” many small, simple helpless units can seemingly come to life and start moving when amassed into a team.

  6. Tech

    Ocean energy could be the wave of the future

    Energy systems that turn the power of ocean waves into electrical energy could be on the horizon — or pumping away near the sea floor.

  7. Computing

    Novel fabric could turn perspiration into power

    Sweat cools people by evaporating. A teen now wants to use it to generate electricity as well.

  8. Humans

    New forensic technique may better gauge age at death

    An 18-year-old student from Ackworth, England, has come up with a better way to estimate the age at death for many human remains. It needs only a CT scan of the skull.

  9. Animals

    Bumpy edges could be key to record-breaking oars

    Inspired by the bumpy edges of flippers on a humpback whale, an Australian teen has redesigned oars for use by competitive rowers.

  10. Science & Society

    How to develop more ecofriendly parachutes for disaster relief

    A teen researcher from Singapore suggests that parachutes made from folded paper could be a more ecofriendly choice than nylon chutes for delivering disaster-relief supplies.

  11. Science & Society

    This fish ‘tag’ runs on fish power

    Tags that researchers use to track fish can run out of power. A teen from Taiwan invented a tag that converts fish swimming into the electricity needed to keep it running.

  12. Science & Society

    You can fight back against cyberattacks

    Cyberattacks have cut power to a major city and delayed the delivery of medicine. Find out how experts combat such attacks and how to protect yourself.