Humans got smarter to care for needy infants, making them more helpless in the process

University of Rochester researchers developed a new evolutionary model that suggests human intelligence developed to meet the demands of our infants, in a self-reinforcing cycle: bigger brains led to shorter pregnancies, requiring parents to have even bigger brains.

Engineers Just Smashed Record for Fast Wireless Data Trasmission: 6 Gigabits per second

A team of researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics just beat the previous record by a factor of 10.

How Quicksand Works and How to Escape its clutches

You trek through a marsh, minding your own business, when all of a sudden *smooosh. Quicksand!

Got an exam coming up? Better start sketching

A new study found that drawing information you need to remember is a very efficient way to enhance your memory. The researchers believe that the act of drawing helps create a more cohesive memory as it integrates visual, motor and semantic information. “We pitted drawing against a number of other known encoding strategies, but drawing always came out on top,”

Autonomous mini-rally car learns to drift — this is more important than you think

When self-driving cars finally take off, these should be safe. But right now, there’s no guarantee they are. A small autonomus mini rally might help changed this.

A katana-armed industrial robot vs human samurai sword master

Machii Isao is an Iaido master and an expert sword wielder. He holds five Guinness World Records including “fastest 1,000 iaido sword cuts (36 min 4 sec)” and “most iaido sword cuts to one mat” (8), but you might know him as the real-life “fruit ninja” if you saw some of his stints up on YouTube. Check out how Isao fared against a robot.

Chinese scientist finds earliest known fossil of complex life, paper met with heavy criticism

A new discovery may place the first appearance of complex life on Earth a full billion years earlier than previously thought. The scientific community is divided on the value of the find, some hailing it as rock-solid evidence while others dismiss it as inconclusive.