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CRISPR 101: A crash course on the gene editing tool that’s changing the world

For something that’s been called “a household name for molecular biologists,” many of you have probably never heard of CRISPR, and don’t know why you …

Genetics

How to Conduct a Patent Search

Learn the first and most important step in patenting an idea: making sure no one else beat you to it!<p>You have an amazing, earth-shattering idea; an ingenious way to solve an old problem, or a groundbreaking new technology.<p>Of course, you can't patent an idea. But as soon as you've fleshed it out to …

Evolution Is Happening Faster Than We Thought

Amsterdam — A FRIEND recently invited me over to see the blackbird that had taken up residence in a potted plant on her balcony.<p>Serenely incubating eggs in the inner city, this bird had little in common with its shy, reclusive ancestors that nested in Europe’s forests. Early in the 19th century, …

Ecology

How to Read People Like Sherlock Holmes: 5 Secrets Backed by Research

We’d all like to learn how to read people like Sherlock Holmes. And research shows understanding things like body language is even more powerful than …

How To Really, Truly Get Over A Breakup

Heartbreak doesn’t just hurt, it often feels impossible. So many questions come along with the pain: <i>How can I move on? How do I get through this?</i> …

Breakups

3 Things You Need to Do to Be More Productive at Work (Backed by Science)

3 things you can do to avoid "completion bias" and tackle the most important tasks first.<p><i>This story first appeared on The Muse, a Web destination with exciting job opportunities and expert career advice.</i><p>I want you to play a short game with me. Close your eyes and imagine a long to-do list that lays …

Scientists just confirmed there's a second layer of information hidden in our DNA

That's something biologists have known for years, and they've even been able to figure out some of the proteins responsible for folding up DNA. But now a group of physicists have been able to demonstrate for the first time through simulations how this hidden information controls our evolution.<p>Let's …

Genetics

How Jellyfish, Nanobots and Naked Mole Rats Could Make Humans Immortal

We spoke to the world's leading experts in the field of human life extension to get an update on how close we are to living forever.<p>Dr Chris Faulkes is standing in his laboratory, tenderly caressing what looks like a penis. It's not his penis, nor mine, and it's definitely not that of the only …

Why we have blood types and why they matter

If A+ was the top grade in school, then surely A+ was also the most excellent of blood types - a biological mark of distinction.<p>It didn't take long for me to recognize just how silly that feeling was and tamp it down. But I didn't learn much more about what it really meant to have type A+ blood.<p>By …

Medical Research

‘Captain America: Civil War’ Won’t Be Martin Freeman’s Only Marvel Film, Probably

Despite ongoing rumors and the actor’s own on-the-record-comments, it took Marvel forever and a day to confirm that <i>The Hobbit</i> and <i>Sherlock</i> star Martin Freeman was playing Everett Ross in <i>Captain America: Civil War</i>. This might not mean much to the average moviegoer, but for die-hard Marvel Comics …

Free will could all be an illusion, scientists suggest after study shows choice may just be brain tricking itself

Free will might be an illusion created by our brains, scientists might have proved.<p>Humans are convinced that they make conscious choices as they live …

How to become luckier, according to science

Ever had a run of bad luck? It feels like the world is actively conspiring against you.<p>Ever wonder if you can improve your luck? And I don't mean …

10 Silly Fun Science Experiments You Can Easily Do at Home

Other than youth and recess and summer vacation and nap time and candy and junk food and energy and fast metabolism and hope and excitement and …

Success In The Real World: 7 Daily Behaviors Conscientious People Avoid

I walked out into the middle of the street without looking both ways, forgot to pay parking tickets, lost debit and credit cards regularly and, when I became self-employed, convinced myself everything would just work out.<p>My “I’ll just make it” mentality is characteristic of my generation: …

Self-improvement

7 Foods to Absolutely Avoid If You Want Clear, Glowing Skin

Two weeks ago, I went to Whole Foods and stocked up on coconut milk, almond butter, frozen veggies, fresh berries, organic meats, wild salmon, and quinoa. My boyfriend could interpret what this meant: Lauren is back on another food detox.<p>It started last Summer when I completed Dr. Frank Lipman's …

Science Says These Are the 6 Steps to a Perfect Apology

Saying sorry just isn't enough.<p><i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>How good are you at contrition?<p>As good as you are at, say, passing the buck or managing up?<p>Knowing how to apologize is an art.<p>It's inevitable, then, that scientists …

Ohio State University

Chinese researchers have genetically modified human embryos—yet again

Less than a year ago, when a group of leading researchers was calling for a moratorium on the use of a revolutionary technology, Chinese researchers shocked the world by using it to genetically modify human embryos. The worry was that unfettered access to the technology might enable such embryos to …

Genetics

5 of the weirdest things in our universe

They say that truth is stranger than fiction. And what’s true in our universe is bizarre. From planets made of diamonds to raspberry-smelling clouds …

Sweet drug clears cholesterol, reverses heart disease—and was found by parents

Here’s how parents of kids with rare disease found what may be blockbuster drug.<p>Two parents’ quest to save their twin daughters’ lives from a rare, …

How To Extract Your Own DNA

Using basic kitchen supplies<p>Every one of your cells contains DNA, the molecular blueprint that makes you you. Accessing that blueprint may seem like a job for scientists. But extracting DNA from your cells is actually surprisingly simple.<p>Mac Cowell, an advocate for open-source biotechnology, …

Atoms

The World’s First Life-Saving Gene Therapy For Children Has the Green Light

Italian scientists along with SmithGlaxoKline, are likely to have gene therapy approved for use in Europe and many children with faulty genes will …

FDA

U.K. study finds uncertainty is more stressful than a bad result - Scope

When faced with a possibly unpleasant situation, many of us would rather receive bad news right away than grapple with the stress of uncertainty. Now …

Rare Sumatran rhino, once believed to be extinct, dies just weeks after being discovered

By Karin Brulliard<p>, Reporter/editor<p>A rare Sumatran rhinoceros has died in Indonesia, less than a month after its discovery and capture were hailed as an enormous conservation success for a species long believed to be extinct in the region.<p>The female rhino died from a leg infection, Indonesian …

Extinction

How Colorado Is Turning Food Waste Into Electricity

Americans throw away about a third of our available food.<p>But what some see as trash, others are seeing as a business opportunity. A new facility known as the Heartland Biogas Project is taking wasted food from Colorado's most populous areas and turning it into electricity. Through a technology …

Top Scientists Weigh In On Whether We All Live In A Hologram

Maybe we're just blips on some cosmic computer screen.<p>Our universe certainly seems real, but in recent years a growing number of scientists have begun to wonder if it's all just a sophisticated simulation. Are we and everything around us nothing more than points of data in some sort of cosmic …

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back.<p>Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound …

Dementia

23 Products That'll Make You Look Smart

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Autofocusing contact lenses? Today's chip research peeks into tomorrow's gadgets

In the 1960s, about the only place you'd see a computer chip was in a mainframe the size of a refrigerator. Today, chips are in car keys, passports, toothbrushes, greeting cards and stuffed animals.<p>No wonder Imec, the Belgian design organization that helps industry partners develop computer chip …