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Scientists Found a Way to Make Drug-Resistant Bacteria 'Evolve Backwards'

Use the right antibiotics at the right time can force the bacteria into a pre-resistant state.<p>Researchers have proposed a way to force antibiotic resistant bacteria to "evolve backwards" into a pre-resistant state, according to a study published Wednesday in <i>Plos One</i>. It's just one example of the …

The water mystery: Lost Lake drains like a bathtub in Oregon

Every year the water from a lake in Oregon disappears down a 6ft-wide plug hole<p>A lake in Oregon fills up each winter and then drains like a bath tub as a 6ft-wide hole opens up.<p><b>The natural phenomenon causes Lost Lake to turn into a meadow in the summer.</b><p>It is caused by tunnel-like lava tubes, of …

Silver Makes Dead Bacteria Act Like Zombies

Killing from beyond the grave<p>Chemists in Israel have discovered the walking dead of the microbial world. It turns out that bacteria slayed by silver can kill nearby living pathogens even after they're dead as a doornail.<p>Silver has been used as an antimicrobial agent for centuries. Bacteria absorb …

The Walking Dead

Meet the Newest State of Matter

Jahn–Teller metals offer new hope for high-temperature superconductivity.<p>It's only slightly less exciting than it sounds: a new state of matter. The discovery, which comes courtesy of an international team led by Kosmas Prassides of Tokohu University in Japan, offers a novel material with an …

POETRY: Six by Elisa Gabbert

()- -()- Ô • § — § • Ô -()- -()<p>Elisa Gabbert is the author of <i>The Self Unstable</i>, a collection of lyric essays (Black Ocean, 2013), and <i>The French Exit</i>, …

New Measurements Show that the Unrealest Part of Quantum Physics Is Very Real

Weird times for Schrödinger's cat.<p>Physicists at the University of Queensland in Australia are offering new evidence in support of quantum physics' most understated yet fully unreal reality: the fundamental indeterminateness of the quantum wave function, the mythic math that would seem to imply the …

It may sound incredible but the Pillars of Creation don't exist anymore

This week NASA published new astonishing high definition images of the famous Pillars of Creation—two 4-light-year-tall columns located in the Eagle …

Controversial Paper Suggests Wi-Fi Exposure More Dangerous To Kids Than Previously Thought

Most parents would be concerned if their children had significant exposure to lead, chloroform, gasoline fumes, or the pesticide DDT. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRIC), part of the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO), classifies these and more than 250 other agents …

World Health Organization

Why this year will be longer than last year – by a leap second

Blink and you could miss it, but at the end of June, an extra second will be added to the day. It’s created a lot of controversy for such a small moment<p>Good news! This year is to last a second longer than 2014. The decision was made this week by the International Earth Rotation Service (IERS). A …

New antibiotic: how did they do it?

Scientists go back to basics by growing bacteria in soil<p>Scientists have always believed that soil is teeming with new and potent antibiotics because bacteria have developed novel ways to fight off other microbes.<p>But only one per cent of microbes can be grown in laboratory conditions, leaving …

Bacteria

The US Military Now Has A Direction Changing, Remote-Controlled Bullet

Well folks, if it wasn’t confirmed before, it definitely is now – we’re officially living in a video game. Why? Because the US Department of Defense has successfully tested a bullet that can change its course after being fired. Even better, that course can actually be directed via remote …

There Really Is An LSD Shortage, And Here's Why

Lysergic acid diethylamide used to be everywhere. LSD played a huge role in shaping pop culture in the 1960s, and in the 1980s everyone lived in fear …

Lsd

Hypnotizing geometric GIFs to twist your mind

These looping GIFs created by Swedish artist Erik Soderberg are pretty dangerous. I started watching them because they're really cool, and I ended up …

Grimms’ Fairy Tales

Illustration by Walter Crane for ‘Snow White’ (1882)<p>The Brothers Grimm were Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, German professors of linguistics, who became …

What Is the X in Xmas?

Here’s a holiday surprise that only the dictionary can provide. Do you find the word “Xmas,” as an abbreviation for Christmas, offensive? Many people …

Xbox

The 10 Very Best Zen Stories

Many teachings from Zen-Buddhism are told in short and delightful stories. They are usually designed to develop the mind and to free it from …

6 Awesome Zen Stories That Will Teach You Important Life Lessons

20 Gifs That Explain How Things Work

Sometimes you just need an image to help you understand something. And if that image is in motion and shows you something that you otherwise would …

Beautifully-Animated Infographics Designed by Eleanor Lutz

Eleanor Lutz is a designer whose knowledge of molecular biology and love of science is translated into beautifully-designed infographics. Her colorful and educational images contain interesting bits of information about how the human body works and birds fly, but with a novel twist – they're …

Infographics

The Surprising Link Between Gut Bacteria And Anxiety

In recent years, neuroscientists have become increasingly interested in the idea that there may be a powerful link between the human brain and gut bacteria. And while a growing body of research has provided evidence of the brain-gut connection, most of these studies so far have been conducted on …

Mental Disorders

Why the Sound of Fingernails on a Chalkboard Drives You Freaking Nuts!

The worst noise in the world, explained<p>Ever wonder why the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard drives you crazy? It's not just because it triggers bad memories of your grade-school days.<p>Blame your primal instincts: The high-pitched sound is similar to an infant's cry or a predator's shriek—noises …

The Morning News Roundup for January 5, 2015

• Ursula K. Le Guin defends genre fiction: “When the characteristics of a genre are controlled, systematized, and insisted upon by publishers, or editors, or critics, they become limitations rather than possibilities … I love to remember Edmund Wilson, king of the realist bigots, squealing ‘Oo, those …

New Material, Darker Than Black, Could Help Space Cameras See Better

Super-dark coatings help calibrate sensitive cameras and absorb unwanted light.<p>The latest super-dark material absorbs so much light, you can't tell when it's been crumpled or folded.<p>"You expect to see the hills and all you can see … it's like black, like a hole, like there's nothing there. It just …

Just incredible! In rare circumstances, it's actually possible to see a full 360 degree rainbow from an airplane.

Wind farms paid £1m a week to switch off

New figures show £53m was given to the wind industry last year to keep turbines switched off to regulate electricity supplied to National Grid<p>Wind farms are being paid more than £1 million a week to switch off their turbines.<p><b>Latest industry figures show £53.1 million</b> was handed out to green energy …

Happy New Year Art GIF

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