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Top ten emerging technologies which will change your life

Computers controlled by thought and other cutting edge developments have been named in a list of the top ten technologies which could shape our future<p>Computers operated by the power of thought, wearable technology and advanced cancer treatments are among the top ten emerging technologies which will …

World Economic Forum

Ancient "Giant Virus" Revived From Siberian Permafrost

Climate change could release more ancient viruses. Is there a risk to humans?<p>Buried deep in the Siberian permafrost and untouched for over 30,000 years, researchers have discovered what is thought to be the newest representative of what are loosely known as "giant viruses."<p>A team led by Jean-Michel …

Biology

No More Knife: The Stem-Cell Shortcut To Injury Recovery

Stephan Drake was halfway down a backcountry ski run in Alaska last March, filming with Sweetgrass Productions and Patagonia, when he aired over a steep spine onto an unexpected wind crust. The snow grabbed his right ski and Drake felt the unmistakable <i>snap!</i> of his knee ripping apart as he rolled …

Stem Cells

Tech and Science

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Science

5 of the Craziest Scientific Facts Out There

<b>1.</b> The human body contains enough DNA to stretch from the sun to Pluto and back again. 17 times.<p><b>2.</b> Microbes colonize human bodies, outnumbering human …

Chemical Engineering

Our Universe Just May Exist In A Multiverse After All, Cosmic Inflation Discovery Suggests

The first direct evidence of cosmic inflation — a period of rapid expansion that occurred a fraction of a second after the Big Bang — also supports the idea that our universe is just one of many out there, some researchers say.<p>On Monday (March 17), scientists announced new findings that mark the …

Nanofiber bandages could safely seal your next wound

Over-the-counter liquid bandages are great for sealing up minor cuts and scrapes, but sutures are still required to close most surgical incisions and deeper wounds. A group of scientists at the University of Maryland, however, have devised a way to apply a layer of 370 nanometer-wide biodegradable …

Writing your own obit? Here's how to get started

You might feel a little intimidated writing your own obit, and you would not be alone.<p>Not just because of the topic but because writing in general is hard, and writing about one's self is harder. Especially if it's about something meaningful and it's more than 140 characters.<p>"Most people don't feel …

Authors

The 10 best sentences in literature: Do you agree?

Have you ever had a sentence stop you in your tracks? Editors at The American Scholar magazine have put out their list of the "10 Best Sentences" in …

Literature

How US libraries are becoming community problem solvers

From Obamacare to getting kids reading, libraries have a bigger part to play in local communities than ever before<p>As a librarian, it'll probably be no surprise that I like to do my homework. I've followed conversations about the future of UK public libraries with a mixture of interest and …

UPDATE! Prague Zoo's Amur Leopard Kittens are Hard at Play

Prague Zoo's three Amur Leopard kittens are growing like weeds! They are busy climbing, playing, and learning by imitating their mom, three-year-old …

Zoo Miami's Lion Cub Makes His First Public Appearance

For the first time in Zoo Miami history, a Lioness and her cub went on public exhibit together. First-time mother Asha and her three month old male …

Denver Zoo Welcomes Rare Clouded Leopard Cubs

Clouded Leopards are well adapted for living in the trees. Their short, flexible legs, large feet and sharp, retractable claws make them adept in the …

Cat Jumping Fails

It’s well documented that cats are bullies. They knock all your stuff off the counter, steal dog beds and attack our most precious -- the children.<p>Therefore, it’s hard not to feel a touch of schadenfreude in seeing them finally get their comeuppance in the above video compilation of cats failing at …

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Rethinking Fat: The Case For Adding Some Into Your Diet

Remember the fat-free boom that swept the country in the 1990s? Yes, we know from the Salt readers who took our informal survey that lots of you tried to follow it. And gave up.<p>"I definitely remember eating fat-free cookies, fat–free pudding, fat-free cheese, which was awful," Elizabeth Stafford, …

What's It Like to Eat the World's Hottest Chile Pepper?

It took me 21.85 seconds to consume three Carolina Reapers, the world's hottest chiles. And it took me approximately 14 hours to recover from the aftermath.<p>Why, you might ask, would anyone want to eat even one Carolina Reaper, which scored 1,569,300 on the Scoville heat-measuring scale? (A …

Penn Station

Why Google Has Nothing To Fear From Yet Another Apple Patent Lawsuit

On the first day of yet another trial pitting Apple against Samsung, the real target by most experts’ reckoning is a third party: Google, maker of the Android mobile operating software that is the chief nemesis of the maker of iPhones and iPads. Four of the five patents that Apple claims are …

It's Time for a YouTube Competitor

It was reported last week that Yahoo is getting into the online video business by courting YouTube stars and networks. The move could mark one of the …