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Dark energy could signal collapse of the universe

TALK about a cure that’s worse than the disease. A proposed quantum field can account for the universe’s ever-quickening expansion, but it would also …

Woolly mammoth DNA inserted into elephant cells

The idea of bringing extinct animals back to life continues to reside in the realm of science fiction. But scientists have taken a small step closer to that goal, by inserting the DNA of a woolly mammoth into lab-grown elephant cells.<p>Harvard geneticist George Church and his colleagues used a …

What Are Genetically Recoded Organisms?

Now, however, a team of scientists from several U.S. universities has found a way to make small, but fundamental changes within that cellular …

Genetics

Two of Darwin's 'strangest animals' finally classified

The origins of two wacky beasts that Darwin dubbed the "strangest animals ever discovered" had remained a mystery for some 180 years. But now, …

12 examples of evolution happening right now

Evolution, it turns out, isn't the long, invisible process we once thought.<p>Instead, it's happening all around us, all the time.<p>And we are it's primary drivers.<p>By shaping landscapes, dumping pollutants into rivers and lakes, and transforming wild areas into suburban ones, humans are spurning the …

Biology

Genetic Geometry Takes Shape

Inside the cell’s nucleus, the double helix folds up in myriad loops and twists. The quest to unravel this structure is revealing the subtle genetic …

Genetics

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

Google Analytics

Unlocking the mystery of the first billion years of the universe

More than 100 million years has been wiped off the age of the first stars but there is still the question of what happened in the first billion years …

New map of human genetics contains clues for Alzheimer's and cancer

Getting a handle on the epigenome<p>Alzheimer's disease may involve the immune system, and researchers might have figured out how to pinpoint the origin of a cancer that has spread prior to diagnosis. These are just some of the findings reported today in a series of studies published in the <i>Nature</i> …

Genetics

“We think we can do better than plants”: New “bionic leaf” makes fuel from sunlight

Scientists have developed a revolutionary new system to harness our planet’s greatest energy source<p>Here's a new way to make fuel from sunlight: starve a microbe nearly to death, then feed it carbon dioxide and hydrogen produced with the help of voltage from a solar panel. A newly developed …

Natural Gas

Why you should be drinking organic wine and where to find it

Less powerful hangovers, fewer chemicals, and kinder to the environment – no wonder organic wine is booming in Australia<p>Once there was a time when people, both in the wine trade and the general consumer, would actively avoid organic wines, if they even knew they existed in the first place.<p>But …

Agriculture

GMO Apples Get The Nod, But Not Much Of A Welcoming Party

We have good news for all of you who find browned apple slices unappetizing. It's bad news, though, if you don't like scientists fiddling with your food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has given a green light to apples that have been genetically modified so that they don't turn brown when you …

Agriculture

Bioengineers develop tool for reprogramming genetic code

Biology relies upon the precise activation of specific genes to work properly. If that sequence gets out of whack, or one gene turns on only …

Genetics

Synthetic DNA gel points the way to printing artificial organs

A two-part water-based gel made of synthetic DNA could bring the Heriot-Watt inventors of a 3D bio printer closer to being able to print organs for …

DNA

What a Happy Cell Looks Like

A growing field of research is examining how life satisfaction may affect cellular functioning and DNA.<p>“What is the truest form of human happiness?” Steven Cole asks.<p>It’s a question he’s been considering for most of his career—but Cole is a genomics researcher, not a philosopher. To him, this …

Consciousness

The Coming Boom In Brain Medicines

TONY COLES COULD have had any job he wanted in the drug industry. In five years at the helm of cancer drug developer Onyx Pharmaceuticals he increased its market cap eightfold by purchasing an experimental blood cancer drug for $800 million, developing it into a big seller and flipping the whole …

Biotechnology

Uncovering the genetic basis of obesity hints at new ways to define it

'It’s not just you and your bad habits; it’s not fully volitional.'<p>Obesity is determined by both by a person’s environment and their genetics. But until recently, researchers didn’t know exactly what role various regions of our DNA played in determining how human bodies look. Now, researchers have …

Genetics
Dental Care

How sleeping 6 times a day helped the founder of WordPress build a billion-dollar company

Matt Mullenweg’s WordPress content management platform is one of the most influential pieces of software on the Internet, running more than 19 percent of websites (including VentureBeat).<p>But before Automattic, the parent company of WordPress, was on the path to being a billion-dollar company, …

The US is about to drop its decades-old warning against cholesterol

'Cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.'<p>Every five years, the United States government updates a set of Dietary Guidelines intended to help its citizens make healthier food choices. These guidelines also help inform how companies package and market their products. …

Nutrition

From The Cold Depths Of Space, A Smile Emerges

Space, you may have heard, can be a cold and lonely place. But the NASA/ESA Hubble telescope has identified a particularly well-adjusted corner of space — or at least that's what a recent image suggests, with the help of an effect called an Einstein Ring.<p>In the Hubble image of galaxy cluster SDSS …

Cosmology

Watch A Timelapse Of A Slow-Moving Landslide [Video]

Not all landslides happen quickly<p>Usually, when people think of landslides, they think of avalanches of dirt, mud, and rock pouring down a hillside like an avalanche. While many of the most disastrous landslides happen quickly--triggered by storms, earthquakes, or volcanoes--landslides can also move …

Time-lapse Photography

Scientists hope man with killer mutant gene who refuses to die will provide clues to cure disease

The new approach was turning genetics research on its head, said Dr Eric Schadt, director of the Icahn Institute, a medical research institute at …

Genetics

'Designer babies' debate should start, scientists say

<b>Rapid progress in genetics is making "designer babies" more likely and society needs to be prepared, leading scientists have told the BBC.</b><p>Dr Tony Perry, a pioneer in cloning, has announced precise DNA editing at the moment of conception in mice.<p>He said huge advances in the past two years meant …

Genetics

Study: Genes could retain 'memory' when passed to offspring

Research carried out by the University of Cambridge has revealed a way in which a parent's experiences can be passed on to their offspring's …

DNA Reveals How Darwin's Finches Evolved

A study finds that a gene that helps form human faces also shapes the beaks of the famously varied Galápagos finches.<p>Wide, slender, pointed, blunt: The many flavors of beak sported by the finches that flit about the remote Galápagos Islands were an important clue to Darwin that species might change …

Biology Ideas That Billionaire Peter Thiel Thinks Are Worth Funding

Targeting "undruggable" proteins and putting stress sensors in watches<p>Investor Peter Thiel may be best known for founding PayPal and investing early in Facebook, but it seems he has a soft spot for biology too. Since 2011, the Thiel Foundation has funded biotechnology startups through an …

Einstein's Theory of General Relativity

In 1905, Albert Einstein determined that the laws of physics are the same for all non-accelerating observers, and that the speed of light in a vacuum …

Quantum Experiment Helps Prove Einstein's Theory of Relativity

Building a quantum computer can sometimes yield unexpected benefits — like providing the right environment to demonstrate that Albert Einstein's …