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MIT's thermal resonator generates power "out of what seems like nothing"

A brand new power-generating system from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers creates energy “out of what seems like nothing,” …

Insane drug cocktails in India net drug makers millions and pose global threat

The drugs are made by international companies, but they’re not approved anywhere.<p>In August of 2016, doctors in Washoe County, Nevada, found that one …

Medicine

How cells engineered to make everything from medicine to perfume will change the way we see our world

Microscopic organisms that have been engineered to produce different material could one day be part of your daily life — and you might not even notice.<p>People debate the definition, but at its core synthetic biology is the ability to design organisms to do something they wouldn't otherwise do. For …

Massive crayfish that didn't exist 25 years ago are capable of cloning themselves — and it's terrifying scientists

A crayfish that is capable of cloning itself is taking over Europe — and scientists are taking note.<p>The marbled crayfish has a mutation that allows it to clone itself, reports Carl Zimmer at The New York Times. Zimmer profiled scientists studying the all-female species known for its massive size, …

Scientists Added Two New Letters to DNA's Code

If you’ve taken a science class, you’re likely aware that DNA is the body’s instruction manual. But its language is only written in four letters: A, …

An Alzheimer's Drug Has Been Found to Help Teeth Repair Themselves in Just 6 Weeks

We're so down for that!<p>Dental fillings may soon be left in the ash heap of history, thanks to a recent discovery about a drug called …

It has been a brutal year in the search for a treatment for Alzheimer’s — here’s where researchers are looking now

The latest failure came in September, when Axovant said it failed a key late-stage trial for its drug, intepirdine.<p>Alzheimer's affects more than 5 million Americans, a number that's expected to balloon to 13.8 million by 2050 . There are only four drugs that have been approved to treat the symptoms …

A new drug uses CRISPR to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Creating Eligobiotics<p>The rise of antibiotic-resistant diseases has prompted the development of more powerful drugs. More powerful drugs come with the …

Microbiology

By 2050, Most of World's Best Coffee Growing Areas Won't Be Viable Any More

We have a serious bee problem.<p>According to a new study in the journal <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i>, the world's largest …

The Biomes of the World

Biomes are large regions of the earth that share similar characteristics such as climate, soils, precipitation, plant communities, and animal …

How to make Flourless mini chocolate cakes

Mum and Celebrity MasterChef 2017 contestant Rachel Stevens shares her easy-to-make Flourless mini chocolate cakes recipe.<p>She said: "I love to make …

The most respected medical journal in the US just eviscerated a drug that's cost taxpayers over $1 billion

A new study published by JAMA Internal Medicine poses a really important question to lawmakers and taxpayers alike.<p>Over the past five years, why has the US government spent $1 billion on a drug that is no more effective than alternatives that are tens of thousands of dollars cheaper per …

Bite Size Tips: Techniques And Tips For Low Light Photography

For many, night photography can be intimidating. The medium itself is dependent on light reaching the camera’s sensor, so venturing out into the …

What Happens When You Heat Moon Rocks to 1,400 Degrees?

Scientists are exposing lunar samples from the Apollo missions in order to peer deep into our lonely satellite’s past.<p>In the 1970s, scientists subjected newly arrived samples of moon rocks to a barrage of tests. To their surprise, they discovered that some of the rocks were magnetic. When magma …

Magnetism

Become a Better Photographer Today in 9 Easy Steps

It might be cliche to say, but the phrase "practice makes perfect" has a lot of merit.That goes for a lot of things in life, and photography is one …

Landscape Photography

The Best Ways for Getting Sharper Photos

I'm sure we've all experienced focusing problems.You know - you have an otherwise pretty good shot, but the subject is just ever so slightly out of …

Cameras

How to Shoot the Best Blue-Hour Photos: Tips & Techniques for Pre-Sunrise & Post-Sunset Images

This may be strange to hear from a travel photographer, but I can make a case that location isn’t everything—light is. And I’d build my argument on …

Genetically modified yeast mops up heavy metal pollution

Environmental scientists dream of eliminating pollution with natural resources, but that's tricky when it comes to heavy metals. Plants won't work for cleaning polluted water, and only some of them grow large enough to absorb those toxic materials. Researchers may have a relatively simple answer to …

This Solar Cell Can Capture All Wavelengths of Solar Spectrum - ExtremeTech

By on July 12, 2017 at 2:38 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Traditional solar cells harvest only …

An Exciting New Cancer Treatment Has Just Been Endorsed by FDA

We can reprogram immune cells!<p>Food and Drug Administration advisers on Wednesday enthusiastically endorsed a first-of-its-kind cancer treatment that …

Immunotherapy

How the Depth of Field Preview Button on a DSLR Works

DSLR cameras often have a little depth of field preview button beside the lens mount. This 3-minute video by ZY Productions revisits the basics of a …

How To Take Great Photos in Low Light: Why Nighttime Is the Right Time for Outdoor Photography

For many photographers, working with “existing light” means shooting during the day and stashing the gear after the sun drops below the horizon. But …

New Treatment Breaks Down Bacteria’s Defensive Shield To Fight Infection

Scientists are trying to stop drug-resistant fungi and bacteria by using their own kind against them.<p>A group of researchers have used two …

Breakthrough algae strain produces twice as much biofuel

Scientists have been working since the 1970’s to transform algae into biofuel. Now a new breakthrough could make this alternative energy source a …

Researchers Are Using Viruses to Make Superbugs Commit Suicide

Such sweet irony.<p>The gene-editing technology called CRISPR has its origins as a bacterial immune system against viruses, a feature which could be …

This Is The First Detailed Footage of DNA Replication, And It Wasn't What We Expected

"It undermines a great deal of what's in the textbooks."<p>Here's proof of how far we've come in science - in June 2017, researchers recorded up-close …

World-First Trials Have Been Launched to Treat Parkinson's And Blindness With Embryonic Stem Cells

This is happening.<p>In a world first, surgeons in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou are planning to inject stem cells derived from human embryos into the …

Japanese Sliding-lid Box

This clever and simple piece is great for storing tools, toys or a kimono by Christopher Schwarz from the December 2015 issue While picking though a …

Woodworking

TriLens Camera Lens Mount Lets You Change Lenses Even Faster (video)

Professional photographers and enthusiasts but need to change camera lenses on their DSLR on a regular basis during a photo shoot may be interested …

Cheap Photo: Lens and Camera Savings From Olympus

Olympus has some new lens and camera savings that went live this week! If you have been considering any of the Olympus lineup of cameras or lenses, …