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How to Hack the Genes That Impact Weight Loss & Metabolism | Goop

Something that never seemed fair: Two people can eat the same diet, but one gains weight, while the other doesn’t. Why?<p>Gynecologist and aging and …

Cell Death Might Be Reversible, and Scientists Are Trying to Find Out Why

It tells us something important about cancer.<p>A mysterious cell process named anastasis (Greek for "rising to life") challenges our idea of life being a linear march towards death, and suggests that cell death can actually be reversed under certain conditions—essentially allowing cells to …

The Science of Sweet

For more than half a century, we’ve been led to believe that fat is the root of all dietary evil. Recently, though, increasing numbers of public-health officials and researchers are contending that sugar has been the problem all along, causing numerous chronic diseases including gout, cancer, and …

Las Vegas' New 'Kinetic Tiles' Power Streetlights With Foot Power

The tiles will be used to power streetlights, as well as wifi hotspots and surveillance cameras.<p>Las Vegas is getting some new streetlights, and they will be powered by your feet.<p>A New York-based startup, called EnGoPlanet, has built four streetlights at a Vegas intersection that will be powered …

Mark Zuckerberg Says Facebook Will Address Its Fake News Problem

"More than 99 percent of what people see is authentic," says Zuckerberg, who denies that Facebook influenced the election.<p>One of the many causes people have cited for Donald Trump's surprise victory in the week since the election is Facebook. Specifically, that the fake news and memes circulating …

There Are Better Ways to Vote Than the System We're Stuck With

Voting is a math problem, and our system is far from the perfect solution.<p><b>Update, November 9</b>: Lost in the fallout of Donald Trump's victory last night was the fact that Maine narrowly approved the use of ranked choice voting—a way of counting the votes that, Slate argues, perhaps could have negated …

Bionic Leaf Turns CO2 Back Into Fuel

Harvard researchers develop a device that uses water, carbon dioxide, and sunlight to create fuel.<p>Humans burn millions of tons of fossil fuels every day, putting a massive amount of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere. Recently, a team of researchers figured out a way to reverse the process and turn …

Carbon Dioxide

Why Are So Many People Dying by Medical Error?

It's killing more people than car crashes and guns.<p>A new study has determined that medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Out of 2.6 million deaths each year, that's a big finding. The only problem is medical error isn't technically recorded as a cause of …

This gene helps prevent cancer. Did it also give rise to all complex life?

By Sarah Kaplan<p>, Reporter<p>How did life get so complicated?<p>No, really. Molecular biologist Erik Hanschen would like to know. For billions of years, life on Earth was incredibly simple: Various single-celled organisms floated around the Earth, procreating, eating, avoiding getting eaten. It wasn't …

Biology

This River Near a Fracking Site Is Alarmingly Flammable

It's equal parts stunning and bad.<p>Fracking is the process of drilling into the earth and then pummeling rocks with a high-pressure mixture of water and other ingredients to released gas trapped inside, and while it's certainly an effective way to tap natural gas deposits that may have otherwise …

This Functional DIY Stirling Engine Is Basically Just Paper and Cardboard

And it can run off of as little as a bowl of warm water.<p>A tiny Stirling engine is one of the coolest desk toys you can have. Since it requires nothing more than a difference in temperature to get going, you can just throw it on your laptop, charging phone, or even put it in your hand to make it go. …

New Footage From Magic Leap Is a Thrilling Glimpse of the Future

This is Google Glass, but good.<p>Not a whole lot is known about Magic Leap. As a start-up, it's a mysterious, nearly $800 million operation with huge-name investors like Google, Warner Bros. and Qualcomm. As a gadget, it's some crazy augmented reality device that might actually shoot light into your …

These Hilariously Expressive Dogs Are Totally Judging You

Hey, sometimes humans are actually the kooky ones.<p>While humans often think their dogs are goofy, this photographer's series shows canines probably think humans are pretty nutty, too.<p>Photographer Elke Vogelsang, a 43-year-old who lives in Germany, captured dogs looking mighty weirded out as part of …

Pets

High-Tech Printed Magnets Have Wild and Specific Superpowers

These are like no magnets you've ever seen before.<p>We all know the basics of magnets. They have a north pole and a south pole, and like poles repel while the opposites attract. Simple! Those basic facts you learned in elementary school are still mostly true, but printing technology has lead to a …

High-potency pot smokers show brain-fiber damage

People who use especially potent pot show signs of damage in a key part of their brain. The results, reported online November 27 in <i>Psychological</i> …

How Much Gold Can You Refine From a Bunch of Old Computer Parts?

Some! But not enough to be worth the trouble.<p>Earlier this month, we learned all about the painstaking but far-from-impossible process of refining gold in your own kitchen and backyard from Cody of Cody's Lab. That was fascinating in its own right, but now the DIY chemist has but his metallurgical …

Power plants: how scientists could harness energy from flowers

Researchers at Linköping University have shown it was possible to create an electric circuit within a plant<p>Scientists have woven electronics into the vascular system of living plants for the first time in a breakthrough which could allow them to convert photosynthesis into power.<p>A team at Linköping …

Going Wireless and Restoring Memories: The Incredible Future of Brain Implants

Neuroprostheses are already bridging the divide between man and machine to treat diseases and allow paralyzed people to move prosthetic limbs. And the next generation of brain-machine interfaces will be even more incredible.<p><b>In some ways, the human brain isn't much</b> different from a computer. Both …

The Week in Review: Zika Virus Spreads

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Zika virus a “public health emergency” this week after previously saying the virus was “spreading explosively” in the Americas. WHO health officials estimated three to four million people across North and South America could be infected by the end of …

Public Health

DIY Device Blasts Loud Music Right Back at Annoying Neighbors

All you have to do is turn it on and wait.<p>A YouTuber named Jamil has some loud neighbors. But when the folks next door turn up the tunes, he wasn't content to simply deal with it or even bang on the wall. Instead, he turned to technology to build a device that would do the dirty work of fighting …

Mitsubishi's Weird New Antenna Is Made of Seawater Instead of Metal

A tight jet of saltwater is conductive enough to use as an antenna for radio waves.<p>Antennas are usually metal, but it turns out that saltwater is actually a decent conductor of electricity. Its conductive properties are minimal when compared to <i>most</i> metals, but at about 1,000 times more conductive …

China Built a Mall Modeled After the Pentagon And Now It's Nearly Abandoned

Who wouldn't want to shop in a colossal, impossible-to-navigate, derelict five-sided mall?<p>There's a 70-acre complex in Shanghai that's modeled after the Pentagon. But where the U.S. version is a bustling hive of national defense work, China's version is basically abandoned.<p>The Pentagonal Mart cost …

This Week You Can See Five Planets At Once in the Night Sky

It's the first time in 10 years the planets have aligned this way.<p>If you can manage to bundle up and brave the morning chill, you're in for an amazing show for the next four weeks. From January 20 to February 20, all five planets will be visible in the sky for predawn and dawn stargazers, according …

Light-Activated Compounds May Lead to a More Effective, Painless Cure for Cancer

The Brilliant Idea: Light-activated compounds that cause deep-seated, fast-growing cancer cells to self-destruct.<p><b>Innovators: Karen Brewer, Brenda Winkel, Virginia Tech; Roger Dumoulin-White, Theralase Technologies</b><p><b>Two Virginia Tech scientists</b> may have ­invented the future of cancer treatment—a way …

Virginia Tech

Hijacking E. Coli to Brew Synthetic Fuel

The University of Exeter produces molecules identical to the ones that give gas its power.<p><b>Most of the biofuels on the market now</b> fall into one of two categories: bio-alcohols, such as the ethanol made primarily from corn in the U.S., and biodiesels, which are made from fatty acids. Both are no more …

E.coli

Interview: Fighting Cancer With Smart Bombs

Duke oncologist Kimberly Blackwell specializes in treating an aggressive form of breast cancer that makes up 20 to 25 percent of cases, in which a genetic mutation in the tumor causes it to produce a protein called human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER-2). These tumors grow more quickly and …

The Earthquake-Resilient Building

The Brilliant Idea: A replaceable, building-wide system to help hospitals, apartment buildings and office towers survive severe seismic shaking.<p>cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><p>(Illustration by Sinelab)<p><b>Innovators: Gregory Deierlein, Stanford University; Jerome F. Hajjar, Northeastern University</b><p><b>For</b> …

The Robot Surgeons Coming to an OR Near You

Robots are taking over operating rooms everywhere. Should you trust them? PopMech reports from the robotic surgery revolution.<p>Robots are taking over operating rooms everywhere. Should you trust them? PopMech reports from the robotic surgery revolution.

9 Clever Energy Projects from ARPA-E Summit 2013

Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) was inspired by DARPA, the Pentagon's mad-science wing. ARPA-E funds high-risk, potentially high-payoff projects that could radically alter our livesin this case, the way we generate, use, and store<p>Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) …