Emily Sponsler

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Smoking Doesn’t Kill Them: The Strange Science of the Longevity Gene

Why do some cigarette smokers live to old age while others die young? Scientists are getting closer to an answer.<p>It’s a well-established fact that …

Can Railroads Help Alleviate California's 4-Year Drought?

As California's four-year drought worsens and water supplies dwindle in the state, an old technology—railroads—could play a role in alleviating some water shortages.<p>"We certainly have that capability today," said Mike Trevino, a spokesman for privately held BNSF Railway, which operates one of the …

How the Hubble Space Telescope has changed our view of the universe

Among the pillars and valleys of a nebula 20,000 light-years from Earth, a stellar nursery of glowing gas and dust nurtures thousands of baby stars. This cosmic fireworks display comes to Earth courtesy of the Hubble Space Telescope, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in space on Friday.<p>Since …

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Goodbye 50% off: Deep discounts are ending

If you're like me, you rarely walk into stores until the 50% off signs pop up.<p>We've been living in an era of deep discounts since the Great Recession. That trend has only exacerbated with the rise of websites and apps that let us compare prices instantly.<p>But bargain hunters beware: Titans of the …

Smartphone eye-exam 'Blink' is coming to New York

New Yorkers in need of an eye exam could soon get their check up from a smartphone.<p>According to the <i>Technology Review</i>, a new service called Blink is launching in the Big Apple that will make getting an eye exam easier than ever -- with less equipment and cost.<p>Blink is a return to the house …

Photographing the stars—the story of the Hubble telescope, told by its chief scientist

When it comes to iconic images of astronomical pillars of gas and dust, views of galaxies soon after they were formed, or glimpses of the accelerating universe driven by Dark Energy, the public can’t seem to get enough. The Hubble Space Telescope is undoubtedly one of the most popular science …

China shocks world by genetically engineering human embryos

Critics warned that China was becoming the ‘Wild West’ of genetic research<p>China has been ordered to ‘rein in’ scientists who have edited the DNA of human embryos for the first time, a practice banned in Europe.<p>In a world’s first, researchers at the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou confirmed they …

Hubble at 25: the best images from the space telescope - in pictures

As the Hubble space telescope gets ready to celebrate 25 years since its launch, we look back at some of the iconic images it has produced

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Stackable Brain Specimen Coasters Reveal a 3D View of the Human Brain | Colossal

<p>The brilliant minds at ThinkGeek just launched this set of 10 glass coasters printed with sequential illustrations of the brain. When stacked in the …