Emily Temple

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“Nature can surprise us”: There’s a new species of bacteria that eats plastic

There’s an estimated 311 million tons of plastic (pdf) produced every year across the world. There will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050, it’s probably in our food, and will likely leave its mark long after we’re gone.<p>Polyethylene terephthalate (known as PET), which is used for …

World Economic Forum

Confined, isolated, killed: Primates used for secret ‘Frankenstein-like’ studies in Sydney

Hundreds of monkeys have been sent to Australia for what seem to be dubious medical experiments that raise “serious ethical questions,” the local …

Can genetic engineering help crops adapt to a warmer world? These scientists hope so.

<i>Originally published on Ensia</i><i>.</i><p>Roger Deal is trying to figure out how plants remember drought.<p>An assistant professor of biochemistry and genetics at Emory University, Deal says most plants have a kind of memory for stress. When experiencing water shortage, for example, plants close the holes in …

Agriculture

Meet the tardigrade, the most resilient creature on Earth (Video)

Scientists revive tardigrades after being frozen for 30 years<p>Which animal do you think is the hardiest of them all? Camels or cockroaches? Melting …

Cancer Patients Join Ground-Breaking Disease Probing Genome Project

Cancer patients have joined in the fight against rare diseases by signing up to the UK's ground-breaking 100,000 Genomes Project which could help …

Aliens Are Silent Because They're Dead, Says New Study

Damn it.<p>New research into how life might have evolved elsewhere in the Universe has thrown up a rather depressing possibility - we haven’t found any …

Turning Taste On and Off

<b>New study proves that sense of taste is hardwired in the brain, independent of learning or experience.</b><p>Most people probably think that we perceive the …

Neuroscience

Sharks May Lose Their Hunting Abilities and Sense of Smell with Climate Change

Climate change may drastically impact the hunting ability of sharks. As CO2 levels increase and as ocean waters warm, researchers have found that …

Baby girl is first in the world to be treated with 'designer immune cells'

Genetically engineered cells successfully used to treat aggressive form of childhood leukaemia, but landmark treatment had only been tested on mice<p>A baby girl with aggressive leukaemia has become the first in the world to be treated with designer immune cells that were genetically engineered to …

Motorcycle-Riding Robot Has A Mission: To Surpass Humans

Robocop, is that you?<p>Robocop is real. Well, almost. Yamaha's new autonomous motorcycle-driving robot, Motobot, doesn't fight crime, but it can seriously ride a motorcycle.<p>Motobot is still very much in the research and development stage, so the technical details are scarce. In a promo video posted …

Robotics

Watch the Laws of Physics Come to Life as Magnetic Putty Devours Everything

Silly putty is a pretty weird substance, but magnetic putty is like an alien life form. Not only can it be twisted, stretched, and compressed every …

This 15-year-old won $25,000 for devising a genius way to harvest energy from the ocean

The 15-year-old from Boca Raton, Florida, won this year's Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for designing a probe to generate power and fresh water for developing countries by harvesting it from ocean currents.<p>She was awarded $25,000 and the title of "America's Top Young Scientist" …

Developing Countries

New Dietary Guidelines Will Not Include Sustainability Goal

<b>Updated at 10:52 a.m.</b><p>When it comes to eating well, should we consider the health of both our bodies <i>and</i> the planet?<p>Earlier this year, as we reported, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee concluded that a diet rich in plant-based foods promotes good health — and is also more environmentally …

What Is the Biggest Environmental Problem People Don't Know About?

At this year's Aspen Ideas Festival, we asked a group of scientists, activists, and filmmakers to name the largest environmental issue that eludes public knowledge. "I think it's how little water there actually is on the planet," says the oceanographer David Gallo. "Someone needs to give us a good …

Aspen

Paraplegic man walks with own legs again

American man, 26, completes 3.5-metre course thanks to computer system that reroutes signals from his brain to electrodes on his knees<p>A man who lost the use of his legs to a spinal cord injury has walked again after scientists rerouted signals from his brain to electrodes on his knees. The …

Brainwaves

Not Up for Debate: The Science Behind Vaccination

Whenever I sit down to watch a presidential debate, I have one sincere hope: that vaccines won’t come up at all. Besides the fact that there really is no “debate” when it comes to the science of how they work or how they may harm, merely talking in public about denying vaccines often leads to the …