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Could a graphene filter be the key to helping us drink seawater?

Science may soon make the seas accessible to us, insofar as drinking water is concerned. According to a new study released in Nature Nanotechnology, …

Putin and Musk are right: Whoever masters AI will run the world

<b>(CNN) —</b> Last Friday, a million Russian schoolchildren watched a televised address from Russian President Vladimir Putin. "Artificial intelligence is the future, not only of Russia, but of all of mankind," Putin said. "Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world." …

Artificial Intelligence

Stop pretending you really know what AI is and read this instead

You’ve probably heard the news: AI is going to take your job. Wait, no: It’s going to create a new job for you. AI is going to kill us all! Wait, no it’s not. AI is already totally smarter than us at, like, all the smart things. But that probably doesn’t matter? Neural networks. Machine learning. …

Artificial Intelligence

High-Speed ‘Brain Modem’ Could Restore Vision, Speech, and Movement

Paradromics, a California-based startup, is designing a high-speed brain-computer interface that might have broad implications in the field of …

The bionic lens could push eyesight beyond 20/20 vision

Beyond Perfect Eyesight<p>In just a few short years, we’ll be able to improve our eyesight to levels we’ve only dreamed of. At first, it’ll be …

Glaucoma

Researchers Designed a Graphene-Based Electronic Tattoo That Can Monitor Your Health

Graphene Tattoo Wearables<p>Researchers have designed a temporary tattoo created from graphene that can be applied to the skin with water. But, unlike a …

Nanotech

Injectable gel holds promise as wound-healing material for strokes

A research team led by UCLA biomolecular engineers and doctors has demonstrated a therapeutic material that could one day promote better tissue …

The 10 Most Significant Scientific Discoveries Of the Year (So Far)

by Victor Tangermann August 18, 2017 Sci-Fi Visions 147377<p>The year 2017 has catapulted us into a science-fiction future, from human cell regeneration …

Artificial Intelligence

Even a 'limited' nuclear war could trigger cruel nuclear winters and global famine

After "fire and fury" comes cold, darkness, and hunger.<p>Incendiary language by President Donald Trump, which came after news of North Korea's tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles and the revelation that Pyongyang may be able to fit a nuclear warhead on an ICBM, has stoked global fears of …

10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Germany

Avant-garde ideas are met with less resistance in German gardens, perhaps because plant science is never far behind. Why do drifts of naturalistic …

The Very Hungry Plastic-Eating Caterpillar

Could waxworms—or something inside them—help degrade the planet’s mountains of plastic waste?<p>When she’s not working in her lab at Spain’s IBBTEC institute, Federica Bertocchini keeps bees. One day, when she looked at her hives, she found them infested with caterpillars called waxworms. These …

Pollution

Landscape Ideas: 10 Problem-Solving Plants

Every gardener has a problem. Yours may be a deep pool of shade where nothing blooms. Or a slope that washes away after every heavy rain. Or an old …

Waste Not, Want Not: Why Aren't More Farms Putting Poop To Good Use?

The 700 cows on Brett Reinford's dairy farm are making more than just milk.<p>Each day, the girls are producing 7,000 gallons of manure. And that smells exactly like you'd imagine. "We had gotten complaints from neighbors in the past that had said, 'Hey, it stinks too much. Can you do something about …

Farming

Scientists figured out how to make seawater drinkable

UK scientists have created a sieve capable of making seawater drinkable.<p>Boffins made the breakthrough by controlling the size of pores in a membrane …

Nobel Prize

Inside the little-known Monsanto campus where scientists are changing the way you eat

Monsanto is no one-trick GMO pony. Founded in 1901, the agricultural biotech company has fueled innovations in herbicides, pesticides, and ever-controversial genetically modified crops (GMOs).<p>But it may come as a surprise, even to people who are familiar with the $49 billion global giant, that …

Say Goodbye to Boring Wedding Favors — This Fun Option Lets Your Guests Choose

It can be hard to find a wedding favor your guests will actually use. With so many different attendees with varying tastes and styles, how do you choose just one thank-you gift for everyone? Stuffing welcome bags isn't the most efficient option, either. If you want people leaving with something …

10 books that make planning a wedding a lot easier

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Unless you have the budget to enlist a wedding planner to handle all the marital minutia, you and your partner are stuck debating whether you …

7 Helpful Books For Brides-To-Be To Read Before The Big Day

Spring is here, and you know what that means: wedding season is just around the corner. If you have friends that are tying the knot this year or …

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Lavenders (Lavendula spp.) are perennial herbs prized for their fragrance, attractive white, pink or purplish flowers, grayish foliage and drought tolerance. Timing the major trimming of a potted lavender for when florets are beginning to open allows you to combine harvesting of the lavender …

Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping reaches an audience of 30+ million each month. In addition to the magazine brand, the Good Housekeeping Institute is the consumer …

Housekeeping

One Man's Quest to Find the Wild Origins of the Chile Pepper

Since he started hunting for chile peppers, more than 40 years ago, Gary Paul Nabhan has followed them into dozens of rugged, tough-to-reach places. He’s hiked deep into the volcanic belt of southern Mexico, into caves that contained the oldest evidence of human use of chile pepper. He’s been …

German Artist Manipulates Plant Roots to Grow in Intricate Visually-Striking Patterns

Inspired by Charles and Francis Darwin’s theory on plant intelligence, German artist Diana Scherer managed to successfully coerce the roots of …

Netherlands

FINALLY: A Cheat Sheet That's Going to Save All of Your Houseplants

Never question how much sunlight your spider plant needs again.<p>Even though cheat sheets are frowned upon in the classroom and bound to get your kid into serious trouble if he's found with one, they're the ultimate lifesaver at home. In our opinion, you should embrace anything and everything that …

World is home to '60,000 tree species'

<b>There are 60,065 species of trees in the world, according to a comprehensive study of the world's plants.</b><p>Botanical Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) compiled the tree list by using data gathered from its network of 500 member organisations.<p>It hopes the list will be used as a tool to …

Millennials aren't too impatient to garden - we just don't have the space

Don’t accuse young people of lacking patience - we’ll have to wait decades, if ever, until we can afford a house and garden<p>Recently this blog published a post by Tom Smart bewailing young people’s preference for smart phones over tulip bulbs, blaming millennials’ lack of patience as the root cause …

Millennials

Norway: 'Doomsday’ Vault Where World’s Seeds Are Kept Safe

inside The ‘Doomsday’ Vault<p>By jennifer duggan / spitsbergen<p>Deep in the bowels of an icy mountain on an island above the Arctic Circle between Norway …

Agriculture

15 Best Greenery Wedding Centerpieces For A Lush And Lovely Day

Whether rustic or elegant, arrangements brimming with plants can work for any fete.<p>Since Pantone declared Greenery the 2017 Color of the Year, it's safe to say the vibrant hue has made its mark. From home decor to an Airbnb covered in green, the color is cropping up everywhere — and, of course, …

Weddings

Plant Photos: Amazing Botanical Shots by Karl Blossfeldt

1 of 14<p>Plant Portraits<p>Karl Blossfeldt (June 13, 1865 – December 9, 1932), a German photographer, sculptor and teacher, is best known for his extreme …

Great Britain

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Japanese immigrants brought the art of bonsai to California in the early 20th century, but it was not widely practiced until after World War II. Oak is not traditionally used for bonsai in Japan, but its use began in California in the 1950s. The large trunks and small leaves of the oak create …

Texas A&M

Here's the patent that could crush Monsanto and save the world

Monsanto has a new enemy… fungi. Mycologist Paul Stamets holds a patent for insect-killing fungi – or mycopesticides – that could disrupt the …