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Scientists have used CRISPR to store a GIF inside the DNA of a living cell

Using E.Coli, the team at Harvard Medical School spliced data from the file into the bacteria’s genome<p>Eadweard Muybridge was a pioneer of both early …

Genetics

Our marriage was built on traveling together. Then it was time to go my own way.

When I was married, I followed my husband’s itinerary, and we adventured in happy agreement. He was my guide and translator and regaled me with his stories of things he’d done before we met: dancing with armed female soldiers in Tel Aviv; smoking hash in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt; sleeping on carpets …

Travel

Six Directors Pick Their Favorite Films of the 21st-Century

After our chief film critics named their top 25 movies of the 21st century (so far), we asked some notable filmmakers for their favorite movies since 2000. In phone interviews and emails, they spoke about what touched them as fans or taught them as directors. Here are edited excerpts from their …

Slumdog Millionaire

'The Keepers' director Ryan White: It's not too late to solve Sister Cathy's murder

When the body of Sister Cathy Cesnik was discovered in January 1970 two months after her sudden disappearance, many were shocked to learn a popular nun who taught English and drama at Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore had been brutally murdered.<p>Nearly 50 years later, no one seems to know …

Scientists create designer virus to kickstart immune system and kill cancer

A designer virus which helps the immune system clear our cancer has been created by scientists.<p>Cancer cells are very good a evading the immune system, but the new therapy capitalises on the body’s ability to quickly spot a virus.<p>Swiss scientists inserted cancer proteins inside an artificial virus …

Is Intelligence Genetic?

A study has found 52 genes responsible for intelligence, raising questions.<p><b>By Raffaele Ferrari, UCL</b><p>Exactly what constitutes intelligence, and to what …

Genetics

Blind boy thanks Nintendo for making a video game just for him

Despite having the unfortunate handicap of being blind, a fifth-grader in Japan sent a letter to Nintendo thanking them for making the video game series "Rhythm Heaven," allowing him to play video games.<p>Hibiki Sakai, who as a baby received surgery to remove his eyes from cancer retinoblastoma, …

The Latest: Last Confederate monument removed in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the removal of Confederate-related monuments from New Orleans (all times local):<p>6 p.m.<p>Workers in New Orleans have …

Stanley Greene, photographer of indelible moments of war and disaster, dies at 68

Stanley Greene, a onetime Black Panther who became a celebrated international photojournalist, portraying war, poverty and disaster in Chechnya, Afghanistan, Iraq and the U.S. Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, died May 19 at a Paris hospital. He was 68.<p>He had complications from hepatitis, which …

San Francisco

Time is running out for Madagascar – evolution’s last, and greatest, laboratory

Kew scientists warn that unique plants on Madagascar are at risk of extinction<p>It is a unique evolutionary hotspot home to thousands of plants found nowhere else on Earth. However, Madagascar’s special trees, palms and orchids – which provide habitats and food for dozens of species of rare lemur and …

Here's what popular dog breeds looked like before and after 100 years of breeding

Dogs have been our furry companions for thousands of years, but they didn't always look the way they do today. Many well-known breeds have changed a lot physically in the last century, thanks to humans.<p>By identifying specific traits — such as size, coat color, and demeanor — and allowing only those …

Website offers to send your ashes to GOP lawmakers after Trumpcare kills you

Less than 24 hours after the U.S. House of Representatives approved a new healthcare plan, the plan’s detractors have found the saddest possible way of protesting. Thanks to a new website, you can ship your cremated remains to a Republican lawmaker should you die as a result of the plan.<p>Zoe Jordan …

Army combat photographer snapped one last picture — seconds before an explosion killed her

Nearly four years ago, Spec. Hilda Clayton, a combat photographer in the U.S. Army, was documenting a live-fire exercise in Afghanistan when without warning a mortar tube accidentally exploded in front of her.<p>Clayton, 22, was killed in the blast, along with an Afghan military photographer she was …

Great white shark captured on camera devouring enormous whale carcass

The humpback whale was named Scarlett by locals.<p>A great white shark has been spotted tearing chunks off the floating carcass of a humpback whale off …

Unexpected Discovery Finds Caterpillars That Can Eat One of Our Most Common Plastics

Nature has the answers.<p>Scientists may have found some surprising helpers in our battle against plastic waste: honeycomb moth caterpillars with a …

Pollution

'We've never seen this drought, this disease': Somali families bury their dead

<b>Jason Burke</b> reports from Baidoa in Somalia, where more than 6 million people need assistance after two years without rain<p>There is no road to the hundred or so tin-roofed shacks scattered among scrubby trees that make up the village of Erdon, only a dusty track tracing a narrow path for 10 miles …

Why scientists should start taking orgasm seriously

Orgasms are big business, but there’s surprising little scientific research being done into how they actually work. There are urgent reasons to fix this<p>As a DPhil student on a four-year funded programme, I had the rare luxury of a year to decide on the major focus of my research. After reading …

Science

Pope urges prisoners to serve 1 another in foot-wash rite

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis washed the feet of a dozen inmates at a maximum security prison on Holy Thursday in a pre-Easter ritual meant to …

Sick baby to be kept on life support for three weeks as parents consider appealing High Court ruling that doctors can halt treatment

A desperately sick child is to be kept on life support for three weeks after his parents signalled they may appeal against a court’s decision to allow doctors to withdraw treatment and let him die.<p>Mr Justice Francis said it was in the best interests of eight-month-old Charlie Gard for his life …

We Thought This Was a New Marble-Print Birkin Bag — Until We Took a Closer Look

When we stumbled upon an Instagram photo of a gorgeous geode-printed Birkin bag, our jaws fell to the floor. We initially assumed it was the ultimate dream bag we could never actually afford . . . until we took a closer look and realized it wasn't a purse but a real piece of art.<p>Barbara Ségal (aka …

Genetic details of controversial 'three-parent baby' revealed

But the child's parents have decided to forego long-term monitoring by researchers.<p>When a US fertility clinic revealed last year that it had created …

This Is Our Best Look Yet at a Tyrannosaur’s Face

The cutting-edge reconstruction suggests that these “tyrant lizards” had a keen sense of touch on much of their snouts.<p>Thanks to an exquisite 75-million-year-old fossil, paleontologists have crafted the best-ever reconstruction of a tyrannosaur’s face.<p>The fossil skull belongs to a newly described …

Dinosaurs

Space-scraper: this high-rise hangs from an asteroid, suspended in Earth's atmosphere

New York-based Clouds Architecture Office has a history of developing complex and imaginative buildings. But it might have just surpassed itself with …

14 Stunning Photos of Sakura Season in Japan

It's safe to say that Americans love fall. There's the specialty drinks at Starbucks, fall fashion, and, of course, all the colorful leaves. We …

Japan

Scientists might be just weeks away from taking the first real picture of a black hole

The numbers behind the creation of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) are mind boggling enough, let alone the thought of what it might see on April 5 when it's trained on Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy.<p>It's 26,000 light years from Earth. Even though its …

Prisma will soon offer video editing

If you’ve recently been having fun playing around with photo editing application, Prisma on your Android smartphone, you may have noticed a key missing feature – video support. Well, it looks like the wait is almost over as Prisma co-founder Alexei Moiseenkova has promised to introduce a new tool …

23 Companies That Help You Travel The World For Free (And Might Pay You, Too)

Think you can’t afford to go on vacation? Think again.<p>A Wisconsin-based teacher and author with a passion for Spain, Abbey Algiers looks for inexpensive ways to take trips on her summer holidays. So when she discovered Diverbo, she couldn’t believe it. Diverbo offers free vacations for English …

Human Rights

What "Black Tie" Means Now

The ominous but alluring "Black Tie" invitation arrives at your door. Do you wear a short dress or a long gown? Here are a few formal wear etiquette tips to keep in mind for your next black tie gala or wedding.<p><b>I. White Tie</b><p><b>"I'm so fancy."</b><p><b>Ladies</b>: Bring out your best full length ball gown and jewels. …

Clothing

This is 2016's best travel photograph, says National Geographic

A horseback rider charging from the morning mist is the star of this year's National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year selection.<p>The …

Microsoft adding new ways for likeminded gamers to team up

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft is making it easier for gamers who share the same passions or even gender to meet and play with each other online, a …