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Science Guy Bill Nye: Let's Discuss Criminalizing 'Climate Deniers' » Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!

The Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) posted a video to YouTube on Thursday featuring science popularizer Bill Nye “The Science Guy” …

Antarctic Microbes Hold Clue to Earth's Oxygen

At the bottom of an icy Antarctic lake, a thin, slimy layer of bright green microbes is generating a tiny oasis of oxygen that might give a picture …

Oxygen

Single-celled death scene wins Nikon photomicrography prize

Tiny snuff film wins big competition<p>It's a microorganism eat microorganism world out there, as proved by this year's Nikon Small World In Motion competition. The winning footage for the 2015 prize celebrating photomicrography shows a tiny death scene, with a ciliate predator (a type of …

Talented bacteria detect cancer, diabetes

You might want to park at the door any assumptions about bacteria being primitive, inert or yucky. This is a story about genetically engineered forms of bacteria that may someday diagnose cancer by analyzing a urine sample, and that have already shown a knack for recognizing the hallmarks …

E.coli

'Disease is no longer a problem' claims deadly bacteria

Following on from Nigel Farage’s claims that anti-discrimination laws are no longer needed in the UK, concerns about antibiotic resistance and investment in healthcare have been dismissed as irrelevant and wasteful by numerous deadly diseases<p>In a recent interview, Nigel Farage stated that …

Public Health

U.K. Supermarket To Run On Electricity Made From Its Own Rotting Food

The joys of anaerobic digestion<p>One U.K. grocery store plans to power itself using biogas harvested from its own unsold, rotting produce. Yum.<p>A Sainsbury's store in Cannock in central England is getting access to anaerobic digesters. The store plans to use electricity solely from the digesters, …

Sainsbury's

Scientists create antibody that blocks pain and itchiness

The pharmaceuticals used to treat pain haven’t changed substantially in many years, and they all come with a range of possible side effects. In the …

Are Microbes Winning the Antibiotic Arms Race?

Custom Chromo: First Yeast Chromosome Built From Scratch

Using the labor of dozens of undergraduate students, scientists have built a customized yeast chromosome from scratch.<p>It's a milestone in the rapidly growing field of synthetic biology, where organisms can be tailored for industrial use. In this case, the near-term goal is to understand the …

5 Easy Tricks to Bust Out of a Bad Mood

Bad moods are the worst, aren't they? Especially the ones that you just wake up with and can't shake. Those are the ones I really dislike. But as I've come to learn over the years, you can either make or break your own happiness. And while sometimes it isn't easy, no matter the circumstances, you …

How Many Cells Are In Your Body?

You might be surprised to know that until very recently, no one really knew the answer to this question. Estimates have ranged from 5 billion to 200 …

Life in close-up: photomicrography competition winners - in pictures

Nikon has announced the winners of its 2013 Small World Photomicrography Competition. Winning images were selected for displaying both artistic quality and scientific technique. Eric Flem at Nikon said: "After 39 years we are proud to watch the competition continue to grow, allowing us to honor …

RNA's Secret Life Outside the Cell

For decades, researchers have been finding DNA and its sister, RNA, circulating in the body, outside the safe interior of cells where these molecules …

7 Compact Digital Cameras

Choosing the right camera for your cruise can make all the difference. - Photo by Thinkstock<p>If you're not a serious photographer, odds are your smartphone has taken the place of a traditional camera. But when you're on vacation, the rules are different. Smartphones have trouble capturing motion …

For $10, Convert Your Smartphone into a Microscope with Photo and Video Capabilities

[Update – 10:43AM 10/29/13] We actually built one of these $10 microscope stands. Take a look at the photos we took using it to see how well it works.<p>…

Microscopes

How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

I am what you might call a recovering junk food addict—and one that had an especially strong penchant for candy.<p>And while I’ve managed to get my sweet tooth under control in recent years, I still have quite a weakness for homemade versions of classic treats.<p>Being able to create them without …

Dessert

Skull of Homo erectus throws story of human evolution into disarray

A haul of fossils found in Georgia suggests that half a dozen species of early human ancestor were actually all Homo erectus<p>The spectacular fossilised skull of an ancient human ancestor that died nearly two million years ago has forced scientists to rethink the story of early human …

How To Turn Your Camera Into A Photosynthesis Detector

In about an hour, you can hack a camera to only display blue, green, and near-infrared light, which will give you a lovely view of plant life.<p>Members of Public Lab, an online civic science community, wanted to build an inexpensive tool to measure plant health. Their solution: convert an obsolete …