Ian Saltzman

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Scientists unravel the mystery of the Roman 'gate to hell'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two thousand years ago, ancient tourists flocked to a Greco-Roman temple in Hierapolis, modern-day Turkey, situated on top of a cave once purported to be the gateway to the underworld.<p>They watched in awe as animals, from birds to bulls, dropped dead at its entrance. The cave, named the …

Ancient History

Not All Salt is the Same—Here’s What You Need to Know

If you stand stumped in the spice aisle at the sheer variety of salt to choose from, we have answers.<p>If we’re talking underrated cooking ingredients, …

This small Pennsylvania region produces half the mushroom crop in the U.S.

In a small section of Pennsylvania, indoor farms are producing more than a million pounds of mushrooms every day.<p>Farmers in Chester County, …

Farming

Online game challenges players to design on/off switch for CRISPR

Players will try to design a molecule that can turn CRISPR gene-editing on and off. Success could open the door to new research and therapies.<p>A team …

How Moldy Hay And Sick Cows Led To A Lifesaving Drug

There is a lifesaving drug that owes its existence to moldy hay, sick cows and rat poison.<p>The drug is called warfarin sodium. It prevents blood clots, and it can be a lifesaver for patients who've had a heart attack or stroke. It's one of the most widely prescribed drugs in the world.<p>There is …

Cows

This shipping-container farm could someday solve the food desert problem

There’s a farm opening soon in Laurel, Md., that can grow strawberries in January. It could grow rare tropical fruits from Asia and Central America on our native soil. It could produce custom-designed lettuce, more peppery or sweet. It’s a hydroponic farm in a shipping container, and its owners …

Aquaponics

7 Perennials That Will Bloom Multiple Times This Summer

With a little extra care, these flowers will bloom two times or more.<p>We put up with perennials — and their fleeting blooms — because we love the way they reappear, year after year. But with a bit of extra effort — namely, judicious pruning — the perennials here will offer a repeat performance. (If …

Can Algae Replace Oil Wells? Craig Venter And Exxon Take A Step Toward Saying 'Yes'

Think of them as Sumo wrestler algae: fat, but also fit. It’s fat (more correctly, lipids) that can be made into biofuels, which, if they were as cheap as petroleum, would yield untold ecological advantages. But how do you make algae better at making fat? Changing one gene can make the little green …

There's a New Clash Over Saturated Fat And Health: Here's What You Need to Know

Enough already.<p>A new editorial denying the role of saturated fats in heart disease has sparked controversy and an angry backlash from experts in the …

Only a superweapon can kill superbacteria, and humanity finally found it

In 1945, in New Mexico, the researchers of the Manhattan Project performed the first detonation of a nuclear weapon; it bathed the desert with light, …

Innovative New Process Uses Bacteria to 3D Print Materials

Custom 3D printed materials like graphene could soon start being created using printed bacteria thanks to a team of scientists at the Delft …

Mother of Pearl

See the 22 Most Stunning Images Science Made This Past Year

Using a variety of photography, illustrations, and medical technology, these 22 pictures pay an artistic homage to medical science.<p>For Oliver Burston, Crohn's disease was akin to living like a skeleton—emaciated and overcome by a sense of frailty. Like many people who suffer from chronic illness, …

3 Examples Of Rampant Sexism In The Non-GMO Movement

When it comes to GMOs, consumer attitudes vary, though they’re not as polarized as the pro and anti sides make them out to be. Though polls funded by anti-GMO groups claim 9 in 10 people want these foods labeled, only 1 in 6 respondents in a recent Pew Research Center study said they “care a great …

Iron Age chariot and horse found buried together in Yorkshire

The discovery of the remains of an Iron Age horse and chariot buried together has been declared an event of "international significance" by archaeologists.<p>The find of the remains dating back to 500BC is the first of its kind in the last 200 years and one of only 26 chariots ever excavated in the UK.<p>…

New findings about dinosaurs go against 130 years of science

The dinosaur family tree may need to be radically rewritten — and even uprooted and replanted elsewhere, a new analysis of about 75 different species shows.<p>The findings, published in the journal Nature, hint that dinosaurs may have originated in the northern hemisphere rather than the southern, and …

German Researchers Discover Cause of OCD

This is major.<p>Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can take many forms. Perhaps someone washes her hands over and over again, leading to cuts and skin damage. Or maybe she can’t fall asleep at night until she’s gotten out of bed to make sure the door is locked. Perhaps she always orders objects in a …

Mental Health

Google's new sun map will tell you whether your roof needs a solar panel

Google has long stated its ambitions to run its global operations solely on renewable energy, and now it wants to lead by example. The company has updated its interactive Sunroof map that helps people estimate whether it makes sense to install a solar panel on their roof.<p>In a new blog post, the Big …

Beyond Lyme: New Tick-Borne Diseases On The Rise In U.S.

It all started in the shower. Tucker Lane looked down, and there they were.<p>"Two ticks, on my right hip, directly next to each other," he says.<p>At the time, Lane didn't think much about it. He grew up on Cape Cod. Ticks are everywhere there in the summer. "Just another tick bite. Not a big deal," he …

Formed by Megafloods, This Place Fooled Scientists for Decades

Geologists couldn't account for the strange landforms of eastern Washington State. Then a high school teacher dared to question the scientific dogma of his day.<p>In the middle of eastern Washington, in a desert that gets less than eight inches of rain a year, stands what was once the largest …

The president accused Obama of ‘McCarthyism.’ But Trump’s mentor helped enforce it.

A few minutes before the sun rose over Mar-a-Lago, President Trump was up, thumbing a series of tweets about Barack Obama and some of the darker days of 20th century American history.<p>In particular, he was making accusations that Obama had tapped the phones in Trump tower just before the 2016 …

Trump’s pledge to “start winning wars again” is ignorant and delusional — and highly dangerous

<b>(Getty/Michael Heiman/Salon)</b><p>Trump’s detour into war nostalgia suggests a profound ignorance of history and no understanding of the world<p>Bob Cesca<p>February 28, 2017 10:00am (UTC)<p>President Donald Trump is his own worst enemy. Whenever we see him lashing out at critics, be they news anchors or …

Donald Trump

Rare chickens brought back from the brink of extinction by Edinburgh University

Rare chickens such as the ‘Scots Dumpy’ which was used by the Picts to warn of the approach of the Roman Army, could be brought back from the brink of extinction by Edinburgh University.<p>Scientists have genetically engineered chickens which can act as surrogates and lay the eggs of other rare breeds.<p>…

Ceramic Pottery Reveals an Ancient Geomagnetic Field Spike

More than 2,500 years ago in the ancient Near East, the Earth's geomagnetic field was going gangbusters. During the late eighth century B.C., a new …

Earth Science

Woolly mammoth on verge of resurrection, scientists reveal

Scientist leading ‘de-extinction’ effort says Harvard team could create hybrid mammoth-elephant embryo in two years<p>The woolly mammoth vanished from the Earth 4,000 years ago, but now scientists say they are on the brink of resurrecting the ancient beast in a revised form, through an ambitious feat …

Pollen pills suppresses hay fever for years - new report

Hay fever sufferers can effectively cure their condition if they take pills or injections for three years that acclimatises them to pollen.<p>Experts at Imperial College London said those blighted by the allergy can reduce their symptoms for "several years" after undergoing treatment.<p>Past studies have …

Medicine

Scientists have confirmed a brand new phase of matter: time crystals

For months now, there's been speculation that researchers might have finally created time crystals — strange crystals that have an atomic structure that repeats not just in space, but in time, putting them in constant oscillation without energy.<p>Now it's official — researchers have just reported in …

Quantum Physics

Why Earth’s magnetic poles could be about to swap places — and how it could affect us

The Earth's magnetic field surrounds our planet like an invisible force field — protecting life from harmful solar radiation by deflecting charged particles away. Far from being constant, this field is continuously changing. Indeed, our planet's history includes at least several hundred global …

Earth Science

NASA’s Cassini captures jaw-dropping photos of Saturn’s rings

NASA's Cassini spacecraft recently captured stunning close-ups of Saturn’s icy rings.<p>The spacecraft, which is currently in its “ring-grazing” phase of orbit around the planet, is heading towards its final phase when it will burn up in Saturn's upper atmosphere later this year, NASA said in a …