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Conversation between a biologist and a philosopher: self, transformation and religion (1)

<i>Two professors from the University of Lorraine discuss questions of the self, non-self and religion. A biologist begins and a philosopher …

Prominent Astrophysicist Calls the Big Bang A “Mirage”

Science classes the world over teach that the Big Bang is the beginning of our universe, as if it’s established fact. In reality, it’s a theory and …

Physics

A year later, scientists keep listening to gravitational waves, the soundtrack of the cosmos

By Joel Achenbach<p>, Reporter<p>LIVINGSTON, La. — The speed limit on the LIGO access road is 10 mph, which is preposterously slow, particularly after you’ve spent the last hour hurtling across the bayou country on elevated freeways. You have to creep toward the guard booth. The scientists and engineers …

LIGO

Discovery of time crystals could radically change our understanding of the space-time continuum

Consider a structure that moves not in space but time, crystals that change shape and move perpetually without energy, and always return to their …

New Theory About Dark Energy Breaks Law of Conservation of Energy

Dark energy (not to be confused with dark matter) is the stuff that let’s scientists know the universe is expanding at an accelerated rate. Although …

Latest violence has Christians across Middle East fearing bleak future for themselves in region

ON THE last Sunday of October, the church bells in the Iraqi Christian town of Qaraqosh rang out for the first time in two years.The Islamic State of …

Middle East

Soda Companies Fund 96 Health Groups In the U.S.

Despite the fact that America has a severe obesity problem, fueled in part by the overconsumption of sugar, several prominent public health groups …

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Analysis of Burger Market Finds Unwanted Ingredients: Rat and Human DNA

Warning: You may never look at a burger the same way again.<p>The most unappetizing results of a recent test of 258 burgers at their molecular level …

Silk keeps fruit fresh without refrigeration

Half of the world's fruit and vegetable crops are lost during the food supply chain, due mostly to premature deterioration of these perishable foods, …

Why It's Impossible to Actually Be a Vegetarian

*Technically speaking.<p><i>This article was written by Andrew Smith from Drexel University, and was originally published by The Conversation.</i><p>In case …

Scientists store digital images in DNA, and retrieves them perfectly

Researchers have developed one of the first complete systems to store digital data in DNA -- allowing companies to store data that today would fill a …

Analysts Predict $85 Crude Oil By December

After a 50 percent rally in oil prices between February and March, crude has retreated a bit as of late. The upcoming OPEC-Russia meeting in Doha …

CDC braces for Zika’s US invasion as scientists watch virus melt fetal brain

Experts prepare for pockets of transmission on US mainland as mosquito season begins.<p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gathered more …

Science can help explain why too little sleep makes us so emotional

If you’ve ever tossed and turned at 3am, you can probably attest to the fact that sleepless nights lead to bad mornings. Every minor mishap seems to set you off. You might snap at your spouse for forgetting to buy coffee filters, respond brusquely to a well-meaning co-worker, or blink back hot …

Sleep

Bike of Edmonton man who suffered traumatic brain injury stolen for the third time

Thieves who stole an Edmonton man’s specially modified bike from in front of his home took his freedom and independence with it, his mother …

Why Energy Storage May Be The Most Important Technology In The World Right Now

In 1882, Thomas Edison built the Pearl Street Station, the world’s first steam powered electrical distribution plant. In the years that followed, intense competition broke out between he and George Westinghouse, which became known as the War of the Currents, and the technology improved markedly in …

Clean Energy

Chinese returns part of Bangladesh funds stolen by hackers

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Chinese casino junket operator on Thursday returned $4.63 million of the $81 million that hackers stole from the …

Giant remote-controlled beetles and 'biobot' insects could replace drones

It might sound the stuff of nightmares, but giant cyborg beetles could soon be winging their way to a town near you, after scientists proved they can wire up insects and control them remotely.<p>Several labs across the world are trying to design robot insect swarms because the creatures are good at …

Late sleepers are tired of being discriminated against. And science has their back.

Some people have a biological clock naturally set to a later time.<p>We live in a world that worships the early riser. Think of everything we’re told on the virtues of waking up early:<p>”The early bird catches the worm.”<p>”Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man... “ (Ben Franklin’s most famous …

Preterm Births Linked to Air Pollution Cost Billions in the U.S.

Air pollution leads to 16,000 premature births in the United States each year, leading to billions of dollars in economic costs, according to new …

A blood test before birth could predict your medical destiny

<b>Hong Kong (CNN) —</b> It was just after midnight on an autumn evening in 1996 when Yuk Ming Dennis Lo made a discovery he knew would change modern medicine.<p>Lo had discovered a "treasure trove" of valuable DNA floating freely in the bloodstream.<p>His breakthrough would one day make it possible for …

Hong Kong

Landmark as lab creates synthetic cell with minimum genes needed for life

With 473 genes Syn3.0 is the simplest self-replicating cell known and could be basis for new organisms designed to make new antibiotics, fuels and drugs<p>Geneticists have established the minimum needed for life. They have designed and created a synthetic cell which can survive and replicate with just …

Biology

Fry And Fry Again: The Science Secrets To The Double Fry

I've been trying to get the perfect crust on my fried chicken for a while now. To be specific, I've been working on a dish called Chongqing Sichuan spicy chicken or chicken with chilies. This can be one of the most transformative experiences to ever come out of a wok, and I've been chasing a crisp, …

Scientists synthesize the shortest known genome necessary for life

Chipping away at the genome of a tiny parasitic bacteria, genetic-sequencing trailblazer J. Craig Venter and colleagues say they've synthesized the shortest-known genome known to support life. This man-made set of genetic instructions contains only 473 genes, breaking the record held by the …