Jacob Blamer

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Why Is Styrofoam Still a Thing?

Expanded polystyrene is truly a wonder material.<p>It might not have the sexiest name, but expanded polystyrene is truly a wonder material. Widely—and incorrectly—known by by the trademarked name Styrofoam™, this lightweight substance is crafted from petroleum-based polystyrene beads, which are …

Sustainability

Ocean's plastics offer a floating fortress to a mess of microbes

Oceanfront property doesn’t come cheap. Except, perhaps, for some seafaring microbes.<p>Steady streams of tiny plastic pieces making their way into the …

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back.<p>Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound …

Dementia

Charles Darwin was no 'heroic genius', say scientists

Study claims every one of us is responsible for creating the world's brightest ideas, regardless of our own IQs<p>Charles Darwin and other pioneering thinkers were not "heroic geniuses", according to a new study saying we can all take credit for science's greatest discoveries<p>Innovations from the likes …

Charles Darwin

TED 2016: The man making genes democratic

<b>Keolu Fox is a man on a mission - he wants to overhaul the study of genes, which is increasingly revolutionising medicine, and find out why Polynesians and other indigenous groups are dying at faster rates than many other groups.</b><p>As a native Hawaiian, he has special interest in the second and as a …

Genetics

Missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada could number 4,000

Talks with indigenous communities before an inquiry into the missing and murdered women suggest figure is much higher than police estimate of 1,200<p>A Canadian government minister has suggested that as many as 4,000 indigenous women have gone missing or been murdered over the past three …

Want your genome analysed? Proceed with caution

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The pee color spectrum: What it means

Did you know that looking into the toilet bowl is like looking into a crystal ball for your health? The color of your pee can change depending on how hydrated you are, what foods you've been eating, and even as a weird side effect to certain medications. Here's what your urine color says about your …

Wellness

Human breast milk protein could wipe out superbugs

Scientists hope the discovery will help tackle increasing antibiotic resistance<p>Scientists have developed an antibiotic from human breast milk that …

Microbiology

Want to do good at work? Here's where to find a job in the sustainability market

The historic COP21 agreement is poised to create a jump in sustainability hiring. Here are four areas of the job market expected to grow significantly in five years<p>The COP21 agreement was a historic milestone for climate change action, with a similarly historic price tag. According to the …

Just adding pollinators could boost small-farm yields

Just sending more pollinators into action on small farms around the world could significantly boost crop yields, says a massive new study.<p>Coaxing …

Magical gadget scans your food to reveal its nutritional value

LAS VEGAS — Curious just how many carbs and calories are sitting on your dinner plate? A new gadget promises to reveal the nutritional value of your …

Chikungunya is on the move

A crippling virus has slipped its bonds in Africa and Asia and is invading whole new continents faster than people can learn to pronounce its name. …

The biological wonders of this miniature marvel could jump-start an agricultural revolution that saves the world from drought-ridden starvation

These microscopic invertebrates are capable of surviving the most extreme conditions you could dream up, including prolonged desiccation and near-100 percent water loss, freezing and boiling temperatures, intense ionising radiation, and the vacuum of outer space.<p>Scientists have discovered that to …

Biology

If you were handed $1,100 a month, would you amount to anything?

Would Germany be a better place if each citizen received a no-strings-attached government check for $1,100 a month?<p>Would people still get out of bed each day and go to work or do something else productive even with that unconditional basic income of 1,000 euros, less than half the average German …

Income Inequality

Oklahoma Now Has More Earthquake Activity Than California, Thanks To Oil And Gas Drilling

Before 2008, Oklahoma had barely any serious seismic activity. The state averaged one to two earthquakes of 3.0 or greater on the Richter Scale each year. This year, it’s seen 850 earthquakes of 3.0 or more, according to recent information released by the Oklahoma Geological Survey.<p>In seven years, …

Oil & Gas Industry

This CEO's Plan To Cut Carbon Emissions Would Cost You Nothing

Even conservatives can get behind it.<p>SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive wants to put a tax on carbon -- but he says it shouldn’t cost the taxpayer an extra cent.<p>He said any strong deal out of the COP21 climate talks concluding in Paris this week must require companies to pay for the right to produce carbon …

Why North America's Youth Must Rescue Farming

Family farms are integral to the history of North America, but disinterested youth have placed the industry under threat. In this visually-striking short film, we meet a group of idealistic young farmers who are fighting to return the industry to its former strength.<p><i>Age of the Farmer</i> was directed …

Idealism

Three food companies with a climate footprint bigger than the Netherlands

Analysis of the carbon emissions of global food giants Cargill, Tyson and Yara puts agribusiness in the spotlight at UN climate talks in Paris<p>They may not be household names but collectively global food companies Cargill, Tyson and Yara have a bigger climate footprint than the Netherlands, Vietnam …

FDA approved almost all medical devices in the last year

The Food and Drug Administration says it approved 98 percent of all high-risk medical devices submitted during the most recent fiscal year, the highest rate in at least 15 years.<p>The list includes heart valves, cancer tests, gastric balloons, spinal implants and other devices used by doctors and …

Urban Farming Revolution: Impact Farm Allows You to Grow Fresh Produce in the Middle of the City

Urban farming is most certainly the way of the future. However, some of the largest barriers to this style of food production is a lack of space in densely populated cities, and also climate fluctuation. Copenhagen-based urban design lab Human Habitat seeks to address these issues with their …

Aquaponics

There are 6 quintillion gallons of water hiding in the Earth's crust

Most of us think of the water cycle as something that occurs above ground: water falls from the sky, evaporates back into the atmosphere and then condenses into rain or snow once again.<p>But the water that's above ground is just a fraction of our planet's total water story.<p>Hidden in the Earth's crust …

Snorkeling

Low-hanging fruit: scientists unlock pineapple's genetic secrets

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The pineapple, the tropical fruit enjoyed by people worldwide in slices, chunks, juice, upside-down cakes, jam, tarts, ice cream, yogurt, stir-fry dishes, piña coladas, glazed ham and even Hawaiian pizza, is finally giving up its genetic secrets.<p>Scientists on Monday said they …