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GMO battles over 'settled' science spur new study of crops | Reuters

(Reuters) - Monsanto Co, the world’s largest seed company, and its brethren of global biotech crop developers are spreading the word that as far as the safety of their genetically modified grain goes, the science is solidly on their side.<p>The message of “settled” science has become the rallying cry …

The Brain May Compensate For Heavy Pot Smoking -- Until It Can't Anymore

Another study adds to the growing but controversial pile of evidence that heavy marijuana use over the years can lead to changes in the brain. The research, published in <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i>, found that an area in the front of the brain called the orbitofrontal cortex …

How Love Conquers Stress, According To Science

It's said that love conquers all and there's some science to suggest that love <i>does</i> make us stronger. Feelings of love can improve a remarkable variety of health factors, from reducing the brain's response to pain to lowering blood pressure. Loving touch can boost immune system function, and …

How Green Are Those Solar Panels, Really?

As the industry grows, so does concern over the environmental impact.<p><b>As the world seeks cleaner power, solar energy capacity has increased sixfold in the past five years. Yet manufacturing all those solar panels, a Tuesday report shows, can have environmental downsides.</b><p>Fabricating the panels …

Could plasma-surfing electrons star in future particle accelerators?

To find the tiny subatomic particle known as the Higgs boson, scientists had to build an accelerator with a 17-mile circumference -- but with a little unconventional technology, such giant machines could one day be a thing of the past.<p>A team led by researchers at Stanford's SLAC National …

Physics

Cocktail Calculus Chart: The Inner Workings Of Recipes

Understanding the interplay of acid, sugar, and alcohol gives essential insight into how a cocktail is structured<p><i>The following is excerpted from</i> Liquid Intelligence, <i>a new book by (friend of Popular Science) Dave Arnold. The book is a canonical manual to a better way of understanding and making</i> …

The code that may treat blindness

Neuroscientist Sheila Nirenberg has found a technique that promises to treat blindness, and it all began with her idea to crack the brain’s visual code…<p>As you look at this page, your eyes are doing a remarkable thing.<p>A stream of light from the words and pictures is bouncing into the eyeball and …

Blindness

Ukraine violence flares as ceasefire collapses

Gunfire crackles and flames scar battlefields in eastern Ukraine -- signs, officials warn, of a crumbling ceasefire in the volatile region.<p>And there's new fear that the long simmering battle may be about to explode to a deadly new level.<p>Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, NATO Supreme Allied Commander …

Microsoft Dumps Nokia: Hands-On With The New Lumia 535

Whilst the Nokia brand is still hugely popular in certain areas of the world, and some would argue that it’s a key driver to the Lumia range’s success, Microsoft is keen to move out of Nokia’s long shadow. And its first step out of the darkness? The supremely thrifty Lumia 535.<p>In the age of the …

Minimum viable products, exceptional products, and cupcakes

“Minimum” is not a word usually associated with a good product. But the term “minimum viable product” (MVP) is thrown around as widely accepted advice for startups. Is there truth to it, or is it just another passing trend?<p>Even how to use an MVP is questioned. The level of quality, the time spent …

Assassin’s Creed: Unity’s framerate is worse on PlayStation 4 than Xbox One

Ubisoft released its latest Assassin’s Creed today, and it’s one of the first games to run significantly better on Xbox One than PlayStation 4.<p>Assassin’s Creed: Unity is a beautiful game, but those highly detailed visuals comes at a cost: the framerate isn’t great. On Xbox One, it was passable, but …

Feel Starved for Time? Here's a Surprising (and Easy) Solution

Photo by Scott King<p>Although I presumably spent most of my childhood daydreaming, I seldom do it anymore. Occasionally, I'll catch myself spacing out in the shower, just standing there, and I'll try to hustle myself back on track, lest I waste any more time or water.<p>Rarely do we just let ourselves …

Personal Hygiene