Jennifer Yeh

30 Flips | 3 Magazines | 1 Like | @JenniferYeh2014 | Keep up with Jennifer Yeh on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Jennifer Yeh”

Genetic Data Will Take Up More Space Than YouTube In 10 Years

A classic big data problem<p>Your little genes are about to take up a lot more space. In the next 10 years, genomic data could generate anywhere between 2 and 40 exabytes per year—at a minimum, that’s more than two million times what your home computer can hold. A study approximating the overwhelming …

Genes

Self-driving taxis may be the key to cutting greenhouse gases

You may think that self-driving cars are mostly useful for reducing accident rates and freeing your time, but they might just help save the environment, too. Berkeley Lab researchers have published a study which suggests that switching the transportation grid from conventional vehicles to …

Everything Science Knows About Reading On Screens

We’ve adapted our reading habits to fit our screens, but at a cost.<p>Thanks to technology, we’re reading more than ever—our brains process thousands of words via text messages, email, games, social media, and web stories. According to one report, the amount people that read tripled from 1980 to the …

Why You Need to Spend at Least Two Days in Ann Arbor

<i>Every week we'll be asking you to come with us to some of our favorite small towns and cities—and we'll show you the places, secret spots, and nooks we love.</i><p><i>Today: Our Contributing Editor Lindsay-Jean shows us around her hometown—and we already don't want to leave.</i><p>The city of Ann Arbor is nearly …

7 Cheese Recipes That Are Better Than a Significant Other

Let's be real -- cheese is the best food ever. Yes, even better than bacon. Grilled cheese sandwiches and instant mac & cheese got you through childhood and college, and it'll get you through the rest of life because you just can't go wrong with cheese. Here are a few recipes that every cheese …

grilled cheese

Declinism: is the world actually getting worse?

Let’s face it, 2015 hasn’t been the most positive of years so far. But is the world really going down the pan? Radio 4’s The Human Zoo kicked off a new series this week, taking a look at “declinism” – the idea that we’re predisposed to view the past favourably, and worry that the future is going to …

Blowing up the brain to reveal its finer details

A new method allows researchers to visualise brain tissue at the nanoscale using ordinary light microscopes<p>Children of all ages enjoy growing and hatching dinosaur eggs. These fun little toys are made of a material that is absorbant and expandable. When placed in a glass of water, the rubber dino …

Elon Musk's Hyperloop Could Be Just 10 Years Away

Hyperloop, the ultra-fast tube transport dreamed up by SpaceX founder and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, could be ready for passengers in as few as 10 years.<p>In a 76-page report released on Dropbox on Thursday, a new startup called Hyperloop Transportation Technologies laid out plans for building …

Desert plan seeks to balance environment, renewable energy

With towering white wind turbines turning slowly in the background, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Tuesday unveiled a plan to manage both conservation and renewable energy production on more than 22 million acres in California — nearly one-quarter of the state — as part of a federal and …

Food waste in the United States is out of control

<b>(Lightspring via Shutterstock)</b><p>We throw away more food than paper, plastic, glass or metal<p>Joanna Rothkopf<p>September 24, 2014 3:34pm (UTC)<p>The U.N. Climate Summit is an opportunity for government officials to dig deep into lesser-known problems facing the Earth. One of the most pernicious behaviors …

The Alberta Tar Sands

Buried just beneath a layer of muskeg and forest in northern Alberta, Canada, lies a 50,000 square mile reservoir of heavy crude oil, possibly holding 2 trillion barrels of recoverable oil. These bitumen deposits require a lot of effort to extract, recover, and pre-process before the oil can be …

Tiny Spanish Island Nears Its Goal: 100 Percent Renewable Energy

It actually takes quite a lot of fossil fuel power to reach the tiny Spanish island of El Hierro. You have to catch a commercial jet flight, a propeller plane and then a ferry to reach what was once the end of the known world, before Columbus set sail.<p>But once you're there, there's no need for …

A New Way To Finance Solar And Storage: The LOPPA

Solar and energy storage will increasingly be integrated together at commercial sites, homes and microgrids. SolarCity, NRG, Enphase all have storage plans.<p>But to be honest, they are an odd couple with very different personalities.<p>Solar is passive: solar modules are typically planted in a fixed …

Global warming’s year of destruction: 2014’s terrifying and pivotal climate events are impossible to ignore

<b>Evacuees in central Philippines, Dec. 4, 2014, in anticipation of the incoming Typhoon Hagupit. (AP/Paul Cinco)</b><p>A super typhoon is on course to devastate the Philippines as the world works toward a climate treaty<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>December 5, 2014 11:59am (UTC)<p>It's downright eerie to see the reports of a …

Wolves and Bears Stage Comeback in Crowded, Urban Europe

Big carnivores are on the rise across Europe, a new study finds, as farmlands revert to wildlife-friendly habitat.<p>Europe, the birthplace of the "Little Red Riding Hood" legend and the Big Bad Wolf, is now home to twice as many wolves as the contiguous United States, a new study finds, despite being …

World’s first ‘three-parent’ babies could be born in the UK

MPs will be asked to vote on whether to allow mitochondrial transfer technique to prevent inherited genetic diseases<p>A further step towards creating babies using DNA from three people has been taken by the UK government with the announcement of new regulations to be put before parliament. The move …

Cancer Immunotherapy Named Science 'Breakthrough of the Year'

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer<p>Published: 12/19/2013 02:12 PM EST on LiveScience<p>A type of cancer treatment that directs the body's own immune system to fight cancer cells has been named as the "breakthrough of the year" by one of the world's top science journals.<p>The journal Science said today …

Kidney grown from stem cells by Australian scientists

Australian scientists grow world's first kidney from stem cells in a breakthrough that could alleviate the demand for organ transplants<p>Scientists in <b>Australia</b> have grown the world's first kidney from stem cells – a tiny organ which could eventually help to reduce the wait for transplants.<p>The …

Breast cancer: Drug 'halves' risk of tumours

<b>A "landmark study" shows a drug can more than halve the development of breast cancer in high-risk women.</b><p>A trial on 4,000 women, published in the Lancet, showed anastrozole was more effective, cheaper and had fewer side effects than current medications.<p>It stops the production of the hormone …

Cancer

Antibody machinery 'can misfire and cause leukaemia'

<b>The tools used to fortify the body against infection are also one of the causes of the most common form of childhood leukaemia, say researchers.</b><p>The machinery used to produce millions of antibodies in the immune system can misfire, making cells more likely to become cancerous.<p>The UK research group …

Immunotherapy

New DNA supercomputer promises radically cheaper genome tests

A new DNA supercomputer is promising to deliver radically cheaper genome sequencing, a shift that could spur research and broader adoption of the tests. Illumina's latest model is designed to process 20,000 samples a year, with costs potentially as low as $1,000, a milestone the genetics industry …

New drug in development to reverse spread of breast cancer

A new drug is being developed that could potentially stop the spread of breast cancer in its tracks.<p>Researchers at Cardiff University in Cardiff, Wales, are working on a novel compound that targets a well-studied protein called Bcl3, which has been shown to play a crucial role in breast cancer’s …

Simple way to make stem cells in half an hour hailed as major discovery

A radical and remarkably easy way to make cells that can grow into any tissue in the body has been developed by scientists in Japan.<p>The feat has been hailed as a major discovery by researchers familiar with the work, and if it can be repeated in human tissue, could lead to cheap and simple …

Multiple boosts for cancer immunotherapy

Tumors persist and grow in part because they squelch the immune system, but researchers have recently turned the tables with treatments that prompt …

Antibiotic resistance: sometimes knowledge is not enough

If antibiotic resistance continues to spread, then the drugs we take for granted now will become ineffective within the next few decades. The UK’s Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, wasn’t exaggerating when she said it could herald the end of modern medicine, because without antibiotics, …

This Electric Bike Folds Up To Fit Inside Your Backpack

The secret is a circular design: Tiny solid wheels fold up into a frame made of two circles instead of the usual triangle. A circular seat doubles as …

Wind and solar energy are 'not ready for primetime,' says Exxon analyst

North America, once a sponge that sucked in a significant portion of the world’s oil, will instead be supplying the world with oil and other liquid hydrocarbons by the end of this decade, according to ExxonMobil’s annual long-term energy forecast.<p>And the “almost unspeakable” amount of natural gas …

How the Republican-led Congress could kill the climate change deal

While Chinese apparatchiks will, presumably unquestioningly, jump to realize President Xi Jinping’s order to reduce carbon emissions in an ambitious deal with the United States, Barack Obama will come home to a newly elected Congress that will probably tell him to neuter his climate change agenda …