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This Week in Science: Cheating Bankers, November's Freeze, and the Microbiology of Kissing

Seven days; lots of science in the news. Here's our roundup of this week's most notable and quotable items:<p><i>Image credit: Michael Marcelle</i><p>CERN physicists found two never-before-seen subatomic particles: Xi_b'- and Xi_b*-, both of which are baryons -- a class of particle that includes protons and …

Microbiology: Ditch the term pathogen

Disease is as much about the host as it is the infectious agent — the focus on microbes is hindering research into treatments, say Arturo Casadevall …

Parasitic Wasps Master Microbiology In Addition To Neurochemistry - Science Sushi

By Christie Wilcox | January 7, 2013 3:00 pm<p><i>“Oh, beauty is a beguiling call to death, and I’m addicted to the sweet pitch of its siren.” – Johnny</i> …

Creating a Bacterial Culture With Proper Sterile Technique

DIY ACRYLIC INDIGO BUTTERFLY LAMP.<p>IPhone Camera Spinner<p>Arduino GoPro Wifi Control<p>3D CAM and CNC Class<p>Although my lab at home isn't this complex I …

DNA and RNA Extraction, Purification and Isolation Method

Microbiome

Facebook offers free-form gender option for people who don’t fit a binary

Facebook has tweaked the gender options available on the social network so that people who don’t conform to a traditional male/female gender binary …

Universal pensioner benefits will be protected under Tories, says Cameron

Universal benefits for pensioners would be protected under a future Conservative government, David Cameron has pledged.<p>In a speech setting out his party’s promises to pensioners on Monday, the prime minister said benefits – including free bus passes, TV licences, prescriptions, eye tests and the …

See-Through Fish Discovered Under Antarctica's Ice

Hidden away from the sun below half a mile of ice, complex life flourishes.<p>After drilling through Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf, scientists have discovered microbes, crustaceans, and even several kinds of strange fish living in water buried under nearly half a mile (740 meters) of ice.<p>As recently as …

iChip: The Future of Antibiotic Discovery

Two weeks ago, a team led by scientists from Northeastern University published a study describing a new class of antibiotics called teixobactin, which they found in the soil of a field in Maine. The Internet subsequently lit up with both excitement and criticism (mostly excitement, though). It’s …

New Theory Suggests That We Live In The Past Of A Parallel Universe

Whether through Newton's gravitation, Maxwell's electrodynamics, Einstein's special and general relativity or quantum mechanics, all the equations that best describe our universe work perfectly if time flows forward or backward.<p>Of course the world we experience is entirely different. The universe …

Dark Matter

Sleep: How to nap like a pro

We’ve all heard of the merits of power naps, says Tiffanie Wen, but are there good and bad ways to sleep during the day?<p>Growing up, sleep was considered paramount in my family home. My siblings and I didn’t have many house rules – bedtimes were flexible, we had free reign over microwaved TV dinners …

First new antibiotic in 30 years discovered in major breakthrough

The first new antibiotic to be discovered in nearly 30 years has been hailed as a ‘paradigm shift’ in the fight against the growing resistance to drugs.<p>Teixobactin has been found to treat many common bacterial infections such as tuberculosis, septicaemia and C. diff, and could be available within …