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A sprinkle of compost helps rangeland lock up carbon

A compost experiment that began seven years ago on a Marin County ranch has uncovered a disarmingly simple and benign way to remove carbon dioxide from the air, holding the potential to turn the vast rangeland of California and the world into a weapon against climate change.<p>The concept grew out of …

Green Living

The Most Dangerous Gym in the World

These lifters have achieved world-class strength lifting in a dirt lot located in an Egyptian slum. What’s your excuse for not getting stronger?<p>Violence occurs often in Al Warden, a run-down industrial neighborhood in Alexandria, Egypt. Men young and old carry matwas, an Egyptian variant of a …

The Greatest Books of All Time, As Voted by 125 Famous Authors

“Reading is the nourishment that lets you do interesting work,” Jennifer Egan once said. This intersection of reading and writing is both a necessary bi-directional life skill for us mere mortals and a secret of iconic writers’ success, as bespoken by their personal libraries. <b>The Top Ten: Writers</b> …

Is it high time for marijuana legalization? - Video on NBCNews.com

>>> a 30-tablet free trial.>>> this saturday, seattle held its 22nd annual a and first ever legal hemp fest protestival. but instead of arrests and citations, this year police handed out 1,000 bags of doritos, including tips. while seattle police might be stuck in 1973 with their marijuana …

I Took My Tinder Date to a Porn Theater for Valentine's Day

Anyone can shit on Valentine's Day with words. I decided to spend my Valentine's Day with two of the least romantic things I could think of: porno theaters and Tinder.<p>Few things are more contrived and emotionally psychotic than Valentine's Day. People buy one another material tokens of …

Matter will be created from light within a year, claim scientists

Researchers have worked out how to make matter from pure light and are drawing up plans to demonstrate the feat within the next 12 months.<p>The theory underpinning the idea was first described 80 years ago by two physicists who later worked on the first atomic bomb. At the time they considered the …

Modified measles virus destroys cancer in early clinical trial

Promising early results from a clinical trial at the Mayo Clinic out this week suggest that a modified version of the measles virus can be used to target cancer cells and put the condition into remission. Researchers intravenously delivered 10,000 times the typical dosage of measles vaccine to two …

Skeleton of 12,000-year-old girl could show where first Americans came from

Around 12,000 years ago, a short teenage girl was wandering a system of caves, likely searching out water, when she fell into a deep pit and cracked her pelvis. She likely died almost instantly, and her body remained there untouched until researchers discovered it in 2007, submerged under water …

Stem cell therapy shows promise for multiple sclerosis in mouse model

Mice crippled by an autoimmune disease similar to multiple sclerosis (MS) regained the ability to walk and run after a team of researchers led by …

New federal rules will force scientists to use more female lab animals

To get funding, researchers will soon have to include more female biological tissues in their work<p>Starting in October, biomedical researchers will have to counterbalance their use of male animals and cells with the equivalent in female biological tissues and test subjects. At least that's what …

Blog Post Questions Recent Big Bang Discovery

Some scientific debate heats up online.<p>A major recent cosmology finding is being called into question in some online exchanges, Science Now reports.<p>Last month, a team of astrophysicists announced it had found the first direct evidence that the universe expanded enormously less than a second after …

Physics

E-Cigarettes Not Harmless, Should Be Regulated Like Cigs, Study Says

It's unclear whether or not they help people quit real cigarettes.<p>E-cigarettes have only been around for about a decade, and it's not yet clear what all the health effects of "vaping" might be. But according to a comprehensive review of research on health effects and usage patterns of electronic …