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How to Make a Drinking Glass From a Bottle | The Art of Manliness

I’ve often admired the artwork on beer bottles, liquor bottles, even craft soda bottles. And I’ve often wondered how to capture some of this artwork …

14 Emerging Digital Technologies That Will Change The World

<i>Policy Horizons Canada worked with futurist and data visualizer Michell Zappa of Envisioning to produce a report called MetaScan 3: Emerging Technologies and accompanying infographics. We are reproducing the summary for emerging digital and communications technologies.</i><p>We have included predictions …

Scientists create the first life form with 'alien' DNA

Researchers in California have for the first time created an organism whose genetic code comprises six letters, instead of four. This means that the bacterium, described in a study published in <i>Nature</i> today, is the first life form to contain artificial genetic building blocks.<p>When biologists talk …

Five insights challenging science's unshakable 'truths'

<b>1 | Lifestyle can change genes</b><p>We have come to think that if something is "in our genes", it is our inevitable destiny. However, this is a gross oversimplification. We have each inherited a particular set of genes, but the outcome of that inheritance is not fixed. Our environment, diet and …

Wrap Your Head Around This One: Potentially Immortal Bacteria That Eat Electricity and Could Become Living Batteries

One of the stranger (and little known) facts of nature is that our living cells are electric, or can carry electricity. Every thought, feeling and …

Have We Found Alien Life?

Microbes that eat and breathe electricity have forced scientists to reimagine how life works—on this planet and others<p><i>This feature was originally published in the February 2015 issue of</i> Popular Science.<p>Kenneth Nealson is looking awfully sane for a man who’s basically just told me that he has a …

IndieBio Will Accelerate Synthetic Biology To Tech Startup Speed

Can biology move at “internet speed”? Is there a Moore’s Law for cells? What about the problems that cannot be solved by information technology alone? IndieBio, a new biotech accelerator based in both San Francisco and Cork, Ireland, is proposing to answer these questions and more.<p>“What a lot of …

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A Father Has Invented a Bionic Organ to Save His Son From Type 1 Diabetes

Halfway to lifting a kernel of popcorn to your mouth, you pause. The couple you've been rooting for on the movie theater screen for the past hour is …

Hijacking the bacterial ‘communication system’ to tell cancer cells to stop spreading — or even die | Kurzweil

Cancer cells on the left are pre-molecule treatment. The cells on the right are after the treatment and are dead (credit: S. Kumar)<p>A molecule used as …

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Genome study unmasks evolution of Darwin's finches

A genome study of the famed Darwin finch species on the Galapagos and Cocos islands has unveiled a gene behind the 15 species' remarkable variation of beaks, a feature that helped inspire the father of evolutionary theory.<p>The study of 120 individual birds from across the South American island chain …

In Most Ambitious DNA Building Project Ever, Scientists Make An Artificial Yeast Chromosome

We're constructing ever-more-complicated creatures in labs.<p>Humans have been engineering yeast "for thousands of years," says Jef Boeke, a researcher with New York University's medical center who is one of the world's top yeast biology experts. At first, I thought he was exaggerating. Yeast has been …

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Scientists create 'alien' life form with artificial genetic code

Scientists made a substantial breakthrough in understanding how to alter the fundamental nature of life, and they did so by creating for the first time a partially artificial life form that passes along lab-engineered DNA.<p>The work, published online in the journal Nature on Wednesday, came from the …

Biotech's Brave New World: Push One To Create Life; Push Two To Create Alien Life

It’s been a good month for miracles. And by miracles I mean our oldest miracle, that first miracle, the creation of life itself.<p>During these first weeks in May, two separate teams working at two separate institutions announced that when it comes to creating life from scratch, well, there are a …

The Science Of Bubbles

More than just good for a bath, bubbles are a focus of new research<p>Bubbles may seem pretty ordinary. We tend to think of them just as beverage enhancers or entertainment for small children. But scientists are uncovering another side to bubbles: They can perform computations, drive climate, and even …

What the Synapses in Your Brain Actually Look Like

Without synapses, your neurons wouldn't be able to communicate and your brain would be little more than a ball of meat. Exactly what synapses look …

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Beyond GMOs: The Rise of Synthetic Biology

Genetically modified organisms today usually have just one engineered gene. Scientists now want to create organisms with whole new gene clusters.<p>Thousands of researchers will descend on Boston this fall for an event billed as the world’s largest gathering of synthetic biologists. The field is …

How human thoughts can control mouse genes

Scientists have created the first gene network that can be operated by brainwaves.<p>More specifically, the team has developed a new gene regulation …

Major brain pathway rediscovered

A massive white matter tract at the back of the brain, overlooked for the past century, might be crucial for skills such as reading.<p>A team of neuroscientists in America say they have rediscovered an important neural pathway that was first described in the late nineteenth century but then …

Blood vessels relax when they ‘see’ the light

Light can prod blood vessels to relax, a discovery that came about almost accidentally when researchers moved some gear into a room with …

Bioengineers develop tool for reprogramming genetic code

Biology relies upon the precise activation of specific genes to work properly. If that sequence gets out of whack, or one gene turns on only …

Uncovering the genetic basis of obesity hints at new ways to define it

'It’s not just you and your bad habits; it’s not fully volitional.'<p>Obesity is determined by both by a person’s environment and their genetics. But until recently, researchers didn’t know exactly what role various regions of our DNA played in determining how human bodies look. Now, researchers have …

Tesla to put Model S “range anxiety” to rest on Thursday

While electric cars seem almost ideal from an environmental point of view, one of the biggest hurdles to their massive adoption is their range …

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China's Li Ning to team up with Xiaomi on "smart" running shoes

HONG KONG, March 16 (Reuters) - China’s Li Ning Co Ltd is teaming up with Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi to produce a new generation of “smart” running shoes this year, in the sports brand’s latest effort to revive its waning fortunes.<p>Li Ning, backed by private equity powerhouse TPG Capital and …

The UK's latest 'wonder material' is made from sugar beet

A Scottish start-up is turning root vegetables into an ingenious new material, which can be used to lock moisture into anything from food to cosmetics to concrete<p>A Scottish start-up has developed a material made from carrots and sugar beet that it claims is twice as strong as carbon fibre, and is …

Scientists Take DNA Sample From Woolly Mammoth Leg for Cloning Project

Weird Science<p>A group of Russian and South Korean researchers has begun their attempt to clone a woolly mammoth, starting by extracting DNA from a spectacularly well-preserved specimen discovered in the Siberian permafrost in 2013. The project is led by Hwang Woo-Suk, a Korean cloning scientist who …

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