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The Church Of George Church

From reviving extinct species to hunting for dark matter, can a single scientist transform biology--and our lives?<p>A few years ago, George Church was peer-reviewing a paper for the journal <i>Science</i> when he got an idea. The paper’s authors had encoded their names and a string of famous quotes into a …

Mutant Bacteria Will Test You For Disease And Color Your Pee Accordingly

Colorful pee is easy to see<p>From sophisticated imaging tools to cancer-sniffing dogs, researchers are constantly seeking better ways to detect disease, which could lead to earlier and more effective treatment. In recent years, genetically manipulated bacteria seemed like promising indicators, but …

Nepal quake death toll climbs to 1,910

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Nepal police official says at least 1,910 people have been killed, including at least 721 in Kathmandu, in the immense …

The 1 percent are parasites: Debunking the lies about free enterprise, trickle-down, capitalism and celebrity entrepreneurs

The rich don’t generate jobs. Rising tides do not lift all boats. And they probably built that with government help<p>‘When did you last get a job from a poor person?’ So goes my favorite Tea Party slogan. The Americans are good at slogans but the Tea Party specializes in discombobulatingly daft ones.</i> …

OK, don't read this article about passive-aggressive behaviour. Honestly, it's fine

It was Valentine’s Day recently, a fraught time for anyone in a relationship. Perhaps the gift you got your partner was obviously a last minute purchase from a petrol station? Or maybe you ignored Valentine’s Day because you both agreed it’s stupid, only your partner didn’t <i>quite</i> mean it?<p>Whatever …

Psychology

Snowden’s Revenge: New Mega-Spying Project Revealed

A giant cellphone surveillance program is just one of the dark NSA secrets being dragged out into the light, thanks to a certain whistleblower and a …

Photograph: Guardian<p>Tests for Barr bodies can easily be performed on cheek cells taken by a simple oral swab - the simplicity of the test is probably part of the reason it lasted for so long in international …

International Olympic Committee

Scientists have shown the urge to eat after smoking is caused by cannabinoids hijacking brain cells that normally suppress appetite<p>Besides making a bongo drum sound inexplicably magical and enhancing a person’s ability to talk nonsense for extended periods of time, generations of cannabis smokers …

Neuroscience

Ray wants to be the last remote control you’ll ever buy

David Skokna wants to simplify TV, one button at a time. That’s why Skokna and his team at Ray Ventures are introducing a remote control to replace …

DARPA Wants To Make Computer Networks Look More Like Sci-Fi Graphic Novels

An intuitive, visual interface could make cybersecurity way less boring<p>Even for the experts, lines of computer code can be tedious to read. But what if it all looked like a video-game world, or like a rendering of the stars in space?<p>DARPA, the U.S. military’s research arm, has been working on a way …

Now 25 years old, what’s next for Photoshop? An interview with Adobe’s Stephen Nielson

Today Adobe will celebrate Photoshop’s 25th anniversary. Yes, Photoshop is <i>that</i> old.<p>In the 25 years since it launched, Photoshop has irreversibly altered the trajectory of modern design and photography. And unlike most apps its age, Photoshop’s best days could be ahead of it — at least, that’s what …

I never fail to be amazed -- and that’s undoubtedly my failing...

<b>In Whose America?</b> <b><br>Machine Guns, MRAPs, Surveillance, Drones, Permanent War, and a Permanent Election Campaign</b> <br>By Tom Engelhardt<p>I never fail to be …

‘A Modern-Day Panopticon’: Beck Reveals the Chilling History of America’s ‘Big Brother’ State

Glenn Beck on Tuesday investigated the history of America’s domestic surveillance programs, saying he is disturbed by the “shockingly cavalier” response to the news that the NSA has been secretly collecting Americans’ telephone records, among other forms of communication.<p>“[We’re] treated like …

Asteroids: between a rock and a hard place

If you've ever stopped to peer with suspicion at the sky, wondering how <i>that</i> would go, a mammoth piece of space rock on its way in to bring ruin, the last two years have not been especially restful. In February 2013, a large asteroid ripped over the Chelyabinsk district of Russia, trailing …

Losing the sense of smell predicts death within five years, according to new research<p>Until as recently as 1987, British coal pits employed caged canaries as sentinels that alerted miners to the presence of poisonous gases. Being more sensitive to them than we are, the birds would get distressed …

'Wormy' pills might fend off autoimmune diseases - Futurity

Scientists have identified peptides from parasitic hookworms that can calm the body's immune response.

America’s Founding Myths

Under the crust of that portion of Earth called the United States of America — “from California . . . to the Gulf Stream waters” — are interred the …

Can America's Desert Cities Adapt Before They Dry Out And Die?

Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and many other western cities are all growing fast–and are all running out of water.<p>Los Angeles traffic is worse than usual as hordes of parched citizens evacuate a concrete tomb that once supported millions of lives. Savvy entrepreneurs are selling bottled water …

America, nation of torturers: Stop saying “this isn’t who we are” — here’s the real truth

Terrible findings in the torture report “are not who we are,” John Kerry claims. Well, here’s a U.S. history lesson<p>It's comforting for those whose actions are not aligned with their stated values to believe that what one does in real life is not what ultimately defines who one really is. It's nice …

Billionaire Raises The Alarm At Davos About Low-Paying US Jobs

Does one ask Pharrell Williams about his role as a coach on "The Voice"? Or perhaps query Egyptian leader Gen. Abdel Sisi if he is partial to alpine or cross country skiing?<p>They are both among the 2,500 people at the 45th Annual World Economic Forum where industry leaders, politicians, diplomats, …

The stubborn myth of the Christian country: Why the U.S. has always been “one nation, under gods”

A historian challenges conservative claims that the U.S. has a single religious heritage<p>As Peter Manseau, author of "One Nation, Under Gods: A New American History," would have it, nothing has done more damage to the ideal of American religious pluralism than the "stubborn persistence of words …

Obama proposes additional $474 billion of debt; Australian sets out timeline for collapse

“I will break the pride of your power” (Leviticus 26:19)<p>US President Barack Obama proposed a budget to increase taxes and to increase debt<p>February 2, …

Magnetic field of Earth is shifting.

<b>Earth’s magnetic field</b><br>The Earth’s magnetic field continuously shifts with the passage of time. It is estimated that in a time frame of 200,000 to …

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 …

From Campfire to Haute Cuisine: How Food and Flavor Drove Human Evolution

"We owe our existence and our humanity to taste," says author John McQuaid.<p>Taste is often dismissed as the most primitive of the senses. But new research reveals it is in many ways the most subtle and complex of them all.<p>Reporting from kitchens, farms, restaurants, and science labs, Pulitzer …

University of Florida

Black Phosphorus: The Birth of a New Wonder Material - MIT Technology Review

In the last few years, two-dimensional crystals have emerged as some of the most exciting new materials to play with. Consequently, materials …

I tried a brain-altering wearable that allows users to change their moods on demand

The ambiance of the luxury suite on the 14th floor of the Wynn Hotel is at once both sybaritic—the remains of a generous lunch are visible piled on a large tray as I enter the door—and clinical, with an array of wires, patches, electrodes in evidence scattered on tables and other flat surfaces. It …

Heart Rates

The 10 Best Things From January 2015

Some things are just ... better<p><i>This article was originally published in the January 2015 issue of</i> Popular Science, <i>under the title "Obsessed".</i>

Seeing Electricity, Hearing Magnetism & Other Sensory Feats - Facts So Romantic

It’s pretty obvious that dogs have sharper ears and cats a keener sense of smell than we do. But as powerful these senses are, they are merely keener …

During Japan Tsunami a strange creature was caught on camera - real footage

Tsunamis