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Free online courses will teach anyone DNA sequencing

It's never been easier to learn how to code using online resources, and that's not limited to computer programming. You know what else is code? DNA, which scientists have been modifying in bacteria and embryos with increasing success over the years. Researchers from the Centre Recherches …

Type Your Text Into “SlideBot” & It Automatically Chooses Layout & Images For Your Slideshow

SlideBot lets you type the text you want to appear in each slide and then uses its software to design your slideshow in seconds.<p>It’s pretty neat, and …

The 3 Ways That Parallel Universes Could Be Real

The idea that things exist in a particular, well-defined state at all times where their properties can be determined so long as you can measure them well enough was fundamental to how we conceived of the Universe. When quantum physics came along, that idea went right out the window, never to …

Dark Matter

Google: 4 out of 5 US homes have solar power potential

A five kilowatt rooftop solar installation now costs just $12,500 on average after tax credits, and pretty soon, installing one might soon be a matter of re-tiling your roof. Whether it's right for you, however, depends in large part on how much sun your house gets. That's where Google's Project …

Education: Change Is Here, But Are You Ready For It?

“Our education system is a mess; it is failing us, our children, our future” – a catchphrase I hear at conferences, during dinner and casual conversations.<p>This refrain takes me back to my school years. I remember sitting in class, listening passively followed by hours of rote learning and note …

Education

What Good Does ‘Junk DNA’ Do?

We are still to this day learning new information about our bodies and how they work. Scientists once thought that vast chunks of non-coding DNA was …

Genetics

Scientists Have Grown The World's First Artificial Embryo, And It's Nuts

Building life from scratch.<p>In a world-first experiment, scientists have managed to grow a functional, artificial embryo from scratch, using two types …

Hard drives of the future could be made of DNA

Our data-driven society is churning out more information than traditional storage technology can handle, so scientists are looking for a solution in Nature's hard drive: DNA. A pair of researchers at Columbia University and the New York Genome Center recently wrote a full computer operating system, …

How to write the perfect college essay, according to a dean of admissions

For high-school seniors across the nation, college admissions decisions are beginning to loom large.<p>One of the biggest areas of stress is often the admissions essay.<p>The vice president and dean of admission at Reed College — a liberal arts school in Oregon — went on Reddit to answer questions about …

College & University

These Are the Best Books of 2016

The five novels you need to read this year, plus recommendations from the authors.<p><i>Version Control</i> by Dexter Palmer<p><b>Okay, why should I read Version Control?</b> <i><br>Version Control</i> is work of speculative fiction—basically science fiction set in the near future. There are self-driving cars and nanobots, but</i> …

Regardless of what you think about GMOs, they have clear benefits to American farmers

The article concludes that GMO seeds are no better at either than any other form of breeding. As you can imagine, a page one story in the nation's biggest newspaper with such a strong assertion has opened another front in the GMO wars — and as someone who has been reporting from the frontlines of …

Review: What it’s like to use the most innovative laptop of 2016

When is the last time you looked at a laptop computer and thought to yourself, “this is a truly innovative device”? For me it was more than eight …