Melisa Jahiu

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GMOs: The Evolution of Emerging Technologies

Walk down the center aisles of any supermarket and you will be surrounded by cartons, cans and jars that represent our modern diet. Processed, prefabbed foods, perennially ready to eat, warm up, dine out, dash in - for those on the go. If you don't see the USDA Certified Organic or Non-GMO Verified …

This virus self-mutates to infect in extreme places

Until recently, archaea took the prize for the oddest organisms to live in the sea.<p>The primitive single-celled, bacteria-like microorganisms go to …

‘Fat gene’ may control if you’re apple or pear shaped

People who carry a lot of weight around their bellies are more likely to develop diabetes and heart disease than those who have bigger hips and …

Woolly Mammoth DNA Successfully Spliced Into Elephant Cells

But don’t expect mammoth clones anytime soon<p>A group of researchers are getting closer to bringing the extinct woolly mammoth back to life. Geneticist George Church’s lab at Harvard University successfully copied genes from frozen woolly mammoths and pasted them into the genome of an Asian …

Genetics

Boredom makes people more creative, claim psychologists

People are more creative after they take part in a boring test, psychologists have found<p>Boredom is by its very nature tedious and unpleasant, but far from being mind-numbing it might actually stimulate creativity, a psychologist has found.<p>Dr Sandi Mann, from the University of Central Lancashire, …

Frogs go from ‘punk’ to smooth in minutes

A frog in Ecuador’s western Andean cloud forest changes skin texture in minutes, and appears to mimic the texture it sits on.<p>Originally discovered by …

New Frog Species Can Change The Shape Of Its Skin

Am I feeling smooth or prickly today?<p>It might not be able to grow a thicker skin, but the newly discovered frog <i>Pristimantis mutabilis</i> and its relatives can change their skin's texture.<p>In a new paper published in the <i>Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society</i> this week, researchers announced the …

Mutant yeast for biofuel are ‘cream of the crop’

A combination of metabolic engineering and directed evolution has led to a new, mutant yeast strain that could pave the way to a more efficient …

Scientists may have identified a gene that causes severe autism in women

Studying women with autism spectrum disorder pays off<p>Autism in women is rare: men are four times as likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, and so scientists haven’t spent as much time studying the disorder's genetic imprint in women. A newly identified gene could change that, …

Cook Rice Differently To Reduce Its Calories

Researchers say it can curb obesity in countries where rice is a staple<p>Rice, the base for cuisines all over the world, contains a lot of starch. That makes it delicious but also high in calories. While that may a boon for people who struggle to ingest enough calories each day, it’s becoming a …

Nutrition

Scientists coax stem cells to form 3D ‘mini-lungs’

Three-dimensional “mini-lungs” coaxed from stem cells and grown in a dish may offer insight into lung disease and could lead to the development of …

Where does biodiversity lurk in your house?

Scientists call the different realms of life on Earth “biomes,” and the fastest growing one is actually indoor space.<p>Researchers estimate that the …

A Single Gene May Determine Why Some People Get So Sick With The Flu

It's hard to predict who will get the flu in any given year. While some people may simply spend a few days in bed with aches and a stuffy nose, others may become so ill that they end up in the hospital.<p>Until now, researchers could only point generally at differences between flu patients' immune …

Discovery uses virus to boil water three times faster

A combination of nanotechnology and a virus found on tobacco could save huge amounts of energy in industrial processes<p>Scientists have found a way to boil water faster, although they admit the discovery is unlikely to revolutionise tea-making.<p>The technology works by coating a heating element with a …

Harmful Blooms Of Algae Could Be Turned Into Biofuel

One waterway's trash could be humanity's treasure<p>Pollution in waterways can cause terrible algae blooms that choke out marine life and contaminate water supplies. In some places, the blooms are so big that they are visible from space.<p>In research presented at the annual meeting of the American …

Icelanders boost medical research by donating their DNA to science

Scientists who sequenced the entire genomes of 2,636 people in Iceland have produced a trove of valuable information about the nature, location and frequency of human genetic variations.<p>The new research not only sheds light on the range of human genetic variability; it will help researchers draw …

Genetics

#Love: When Your Lover Has Your Password

There is a special milestone in each significant relationship that is rarely celebrated. There’s no holiday, no dinner, and no party. It just happens – one day you’re strangers, the next you’re not.<p>It’s the day you hand over your passwords to your SO.<p>Everyone reaches this particular milestone …

7 Free Apps to Turn Your Phone Into a Dating Wingman

Apps to Turn Your Phone Into a Wingman<p>1. AroundMe<p>2. Mixology<p>3. Drync<p>4. How About We<p>5. OpenTable<p>6. Moodagent<p>7. <i>Men's Health</i> Instant Wingman<p>Your phone …

Stick-On Circuit Could Put Your Phone On Your Finger For Pocket Change

Stand aside wristbands. The latest wave of stick-on circuits could make cheap, flexible electronics mainstream.<p>About a year ago, University of Illinois researcher John Rogers revealed a pretty amazing creation: a circuit that, rather than living on an inflexible board, could stick to and move with …

Nanotech

The science behind dietary supplements

Doctors say we need them. Advertising encourages us to take them. And – with industry estimates of more than £36bn being spent on them worldwide – we are clearly buying them. Yes, we're talking about supplements – things that most people will agree are good for us. But what if we don't really need …

In a 1980 interview with the American Poetry Review, poet and activist Audre Lorde said the following of the importance of poetry in American life: Poetry is an absolute necessity of our living because it delineates . . . it the beginning of that process by which we ...

In a 1980 interview with the American Poetry Review, poet and activist Audre Lorde said the following of the importance of poetry in American …

Dame Vera Lynn interview: 'People used me to achieve something. I was just doing my job'

<i>This interview first ran in 2014, and has been republished to mark Dame Vera Lynn's birthday on March 20, 2017</i><p>Her voice moved and inspired the entire country during the Second World War. But Dame Vera Lynn has no time for sentiment<p>Softly, with a voice that is still clear after all these years, <b>Dame</b> …

Try Doubting Everyday Sexism After Watching This Video

Wolf-whistles, "hey baby" and "keep smiling honey!" are the types of things you'd expect to hear directed at a woman walking down the street. But what would the world look like if gender roles were reversed? A new short film seeks to answer that question -- and the result is chilling.<p>"Oppressed …

11 Ways To Avoid Sounding Like a Sexist Jerk--Even If You're a Woman

Whatever your opinion of the campaign by Sheryl Sandberg’s <i>Lean In</i> foundation to ban the word bossy — which, for the record, I advised on — one thing …

This Is What Happens When You Replace The Women In Ads With Men

Sex appeal looks pretty different when you turn it around.

Ukrainian Women Have Launched a Sex Strike Against Russian Men

"Don't give it to a Russian" uses the oldest protest trick in the book.<p>In the wake of Russia's annexation of Crimea, some Ukrainians have been boycotting Russian goods. And some Ukrainian women are boycotting the most basic "good" of them all.<p>The campaign, "Don't Give It to a Russian" encourages …