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Unnatural selection: The "evolution machine" that drives bacteria to produce new drugs

If there's one thing life is good at, it's adapting to new environments, but that's not always a good thing. Bacteria are fast adapting to …

Do other planets influence Earth’s tides?

Despite what the latest astrology charts say, the planets are too far away to make any difference down here on Earth.<p>Earth’s tides are dominated by …

This Incredible Footage Shows CRISPR Editing DNA in Real Time

This has never been seen before.<p>Want to see something that makes scientists gasp? Feast your eyes on this video, showing a direct observation of …

If Earth Was Even A Fraction Further From The Sun It Would Be Completely Unrecognisable

We don't realise how lucky we are.<p>Earth is already a statistical anomaly, something that at present shines out as a blip on the norm of space.<p>Well a …

Even Educators Believe Common Myths About Learning, Study Shows

Considering the popularity of brain teasers and brain-training apps, you'd think that people would know quite a bit could about the brain's role in …

What dinosaur and bird skulls tell us about brains

Changes in the brain’s development and the shape of bones in the skull are linked, new research into the dinosaur-to-bird transition suggests.<p>The …

We Finally Know What The First Ever Flower on Earth Actually Looked Like

Spoiler: a little like a magnolia.<p>Although most species of plants on Earth have flowers, the evolutionary origin of flowers themselves are shrouded …

Physicists Have Found a Metal That Conducts Electricity But Not Heat

Defying one of the most fundamental laws of conductors.<p>Researchers have identified a metal that conducts electricity without conducting heat - an …

Physics

NASA releases first results from ‘Year In Space’ twin study

The first results from NASA’s Year in Space brothers are in, and show glimpses of how stressful a trip to Mars could be for the human body.<p>Astronaut …

Methylation

A crisis of trust is looming between scientists and society – it's time to talk

It’s vital to improve public trust in science and expertise. But science is increasingly complex, and getting harder to explain. Things need to change<p>Self-scrutiny is hard, but a crisis is looming and we scientists need to get out the mirror. A casual observer, viewing the landscape of science, …

Science

New Theory Could Tell Us If Life Came From an Alien Planet — NOVA Next | PBS

Life is thought to have originated spontaneously on Earth about 3.5 billion years ago, but some scientists are think life may have come to Earth from …

Universe

What the Philae comet lander found

Philae data suggest that organic compounds – which eventually translated into living organisms here on Earth – existed in the early solar system.<p>By …

Space

Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon – then claimed $33.31 in travel expenses

The Apollo 11 astronaut who made the first lunar landing in 1969 has tweeted his official travel voucher and customs forms for the moon rock he brought back<p>Buzz Aldrin’s 1969 trip to the moon was just like any other business trip, expenses forms and all.<p>Related: Camera and souvenirs from Apollo 11 …

Space Exploration

Neurons like you’ve never seen them before

Around the turn of the 20th century, a Spanish neuroscientist named Santiago Ramón y Cajal created intricate images of intertwined neurons that …

Double Space Failure Teaches Student Scientists a Lesson in True Grit

Three high-school students were going to get the science lesson of a lifetime by flying their experiment in space. Instead they got a life lesson about loss, but more importantly about determination, as they watched their experiment get wiped out Sunday in a second straight rocket failure.<p>The …

Meteorites hold clue to methane mystery -- and potential for life on Mars

Scientists have discovered methane hidden in Martian meteorites, which could hint that the elusive gas, which on Earth is often linked to life, might be lurking beneath the surface of Mars today.<p>The findings, published in the journal Nature Communications, could have implications for the biological …

Meteorites

Why batteries suck, and the new tech that may supercharge them

Record demand for external chargers is one manifestation of the desire for gadgets that can last for days untethered, and what a strong desire it is: …

Articles about here what we can do convert rainwater useable water source on Dwell.com - Dwell

Field researcher and water-harvesting expert Ed Beaulieu analyzes our conservation options for the future.<p>Six teams of architects propose empowering new solutions for urban sprawl.<p>What happens when the stories we read share only one culture or worldview? Editor Chris Jackson shares five reasons why …

Prefab Homes

Watch a moon shadow on Jupiter

This composite represents an hour of Jupiter-watching. Watch a moon shadow on Jupiter’s face, and see how far the Great Red Spot moves in that …

Why scientists put dinosaur snouts on chickens

Scientists have transformed chicken embryos to give them a snout and palate configuration similar to that of small dinosaurs like <i>Velociraptor</i> and</i> …

Water: the weirdest liquid on the planet

The more scientists examine H2O, the stranger it starts to seem. Water bends all the rules – but if it didn’t, ice would sink and firefighters’ hoses would be useless<p>Water is the only substance on Earth whose chemical formula has entered the vernacular. We all know H2O, even if we don’t understand …

Fire Fighting

Big Bang theory could be debunked by Large Hadron Collider

Scientists at Cern could prove the controversial theory of ‘rainbow gravity’ which suggests that the universe stretches back into time infinitely, with no Big Bang<p>The detection of miniature black holes by the Large Hadron Collider could prove the existence of parallel universes and show that the …