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Scientists Just Made The World's Smallest Diode Out of DNA

Electronics on the molecular scale.<p>Researchers have shrunk down one of the fundamental components of modern electronics, creating the world's …

8 innovations that could actually make airplanes more comfortable

The Oscars of the plane cabin, the Crystal Cabin Awards, were held in Hamburg on Tuesday night. This is as gala a gala event as you get in aviation. …

3tags.org

Here’s How A Month Of Exercise Affected My Brain

It’s been long known that physical activity produces mental benefits, but are all exercises equal when it comes to brain boosts?<p>Recently the <i>New York Times</i> reported on a Finnish study published in the <i>Journal of Physiology</i> that found, as long thought, that physical exercise could have a positive …

Most Americans want “radical change” — it’s socialism or barbarism, and Clinton would only mean more of the latter

<b>Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders (Reuters/Lucas Jackson/Jim Young/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>2/3rds of voters in the U.S. seek “radical change”; supporters of all presidential candidates except Clinton agree<p>Ben Norton<p>April 6, 2016 12:15pm (UTC)<p>The 2016 presidential election is among the most interesting …

Middle-class

The Charming Doodles Charles Darwin’s Children Left All Over the Manuscript of ‘On the Origin of Species’

From fish with legs to carrot cavalries, an endearing testament to the human life of science.<p>In contemplating family, work, and happiness, Charles Darwin proclaimed: <i>“Children are one’s greatest happiness, but often & often a still greater misery. A man of science ought to have none.”</i> And yet he and …

Libraries

Reprogramming gut bacteria as “living therapeutics”

An MIT spinout, Synlogic, is aiming to create a new class of medicines, by re-programming bacteria found in the gut as “living therapeutics.”Based on …

Microbiology

Why ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ remains one of the greatest films ever made

Exactly 48 years ago, on 6 April 1968, a science fiction film directed by Stanley Kubrick and written by Arthur C. Clarke, called <i>2001: A Space …

The 10 most important things in the world right now

Good morning! Here's what you need to know on Wednesday.<p><b>1. Iceland's prime minister, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, has reportedly resigned over revelations contained in the Panama Papers that he and his wife hid millions of dollars' worth of investments in an offshore shell company.</b><p><b>2. Donald</b> …

Project to drill into 'dinosaur crater' gets under way

<b>A joint UK-US-led expedition has got under way to drill into the Chicxulub Crater off the coast of Mexico.</b><p>This is the deep scar made in the Earth's surface 66 million years ago by the asteroid that scientists believe hastened the end of the dinosaurs.<p>Today, the key parts of the crater are buried …

Geology

Earth - Why some animals have venoms so lethal, they cannot use them

<i>This story is part of BBC Earth's "Best of 2016" list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>My reverie as I walk through Costa Rica's beautiful Corcovado National Park is brought to a sudden halt when the guide's arm slams into my chest. "Stop!" he shouts, pointing at something …

Zoology

Artificial DNA Stores 1 Million Copies of a Movie

a vial barely bigger than a bullet contain 1 million copies of 1902 French silent film A Trip to the Moon, the first movie to use visual effects.

DNA

Panama -- The Coming Crash Of Capitalism

Watching the alarming scene of global capitalism today is akin to seeing a vehicle hurtling at full speed towards a wall and while shouting and screaming on the sidelines the pilot remains oblivious and keeps pushing on the accelerator. You know it is going to crash as you watch in disbelieving …

Mark Twain

National Geographic Magazine

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Extreme Sports

All of our food is ‘genetically modified’ in some way — here are the different types of GM technology

You've probably eaten "cloned" food and you may have even eaten plants whose ancestors were once deliberately blasted with radiation. And you could have bought all this without leaving the "organic" section of your local supermarket.<p>Anti-GM dogma is obscuring the real debate over what level of …

Statins do cause muscle pain, scientists conclude

Statins really do cause painful muscle cramps, scientists have found, vindicating hundreds of thousands of people who have repeatedly claimed to have suffered debilitating side-effects.<p>Researchers say that alternative treatments are just as effective and should be prescribed to people who cannot …

Medical Research

How resveratrol (in grapes, peanuts and wine) fights fat and disease

Resveratrol, a constituent of grapes, peanuts and certain other plants, can fight the proliferation of fat cells and improve the uptake of sugar from …

'For Allah' Inscription Found on Viking Era Ring

Ancient tales about Viking expeditions to Islamic countries had some elements of truth, according to recent analysis of a ring recovered from a 9th …

Sex of a baby? Ancient virus makes the call

The sex of human and all mammalian babies may be determined by a simple modification of a virus that insinuated itself into the mammalian genome as …

50 Shades of Rey

In the world of Force Awakens fan fiction, the notion of hero and villain getting together is popular, controversial, and might suggest the future of Star Wars.<p>Until very recently, the 27-year-old New Yorker who goes by the online alias Ricca was not a <i>Star Wars</i> fan. She’d seen the prequels at some …

Everything coming to Netflix and Amazon Prime in April (and what to watch before it’s gone)

The one true Batman is here to save you from Zack Snyder<p>If you haven’t already seen <i>Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice</i>, then odds are you’re probably going to see it in the next few weeks — and to that, I can only say, "I’m sorry." But the good news is that a new month is around the corner, so there …

Scientists have synthesized a 'minimal genome' with only genes necessary for life

A pioneering accomplishment in the field of genetic research could help scientists gain new insights into the very definition of life. The new …

Ancient virus found hibernating in the human genome—and it might wake up

In DNA dig, scientists unearth more viral code, which makes up >8% of our genomes.<p>In the current era of microbiome research, we humans are already …

Genetics

Meteorologists overwhelmingly conclude climate change is real and human-caused

Earth has witnessed its warmest two years on record, 2015 and 2014, over the last two years. At the same time, peer-reviewed studies have piled up demonstrating man’s influence on our climate.<p>Meteorologists, who keep their hands on the pulse of what’s happening to the atmosphere, are taking notice. …

Climate Change

19 Pieces Of Non-Human DNA Found In Human Genome

Eight percent of your DNA is alien, in that it’s made up of non-human, viral fragments. In fact, viral fragments are often hiding within the genome …

Genetics

How to reconstruct the face of an extinct human ancestor

Cícero Moraes is adding new portraits to the human family album. The 3-D designer based in Sinop, Brazil, has digitally reconstructed the faces of …

Evolution

Free virtual fossils for everyone

At MorphoSource.org, playing with fossils is not only allowed, it’s encouraged. The online database is home to oodles of digital 3-D scans of bones …

Paleontology

GMOs haven’t delivered on their promises — or risks

Arriving home after work a few summers ago, agricultural economist Matin Qaim found several disturbing messages on his home phone. A study by Qaim …

Proof of evolution that you can find on your own body - Vox

Forty-two percent of Americans say that humans were created in their present form within the past 10,000 years — a percentage that hasn't changed much since 1982, when Gallup started polling views on evolution.<p>Several lines of evidence, from the fossil record, comparative anatomy, and genetics, …