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Three Irish Teens Win Google Science Fair Using Bacteria to Grow Food

Seeds treated with bacteria grow faster and better, research shows.<p>A trio of Irish high-schoolers nabbed the top prize in this year's Google Science Fair with a project that speeds up crop growth by tapping into the naturally cozy relationship between soil microbes and plants.<p>After 11 months of …

Scientists Show You How to Make an Invisibility Cloak (Sort Of)

Physicists have figured out the optical parameters for a magic trick they characterize as a kind of "invisibility cloak" — and unlike most magicians, they're only too willing to show you how it's done.<p>Invisibility cloaks have been getting a lot of press over the years. That's not only because Harry …

Engineering

Water Vapor Seen on Distant World

Search for potentially life-sustaining worlds gets a boost with the ability to probe a common class of planets.<p>Astronomers have found evidence of water vapor in the atmosphere of a Neptune-size planet 122 light-years from Earth—the first time water has been identified on a planet that small, …

Does the human eye prove that God exists?

Darwin was baffled by it; Christians see it as evidence of the divine. Will science ever unlock the secrets of the human eye?<p><b>When the body of Dr Yoshiki Sasai,</b> an eminent Japanese biologist, was discovered in August this year, his death was widely mourned across the world of <b>science</b>. Not just for …

University of Maryland

How the iPhone 6 literally pays for itself

On Tuesday, the church of Apple held its annual convention in San Francisco. Legions of the faithful, carefully vetted, were assembled in a darkened auditorium. The atmosphere was not quite as hysterical as it used to be when His Steveness was due to take the stage, but the frisson of excited …

Can We Jump-Start A New Space Age?

Jon Morse, former astrophysics division director at NASA, can remember the exact moment he knew things had to change.<p>It was the late spring of 2011. After one particularly long planning meeting, Morse headed to the elevators with some high-ranking budget officials. As they waited for the next car, …

The Science Behind Baking Your Ideal Chocolate Chip Cookie

You like soft and chewy. He likes thin and crispy. If only there were a way to bake chocolate chip cookies to please everyone.<p>There is! And, no, it's not Martha Stewart's way. It's science.<p>We've taken our cues from a few spots: a bioengineering grad student named Kendra Nyberg, who co-taught a …

Al Pacino Loved 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and Would 'Totally' Be in a Marvel Movie

This past Saturday at the Venice Film Festival, Al Pacino, when asked about being down on Hollywood, answered very much in the negative. He then went on to say how much he loved one Hollywood movie in particular -- Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy." Pacino said it was "the most entertaining, …

As 'Warlords of Draenor' Debuts, Remembering The Best Of Blizzard's Cinematics

Blizzard has just debuted their new cinematic for World of Warcraft’s latest expansion, Warlords of Draenor, and with it, a revealed release date of November 13th, 2014.<p>The cinematic is epic, which you can see below, but that’s par for the course when it comes to Blizzard, who has been giving us …

A forest year

A lovely and evocative time lapse video made with an obsolete digital point-and-shoot camera sitting in the window of a remote cabin in the woods.<p>Once again, caturday has arrived, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to share a lovely time lapse video I stumbled across a few months ago. This …