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Team makes Vicodin component in yeast, says 'home brew' opiates still not feasible

Earlier this summer, a flurry of scientific papers and news reports warned of the likely arrival, sometime soon, of "home brew heroin" -- opiate drugs that might be brewed using yeast, just like beer or wine are, possibly in the privacy of your own home.<p>Advances in bioengineering had allowed …

Homebrewing

Desperately Seeking Queen Nefertiti

An archaeologist says he has discovered the legendary monarch’s burial chamber hidden inside King Tut’s tomb—but she’s been “found” before.<p>She’s back.<p>If you’ve been online anytime within the last few days, you’ve likely encountered an onslaught of news articles declaring that University of Arizona …

India’s Mars Orbiter Captures Striking View of Red Planet’s Canyons

India's Mars Orbiter, which arrived at the Red Planet late last year, has just sent back a beautiful shot of the Ophir Chasma, a system of deep valleys and scalloped terrain in the Valles Marineris region. Areas with major geological features like this tend to show off the various layers of …

Mars Orbiter

Sending Your Cremated Remains To The Moon Just Got Cheaper

Now if only we could get there alive<p>Setting up a colony on the moon might be possible in our lifetime. But if that doesn’t happen, maybe you can still make it there in the afterlife.<p>This week, the company Elysium Space announced that they can send a portion of your cremated remains to the moon for …

Was Sardinia home to the mythical civilisation of Atlantis?

Homer talks of Poseidon lashing out, Plato refers to a massive marine disaster. What happened on Sardinia in the second millennium BC? What dramatic event swept away the Tyrrhenian civilisation and the “tower builders” cited by Strabo and the poet Hesiod in antiquity? Was it an earthquake or a …

Archaeology

Look toward our galaxy’s center

Tonight – August 26, 2017 – look for the Teapot, an easy-to-see pattern of stars, located toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy. This month’s new …

Queen Nefertiti dazzles the modern imagination – but why?

In the windswept, hot, sandy Egyptian desert in 1912, a German archaeological team headed by Ludwig Borchardt was excavating a long-forgotten city that had a mysterious history. Borchardt unearthed a stunning bust that had been buried in the rubble for more than 3,300 years, a face that would soon …

Ancient History

From Space, Astronaut Snaps Photo of Planets Aligned

Scott Kelly caught the moon, Earth, Venus, and Jupiter in a row from his perch on the International Space Station.<p>American astronaut Scott Kelly, who is on a one-year mission on board the International Space Station (ISS), has become a real shutterbug. His cosmic snapshot of Earth and its …

Paleo diet should include carbohydrates to be authentic, say scientists

Early humans would have needed a diet high in both meat and carbohdrates to fuel the rapid evolutionary expansion of the Pleistocene<p>The Paleo diet has won thousands of fans with its seemingly straightforward logic that what was good for our metabolisms as we evolved is likely to be good for us …

Great Square of Pegasus points to Andromeda galaxy

Tonight, look for the nearest large spiral galaxy to our Milky Way. It’s becoming well placed for evening viewing from Northern Hemisphere locations. …

Inflatable ‘space elevator’ invented by scientists

It is an idea that every small child has had at some point. Instead of sending up rockets into space, why not simply build a huge lift.<p>Now a Canadian firm has been granted a patent for a ‘space elevator’ which will shoot cargo 12.4 miles into the stratosphere from where it can be launched more …

Space Travel

See Shooting Stars Galore as Meteor Shower Peaks

The top-rated Perseid meteor shower reaches its height of activity this week as fragments of a comet collide with Earth's atmosphere.<p>Sky-watchers are set to make a lot of wishes this week as the heavens open up with a flurry of shooting stars. The Perseid meteor shower is considered the "Old …