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Why Did The Air Force Play With Cats In Space?

Plus, 9 simple ways to move in zero gravity<p>In 1947, the Air Force played with kittens in microgravity. In October of 1962, the same lab published a report titled “Weightless Man: Self-Rotation Techniques.” Among other research, it took lessons learned from watching cats flailing in microgravity and …

Military

Bacteria With Synthetic DNA Create Protein Never Found In Nature

For when the usual four nucleotides can’t give you what you want<p>Your DNA, like that of everything else on the planet, is made of four nucleotides: A, C, G, and T. These are like a blueprint that your body reads to produce 20 different amino acids, which combine to make up the proteins that enable …

Protein

Russia's Space Program in Crisis After Decades of Brain Drain, Neglect

MOSCOW — It might be the only country that can rocket humans into space, but Russia’s once-great space program is being dragged back to Earth by decades of brain drain and financial hardship.<p>“The Russian space industry is in an obvious state of crisis,” said Asif Siddiqi, a professor at Fordham …

Space Exploration

A New Way To Identify Microbes Of Interest

Software can classify bacteria species based on their behavior<p>“You are being watched.”<p>Much like the television show, <i>Person of Interest</i>, being subject to video surveillance in America is a reality. Cameras are everywhere, capturing every action in the hopes of spotting the most egregious activities …

Searching for the Real Face of Ebola

This wasn’t a routine <i>National Geographic</i> assignment. It could be deadly, very deadly. Many news organizations wouldn’t send their personnel to cover it. But we did. We sent Pete Muller. And it was his unflinching yet intimate and fearless photographic approach that made this coverage so special.<p>“I …

These exoskeleton heels could help stroke victims walk again

It isn't quite the soft exosuit that DARPA's working on, but scientists have developed a lightweight exoskeleton that'll take some of the work out of walking. Before you get too excited though, this is less <i>Edge of Tomorrow</i> and more along the lines of mechanical engineering. Researchers from …

Monkeys Ruin Plan to Install Wi-Fi in Indian City

An Indian city’s plan install street-level Wi-Fi has been foiled by monkeys that are chewing the new fiber-optic cables.<p>The holy city of Varanasi is …

Dyre Wolf attack swipes $1 million in wire transfers

Hackers continue their brazen attacks on organizations and are even having their victims call them on the phone to hustle them out of their company's money. That's what IBM's Security Intelligence division has discovered while researching a malware-based attack they have dubbed The Dyre Wolf that's …

Reclaim Australia rallies: protesters clash in Melbourne and Sydney

Hundreds of anti-Islam protesters have clashed with counterdemonstrators at rallies in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and other sites across the country.<p>Mounted police were forced to separate the two sides in Melbourne as tensions soared and scuffles broke out across Federation Square, with paramedics …

California Faith Groups Divided Over Right-To-Die Bill

Clergy, more than a lot of people, come face to face with death regularly.<p>The Rev. Vernon Holmes, for example, leads a Lutheran congregation near Sacramento; the average age of members is 79.<p>His faith promotes quality of life, Holmes says. And that same faith leads him to challenge the status quo …

Crab Cake Customers Get the Bait and Switch

When customers come into BlackSalt, Pearl Dive, or any of the Black Restaurant Group‘s other upscale Washington, D.C. restaurants hankering for crab, more often than not they are hoping to dig into some fresh blue crabs that were caught locally, says M.J. Gimbar, the group’s chief fishmonger.<p>“In …

Please Welcome Maryn McKenna to Phenomena!

Today, Phenomena gains a phenomenal new member: Maryn McKenna. If you’ve read her books such as <i>Superbug</i> or kept up with her blog of the same name, you know that nobody does a better job of analyzing the threats we face from infectious diseases. To celebrate the launch of “Germination,” her blog …