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3 Things to Know About the Origins of Chinese Civilization

Changing Planet<p>The ornate dragon in the center of the colorfully painted ceiling in the Pavillion of Ten Thousand Spring Seasons in the Forbidden City dates back some 400-600 years but pulls from artistic traditions far older and still current today. (Photo by Andrew Howley)<p>Two things everyone …

Archaeology

Easter: Vatican Mass, the Easter Bunny and that blood moon

Watch the season finale of Finding Jesus, Faith, Fact, Forgery at 9 p.m. Eastern Sunday on CNN.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> Easter is a cornerstone event in the Christian faith, but it's surrounded by interesting quirks.<p>It celebrates the completion of Christ's mission of salvation in the Crucifixion and Resurrection. …

Easter Bunny

New 2-D quantum materials for nanoelectronics

Researchers at MIT say they have carried out a theoretical analysis showing that a family of two-dimensional materials exhibits exotic quantum …

NASA's (Un)Censored Moonwalkers

A big part of going to the Moon was selling the program to the public. Not only was it important for NASA to gain support for the Apollo program, the agency stood to gain nothing by misrepresenting its missions to the taxpayers who were footing the bill. Part of this marketing strategy was …

Scientists hail new '3 parent baby' technique

New technique to create '3 parent babies' shows promise, experts say<p>Experts are to investigate a new technique to create “three-parent babies” which could be safer and more effective than current methods being tested in British laboratories.<p>The Government last month asked the fertility regulator to …

Randy Schekman: first, a breakthrough in cell research. Now for one in publishing

The Nobel laureate who identified how cells transport and secrete proteins now aims to take on the ‘elite’ science journals<p>There is a knock at the door early on in my interview with Nobel prize-winning cell biologist Randy Schekman at his office at the University of California, Berkeley, …

Ebola is scary, but antibiotic resistance should scare us more

Ebola is the stuff of nightmares. It causes profuse bleeding and organ failure and has a high mortality rate. But while the grim spectacle of dying patients in treatment centres in the affected African countries has stoked fears, cases in the west have been extremely rare in spite of a spate of …

Vogue Launches on Flipboard

Inside Flipboard / February 4, 2014<p>Vogue, the most influential fashion magazine in the world, makes its debut on Flipboard today. Read by more than …

Vogue India Finds a Home on Flipboard

Inside Flipboard / February 25, 2014<p>When Priya Tanna was hired, at 32, to helm Vogue India in 2007, she was one of the youngest editors running an …

Algae May Hold Key to Origin of the Sexes

<i>Editor's Note: This story was updated at 3:40 p.m. E.T.</i><p>A tiny, unassuming little alga may hold the secret to how the sexes evolved.<p>A single gene that …

Beyond Tesla: History's Most Overlooked Scientists

For most people, the name Tesla probably calls to mind the electric car company, rather than one of the world's most influential scientists. Yet …

Why do we have blood types?

More than a century after their discovery, we still don’t know what blood groups like O, A and B are for. Do they really matter? Carl Zimmer investigates.<p>When my parents informed me that my blood type was A+, I felt a strange sense of pride. If A+ was the top grade in school, then surely A+ was …

Medical Research

To Restart Vintage NASA Probe, Private Team Turns to the 'Borg'

After sputtering to a stop during course corrections last week, the initial suspicion that a vintage spacecraft is out of gas might not be correct, …

The Week in Review: The Evolution of Marriage Equality

Inside Flipboard / June 27, 2014<p>Though it’s been a year since the Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), both …

CDC: Smallpox found in NIH storage room is alive

At least two of the vials employees at the National Institutes of Health found in an unused storage room earlier this month contain viable samples of the deadly smallpox virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.<p>Employees found six forgotten vials when they were preparing to …

The hack that saved Apollo 13

Our picks of the week from around the web, including the Apollo 13 crew’s ingenious hack, the man who freezes the dead, and how to make a better oven.<p>The hack that saved Apollo 13<br>Jesus Diaz | Gizmodo | 1 July 2014<br>An oxygen tank blew up; the moon landing was aborted; the astronauts moved to the …

The Case of the Janus-Faced Microbial Genus

What makes a bacterium pathogenic? Answering the question has been the vocation of thousands of microbiologists over the decades. Thanks to their hard work, a clear delineation between harmless bacteria – commensals – and pathogens has been established giving public health officials and medical …

How DNA Scissors Can Perform Surgery Directly On Your Genes

These gene-slicers may help tackle HIV, Alzheimer's, and brain cancer.<p>Jay Johnson’s DNA was cut into pieces. Tiny molecular scissors chopped it into slices the cell couldn’t readily repair. The cell did its best at a speedy patch-up job, but the gene was left effectively useless. As the battered …

Hypnosis: The day my mind was 'possessed'

Scientists are using hypnosis to understand why some people believe they’re inhabited by paranormal beings. To find out more, David Robson discovered what it’s like to lose his mind.<p>I am lying on my back and trapped in a gleaming white tunnel, the surface barely six inches from my nose. There is a …

Scientists threaten to boycott €1.2bn Human Brain Project

The world's largest project to unravel the mysteries of the human brain has been thrown into crisis with more than 100 leading researchers threatening to boycott the effort amid accusations of mismanagement and fears that it is doomed to failure.<p>The European commission launched the €1.2bn (£950m) …

The ultimate comeback: Bringing the dead back to life

A radical procedure that involves replacing a patient's blood with cold salt water could retrieve people from the brink of death, says David Robson.<p>“When you are at 10C, with no brain activity, no heartbeat, no blood – everyone would agree that you’re dead,” says Peter Rhee at the University of …

Changing brains: why neuroscience is ending the Prozac era

The big money has moved from developing psychiatric drugs to manipulating our brain networks<p>The psychiatric drug age may have reached its peak. Although mind-altering medications are being prescribed in record numbers, signs of a radically new approach to understanding and treating mental illness …

A Cybernetic Implant That Repairs Brain Damage

There may be an answer for people suffering from traumatic brain injuries. It's a device called a brain-machine-brain interface — and it has the …

Craig Venter Will Teleport Your DNA

In 2007 J. Craig Venter and his team sequenced an entire human genome—Venter's own—making scientific history. Three years later his team became the first to successfully create "synthetic life," and won a Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Leadership Award. In his newest book, Life at the Speed of …

Genetics

Memory implantation is now officially real

The movie <i>Inception</i> is getting closer to reality. By planting false memories into the minds of mice, neuroscientists at MIT have created the first …

Phineas Gage neuroscience case: True story of famous frontal lobe patient is better than textbook accounts.

1 From a virtuous foreman to a sociopathic drifter<p>On Sept. 13, 1848, at around 4:30 p.m., the time of day when the mind might start wandering, a …