Susan Masten

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A Decade Of Observing Earth From Space Has Given Us These Breathtaking Views

The ESA's Envistat satellite was the largest Earth observation satellite ever built.<p>Since 2002, it has circled the Earth, collecting invaluable information on our environment and the advancing danger of climate change. Contact with Envistat was suddenly lost in April 2012, but the wealth of …

European Space Agency

Test-Tube Meat: Have Your Pig and Eat It Too

Don't kill the pig, say Dutch researchers—just grow its cells in the village meat factory.<p>Here's one vision of the future of meat: We manufacture it from stem cells in giant "bioreactors" of the sort you might find in a modern pharmaceutical factory. The cells come from a contented pig that lives …

What We Can Learn From Humans Who Don't Age

A closer look at the science behind two unusual little girls, who have appeared on Dateline and Good Morning America.<p>Perhaps you've seen them on <i>Dateline</i>, or <i>Good Morning America</i>. Gabrielle Williams and Brooke Greenberg are girls who don't seem to age at the same rate as the rest of us. Nine-year-old …

Stanley Prusiner: 'A Nobel prize doesn't wipe the scepticism away'

A scientific truth triumphs not by convincing its opponents but because its opponents eventually die, said influential physicist Max Planck. For Nobel prize-winning neurologist Stanley Prusiner, the quotation is "so mean" that he doesn't like to use it. "But it is absolutely true," he says.<p>Prusiner …

Weird Rocks Support New Model For Earth's Deep Mantle

Models of how the Earth's mantle works may need to change, thanks to two new studies that recreate the extreme conditions just above the planet's core.<p>The deep mantle, a region that lies 416 to 1,800 miles (670 to 2,900 kilometers) below the Earth's surface, is impossible to reach and hard to "see" …

The Care and Feeding of Baby Giant Galaxies

Astronomers announced the finding of a new “galaxy cluster” this week. What does that mean for us on Earth?<p>The Milky Way is a fairly hefty galaxy, …

Blocking Pain Receptors Extends Lifespan, Mouse Study Suggests

Scientists have found a way to beat back the hands of time and fight the ravages of old age, at least in mice. A new study finds that mice bred without a specific pain sensor, or receptor, live longer and are less likely to develop diseases such as diabetes in old age. What’s more, exposure to a …

Cambridge Physicists Find Wormhole Proof

<b>What's the Latest?</b><p>Physicists at the University of Cambridge have found a theoretical foundation for the existence of wormholes, which are tubes that …

NYC Officials Follow Yelp Reviews To Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

Yelp: a sloppy restaurant's worst nightmare?<p>Yelp and its user reviews help discerning diners find a good spot to eat, but public health officials in New York City have now used the online guide for another purpose--to identify three previously unidentified outbreaks of foodborne illness. In the …

Public Health

This is what a holy shit moment for global warming looks like

This Antarctic glacier may be history, says new research. It contains almost two feet of sea level rise, and that's just the beginning.<a …

A Young Woman Falls In Love With Everything

You start with difference, with mystery. Some things spiral, some become spheres, some branch, some don't. We know that inert atoms quicken, become bees, goats, clouds, then dissolve back into randomness. We look at these things, all these very, very different things, and we wonder, are they really …

Scientists are getting closer to a quantum computer — here's why it matters

Over the past few decades, scientists around the world have been working to develop an ambitious new type of device called a quantum computer. And, this week, they took a step closer to that goal.<p>Compared to normal computers, these quantum computers — first theorized in the 1980s, and still in …

Scientists: Superbug threat as grave as climate change

Infectious disease specialists spoke out last week about the poor response of the world so far to the dire threat of antibiotic-resistant strains of …

Microbiology

Roombots: Modular Robots That Become Adaptive Furniture

Researchers from the Biorobotics Laboratory at the Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne (EFPL) in Switzerland have created a group of modular shape-changing robots called Roombots that are 3D reconfigurable, meaning they can change shapes and in this case, would be come adaptive furniture.<p>The …