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The Goldilocks Protocol: electrons sent in to put microcrystals to work for structural biology

The rate of scientific progress — often driven by the development of new methods and new technologies, is truly staggering — even for us scientists. I do a lot of staggering. Every day around 4000 papers are published and it just gets harder and harder to keep up. Today is no exception.<p>I have …

"Biological Intelligence is a Fleeting Phase in the Evolution of the Universe" (Holiday Weekend Feature)

"I think it very likely – in fact inevitable – that biological intelligence is only a transitory phenomenon, a fleeting phase in the evolution of the …

Love Over Biology: Jennifer Finney Boylan on What It’s Like to Be a Transgender Parent

Mother’s Day has come and gone, and along with it history’s finest letters of motherly advice as well as witty wisdom from women who have chosen not to have kids. But what, exactly, does it mean to be a mother? Surely, it can’t be the mere checklist of certain biological givens and processes — for, …

Nitrogen Cycle in a Marine Saltwater Aquarium

The nitrogen cycle of a marine aquarium (it is essentially the same in freshwater aquariums) is a chain reaction in nature resulting in the birth of …

Biologically inspired: How neural networks are finally maturing

More than two decades ago, neural networks were widely seen as the next generation of computing, one that would finally allow computers to think for themselves.<p>Now, the ideas around the technology, loosely based on the biological knowledge of how the mammalian brain learns, are finally starting to …

Several dead as Egypt protests turn violent

At least 17 people have been killed as Muslim Brotherhood supporters clashed with police in Cairo and other Egyptian cities, the country's Health Ministry has said.<p>The ministry told Al Jazeera that ten deaths were recorded in Cairo on Friday, three in Fayoum, two in Alexandria, and each in Ismaliya …

Italian navy saves more than 1,000 migrants

In the last 24 hours the Italian navy has rescued more than 1,000 migrants trying to reach Europe in overcrowded boats.<p>Bad weather and rough sea conditions usually discourage migrants from taking the perilous trip from North Africa during the winter.<p>But so far this year, five boats, carrying …

Tunisia's parliament voting on milestone constitution

<b>Tunisia's national assembly has begun voting on a long-delayed new constitution.</b><p>It is to be voted on article by article and politicians hope it will be adopted by 14 January - the third anniversary of the 2011 revolution.<p>The hope is that its adoption will help end the stalemate between the …

Obamacare outreach goes local

The White House is reaching into statehouses and city halls to spread the message about the health law clear of the inside-the-Beltway noise.<p>State lawmakers, mayors, county executives and other local officials are working with the administration to boost enrollment in the Obamacare exchanges over …

DNA confirms leader of al-Qaeda group held

DNA tests have confirmed that a man in Lebanese custody is the suspected leader of an al-Qaeda-linked group that said it carried out bombings across the Middle East, the Lebanese army has said.<p>In a brief statement, the army said the tests show that the detained man is Majid al-Majid, a Saudi …

Syrian opposition turns on al-Qaida-affiliated Isis jihadists near Aleppo

The most serious clashes yet between the Syrian opposition and a prominent al-Qaida group erupted in the north of the country on Friday as a tribal revolt against the same organisation continued to rage in Iraq's Anbar province.<p>Opposition groups near Aleppo attacked militants from the Islamic State …

Let Them Eat Sandwiches: USDA Eases School Lunch Restrictions

After the the school lunch program was overhauled in 2012 to curb childhood obesity, lots of kids began complaining that lunches were too skimpy.<p>Why? Because in some cases, schools had to limit healthy foods — such as sandwiches served on whole-grain bread or salads topped with grilled chicken — …

Legal Pot in Maryland?

A key legislator in Maryland came out in support of legalizing marijuana on Friday.<p>Amsterdam, Vancouver, and Silver Spring?<p>Maryland could become the …