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Hijacking E. Coli to Brew Synthetic Fuel

The University of Exeter produces molecules identical to the ones that give gas its power.<p><b>Most of the biofuels on the market now</b> fall into one of two categories: bio-alcohols, such as the ethanol made primarily from corn in the U.S., and biodiesels, which are made from fatty acids. Both are no more …

Forty-Five Years Ago, the Government Used Subterranean Nukes to Dig for Natural Gas

Operation Plowshare was all about using nuclear weapons for peaceful purposes—but the program produced few economic benefits and, activists say, polluted Colorado with radiation.<p><i>The crater left by the "Sedan" nuclear test, part of Operation Plowshare, in 1962. Photo via Wikimedia Commons</i><p>On the …

Photograph: CERN/LHC<p>LHC CERN Record Beam Energy: The display shows the beam intensities (red and blue lines, left hand scale) and energy (black line, right hand …

Physics

IBM's supercomputer wrote a cookbook, and it's coming out next week

The book, "Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson," is a collaboration between IBM's Watson and the Institute of Culinary Education that goes on sale April 14.<p>But this is far from an ordinary cookbook. This will be the first cookbook that's co-created by computer algorithms.<p>Around three years ago, IBM …

NASA Releases GoPro Footage From Spacewalks

Unless you’re an astronaut on board the International Space Station or in the the Chinese space program, your opportunities to go on a spacewalk are pretty much non-existent. But if you want to know what it’s like, you can now experience the next best thing. Earlier today, NASA released GoPro …

Space Exploration

'Bioprosthetic' artificial heart combines synthetic materials and cow tissue

A French company will be moving forward with implanting a new artificial heart that incorporates biological tissue from a cow. Earlier this month Carmat won approval from four different cardiac centers in Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Poland, and Belgium. While synthetic hearts aren't new, what sets the …

Surgeons implant lab-grown blood vessel into first US patient

In a major step forward for tissue engineering, surgeons at Duke University have successfully implanted a bioengineered blood vessel into the arm of a patient with end-stage kidney disease. The procedure is the first of its kind in the US, and one of the first such efforts worldwide.<p>The engineered …

Scientists release plans for new largest particle accelerator, designed to find dark matter

One of the biggest science projects in human history is ready to begin. Scientists from around the world announced today that they have completed the final design specs for what will become the largest particle accelerator ever built, the International Linear Collider, a planned 19.3-mile-long (31 …

Tiny winglet retrofit will cut United's fuel bills by millions

A successful test flight this week by a Boeing 737-800 equipped with a shiny new set of split scimitar winglets has given the green light for United's plans to install them widely across its 737 fleet. Designed to improve the plane's aerodynamic efficiency by routing air around it, winglets have …

Looks Matter: A Century Of Iconic Food Packaging

We take the packaging our food comes in for granted. Yet many of the boxes, bags and bottles that protect our edibles were once groundbreaking — both in their design and in how they changed our perception of what's inside. Sometimes, packaging is so distinctive, it transforms food from mere …

Passenger On Hijacked Ethiopian Airlines Plane Describes The Flight On Reddit

The Rome-bound flight, which took off from Addis Ababa, landed safely and the hijacker surrendered himself to local authorities, saying he took over the plane to seek asylum in Switzerland.<p>Providing a photo of his luggage tag from the flight as proof that he was indeed on the plane, the 25-year-old …

Stem Cells Created In Living Mouse, Suggesting New Possibilities In Regenerative Medicine

By Kate Kelland<p>LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have succeeded in generating new stem cells in living mice and say their success opens up possibilities for the regeneration of damaged tissue in people with conditions ranging from heart failure to spinal cord injury.<p>The researchers used the same …

The Insanity Of Bitcoin, Explained

There’s no better way to appreciate the trippiness of the digital currency Bitcoin than this hallucinatory animated video.<p>If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you might have heard that digital currency Bitcoin is currently the talk of Wall Street after skyrocketing in value to trade at over …

Today In Dystopian War Robots That Will Harvest Us For Our Organs

Hey, there, bacteria farms! Robots are coming and they want to hold – and crush – your hand! First up in this week’s TIDWRTWHUFOOl; we present a series of robots that pay attention to you.<p>How do they work? You call out their names or position in the group and they will follow orders. When you move …

Why Underwater Robots Should Swim Like Stingrays

A stingray's efficient way of moving through the water could help engineers design better underwater robots.<p>The homely stingray's method of flying through the water could help us design a whole new class of bio-inspired 'bots, according to mechanical engineers from the University at Buffalo in New …

How To Win A Trampoline War, According To Science

A study from the Ohio State University looks into the physics of bouncing on trampolines.<p>Before Alison Sheets was an assistant professor at Ohio State University, she was a competitive gymnast who knew her way around a trampoline. Over dinner one day, she began explaining the dynamics of trampoline …

Plant revived and growing after being frozen in a glacier for hundreds of years

Up in the northern reaches of the Canadian Arctic, researchers have discovered that a category of plants buried by the Teardrop glacier hundreds of years ago is alive and well, despite having been frozen for centuries. Scientists from the University of Alberta found samples of 400-year-old plants …

Worms regrow their decapitated heads, along with the memories inside

Some memories just won't die — and some can even be transferred to a whole new brain. Researchers at Tufts University have determined that a small, yellow worm known as a planarian, which has long been studied for its regenerative properties, is able to grow back a lot more than just its body …

Peaceful ant species uses invaders as mercenaries to kill off other foes

Being raided by a colony of parasites ought to be a nightmare for a peaceful nest of ants, but in the case of the <i>Sericomyrmex</i>, that's far from reality. Research led from the University of Copenhagen noticed that <i>Sericomyrmex</i> ants were effectively able to use a colony of parasitic invading ants as …