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Rare byproduct of marine bacteria kills cancer cells by snipping their DNA

(Phys.org) —Yale University researchers have determined how a scarce molecule produced by marine bacteria can kill cancer cells, paving the way for …

Scientists create 'alien' life form with artificial genetic code

Scientists made a substantial breakthrough in understanding how to alter the fundamental nature of life, and they did so by creating for the first time a partially artificial life form that passes along lab-engineered DNA.<p>The work, published online in the journal Nature on Wednesday, came from the …

Middle Initials Make You Seem Smarter

There’s still a chance to make up for your not-so-intelligent first name.<p>Nobody really knows when middle names came about—the aristocrats, of course, had multiple names first. The choice of the name could be a woman’s maiden name turned into her middle name after marriage, or a perhaps middle name …

IBM's Watson Can Now Argue For You

The supercomputer has been programmed to lay out the pros and cons of an argument. Thanksgiving is saved!<p>IBM's Watson supercomputer has already mastered <i>Jeopardy!</i> and can even whip up an innovative recipe. Next step: it'll be elected to the presidency after dominating against humans in a series of …

Let This Noir Cartoon Make Fractals Way More Accessible (Or At Least Entertaining)

Officially, a fractal is a mathematical set displaying self-similar patterns. As we’ve mentioned before, though, humans love receiving information in …

Diagnosing Parkinson’s From Voice Recordings And Smartphone Movements

The Parkinson’s Voice Initiative aims to find a cheaper, more accessible method by categorizing people’s voice patterns. Aside from trembling hands …

Scio Pocket Molecular Scanner Is a Google-like Device for Physical Objects

A couple weeks ago I had a fascinating video call with a gentleman named Dror Sharon, the CEO of a company called Consumer Physics. He showed me a …

Invention Awards 2014: 360-Degree Infrared Vision

A thermal radar system with a panoramic view<p>Michael Dortch was building video surveillance trailers for industrial parks in Colorado when his clients started asking for near-omniscient views of their properties. They wanted to see intruders in the dark from all angles, but such coverage required up …

Scientists uncover a secret of aging: Young blood helps restore elderly mice

A group of studies focused on properties of blood linked to rejuvenation, and human clinical trials are coming soon<p>Sarah Gray<p>May 5, 2014 5:00pm (UTC)<p>Three studies, two from Harvard and one from Stanford, track the miraculous ability of young blood to rejuvenate both mental and physical abilities in …

Birds near Chernobyl have adapted to low-level radiation

At high doses, radiation can have terrible and lethal effects on humans and nonhuman animals alike. But what if organisms could adapt to low-levels of radiation? This is what an international group of researchers are suggesting in a bird study published recently in <i>Functional Ecology</i>, reports <i>The</i> …

A Skyscraper-Sized Solar-Wind Tower Could Become North America's Tallest Structure