Alex Olson

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Herpes Virus Shoots DNA Into Human Cells With Crazy High Internal Pressure

Herpes, having a blast.<p>Scientists have long theorized that herpes viruses are so stuffed with genetic material that infecting a host cell is as easy as popping a balloon. Or exploding a powder keg. The internal pressure within the virus is so great, it explodes its genetic material straight out of …

How tiny species might get their shapes

Slime moulds are known for their ability to act co-operatively, and this illustration of them was featured in the famous book <i>Art Forms in Nature</i> …

Your Income Mobility Depends A Lot On Your Location: Study

The secret to getting ahead in life is apparently the same as the secret to real estate: location.<p>A new paper by economists at Harvard and Berkeley finds big differences in income mobility in different parts of the U.S., with most of the Southeast offering fewer opportunities to climb the income …

Why you think your phone is vibrating when it is not

Most of us experience false alarms with phones, and as Tom Stafford explains this happens because it is a common and unavoidable part of healthy brain function.<p>Sensing phantom phone vibrations is a strangely common experience. Around 80% of us have imagined a phone vibrating in our pockets when …

The teenage scientist revolutionising cancer detection

Pancreatic cancer 's high death rate is partly blamed on the difficulty of early detection. Teenage scientist Jack Andraka has come up with a cheap and simple way to test for it.<p><i>Over the next month, we’re celebrating technology and innovation in a new series called Bright Sparks. As part of the</i> …

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Space tourist’s sick trip to ‘bachelor pad’ in space

Iranian-born Anousheh Ansari spent more than $20 million on a trip into space. Although the trip wasn’t all plain sailing, she tells BBC Future she is now addicted and will return.<p>In school, teachers tell us we can be anything we want; we should aim high, they say. Anousheh Ansari’s story is an …

Military rations: How to cook up better battle food

One US centre creates recipes for meals that can withstand the rigours of war. But a simple lunchtime favourite is still the ultimate challenge.<p>It’s a popular urban myth that Twinkies, the famous American cream-filled sponge cake, have a shelf-life of decades and can even survive a nuclear war. In …

Do you lose most heat from your head?

To wear, or not to wear, a hat when it is cold? Claudia Hammond trawls through studies plunging people into freezing water and seeing what Patagonian locals do. To wear, or not to wear, a hat when cold<p>We were told we must not capsize at all costs. If we did, we would have only seconds to get out of …

Unmasking organised crime networks with data

Military software engineers have developed a program that can predict the social structures of street gangs. Philip Ball explains how it could help fight crime.<p>One of the big challenges in fighting organised crime is precisely that it is organised. It is run a bit like a business, with chains of …

Global transformers: What if a pandemic strikes?

Gaia Vince is exploring events that could radically alter our planet. First up, we are overdue a pandemic, so what would happen if we are hit by one?<p>Over the past century, humans have been transforming the planet so profoundly that we are pushing it into a new geological era, the Anthropocene (the …

Secrets behind the sophisticated spam scams

A recent poll called them one of modern life’s top irritants, but how do spam messages work? And in a world of constantly streaming information online, should you act like a scammer yourself if you want to win attention?<p>I woke recently to find a panicked email from an old colleague at the top of my …

Electric scooter design that makes a hole lot of sense

Scooters are a firm favourite in the developing world – but they are noisy and polluting, and can be dangerously overloaded. One company has come up with a cleaner, safer option.<p>In many parts of the world, the scooter is one of the most popular ways to get around. City streets are crowded with the …

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Will we ever... create a black hole in the laboratory?

Fears that the Large Hadron Collider could create a black hole that destroy the world may be unfounded, but if we really wanted to make one, could we actually do it, asks Matthew Francis.<p>Before the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) began operations in 2008, a small but noisy group of people were in …

Physics

What makes us extroverts and introverts?

Why do some people prefer adventure and the company of others, while others favour being alone? It’s all to do with how your brain processes rewards.<p>Will you spend Saturday night in a crowded bar, or curled up with a good book? Is your ideal holiday adventure sports with a large group of mates and, …

Can you spend a week without cash?

Is it possible to survive on the host of digital and virtual currency options now available? Frank Swain says goodbye to his wallet and finds out.<p>The crunch point came when I stood outside a cafe in the bucolic Devonshire town of Totnes, pondering the questionable ethics of taking food away from a …

What happens when Edward Snowden is actually caught?

Our pick of the week’s science and tech stories, including a venture capitalist's advice to start-ups, how to deal with anxiety and the con man who won the war on terror.<p>Do things that don’t scale<br>Paul Graham | 15 July 2013<br>Venture capitalist’s advice to start-ups. However good your idea, don’t …

The best science and technology pictures of the week

This week's best images in science and tech, including migrating whales, a new supersonic plane and how to wash your hair in space.<p><b>More stunning image galleries:</b><p>Space ventures, extreme Earth, and hot elephants<p>Flying aces, challenging swims and confused robots<p>Supermoon, Tesla coils and medical clowns<p>…

Maven: Building a time machine for Mars

Our space correspondent goes behind the scenes at Nasa’s forthcoming quest to reveal how and why the red planet lost the majority of its atmosphere.<p>The high-ceilinged room resembles a brightly lit, white-walled operating theatre, and the people inside are dressed for surgery. It is impossible to …

Does sugar make children hyperactive?

Dread birthday parties because of the effect cakes and drinks will have on your child? Evidence shows this actually affects parents’ behaviour, not the child’s.<p>Many of us have watched children arrive at a party as reasonable, polite human beings, eat copious amounts of cakes and sweets and then …

DNA storage: The code that could save civilisation

Two scientists think we can safeguard the world's knowledge against an apocalypse if we store it in DNA. How far-fetched is the idea? Ed Yong meets them to find out.<p>Neither Ewan Birney nor Nick Goldman can remember exactly how they came up with the idea of storing all the world’s knowledge in DNA. …

Genetics

Power plants to boost our crops

To feed our growing population, we must produce more food in the next 40 years than we’ve done since the dawn of agriculture. Hack into plants to make photosynthesis more efficient.<p>If you have missed my previous two columns, I’m currently looking at the radical technologies or events that have the …

Will we ever … have reliable nuclear fusion power?

For decades scientists have tried to generate an untapped source of energy by creating the conditions inside stars. Is the quest realistic or a futuristic joke?<p>In the era of global climate change, and concerns about humanity's long-term reliance on fossil fuels, many think the solution lies in …

Nuclear Energy

Ditching the phone while driving for safer roads

Each week a global thinker from the worlds of philosophy, science, psychology or the arts is given a minute to put forward a radical, inspiring or controversial idea – no matter how improbable – that they believe would change the world.<p>This week biophysicist Elspeth Garman proposes a way to make …

Halliburton pleads guilty to destroying evidence in BP oil spill

WASHINGTON -- Oil-field services giant Halliburton has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Justice Department announced Thursday.<p>Halliburton has been charged with one count of destruction of evidence in U.S. District Court in New …

Oil & Gas Industry

How well can you see the stars where you live? It is time we started to think of darkness as a natural resource. And recognize that it is almost gone. Unfortunately, there are only a few places left in the world where you can see a truly dark sky. More here: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/darkness-natural-resource-and-were-losing-it.html

Corning witnesses Gorilla Glass shrinking, perhaps proving glass is actually a liquid - ExtremeTech

By on July 2, 2013 at 11:24 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>It’s a common urban legend that, …

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Will Apple abandon the iPhone 5S in favor of an iPhone 6 and iPhone Mini? - ExtremeTech

By on July 2, 2013 at 1:46 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>We’ve seen a number of supposed leaks …

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Electrochromic fluorescent film can make fingerprints higher-res, help solve crime - ExtremeTech

By on July 3, 2013 at 1:29 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>You’re likely quite familiar with the …

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Man implants magnetic headphones, becomes music cyborg - ExtremeTech

By on July 4, 2013 at 11:30 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>If high-quality headphones are too …

Throwable panoramic camera ball could bring slow-mo video fly-bys to the masses - ExtremeTech

By on July 9, 2013 at 3:28 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>You’ve been pushing for ten minutes, …