Alisa Di Loreto

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Rational Paranoia: Scientist Pursued By Chemical Company For Studies

Tyrone Hayes thought a multinational chemical concern was out to discredit him. He was right.<p>You must read this article in the New Yorker about a scientist being pursued by a chemical company after showing that one of its products was harmful. Tyrone Hayes, a UC-Berkeley scientist, received funding …

Weird

National Ignition Facility Announces Record Amount Of Fusion Energy

Physicists had to compress the fuel to twice the density of the core of the sun.<p>U.S. physicists are reporting they've created more energy than ever before from a laser-triggered fusion reaction.<p>Fusion is the reaction that occurs in the interiors of stars, including Earth's own sun. Theoretically, …

Physics

Sustainable nuclear fusion breakthrough raises hopes for ultimate green energy

Scientists have moved a step closer to achieving sustainable nuclear fusion and almost limitless clean energy<p>• Explaining nuclear fusion: is it the way to cheap energy?<p>US researchers have achieved a world first in an ambitious experiment that aims to recreate the conditions at the heart of the sun …

Black Holes

Diamond: Britain's answer to the Large Hadron Collider

At the Diamond particle accelerator in Oxfordshire, experiments using beams of light 10,000 times brighter than the sun have implications for the fight against cancer, improved air safety and energy efficiency<p>The darling of particle physics might be the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at Cern, but as a …

3 Reasons Why Football Is Evil [Vintage PopSci]

A mathematics professor issued an urgent warning about football in 1894. America ignored him.<p>The National Football League recently put up $30 million to study the long-term effects of repeated brain injuries, after thousands of former players sued the organization for allegedly concealing the links …

NFL Concussion Expert Rich Ellenbogen: 'I Really Don’t Care Who's To Blame. We Just Have To Move The Science Forward'

Ellenbogen, the co-chair of the NFL's Head, Neck and Spine committee and a neurological surgery professor at the University of Washington, talks to us about the NFL's efforts to make football safer, the future of concussion research, and the technology that will get us there.<p>Every year, millions of …

The Brain

After Genetic Tweaks, Fruit Flies Glow When They Sense Cancer

The genetically engineered _Drosophila melanogaster _can even signal for different types of breast cancer cells.<p>Fruit flies are able to distinguish breast cancer cells from healthy mammary tissue, according to a new study. The humble fly joins dogs and honeybees as members of the animal kingdom …

Biology

Ask Anything: What Does Water Taste Like?

H2-oh-so-tasty<p>For thousands of years, philosophers claimed that water had no flavor. It’s the baseline for the sense of taste, they said—a starting point and null condition. What water is to tongues, darkness is to eyes and silence is to ears. “The natural substance water per se tends to be …

How To Find Our Planet’s Twin

What exactly constitutes an Earth doppelganger?<p>To date, most known extrasolar planets are gas giants like Jupiter or Neptune. Lacking even a solid surface, they are worlds very unlike our own planet. As the search for other Earths continue, a true Earth twin must satisfy five characteristics.<p>1) …

James Webb Space Telescope

Birth Of Memory: Why Kids Forget What Happened Before Age 7

Recently, my nearly-4-year-old niece suffered the kind of childhood accident every parent dreads: she fell off her bike and broke a front tooth high above the gum line. The resulting pain and eventual extraction were a harrowing experience for her parents, but fortunately the little girl emerged …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day for February 2014

Author: Wired Science Staff<p>06:30 am<p>Follow Space Photo of the Day on TwitterThe 2013 WIRED Space Photo of the Day GalleryThe 2012 WIRED Space Photo of …

Study Finds 1,300 Airborne Microbe Species In Beijing Smog

Sampling the metagenome of the air<p>There are about 1,300 microbe species that float around in Beijing's smog, a team of Chinese researchers found. Aren't you glad you know? Most of the microbes are harmless, Nature News reports, but some of the species are known to cause allergies and lung diseases …

Biology

Lawsuit Alleges NASA Is Failing To Investigate Alien Life

Read the suit in all its glory here.<p>You may recall, NASA recently announced that a strange rock had somehow "appeared" in front of its Mars Opportunity rover. The explanations for the mystery rock were straight-forward: maybe some kind of nearby impact sent a rock toward the rover, or, more likely, …

Paranormal

Catching neutrinos with Fermilab's massive next-generation detector

Neutrinos are subatomic, electrically neutral particles that many scientists believe can help us better understand what our universe is made of. To study the behavior and travel of neutrinos, which are capable of passing right through the earth, the Department of Energy's Fermilab is building a two …

Humans are more than clever apes? Don't make me laugh

Most qualities we think of as particularly 'human' can be seen elsewhere in the animal kingdom, thanks to evolution<p>Just how special do you think you are? How different do you think you are from other animals? Do you think of yourself as an animal or do you see yourself, and your fellow humans, as …

Potential Cure For Peanut Allergy Successful In Test

88 percent of kids in this study were able to eat 5 peanuts after the treatment.<p>A peanut allergy is not just annoying; it can be deadly. But there may be some hope for this affliction, the most common severe food allergy.<p>In a new study, researchers gave 85 kids a tiny amount of peanut protein, and …

Biomedicine

Heart cells beating in a Petri dish offer new hope to heart patients

Ingenious use of stem cell research brings treatment for incurable condition closer<p>Adele Johnson was 26 when she was involved in a motorway accident in 2009. She sustained only minor injuries and was able to walk away from the crash. But several weeks later she still felt stressed, tired and …