Amir Alpert

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'Dating' vs. 'Married': How Text Messages Change Over Time

A lot evolves between the first year of coupledom and the ones that follow—including references to "home," "dinner," and "love."<p>So many loves start with a "hey." A tentative "hey." A hopeful "hey." And more often than ever that "hey" is not spoken, but sent through a text message.<p>That first "hey," …

Shocker: Your Fries Have Stuff in Them

Popular Science Blogs<p>Boxplot<p>Exploring the world of science through graphic narrative. By Maki Naro<p>Not much to say really. A recent Food Babe article (not even going to link it) compared the ingredients of food in the USA to food in the United Kingdom. While I can't speak for sugar content or …

Google’s giant modular displays are about more than just TV

Google is working on modular displays that “plug together like Legos” to create really big screens, according to a <i>Wall Street Journal</i> report. The …

Soon, It Will Cost Less To Sequence A Genome Than To Flush A Toilet — And That Will Change Medicine Forever

And when genomes are that cheap to come by, the information they provide will completely revolutionize medicine as we know it.<p>You'll be able to monitor your health, discover diseases like cancer before they became obvious, and profile your microbiome — all the microorganisms that call your body …

Energy giant gives $18 million to three Texas Medical Center institutions

As ExxonMobil charges ahead with development of its massive new campus near The Woodlands, the nation's largest energy producer Thursday upped the …

Texas

Scientists Have Found A Crystal That Can Let You Breathe Underwater

It’s a great scientific irony that water is full of oxygen yet none of it is breathable to humans. But that might be about to change, thanks to a research team in Denmark and a bizarre crystal they’ve discovered.<p>Carrying the catchy label of [{(bpbp)Co2II(NO3)}2(NH2bdc)](NO3)2 * 2H2O, and what we’re …

(Re)Becoming Human

AS THE SUN set over Lake Eyasi in Tanzania, nearly thirty minutes had passed since I had inserted a turkey baster into my bum and injected the feces …

Can you shoot down a drone on your land? New incident raises self-defense questions

After a New Jersey man spotted his neighbor’s camera-equipped drone flying over his house this week, he fetched a shotgun and peppered the drone with …

Two hard drives may decide Google's fate in data collection lawsuit

SocialDaily<p>Google has spent a significant amount of time over the last few years dealing with questions about their data collection practices.<p>Four years, Google admitted that they had mistakenly gathered data from open Wi-Fi networks at the same time it collected publicly broadcast SSID information …

After The NIH Funding 'Euphoria' Comes The 'Hangover'

When Richard Larson co-wrote a scientific paper about the perils of up-and-down funding for the National Institutes of Health, he noted that the research cycled between states of "euphoria," and a "hangover" far greater than you'd expect.<p>The editors of the journal <i>Service Science</i> at first argued …

An All-Liquid Battery For Storing Solar And Wind Energy

Making alternative energy cheaper and more reliable<p>You could call it a rainy-day fund. A team of MIT researchers has built an all-liquid battery prototype that's designed to store excess energy from solar and wind power plants. When the sun isn't shining, or the wind isn't blowing, future versions …

Why Is Texas' Ag Commissioner Attacking Schools for Healthier Meals?

Growing up in the Deep South where I was raised on chicken fried steak and cheesy meat pies, I was often told that if it didn't have fat, it wasn't worth eating. Yes, we ate collard greens, but only when they were smothered in lard or drenched in butter. We had a different kind of meat every day; …

First-Ever Human Trial Of An Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Treatment Set To Begin

The treatment will make use of a biology breakthrough that occurred just eight years ago.<p>A Japanese patient with severe eye disease is set to become the first person to be treated with induced pluripotent stem cells, <i>Nature News</i> reports. Cells of this type have been considered promising for future …

Right to be forgotten is a false right, Spanish editor tells Google panel

Google is being forced to create "information gaps" and act as a "false court ruling on a false right", according to the editor of the Spanish edition of the Huffington Post.<p>Montserrat Domínguez, who produces El Huffington Post in a joint venture with the Spanish newspaper El País, gave evidence in …

Vest And Scarf Made From Spider Silk

In the future, spider-strengthened silk could go into bulletproof vests.<p>This silk scarf and vest have a nice drape and pretty color, but that's not why everyone here at <i>Popular Science</i> covets them. No, we're wishing they were ours because they're made of super-strong, transgenic spider silk. …

Gang of hackers behind nude celebrity photo leak routinely attacked iCloud

A gang of hackers who collected and traded nude pictures of female celebrities by routinely breaking into Apple's iCloud system were the source of private photographs leaked online, new evidence shows.<p>Private photos and videos of more than 100 mostly female American and British stars were released …

Who is putting up 'interceptor' cell towers? The mystery deepens

Mysterious “interceptor” cell towers in the USA are grabbing phone calls — but they’re not part of the phone networks. And, two experts told VentureBeat today, the towers don’t appear to be projects of the National Security Agency (NSA).<p>The towers were revealed by Les Goldsmith to Popular Science …

Propane made with renewable method for the first time

Scientists modify E coli genes to produce gas that can power cars and heat homes<p>A gas which can power cars and heat homes has been made using a renewable process for the first time.<p>Propane, which makes up the bulk component of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), has previously only ever been produced …

Opinion: Buffett followed this one rule in Burger King deal

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — To the legions of Warren Buffett fans out there, the billionaire investor’s supporting role in a deal to finance Burger …

Investing

California Passes First-Ever Bill to Define Sexual Consent on College Campuses

<b>Correction: Appended, Sept. 2</b><p>The California Senate passed a first-in-the-nation bill Thursday to define what amounts to consensual sexual activity in …

Found: The Part Of The Mouse Brain That Motivates Exercise

Plus, how can you tell if a mouse is depressed?<p>A team of researchers has found a part of the brain that controls how motivated mice are to exercise, according to a new study.<p>The researchers created genetically modified mice that lacked neurons in the dorsal medial portion of a region of the brain …

NIH to launch Ebola vaccine trials in humans

The National Institutes of Health has announced the first clinical trial of a vaccine to protect healthy people from infection by the Ebola virus, which is responsible for an estimated 1,550 deaths throughout West Africa.<p>NIH director Francis Collins on Thursday called the human safety trials, which …

Disease

Players Build Working Hard Drive Inside Minecraft

It's a computer inside a computer game.<p>Over the hills, across the stone bridge, past the giant pony, around the lake of questionable test, and beyond the giant rainbow barrier sits a work of great artifice on a grey plain. Far larger than any single inhabitant of this virtual world, the contraption …

Minecraft

Roadways You Can Install Like Throw Rugs

Magic carpets you know about. Aladdin had one. But how about this?<p>A country road carpet? Walk into a meadow, drag it behind you, and wherever you go, the road settles perfectly into place. That's Erik Johansson doing the dragging, and, I don't know, he doesn't seem to be straining very hard. The …

Scientists hail creation of working organ made from laboratory cells

British scientists produce working thymus, a vital immune system 'nerve centre' located near the heart<p>Reprogrammed cells created in a laboratory have been used to build a complete and functional organ in a living animal for the first time.<p>British scientists produced a working thymus, a vital immune …

No. 1 Most Expensive Coffee Comes From Elephant's No. 2

I s#&% you not: The world's most expensive coffee is now being produced in Thailand's Golden Triangle, a region better known for another high-priced, if illegal, export: opium.<p>Canadian entrepreneur Blake Dinkin, 44, is betting his life savings that he can turn his idea into, well, gold. Here's the …