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Agreement Reached in Lawsuit Against Indianapolis Public Schools For Failing to Protect Gay Student

(Indianapolis, IN, July 10, 2013)—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and Waples & Hanger announced an …

3D Printing and the Future of Stuff

Patenting Person Parts

The Times and Troubles of the Scientific Method

Stem Cells

The Terrifying Truth About Bananas

Climate change is happening too quickly for species to adapt

Among the many strange mantras repeated by climate change deniers is the claim that even in an overheated, climate-altered planet, animals and plants …

How to Make A Humanzee

Rosalind Franklin: Great Minds

Three Google Sheets Scripts That Help Teachers Save Time

One of the great things about technology is that it can help use do things more efficiently which in turn means we get to spend more time on the more …

Super Sugar Keeps Naked Mole Rats Cancer-Free

Although they are quite ugly and confined to a life underground, naked mole rats have at least one attribute that other animals, even humans, might …

My Five Favorite Google Reader Alternatives

The final countdown to the end of Google Reader is on. In eleven days Google Reader will be closed. I've tried a bunch of alternatives to Google …

Google Forms Become Printer-friendly

Creating quizzes in Google Forms is one of the things that I usually teach people how to do during my Google Apps workshops. Google Forms are very …

What's Next For Gene Patenting?

We take a look at how yesterday's Supreme Court ruling affects risk testing for breast cancer. Plus, this isn't the last word for gene patenting.<p>The U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday on a landmark genetics case, involving the company that previously offered the only test in the world for two major …

5 Ways Students Can Create Audio Slideshows

Somewhere between a PowerPoint presentation and a full-fledged video is the audio slideshow. Creating audio slideshows can be a good way to add …

The Energy Fix: How Waste Could Power The U.S. For Decades

The world throws away enormous amounts of energy each day. In the U.S. alone, waste streams could account for 100,000 megawatts of untapped electrical capacity. New technology could convert those overlooked sources into usable power.<p>The Radioactive Option<p>Next-Next-Gen Nuclear Power<p>U.S. nuclear …

My own genome project

In the almost year-long lead-up to having my whole genome sequenced, I have no fears about it. Or at least just a couple of tiny wobbles that I …

Play Thingdom and Learn About Genetics

Thingdom is a fun and challenging game through which students can learn about genetics. The game, produced by the London Science Museum, asks players …

FYI: Why Do You Lose Your Tan In The Winter?

Whenever you decide to clean your house, you could be slowly but surely sweeping your tan right out the door.<p>Walk along a California beach on a warm summer day, and there are sure to be dozens of men and women, spread out on their towels, soaking in as much sun as they can. Sure enough, about six …

El Reno Tornado Was a Record 2.6 Miles Wide

The National Weather Service is reporting that the May 31st El Reno, OK tornado was a record 2.6 miles wide. This is officially the widest tornado on …

Illegal genetically modified wheat appeared in Oregon, and no one's sure how it got there

A mystery is unfolding in the laboratories and grain fields of Oregon. Stalks of wheat that hadn't been planted and wouldn't die were found growing among a farmer's crops. Tests have revealed that the peculiar wheat included an illegal gene modification that made it resistant to a certain herbicide …

How to Screencast On a Chromebook

I've reviewed a lot of screencasting tools over the years (a list of seventeen can be found here). The problem with most screencasting tools is that …

NASA: Mars Travelers Would Get Fried By Radiation

Data collected during Curiosity's journey to Mars shows radiation exposure will present a major challenge for manned interplanetary missions.<p>Bad news for those of you who want to go to Mars in the next few years: Without better shielding technology, you'll probably get fried by radiation, as new …

Can we breed the burps out of cows?

Cows, goats, deer, and sheep naturally produce an abundance of methane — one of the more powerful greenhouse gases — but researchers are hoping that they can all but bring an end to that with selective breeding. Preliminary findings suggest it can be done, according to a team of researchers from …

'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 …

H7N9 bird flu drug resistance concern

<b>Drug resistance has been detected in patients infected with the new bird flu that has emerged in China, say doctors.</b><p>The H7N9 virus became resistant to Tamiflu in three out of 14 patients treated with antiviral drugs at Shanghai Public Health Clinical Centre.<p>The researchers, writing in the Lancet, …

Bird Flu

FYI: What Is The Limit To How Fast A Human Can Run?

Scientific and technological advances are making that an awfully complicated question.<p>The limit to how fast a human can run is 9.48 seconds for the 100-meter race, 0.10 seconds faster than Usain Bolt's current world record, according to Stanford biologist Mark Denny. That is, if you are talking …

Scientists Discover Massive Methane-Based Ecosystem

It's only the third cold seep discovered off the U.S. Atlantic Coast, and it could help researchers understand how life exists in harsh environments, including potentially on other planets.<p>Scientists on a research mission sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the National …