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Looking To Nature For Antibiotic Inspirations

Bacteriophages, viruses that infect bacterial cells, employ an arsenal of chemical weapons. Microbiologist Vincent Fischetti of Rockefeller University describes using tricks learned from the phage in developing new antibiotics that may be effective even where others fail.<p>Transcript<p>FLORA LICHTMAN, …

How To Trick People Into Changing Their Political Views

Researchers change opinions on political issues with a sleight of hand.<p>If you're a die-hard Democrat or a die-hard Republican, you probably think that nothing could make you change your beliefs. Wrong. A study from Lund University in Sweden shows that it's possible to alter the opinions of almost …

Human Ancestor Reconstructed, Halfway Between Chimp And Human

A recent descendent of Homo gets a complete skeleton.<p>In 2008, researchers found remains of a few early human-like beings in a cave in South Africa. Now, they've pieced them together into one of the most complete skeletons of a human ancestor ever made.<p>The skeletons belong to a new species of …

Two million-year-old creature had mix of ape, human traits

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A 2 million-year-old ancestor of man had a mixture of ape and human-like features that allowed it to hike vast distances on two legs with as much ease as it could scurry up trees, according to research published on Friday.<p>Discovered in cave near Johannesburg in 2008, the …

Was Marina Chapman really brought up by monkeys?

Marina Chapman says she isn't as mobile as she once was. It's not so easy to climb trees these days, let alone swing from them. Well, she is about 60 …

Submerged Stone Structure Found in the Sea of Galilee

Researchers have found a submerged stone structure in the Sea of Galilee, a freshwater lake in Israel. The finding was reported here in the</i> …

Environment: News & features

Biofuels: 'Irrational' and 'worse than fossil fuels'

<b>The UK's "irrational" use of biofuels will cost motorists around £460 million over the next 12 months, a think tank says.</b><p>A report by Chatham House says the growing reliance on sustainable liquid fuels will also increase food prices.<p>The author says that biodiesel made from vegetable oil was worse …

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Nanosponges could soak up deadly infections like MRSA from your bloodstream

Researchers have developed biomimetic nanosponges that could prove an effective way of dealing with antibiotic-resistant infections. Each nanosponge is a tiny polymer-based particle measuring 85nm (around one 300,000th of an inch) across that's been wrapped in a red blood cell membrane. When …

Why do humans cry? A new reading of the old sob story

When it came to solving the riddle of the peacock's tail, Charles Darwin's powers of evolutionary deduction were second to none – the more …

What If Darwin Had Never Existed?

Imagining a world without the father of evolution<p>Imagine a dark, stormy night in the South Atlantic at the end of December 1832. Aboard the Royal Navy survey vessel HMS Beagle a young naturalist, racked with seasickness, staggers on deck. A sudden wave makes the ship heel violently, and he is …

This Bioengineered Rat Kidney Could Pave The Way For On-Demand Replacement Organs

The big news in bioengineering this week is all about a tiny pool of rat pee.<p>Your kidneys may be the hardest body parts to duplicate, but maybe doctors just need a template to fill out.<p>Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital have built a functional engineered rat kidney, washed clean of its …

Justices Appear Skeptical Of Patenting Human Genes

In a case considered pivotal to the future of science and medicine, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed skeptical Monday about a claim that human genes can be patented.<p>Contending that genes can be patented are the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, which see patents as the keys to new …

US Supreme Court hears arguments in gene-patent case

The United States’ highest court heard arguments today in a long-running debate over the validity of patents on human genes.<p>US Supreme Court justices …

New Porcupine Species Discovered in Brazil

Mother Nature Network reports that a new porcupine species has been found in the Pernambuco Endemism Centre, an endangered forest ecosystem in …

Peel-and-stick solar cells for battery-powered products of the future

It may be possible soon to charge cell phones, change the tint on windows, or power small toys with peel-and-stick versions of solar cells.<p>A …

Clean Energy