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The Hidden Way to Cheaply Fly Around the World

For your next big trip, what if you could take advantage of a single airline ticket to check several destinations off your travel wish list for a fraction of the time and expense of seeing them one at a time?<p>I recently talked with Jenny McIver, a Round-the-World (RTW) travel pro to get the lowdown …

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The Math Trick Behind MP3s, JPEGs, and Homer Simpson’s Face - Facts So Romantic

Nine years ago, I was sitting in a college math physics course and my professor spelt out an idea that kind of blew my mind. I think it isn’t a …

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Morphing Table inFORM

<b>Morphing Table inFORM</b><p>Well, what can I say… The Future is here. This is one of the most amazing artifacts from the future I’ve seen in a long time.<p>Think about the potential and what you can do with it when they increase the resolution and the strength of the blocks (carbon composites, graphene… whatever). I definitely share the astonishment of Kevin Kelly:<p>Wow, it’s the beginning of….. something in our future. There must be a science fiction name for a full body controlled virtually. It’s a demo …

How Biking In Traffic Affects Your Body

The interesting biology of breathing in diesel exhaust<p>Ever wondered what all those fumes are doing to your lungs while bike or walk in heavy traffic? I certainly have, especially when biking up a hill behind a bus. (Argh, not again!) So I had to check out this <i>Globe and Mail</i> story about a recent …

Scientists develop nanoscale 'train set' controlled by DNA

Microscopic system uses protein called kinesin to move 'cargo' of molecules of green dye along short DNA strands<p>A nanoscale 'train set' powered by microscopic motors and controlled by DNA has been developed by scientists.<p>The system can construct its own network of tracks spanning tens of …

The Pain Of Torture Lasts Forever

A study of Israeli veterans of the 1973 Yom Kippur War finds that torture permanently alters a person's perception of pain.<p>The pain inflicted during torture can last far beyond the actual event. Aside from the psychological ramifications, torture can cause long-term changes to the way your body …

Turn Your Smartphone Into A Digital Microscope

More like cell-fies! Ha ha, right? Right?<p>Do you have $10 and a few minutes and a burning need for a microscope? You do.<p><i>But why would I need a microscope?</i> you say.<p>You do! Examine plant cells, check out the sharpness of your knives, or just take some awesome photos. It's easy to make and looks rad …

Dog cloning to arrive in Britain

British dog owners are to be given the chance to clone their pet by a company which claims to have already recreated dozens of prized canines in the US.<p>One British owner will be offered a genetic replica of their dog for free as part of the UK launch of the service, which usually costs £63,000.<p>But …

Shazam at sea: music lookup techniques can distinguish dolphin calls

Music lookup services like Shazam have been helping listeners get songs out of their heads and into their music players for years, but now researchers are realizing that there's even more scientific value to be had from the principles behind these apps. Using the very algorithm employed by many …

Netflix On The Moon? Broadband Makes It To Deep Space

Here's a funny quirk of the modern age: It takes just seconds to pull up a bad sci-fi movie about invaders from the moon and watch it in HD. But actual communications between the Earth and moon are just as static-filled as they were back in the 1960s.<p>Until now. NASA says it's just gotten a lunar …

PubMed Debuts A Commenting System For All Its Papers

The ultimate way to comment on science<p>So, about comments. PubMed, America's federally maintained database of scientific papers, is piloting a system that will allow scientists to leave online comments on papers. PubMed is huge—it includes 22 million citations in health, biology and chemistry—so its …

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Free vitamins for all under-fives advised by chief medical officer

Dame Sally Davies says rise in rickets points to need for vitamin handouts to curb illnesses linked to vitamin D deficiency<p>All under-fives may be offered free vitamins on the NHS in an effort to curb the rising tide of illness, such as rickets, linked to them getting too little vitamin D.<p>Dame Sally …

Why Scientists Held Back Details On A Unique Botulinum Toxin

Scientists have discovered the first new form of botulinum toxin in over 40 years, but they're taking the unusual step of keeping key details about it secret.<p>That's because botulinum toxin is one of the most poisonous substances known. It causes botulism, and the newly identified form of it can't …

How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

I am what you might call a recovering junk food addict—and one that had an especially strong penchant for candy.<p>And while I’ve managed to get my sweet tooth under control in recent years, I still have quite a weakness for homemade versions of classic treats.<p>Being able to create them without …

Why Scientists Are Trying Viruses To Beat Back Bacteria

Not all viruses are bad for us. Some of them might even help up us fight off bacterial infections someday.<p>Naturally occurring viruses called bacteriophages attack specific types of bacteria. So researchers at the University of Leicester decided to try and take advantage of phages' …

Check This Out: A 3-D Printer Made From E-Waste

West African inventor Kodjo Afate Gnikou made a $100 3-D printer from leftover parts scavenged from old scanners, computers and printers.<p>The circle of electronic life: useless printer scraps become a way to print scraps of other things! Resourceful 33-year-old inventor Kodjo Afate Gnikou, of the …

The moral life of babies

Research with very young babies suggests that the roots of compassion, empathy and moral reasoning might be in place from birth.<p>If you have any experience of babies you’d be forgiven for thinking of them as entirely selfish, self-oriented little beasts with scant regard for others. It has long been …

How Low Is The Sky? And More Questions A Drone Legal Case Might Resolve

An upcoming trial could change the way the FAA deals with unmanned aircraft.<p>Austrian Raphael "Trappy" Pirker has been flying drones and taking aerial photos as a hobby for about five years. But now he may have to pay $10,000 for an incident in October 2011, according to a complaint filed by the …

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Help Save The Seahorse By Stabbing At Your iPhone

Introducing iSeahorse, a citizen science project for the armored fish.<p>Seahorses are awesome. They're covered in squishable armor that protects them from being crushed. They're one of the only fish species with a neck, as well as one of the few to swim upright. They push the pain of pregnancy and …

Lasers 3-D Print A Home For Bacteria

Microscopic bacteria cages contain communities for study.<p>Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are building a zoo. You can't visit its inhabitants, or look inside, but it's filled with cages where entire communities can thrive. Microscopic cages. Made out of what's basically Jell-O. Oh, …

Your science questions answered

Tech Monthly followers have sent in the scientific conundrums that have been keeping them up at night. Here, we answer some of their most baffling questions from snoring dogs to colour-changing thermometers<p><b>Q We know that humans can snore, but are all other animals able to snore as well?</b> asks Toby<p>A …

Why millions love Elise Andrew's science page

Elise Andrew's entertaining and informative Facebook page, I Fucking Love Science, is adding up to 15,000 followers a day<p>Elise Andrew is "overwhelmed" and "blown away" when she looks at the Facebook page she created as a jape and which has nearly 7 million likes and more than 3 million "talking …

Craig Venter: 'This isn't a fantasy look at the future. We are doing the future'

The pioneering American scientist, who created the world's first synthetic life, is building a gadget that could teletransport medicine and vaccines into our homes or to colonists in space<p>Craig Venter reclines in his chair, puts his feet up on his desk and – gently stroking his milk …

Learn How Magnets Work By Watching This Short Animation

The latest video from MinutePhysics, a growing YouTube series by Henry Reich, explains the miracles of magnetism on a particle level.<p>You may remember the Insane Clown Posse’s eternal question, infinitely quoted from their 2009 single “Miracles”: “Fucking magnets, how do they work?”<p>They had the …

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Time lapse of epithelial cells undergoing mitosis

Time lapse of epithelial cells undergoing mitosis.

Cheaper Micro-sized Particle Accelerators Are Now Possible

Researchers ditch radio-frequency technology and use a different method to make tabletop accelerators feasible.<p>The Large Hadron Collider, the 17-mile ring that led to the discovery of the Higgs Boson, is a massive and impressive piece of technology. Yet the enormity and cost of these colliders …

Peanut butter sniff test confirms Alzheimer's - Futurity

A dollop of peanut butter and a ruler might be a way to confirm a …

How Do Ants Get Their Magnetic Compasses?

<b>Tropical leafcutter ants don’t need to stop and ask for directions—they have internal magnetic compasses that help them navigate.</b><p>Now, scientists have figured out just how the insects get their “sixth sense,” which is also found in an increasing number of animals, including birds, bats, and rodents. …

Scientists Are Bad At Identifying Important Science, Study Finds

'We're all sort of stumbling around in a fog,' one of the study authors says.<p>Maybe you shouldn't put too much stock in what four out of five dentists say? Scientists, even experts in the same field, don't agree on which research studies are the most important, a new study (of course) found. On one …

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