Rebecca Schulze

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The Gift Of Graft: New York Artist's Tree To Grow 40 Kinds Of Fruit

It sounds like something out of Dr. Seuss, but artist Sam Van Aken is developing a tree that blooms in pink, fuchsia, purple and red in the spring — and that is capable of bearing 40 different kinds of fruit.<p>No, it's not genetic engineering. Van Aken, an associate professor in Syracuse University's …

EmDrive Is an Engine That Breaks the Laws of Physics and Could Take Us to Mars

An experimental engine is gaining acceptance among scientists, and could introduce a new era of space travel — it only had to break a law of physics …

Fattoush + Southern Peach Crumble

<i>We're celebrating Meatless Mondays with balanced, delicious meal plans. We hope you'll join us -- whether you're vegetarian all the time or just here and there.</i><p><i>Today: All you have to do for dinner tonight is chop and toss. (Oh yeah, and there's a crumb topping involved, too.)</i><p>Sometimes you want to …

Ice Cream

Ebola virus: Liberia health system 'overtaxed'

<b>Liberia's information minister has admitted that the country's health care system has been overwhelmed by the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.</b><p>Lewis Brown told the BBC the system had been "overtaxed" by the outbreak, but that authorities were doing their best in the face of an unprecedented …

How It Works: The Highest-Efficiency Solar Cell

I'm going to soak up the sun.<p>Solar cells typically convert no more than 20 percent of incoming energy into electricity, in part because they capture only certain wavelengths of light. Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems have developed a solar cell that converts …

Supermoon lights up skies around the world – in pictures

Satellite at perigee stage, meaning at closest point to Earth, and will be 14% larger and 30% brighter than normal

Has The End Of The Banana Arrived?

Researchers fear that a relentless and virulent fungus could cripple the world's banana monoculture<p>Two weeks ago, at a conference in South Africa, scientists met to discuss how to contain a deadly banana disease outbreak in nearby Mozambique, Africa. At fault was a fungus that continues its march …

Food Used to Fatten Animals Could Feed 3 Billion: Study

If all the food used to fatten up cows, chickens and pigs went straight to people instead, it would feed several billion more people than the food does today, according to a new study. "We've taken 10,000 years to get to the point of growing as much food as we are doing now," said Paul West, a food …

Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

Get a tight stomach in just six weeks without doing a single crunch. This may be the easiest workout we've ever printed<p>Get ready to whip off your cover-up: This workout, created exclusively for <i>Women's Health</i> by Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., owner of Results Fitness in Newhall, California, combines …

Workouts

IBM Watson Acquires Artificial Intelligence Startup Cognea

IBM’s Watson group has announced a new acquisition today — artificial intelligence company Cognea. IBM confirmed the acquisition via a blog post.<p>Cognea developed a cognitive computing and conversational artificial intelligence platform. The startup offers virtual assistants that relate to people …

The Disquieting Delights Of Salt-Rising Bread

How Clostridium, a nasty pathogen, makes an infectiously delicious confection<p>I've recently come across a fringe fermentation method that, unlike the breads and brews and yogurts and pickles and misos we know and love, isn't run by the usual benign microbes. The engine behind this fermentation …

Mysterious Kawasaki Disease May Be Carried By The Wind

The researchers say it could be caused by a type of fungal toxin.<p>Kawasaki disease afflicts about 12,000 children per year in Japan. It causes rash and a swollen tongue, and often a high fever. When severe and untreated it can cause swelling of the arteries, which can lead to aneurysms and heart …

Minnesota Bans Antibacterial Triclosan

Minnesota is banning the germ killer triclosan, which is found in many soaps and body washes. Governor Mark Dayton signed the bill on Friday, but the …

Paralysed woman walks with robotic skeleton - video

Sophie Morgan, who was paralysed from the chest down when she was 18, tries out a robotic skeleton which has allowed her to walk for the first time in 11 years. The machine, called Rex, is being made available in the UK after being used for paralysed people in the US and New Zealand. Morgan says …

Ukraine Crisis: What You Need to Know Now

The crisis in Ukraine has recently unfurled at a breakneck pace, swinging wildly between disorder and diplomacy.<p>What started as small protests became a nationwide movement — and then a violent crackdown. Bloodshed gave way to bureaucracy in central Kiev.<p>And that was all before the Russian takeover …

The World’s Largest Solar Plant is Frying Birds

The world’s largest solar power plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, officially opened for business a few days ago, but not all …

Renewable Energy

Your Next Cooking Oil Could Come From Hemp

A new strain of hemp produces oil with all the qualities needed for fine frying.<p>Agricultural hemp produces strong and decay-resistant fibers, a versatile oil, and requires little in the way of herbicides, since it outcompetes weeds. Hemp oil isn't widely used for cooking, though, partially because …

Cat Parasite Found In Arctic Beluga Whales

As ice barriers melt, pathogens expand their ranges.<p>The parasite <i>Toxoplasma gondii</i> can cause heart, brain, nervous system or eye damage in people with weakened immune systems, and harm or kill developing fetuses in pregnant women. Over 60 million people in the United States carry the the parasite, …

The First Bitcoin ATM In The US Is Opening In Austin, Texas

USA! USA! We are now officially almost as good as Canada! Why? Because the folks at Robocoin are officially turning on the first U.S.-based Bitcoin ATM at the HandleBar in Austin, Texas.<p>The ATM, placed prominently in the Austin tavern, will be much like any other ATM you’ve used. You walk up, put …

Cossacks Attack Members of Pussy Riot with Whips, Filmmaker Says

SOCHI, Russia — Russian Cossacks used whips and pepper spray Wednesday to attack members of Pussy Riot, the protest punk band opposed to President Vladimir Putin, a filmmaker traveling with the band said.<p>The filmmaker, Simon Ostrovsky, said on Twitter that members of the band were putting on their …

Japan Plans to Harvest Solar Power from Space by 2030

One of the big downsides of solar power is how dependent it is on local weather conditions. If it’s rainy or overcast, you can’t harvest much energy …

10,000 Walruses Come Ashore in Alaska as Arctic Sea Ice Declines

In an extraordinary phenomenon, an estimated 10,000 walruses have gathered on a small barrier island near Point Lay in Alaska. Spotted by scientists …

Global Warming

Pumpkin Master Ray Villafane Carves Blue Squash Into Gruesome Faces

We know that Autumn is in full swing when pumpkin carving master Ray Villafane begins transforming unsuspecting squash into haunting works of art. …

Pumpkins

A Device That Converts Sunlight Into Hydrogen Fuel

Canned sunshine!<p><i>Editor's Note Although batteries are great for some things, they aren't quite up to storing large-scale solar power for later use. That's why many people are trying to make fuel from light instead.</i><p>"The idea is to take the energy in light and store it as a fuel we can use later. So …

How Mya Breitbart Is Mapping The Genomes Of Entire Ecosystems

The microbial ecologist has figured out a way to study the enormous diversity of viruses on the planet.<p><i>Each year,</i> Popular Science_ seeks out the brightest young scientists and engineers and names them the Brilliant Ten. Like the 110 honorees before them, the members of this year's class are …

Big Pic: The Sun Like You've Never Seen It Before

Scientists colorized this image to show the intensity of coronal mass ejections.<p>In this image, the sun reaches out into space with long, super-intense flares of magnetized plasma called coronal mass ejections. When they're directed toward Earth, such ejections may trigger auroras. Especially …

2 Million Americans Annually Get Infections That Antibiotics Can't Cure

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sums up the scene for bacterial infections that should be curable with antibiotics—but aren't.<p>More than two million Americans get sick every year with infections that defy modern antibiotics. At least 23,000 Americans die each year. Such …