Cyle Ballenger

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Cyborg Cockroach Company Sparks Ethics Debate

At the TEDx conference in Detroit last week, RoboRoach #12 scuttled across the exhibition floor, pursued not by an exterminator but by a gaggle of …

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Zombie Ant and the Fungus That Controls Its Mind

Author: Matt Simon. Matt Simon Science<p>Date of Publication: 09.13.13.<p>Time of Publication: 9:30 am. 9:30 am<p>A spiny ant, <i>Polyrhachis armata</i>, from …

Factory Food From Above: Satellite Images of Industrial Farms

Author: Brandon Keim. Brandon Keim Science<p>Date of Publication: 09.16.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p><i>Tascosa Feedyard, Texas (detail)</i><p><i>Tascosa</i> …

Titanium Bullets, Rocket Sleds, and C-4: How the U.S. Tested the Safety of Nuclear Batteries | WIRED

To explore the solar system’s darkest, deepest, and most frigid territories, nuclear batteries are the best power sources available. There is, …

NASA's Plutonium Problem Could End Deep-Space Exploration

In 1977, the Voyager 1 spacecraft left Earth on a five-year mission to explore Jupiter and Saturn. Thirty-six years later, the car-size probe is …

Synthetic Spider Silk Capsules Assemble Themselves

In addition to snaring dinner and protecting spider babies, spider silk makes a pretty good shield for bioreactive enzymes. Even when it’s not made …

These Are Some of the Most Otherworldly Creatures You’ll Find on Earth | WIRED

It’s said that we know more about the surface of the moon than our own oceans, and the same may be true of the lifeforms that inhabit them. Cold …

Interstellar 8-Track: How Voyager's Vintage Tech Keeps Running

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has gone interstellar.<p>Launched in 1977, the probe is vintage space hardware. At more than 36 years old, or roughly a …

How Existing Drugs Could Fight Resistant Bugs

Medical experts have been powerless to stop the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and are increasingly desperate to develop novel drugs. But a …

Look What We Found on Mars: Curiosity Rover Serves Up Awesome Science | WIRED

News from NASA's Curiosity rover, currently traveling across the surface of Mars, often comes out piecemeal. We learn what the probe did on one …

Sex’s Enduring Mysteries | WIRED

Early in <i>Masters of Sex</i>, Showtime’s new <i>Mad Men</i>-era drama about pioneering sex researchers William Masters (a respected ob-gyn) and Virginia Johnson …

3 Smart Things About Flesh-Eating Bacteria | WIRED

<b>1.</b> The bacteria aren’t actually eating your flesh. The various species—including some that cause strep and staph—enter a wound, scrape, or bug bite …

Alien Atmosphere: Plastic Ingredient Detected on Saturn's Moon Titan

By peering into the hydrocarbon haze of Saturn's moon Titan, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has made the first off-world detection of a molecule called …

How the Freaky Octopus Can Help Us Understand the Human Brain

DAVID DOUBILET/National Geographic Creative<p>The octopus is weird: eerily malleable body, sucker-studded arms, skin that can transform into a …

Quantum Computer Passes Math Test, But Doesn't Answer the Big Question

Is the world’s first commercial quantum computer the real deal or not? No one is quite sure.<p>The most recent experiment adding fodder to this debate …

Woman shot and killed by Capitol police after chaotic chase from White House

A woman who tried to force her car through a White House security fence Thursday afternoon was shot and killed by police after a 12-block chase past the Capitol, which was locked down for a half-hour, authorities said.<p>The suspect — a dental hygienist with a history of mental issues, according to …

See the very first images of a hydrogen bond

Chemists have long known what a hydrogen bond should look like, but until last week, most hadn't actually seen an image of one. Now, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have been able to visualize a hydrogen bond using atomic force microscopy, a technique that can deliver higher …

X doesn't mark the spot: real shape of chromosomes revealed

Time to revise the high school biology textbooks: contrary to their typical portrayal as being precisely X-shaped, chromosomes are in fact much more complex — and much messier looking. That's the finding of a new project that relied on DNA sequencing to produce accurate 3D images of chromosomes.<p>A …