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Scientists Just Mastered an Error-Free Way to Store Data on DNA | Inc.com

Ask any business what it takes to really get ahead and data analysis comes pretty close to topping the list. The stink in the commode, though, is that companies have so much data that just storing it--let alone putting it to use--is problematic. But if scientists have their way, in the …

Genetics

For $10, Convert Your Smartphone into a Microscope with Photo and Video Capabilities

[Update – 10:43AM 10/29/13] We actually built one of these $10 microscope stands. Take a look at the photos we took using it to see how well it works.<p>…

Microscopes

The science and magic of wine-making

… a new friend is as a new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure. <i>Ecclesiasticus 9:10</i><p>I grew up on tales of my Dad's 1970s homemade hedgerow wines. Their fruity aroma and potency were legendary. All that remains of this heady era are five very dusty bottles of "vintage" wine sitting …

A Photographer’s Take On The iPhone 5S Camera

The iPhone 5S announcement this week was punctuated with a lot of specs and buzzwords. Much of it centered around the new Touch ID fingerprint scanner and the 64-bit processor. But the most intriguing to me was the camera advancements.<p>Apple has been putting a major focus on the camera in the iPhone …

Why Some Coral Reefs Might Survive Climate Change

But it's not going to be easy for many species<p>The world is clobbering coral reefs, home to 25 percent of all marine species. Agricultural runoff pollutes the water around them; coastal developments tear them up; overfishing kills their inhabitants; and carbon dioxide emissions make the oceans too …

Rough Sketch: "A Snail Could Be Used as a Battery"

Our biofuel cell generates power from glucose sugar in a snail's body. We drill holes through the shell and implant enzyme-coated electrodes in the hemolymph, or snail blood, that naturally collects between the snail's body and shell. Like any battery, ours is based on chemical reactions that …

A Retired Chemistry Teacher Merges Art and Science by Sculpting Porcelain Objects Inspired by Molecules | Colossal

<p>Educator, scientist and artist Bobby Jaber retired from teaching chemistry over 20 years ago and decided to dedicate the next chapter of his life to …

The Social Behavior Of Bacteria, Trippily Explored In Art

The advanced collective and social intelligence of bacteria colonies makes for some very psychedelic design.<p>The invisible colony of bacteria that spreads its invisible biomass across a petri dish is as gestalt as any alien hive-mind. Like such a mind, it grows with design, and it is from this …

Environment: News & features

Environment

Using the Elephant Man's skeleton to unlock medical mysteries

During Joseph Merrick's short life, he was a subject of both mockery and scientific befuddlement. Known as the "Elephant Man," Merrick's abnormal physical development led to work as a traveling curiosity and pokes and prods by puzzled doctors. Even after his death in 1890, Merrick's unusual legacy …

Hellbenders Reintroduced in New York: Freshwater Species of the Week

The Eastern hellbender–also called a snot otter, devil dog, mud dog, grampus, or Allegheny alligator–is one of the world’s largest species of salamander. The animal, formally <i>Cryptobranchus alleganiensis,</i> has been declining and is officially listed as “near threatened” by the International Union for …

Changes in river chemistry affect water supplies

In the first survey of its kind, researchers looked at long-term records of alkalinity trends in 97 streams and rivers from Florida to New …

New Hampshire

Wolves howl because they care

When a member of the wolf pack leaves the group, the howling by those left behind isn’t a reflection of stress but of the quality of their …

Social Media

A bigger fish for palaeontogists to fry…

An international team of scientists has uncovered the remains of the world's largest fish. The 50ft <i>Leedsichthys problematicus</i> swam the oceans of the Jurassic era more than 160m years ago, sweeping up shoals of plankton through giant, mesh-covered gills. <i>Leedsichthys</i> was eventually wiped out by the …

How To Grow Your Own Photo

Use microbes to make black-and-agar still lifes<p>Microbes aren't known for their artistic merit, but that hasn't stopped scientists from using bacteria to find their inner Ansel Adams. Bioengineer Chris Voigt and his team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have hacked a harmless strain of</i> …

Reflecting on mirror neurons

<i>Chapter 11 of my book, 50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know. Here's the introduction to the book, and my post about the most important idea in neuroscience</i>.<p>Summary: Mirror neurons are cells that fire during both the execution and observation of a specific action. They have been linked to …

Latest iWatch concept imagines flexible display, iOS 7-inspired user-interface

Designer Federico Ciccarese, who we know from many past Apple product concepts, has teamed up with some friends to create his latest iWatch render. This time around his concept is a little more realistic than some of the other iWatch renders we’ve seen from Ciccarese, and even touches on some of …

Apple’s radio debut will feel a lot like… radio

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Apple’s(s aapl) long-awaited streaming music service, iTunes Radio, will finally arrive in September, and it will come with a …

Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch colors revealed

Samsung Smartwatch Concept<p>It seems like there’s been a rush of information about the Galaxy Gear smart watch over the past week, and here’s yet another piece of information. Samsung is planning to launch the device in a range of five different colors, which is good news for those looking to color …

Smartwatches

Pokemon X and Y Weekly - A wild tree appears!

Oh boy, are you ever lucky. You're here for the ground floor of GamesRadar's newest weekly video series, Pokemon X and Y weekly! Each Tuesday …

Is Microsoft making AR goggles for the Xbox One?

<b>A patent application by Microsoft outlines the company's plans for an augmented-reality (AR) gaming headset.</b><p>It looks like Microsoft's leaked Xbox …

Augmented Reality

Warm weather sparks jellyfish invasion

Hundreds of thousands of jellyfish with 'powerful stings' have descended on Britain after the recent heatwave warmed coastal waters, creating ideal conditions for the sea creatures.<p>Despite a "mass invasion" of jellyfish along thousands of miles of the Mediterranean coastline in June, they had been …

North West England

A National Park for Blue Whales?

In one day, a baby boy gained 200 pounds (90 kilograms) just from his mother’s milk. At this rate, it seems like he’ll be fully grown in no time. But this little guy has a long way to go. He’s a blue whale calf, and in five to 10 years, he’ll be the largest animal ever known to exist on Earth.<p>For …

Help Name This Mystery Fish

Submit a name for this colorful fish, and you could win a National Geographic Expeditions trip to the Galápagos.<p><b>What's in a name? Whether you're star-crossed lovers in a Shakespeare play or researchers exploring the ends of the Earth, names can be everything. A proper name can transcend languages</b> …

Franz Josef Land Expediton: Ice and Giant Sea Spiders

Wildlife<p>The giant sea spider Anomorhynchus smithii, a species described for the first time in Franz Josef Land in 1881. (Photo by Enric Sala)<p><i>National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is setting off to explore Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote archipelagos in the world, only 900 km</i> …

Caribbean has lost 80% of its coral reef cover in recent years

Comprehensive survey of the Caribbean's reefs is expected to act as a warning of problems besetting the world's coral<p>A major survey of the coral reefs of the Caribbean is expected to reveal the extent to which one of the world's biggest and most important reserves of coral has been degraded by …

Our Once And Future Oceans: Taking Lessons From Earth's Past

One of the most powerful ways to figure out how the Earth will respond to all the carbon dioxide we're putting into the atmosphere is to look back into the planet's history.<p>Paleontologists have spent a lot of time trying to understand a time, more than 50 million years ago, when the planet was much …