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A faster, cheaper way to predict stem cells' future - Futurity

University of Toronto researchers have developed a method that can rapidly screen human stem cells and better control what they will turn into.

Stem Cells

The scientific way to find a perfect partner

What are your chances of finding Mr or Ms Right? How many people should you date before you decide to settle down? Maths has the answer.<p>Peter Backus at the University of Warwick, UK, calculated that he had a 1 in 285,000 chance of meeting the woman of his dreams in any given night in London. Not …

Mathematics

Aboriginal hunting practice increases animal populations

Burning approach mixing practical philosophy and knowledge leads to near doubling of lizards and improves habitat.<p>In Australia’s Western Desert, …

Nano gold's edges could make CO2 recyclable - Futurity

Finely tuned gold nanoparticles can turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into fuel or useful industrial chemicals, say researchers at Brown …

Chemistry

Science Goes to the Movies: 'Gravity'

With the astronaut flick <i>Gravity</i> dominating box offices and dinner table conversation, Science Friday brings in the experts to fact-check. In our first installment of "Science Goes to the Movies," astronauts Jeffrey Hoffman and Don Pettit answer your <i>Gravity</i> questions and explore the real risks of …

Climate Change Aids Toxic Slime's Advance

Sewage and fertilizer runoff into China's Lake Taihu have fed a nasty bloom: an annual explosion of frothy cyanobacteria, which release neurotoxins into the lake. Hans Paerl, a marine and environmental scientist who studies Lake Taihu, says the warmer temperatures brought by climate change only …

Uncovering the Brain of a Psychopath

What makes someone a psychopath? Can these traits be passed through family lines? Neuroscientist James Fallon, and author of <i>The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey Into the Dark Side of the Brain</i>, discusses his scientific and personal exploration into the antisocial …

A glimpse of the violent past of Milky Way’s giant black hole

A new study shows that the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole had at least two major outbursts in the last few centuries.<p>Researchers using NASA’s …

Universe

Why Engineers Want To Put B Vitamins In 3-D Printers

Almost every day it seems there's a new use for 3-D printing.<p>In medicine, the printers are already making prosthetic hands, hearing aid cases and parts of human ears.<p>But the materials used in some 3-D printing processes could be toxic to humans, particularly if the products get inside the body. So …

Cells to Civilizations by Enrico Coen | book review

Is there a grand unifying theory that encompasses all life? For example, do genes share anything in common with modern human civilisations? Yes they do, if you believe British plant biologist Enrico Coen's argument that the diverse processes share something fundamental.<p>In his most recent book, …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

What's Going On With the Sun This Week?

Solar flares, canyons of fire... it seems like it's trying to get our attention.<p>Our sun has really got a flair for flares lately. The third solar flare in two days peaked at 11:03 a.m. Eastern time Friday, and it was ranked as an X2.1. Solar flares come in classifications according to their x-ray …

Astronomy

Astronauts And Mice Return From Space With Altered Eyes

About one in five astronauts report vision changes after space missions. A new, small study in mice takes a look at what might cause those changes at a molecular level.<p>When he rocketed up to the International Space Station in March 2009, NASA astronaut Mike Barratt needed glasses to see things in …

Space Exploration

Clock change challenge

Spring forward; fall back. Or was that spring back and fall forward (equally possible)? And will we ever have a mnemonic that works for those of us who usually talk about autumn rather than fall? At least it's always an hour and only twice a year, right?<p>It's hard to imagine, but the person who …

2 DIY Printers That Would've Impressed Gutenberg

Inventive ink!<p>Now : Bioprinter<p>If office printers can build images by spraying tiny blobs of ink onto paper, why couldn't they also print in living cells? The question compelled Patrik D'haeseleer and a few collaborators at Biocurious, a biohackerspace in Sunnyvale, California, to build a machine …

Our sun for one year

Composite image of a year of activity on our solar system’s star, the sun.<p>In the spring of 2010, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, provided …

Astronomy

GOP congressman hints at shutdown rematch

A Georgia GOPer indicates he’s ready to shut down the government…again<p>Judging from his recent comments during a closed-door meeting of the House GOP, Georgia Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, who first threatened to shut down the government all the way back in 2010, may be ready for a second round.<p>During …

Man Sits Behind Ex-CIA Director On The Train, Eavesdrops, And Live-Tweets His Conversation

According to Matzzie, Hayden was on a call with reporters and was speaking under the condition of anonymity, intending to be cited only as "a former senior administration official."<p>Matzzie didn't just recognize him, he live-tweeted the conversation, and made some great quips about when he was going …

Nebraska approves climate-denying study; scientists refuse to conduct it

State researchers say they refuse to be used as political pawns<p>A study on the impact of climate change on Nebraska, recently approved by the state, may not be carried out -- because its own scientists are refusing to be a part of it.<p>The problem, according to members of the governor-appointed …

Why Republicans Kill Their Darlings

What’s a GOP pres­id­en­tial hope­ful to do? In the past year, the party has cycled through one fa­vor­ite as­pir­ant after an­oth­er be­fore …

Republicans

Why Conservatives Don’t Want to Identify Political Donors

Three years ago, the Su­preme Court en­ter­tained an ap­peal from an ad­vocacy group that didn’t want to dis­close the names of sig­nat­or­ies on a …

Government

Hoocodanode?

<b>There is</b> more wonderful news from Fukushima.<p>However, the U.S. Geological Survey has estimated that there is a low likelihood for fatalities or economic loss from this earthquake and tsunami.<p>Well, there's that, but it's still past time for the international community to place sufficient pressure on …

Meteorology

Vicious Rift on the Right

Ryan Ellis is the latest conservative to attack Ted Cruz and his fellow Tea Partiers—only this time, he’s likening them to terrorists. By Eli Lake …

GOP Chair Resigns After Racist "Daily Show" Interview

Don Yelton has resigned after claiming "lazy black people" are looking for government handouts on The Daily Show.

North Carolina

Darwin inspired Hitler: Lies they teach in Texas

And that’s not the only whopper students are being taught as history in some Texas charter schools<p>When Joshua Bass, an engineer, sent his son to iSchool High, a Houston charter school, he was expecting a solid college preparation, including the chance to study some college courses before leaving …

Failure to reach a 'grand bargain' is good for the US economy

It's highly unlikely there will be any 'grand bargain' budget deal, but that's actually better for the US (and global) economy<p>It is sometimes said that Washington DC is a place where good ideas go to die – and over the past few years more than a few smart ones have been dealt an early demise by …

How shameless Christian con artists took over the GOP

Conservative politicians are exploiting their voters the same way some church leaders exploit believers<p>The culture of fundamentalist Christianity has had profound impacts on the Republican party in the past few decades, moving Republicans to the right on various issues and forcing Republicans to …

The Snowden Effect: Out Of His Brain On The Train

(Optional Musical Accompaniment To This Post)<p><i>Tout le Beltway</i> seemed to go abuzz last night with the story of how former CIA and National Security Administration director Michael Hayden got all indiscreeton the Acela, blabbing away on his cellphone to a reporter while, luckless soul that Hayden is, …

Obama Administration

Krugman: Deficit scolds “literally have no idea what they’re talking about”

The New York Times columnist on why you should ignore prophesiers of fiscal doom<p>Paul Krugman's latest column for the New York Times tackles a familiar subject for the award-winning economist and best-selling author: The foolishness of those who labor under the misconception that the United States …