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Autism: Scientists May Be Able To Explain A Third Of All Cases

The discovery could help researchers develop a treatment.<p>The scarcity of a single protein in the brain could explain as many as a third of all cases …

Ammonia Has Been Detected in Earth's Lower Atmosphere For The First Time

There's no escaping it.<p>For the first time, scientists have detected trace amounts of ammonia in the upper troposphere - the lowest of Earth's …

Astronomy

7 things in your daily life that you didn't know were based on NASA innovations

Some everyday innovations as varied as a solid golf club and a high-quality selfie owe their existence to NASA technologies.<p>NASA published its 2017 edition of "Spinoff" — a profile of 50 commercial technologies originally designed for NASA missions and research.<p>Since 1976, NASA has published an …

Scientists Just Used CRISPR to Treat a Horrible Genetic Disorder in Mice

Hemophilia is a devastating genetic condition—without the ability to form blood clots, those who have it risk bleeding to death from even the …

Genetics

By 2030, this is what computers will be able to do

<i>Developments in computing are driving the transformation of entire systems of production, management, and governance. In this interview Justine</i> …

Researchers uncover possible source of genetic error causing multiple diseases

Tufts University researchers have discovered a possible explanation for the occurrence of a genetic error that causes over a dozen neuromuscular and …

Genetics

Is the Search for Dark Matter a Wild Goose Chase?

A growing number of physicists think it may be.<p>For 80 years, scientists have puzzled over the way galaxies and other cosmic structures appear to gravitate toward something they cannot see. This hypothetical “dark matter” seems to outweigh all visible matter by a startling ratio of five to one, …

We survive because reality may be nothing like we think it is

Professor of cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine Donald H. Hoffman has doubts that reality is much like what we think it is. We …

This amazing tiny animal has sex for an hour. Yes, there's video.

Tardigrades can survive 100 years in hibernation. They also have marathon sex.<p>Scientists don’t know much about how tardigrades have sex.<p>That’s a shame. Tardigrades — microscopic animals that primarily live in water — are some of the most fascinating creatures on Earth, with biological powers of …

Biology

Space Farming: NASA Tests New Harvest Technique To Increase ISS Crop Yield

NASA astronauts on board the International Space Station on Friday reaped the first harvest of red romaine lettuce leaves grown on the orbiting space …

New mechanism to control human viral infections discovered

Researchers discover long sought after mechanism in human cells that could help treat diseases caused by viruses, including influenza and …

Microbiology

It Took Over 200 Years, But Scientists Finally Figured Out How Water Conducts Electricity

Water As a Conductor<p>It’s a basic lesson everyone is taught in science, more out of safety than anything else, that water is a conductor of …