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What Are Genetically Recoded Organisms?

Researchers have developed a new kind of genetic engineering that may be safer, with the power to make never-before-seen types of protein.<p>On a genetic level, all of life on Earth speaks the same language. We've all got DNA and/or its close cousin, RNA. All of our genetic material is composed of the …

Pickles, Probiotics, and Why Rotten Food Is Good For You

Skull discovery suggests early man was single species

A stunningly well-preserved skull from 1.8 million years ago offers new evidence that early man was a single species with a vast array of different looks.<p>With a tiny brain about a third the size of a modern human's, protruding brows and jutting jaws like an ape, the skull was found in the remains …

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The Panda Cam Is Coming Back [Video]

And here is a video of what you were missing.<p>Oh, wonderful day. The government shutdown ended last night, which means the Smithsonian National Zoo's panda cam, inexcusably deemed "non-essential" and thus turned off, is returning to fill our hours with joy. The organization posted this video of a …

Big nanotech: towards post-industrial manufacturing

What if nanotechnology could deliver on its original promise – not only new, useful, nanoscale products, but a new, transformative production technology able to displace industrial production technologies and bring radical improvements in production cost, scope, and resource efficiency?<p>What if we …

Republicans Lash Out At Tea Partiers For Causing 16-Day Crisis That Crushed The Party's Popularity

BOSTON (AP) — Lawmakers and strategists from the Republican Party's establishment are lashing out at tea partiers and congressional conservatives whose unflinching demands triggered the 16-day partial government shutdown and sent the GOP's popularity plunging to record lows.<p>The open criticism is a …

The GOP’s Uncertainty Strategy Is Killing the Recovery

First, do no harm. Why a Washington that does nothing is better than what we have now. By Kirsten Powers.<p>“Uncertainty is the enemy of our …

The Ted Cruz Armageddon Is Coming

A new Pew poll shows Tea Partiers’ devotion to the otherwise divisive senator. Can the Republican establishment stop him before it’s 2016? By Michael …

Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.<p>During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a …