Charlotte Ingram

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Science Reveals Wolverine's True Weaknesses

In the new film The Wolverine, everyone's favorite genetic anomaly loses his ability to self-regenerate. Here are some of the things he should fear the most.<p>In a new summer film, everyone's favorite genetic anomaly will lose the reason he has been able to <i>snikt!</i> though skirmishes, scuffs, and …

FYI: How Long Would It Take Piranhas To Eat A Person?

Is the fish's deadly rep justified?<p>After a trip to the Amazon jungle, President Teddy Roosevelt famously reported seeing a pack of piranhas devour a cow in a few minutes. It must have been a very large school of fish—or a very small cow. According to Ray Owczarzak, assistant curator of fishes at …

How Long Before Our Cars Can Talk To Each Other?

The National Transportation Safety Board is pushing for an accelerated rollout of vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems.<p>We've spilled a lot of virtual ink over vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-grid communications. Both are promising technologies that could substantially reduce the number of …

Grizzly Bear Survival: Yet Another Reason Not To Shoot Yellowstone Wolves

Pro-wolf-shooting activists should check out this study to see just how beneficial wolves are to the Yellowstone ecosystem--and the survival of one of its most iconic animals.<p>Even though every respectable regulatory service says shooting wolves in and around Yellowstone National Park is bad for …

Should We Genetically Engineer The Orange To Save It?

A deadly disease threatens oranges all around the world.<p>Orange growers are considering genetically modifying your morning OJ. Why? A terrible disease—Scientific American calls it "the most devastating disease of citrus plants in the world"—is spreading in the U.S. "Five years from now, there may be …

A Boeing Exec On How Jet Fuel Will Become Sustainable

Billy Glover explains how petroleum-based aviation fuel could disappear<p>The Change<p>Aviation has always run on petroleum. In fact, jet fuel had been the same from the dawn of the jet age up until about three years ago. Then the airline industry changed international jet-fuel specifications to allow …

BMW's First True Electric Car Is Here

The former concept i3 has been made real, and might be the most interesting electric vehicle we've seen in years.<p>BMW isn't entirely new to electric vehicles, or EVs; the company has been testing an electric Mini Cooper for awhile now, and we actually wrote about the i3 two years back, when it …

This Voice-Activated Organizing Robot Makes Sure You'll Never Lose A Screw

Danh Trinh built StorageBot to keep track of easily lost workshop parts. Even better, it responds to the sound of his voice.<p>Over 25 years, Danh Trinh had amassed thousands of screws, hinges, and other parts in his workshop. He filed them away in labeled drawers, but locating them still wasn't easy. …

Bacteria That Cause Gum Disease Linked To Alzheimer's

Wreaking havoc in your mouth and head<p>Could Alzheimer's disease originate in your mouth?<p>It sounds like a strange idea, but scientists have recently found one small clue that dental bacteria may play a role in some cases of Alzheimer's.<p>A team of researchers from the U.K. and the U.S. found …