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Wrap Your Head Around This One: Potentially Immortal Bacteria That Eat Electricity and Could Become Living Batteries

One of the stranger (and little known) facts of nature is that our living cells are electric, or can carry electricity. Every thought, feeling and …

California vs. Kansas

In the great economic battle between pro-government and anti-government policies, California vs. Kansas has been the featured contest, and California has won. As highlighted by Nobelist Paul Krugman, among others, California is all-Democratic, while Kansas is run by its ultra-conservative Governor …

In photos: UCLA's wet, wild day after burst water main floods campus

Ruptured water main unleashes 20-foot-tall geyser, stranding motorists and sending water surging down the stairs

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How DNA Scissors Can Perform Surgery Directly On Your Genes

These gene-slicers may help tackle HIV, Alzheimer's, and brain cancer.<p>Jay Johnson’s DNA was cut into pieces. Tiny molecular scissors chopped it into slices the cell couldn’t readily repair. The cell did its best at a speedy patch-up job, but the gene was left effectively useless. As the battered …

California High-Speed Rail: 10 Readers With 10 Views

A solution looking for a problem? A genuine leap forward? The best we can expect from messy political half-measures? Or something truly brave? Take your pick.<p>As a reminder: California's plan to build a north-south High-Speed Rail (HSR) system is the most ambitious and important infrastructure …

California drought will only get worse, experts say

California is probably headed into a deeper drought this summer, making it harder to escape in the future, an expert says.<p>With more than 80% of the state in an extreme drought, dry conditions will probably continue and won't improve much in the next few months, said climatologist Brian Fuchs of the …

Complex Bread Wheat Genome Cracked

The genome of bread wheat contains a staggering 100,000 genes.<p>The genome of bread wheat, the grass-turned-crop whose cultivation ushered in the rise of civilization, has been mapped by an international consortium.<p>The genome's unusual size and form made the sequencing especially difficult for the …

States Open Doors To Undocumented Immigrants While Progress Stalls On Capitol Hill

<i>This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy.</i><p>With federal immigration bills stalled on Capitol Hill, many states are charging ahead on their own to …

How To Make A New Planet Home

Three simple steps for an intergalactic exit plan<p>The recipe for creating a habitable planet turns out to be surprisingly simple: Just add water—and atmospheric gases. Mars has both, relics from four billion years ago when the planet was warm and wet. “When it comes to Mars, and only Mars, the …

Here's NASA's New Design for a Warp Drive Ship

In 2012, NASA physicist Harold White revealed that he and a team were working on a design for a faster-than-light ship. Now he's collaborated with an …

Is Elon Musk About To Blow The Roof Off The Electric Car Industry?

As high-tech and eco-friendly as electric cars may be, they're not an easy sell to consumers. Not only are they expensive -- considerably more …

Driverless Cars: Optional by 2024, Mandatory by 2044

<b>Sixty years ago this month, Isaac Asimov</b> published a short story about a self-driving “automatobile” called Sally who had not only judgment but …

12 Futuristic Forms of Government That Could One Day Rule the World

As history has repeatedly shown, political systems come and go. Given our rapid technological and social advances, it's a trend we can expect to …

Calif. teachers unions lose in court

A court ruling on Tuesday striking down job protections for teachers in California deals a sharp blow to unions — and will likely fuel political movements across the nation to eliminate teacher tenure.<p>Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu found five California laws governing the hiring and …

Calif. Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional

A judge ruled Tuesday that California's public school teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional, after hearing testimony from students who argued the …

Why Washington must try harder to understand the Kremlin

All of the problems stem from a poorly chosen verb. In May 2012, Congress approved a budget for the fiscal year ending 30 September, 2013. Since 1983, the US State Department budget has included an article on the study of Eastern European and Post-Soviet states. In 2012, only one word was changed: …

Our Best Bet for Colonizing Space May Be Printing Humans on Other Planets

"Maybe we will colonize other worlds not with astronauts in space suits, but with bacteria," says NASA's lead engineer on the Curiosity Rover mission.<p>Assuming human deep space travel turns out to be not just incredibly dangerous, but perhaps "crazy idiotic" and "laughable," as Harvard biologist …

In New Video, Boko Haram Leader Declares War On World Leaders And Abraham Lincoln

In a new clip released online, the leader of the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram declares war on the West, denouncing a number of world leaders, as well as Abraham Lincoln.<p>The grainy video was released by the New York Times on Monday and shows a gun-toting Abubakar Shekau reading from a script …

Raise Taxes to Fix the Wealth Gap, Millionaires Say

Economy<p>In the heated debate over inequality, the wealthy are usually portrayed as the cause rather than the solution.<p>But CNBC's first-ever Millionaire Survey reveals that 51 percent of American millionaires believe inequality is a "major problem" for the U.S., and nearly two-thirds support higher …

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America Is No Longer As Alarming To Its Foes Or Reassuring To Its Friends

America's allies are nervous. With Russia grabbing territory, China bullying its neighbours and Syria murdering its people, many are asking: where is Globocop? Under what circumstances will America act to deter troublemakers? What, ultimately, would America fight for?<p>The answer to this question …

Rare New Video Captures Isolated Amazon Tribe

A quick glimpse of the Kawahira people<p>By Brazilian law, no one but a select few government workers is allowed to trespass on the land of the Kawahira, a tiny community of nomads that lives in the Amazon. They're one of the country's uncontacted peoples, indigenous groups that live in isolation from …

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2014 - MIT Technology Review

Agricultural Drones<p>Relatively cheap drones with advanced sensors and imaging capabilities are giving farmers new ways to increase yields and reduce …

Our godless brains: Emerging science reveals mind-blowing alternatives to a higher power

<b>(akindo via iStock)</b><p>Science has yet to uncover many mysteries of the mind. But there are more reasons than ever why God isn’t necessary<p>W.R. Klemm<p>April 26, 2014 8:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Mental Biology: The New Science of How the Brain and Mind Relate.”<p>Physics is the mother science. As such, it …

Articles about striking slatted wood and glass home san francisco on Dwell.com - Dwell

Teaming up with architect Craig Steely, an industrial designer and a mechanical engineer find just the right design for a...<p>The recent history of Janna Stark's San Francisco flat, located in an 1890's Victorian house, is literally burned into the wall.<p>Architect Dan Rockhill tackled a tight budget …

Why Habitable Exoplanets Might Mean Humanity Is Doomed

Last week, scientists announced the discovery of Kepler 186f, a planet 492 light years away in the Cygnus constellation. Kepler 186f is special …

Science and God: Can They Co-Exist? | The Takeaway | WNYC

Can science and God co-exist? For centuries, science and religion have been at odds, with some fearing that the more scientists uncover, the more …

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