Jessica E Snyder

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Metal-Eating Plant in the Philippines Feasts on Nickel

<b>A new paper in the journal PhytoKeys details the discovery of a new plant species that can be found in the Philippines and which displays some really</b> …

Diagnosing Parkinson’s From Voice Recordings And Smartphone Movements

The Parkinson’s Voice Initiative aims to find a cheaper, more accessible method by categorizing people’s voice patterns. Aside from trembling hands …

Scientists can trace your ancestors to within 30 miles using DNA

You might know where your forebears lived a few generations prior, but how about the exact village they came from -- <i>1,000 years</i> ago? Thanks to DNA sequencing, it's now possible to find that out in many cases according to researchers from the University of Sheffield in the UK. The aptly-named GPS or …

Scientists closer to turning human skin cells into sperm cells

Scientists at Stanford University have successfully managed to reprogram human skin cells and turn them into sperm cell precursors. Their findings, published in the journal <i>Cell Reports</i>, show that skin cells of infertile men can be changed into stem cells and take on the characteristics of …

Scientists uncover a secret of aging: Young blood helps restore elderly mice

A group of studies focused on properties of blood linked to rejuvenation, and human clinical trials are coming soon<p>Sarah Gray<p>May 5, 2014 5:00pm (UTC)<p>Three studies, two from Harvard and one from Stanford, track the miraculous ability of young blood to rejuvenate both mental and physical abilities in …

Tech Companies Write Congress Begging For Surveillance Reform

A day after the Washington Post reported that the NSA has infiltrated the links between Yahoo’s and Google’s data centers where data travels unencrypted, six tech heavyweights wrote a letter to Congress begging for surveillance reform. Apple, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Facebook and AOL signed their …

This Is the Average Man's Body

Graphic renderings of modern males<p>George Maat, a professor emeritus of anthropology at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, has said that within another 50 years, the Dutch Todd could be six-foot-three. Several years ago the Netherlands was compelled to increase building code …

Trading in China’s currency has tripled in three years—Is the yuan standard finally upon us?

Trading of the Chinese yuan has “surged” (pdf) in the last three years, according to the Bank of International Settlements, with $120 billion now traded each day, up from $34 billion in 2010. In the ranking of the world’s most traded currencies, that drove the yuan from 17th place in 2010 to ninth …

At last! LEGO creates a female scientist minifigure

This LEGO minifigure isn’t wearing pink, and she isn’t showing any skin. Her wardrobe consists of a crisp white lab uniform and glasses, and her little claw hands grasp two itty-bitty Erlenmeyer flasks.<p>The “Scientist” just hit stores on Sept. 1 as part of LEGO’s Minifigure Series 11, and she’s …

Extra-large Nokia Lumia 1520 surfaces in press image

Want a clear look at Nokia's Lumia 1520 (aka Bandit)? You may just have it. After posting a screen capture earlier in the week, @evleaks has released what's reportedly a press image of the super-sized, 1080p Windows Phone. The render largely matches what we've seen before, including the additional …

A Free Amazon Smartphone? It's All About The Services

There’s a fascinating scoop today from Jessica Lessin and Amir Efrati about the long-awaited, first smartphone from Amazon: according to their sources, the e-commerce giant wants to be able to give it to you for free.<p>Bear in mind “free” is a slightly deceptive term here. Amazon probably plans to …

Google is waging war on apps that attack, infiltrate and steal from your phone

Late last month, Google made sweeping changes to its policies for developers on Play, the official store for apps that run on Android, Google’s smartphone operating system. The changes, which among other things affect how ads are displayed and permissions sought, are meant to make Android safer so …

Google's First 21 Employees: Where Are They Now?

Some early Google employees have become entrepreneurs. Others are angel investors. A few are happily retired.<p>A Quora user compiled a list of all the original Googlers and where they are now.<p>In light of Google's 15th birthday (which is today), we did some additional digging to find out which roles …

Photog Has DSLR Snatched by Alligator, Only to Have it Returned 8 Months Later

“Impossible” stories don’t seem to be all that impossible where cameras are concerned. For example, you might remember the Canon compact that found …

Sport picture of the day: what big barbells you have

First published on Sat 24 Aug 2013 16.18 EDT