Jessica Merchant

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‘Origins’ offers science-based account of creation

<b>Origins: The Scientific Story of Creation</b><i><br>Jim Baggott<br>Oxford Univ., $34.95</i><p>Throughout history, every culture has woven its own tale of creation, …

Bayer forms gene editing partnership with CRISPR Therapeutics | Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Bayer will spend 325 million euros ($353 million) on research into a promising new gene editing technology as part of a joint venture with biotech firm CRISPR Therapeutics.<p>The corporate logo of Bayer is seen at the headquarters building in Caracas May 6, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos …

Top biologists debate ban on gene-editing

Delegates at a crucial scientific summit this week are expected to debate a ban on the use of the controversial technique of gene-editing. Hundreds of the world’s leading biologists will gather in Washington to discuss the procedure, in which genes are removed from or added to human embryos.<p>Some …

Genetics

World’s toughest animal has tons of foreign DNA - Futurity

Scientists were shocked to find tons of foreign DNA in the genome of tardigrades, the only animal known to survive the extreme environment of outer …

Genetics

Genetic Changes and Cancer<p>Cancer is a genetic disease—that is, cancer is caused by certain changes to genes that control the way our cells function, …

How Controversial Gene Editing Could Lead To Groundbreaking Cures

This technology may change the way we think of some of the world's most challenging diseases.<p>Thanks to the controversial new technology known as CRISPR, scientists are beginning to make headway in understanding and potentially curing some of the world's most intractable diseases.<p>Sickle-cell anemia, …

Army ants 'mind the gap' efficiently

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/1209000/1209741_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524655230_ac833a571599372baac4edbfa1d36606<p><b>Ants are well-known for building with their bodies, but a new study has shown that army ants can optimise traffic flow using bridges</b> …

10 completely legitimate lost pages from Charles Darwin's seminal journals

Charles Darwin famously kept a journal that held his notes, sketches and details of his personal life. Much of the important work recorded in his …

Drawing

The Tardigrade Genome Has Been Sequenced, And It's Even Weirder Than We Thought

What the...<p>Scientists have sequenced the entire genome of the tardigrade, AKA the water bear, for the first time. And their results suggest that this …

15 Slow Cooker Soup Recipes to Warm You Up

Once winter arrives in all of its icy glory, it’s understandable that you’ll want to burrow under the covers and solely sip soup for dinner. And after a long day at the office, it’s less than likely that you’ll be tempted to gather ingredients and start chopping. That’s why these crock pot soup …

Cooking

First genetically modified humans could exist within two years

Humans who have had their DNA genetically modified could exist within two years after a private biotech company announced plans to start the first trials into a ground-breaking new technique.<p>Editas Medicine, which is based in the US, said it plans to become the first lab in the world to …

9 Fascinating Facts About The Microbiome, The Trillions Of Microbes Hidden Inside Us

The still-mysterious ecosystem of bacteria living inside you determines an incredible amount about your health–and your personality.<p>“Bacteria are living things. They are not trying to hurt you. They are not trying to help you. They are just trying to stay alive, like the rest of us.”<p>So begins the …

Web Wear: A New Coat Is Made From Biotech Spider Silk

Performance clothes will never be the same<p>For the past three weeks, outdoor apparel maker The North Face and materials company Spiber have been touring a gold-colored parka across Japan. The prototype, called the “Moon Parka,” is a first—a coat whose outer shell is spun from synthetic spider …

Does Marijuana Change the Brain?

The effects of marijuana on the brain may be more complicated than experts previously thought, and may depend on factors related to the person using …

World’s first use of gene editing in leukemia saves life of infant girl

An infant with ‘incurable’ leukemia was the world’s first leukemia patient to be sucessfully treated with the experimental technique of gene editing. …

Genetic Engineering

10 Easy Crock Pot Recipes

From beef to chicken, soup and sandwiches, here are 10 of my favorite easy crock pot recipes to save dinnertime!Raise your hand if you’re still …

Forget Pumpkin, Here Are 22 Squash Recipes That Are Delish

With pumpkin spice mania in full force, many people often forget about pumpkin’s other delicious relatives in the winter squash family. Spaghetti squash, butternut squash, kabocha squash and even acorn or delicata squashes are just as versatile as pumpkin. Their rich and creamy flavors lend …

Healthy Eating

Why Did Apollo Lunar Samples Have Amino Acids In Them?

A new study answers the decades-old question<p>Amino acids are fundamental building blocks of life. These molecules combine together into proteins, which are the bricks and mortar that build your body as well as digest your food, repair tissues, and perform other vital functions. So why were there …

Your essential evolution library

<b>by Greg Mayer</b><p>I frequently teach evolutionary biology in the spring semester, but for various reasons I will not be teaching it this coming spring. A …

Biology

Check out the Winners of the 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards

Another year’s worth of stunning photographs show both the beautiful and macabre sides of nature.<p>Another year of nature’s drama and rarefied forms are captured in the winning entries of the 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Canadian amateur photographer Don Gutoski was the Grand Title winner …

Hands on with Paper, Dropbox's answer to Google Docs

Slick editing and rich media, but is it enough?<p>Today Dropbox took the wraps off of Paper, its new collaborative editing software. It builds on the company's acquisition of Hackpad, which led to the introduction earlier this year of a beta product it then called Notes. After we wrote about Paper …

Start Making These 50 Slow Cooker Recipes to Transform Mealtime

<b>43. Hearty Slow Cooker Jambalaya:</b> Are you cravin’ Cajun? If so, this slow cooker recipe is what you need! It’s a meat-heavy dish, so consider …

One Pot Wonders: 7 Delicious Dinners Without The Mess

Minimize the mess! From succulent beef stew to easy chicken chili, you only need one pot to create these classic comfort meals.<p><b>1. Beef Stew with Carrots & Potatoes</b><p>In this classic French beef stew, otherwise known as Beef Bourguignon, chunks of beef are slowly braised with garlic and onions in a …

Gorilla delicately hugs and plays with kittens in video that’s off the cuteness scale

<b>The internet’s produced some pretty powerful cuteness in its time – but this video might just top it all.</b><p>It shows Koko the gorilla – famous for her …

Cute Animals

Is there alien life on Saturn's moon? Scientists say organisms may exist WITHOUT water

GETTYA methane sea on Titan which could hold life, say scientists<p>Specialist researchers believe microscopic alien organisms could be swimming in seas …

U.S. is growing more genetically diverse

BALTIMORE — The American melting pot is more flavorful than ever, a new study reveals.<p>Except for a dip in the 1940s, genetic diversity in the United …

The answer to a longstanding mystery about cancer may be buried deep inside of elephants

Naked mole rats, for instance, can live for more than 30 years, yet never have a single incidence of cancer.<p>Elephants, similarly, present an even more mystifying conundrum. Despite their size and nearly comparable lifespan to humans — a whopping 50 to 70 years — they have a shockingly low …

You've Been Cooking The Wrong Thing In Your Crockpot This Whole Time

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How Some Tiny Plankton Can Literally Jump Out Of Water

Breaking barriers<p>Plenty of animals leap out of the water: whales, dolphins, flying fish, plankton. Yes, that's right, plankton. Those tiny microscopic creatures that are at the very bottom of the food chain do sometimes have the power to transcend their watery habitat, even if only for a brief …