Jon Roberts

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Red Meat May Cause Heart Disease by Disrupting Gut Bacteria

Our guts are awash in bacteria, and now a new study fingers them as culprits in heart disease. A complicated dance between the microbes and a …

Affordable brainwave sensors could make typed passwords obsolete

There's little doubt that the traditional password is in danger of being replaced — much has been written about its vulnerabilities and flaws, and organizations like DARPA and Google are hard at work looking for alternatives. Biometric sensors like the fingerprint scanner are one option, but some …

NASA plans to catch asteroid and place in orbit around moon

Why? In part because there’s a growing realization that Earth is vulnerable to an asteroid strike.<p>According to a Florida senator, U.S. President …

Jurassic World: definitely no feathered dinosaurs

A previously unseen dinosaur is planned for Jurassic World — but it won't have feathers<p>The new Jurassic World trailer makes it clear that the film will feature a previously unseen hybrid <b>dinosaur</b> — but the <b>dinosaurs won't have feathers</b><b>.</b><p>The move has caused controversy among palaeontologists, who are …

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Fatbergs: Burning fat and oil to generate London power

Fat, oil and build-ups in drains will soon be powering what will be the world's biggest fat-fuelled power station in Britain, and it will tackle the ongoing problem of "fatbergs" in sewers<p>The grease will be fed into the power station at Beckton in east London, and is set to produce 130 Gigawatt …

This Weird Fish Has Clear Blood

Living at 3,300 feet in one of the most inhospitable habitats on Earth, this fish has evolved in a very peculiar way.<p>Deep in the Southern Ocean, just off the coast of Antarctica, there lives the <i>Channichthyidae</i> family of fish. These fish are highly unusual, and one of its species, the ocellated …

Baby orangutans rescued by wheelbarrow in Borneo

<b>Thirty baby ourangutans have been saved from appalling conditions and moved to a new home in Borneo.</b><p>The charity International Animal Rescue found the apes living in shacks after the forest where they lived was destroyed and their parents killed by hunters.<p>Now the creatures have been moved to a big …

Born to die: how self-destructing electronics will transform medicine, war, and more

These 'transient electronics' will disappear completely once their job is done<p>Right now, electronics are built to last. Soon, however, their lifespan might be more fleeting — courtesy of burgeoning research into "transient electronics," or devices meant to serve a specific function before …

Primate call gives clues to human speech origins

The gelada makes a bizarre sound that shares a rhythm with the patterns heard in human speech<p><b>A bizarre sound made by a primate could help to reveal more about the origins of human speech, a study suggests.</b><p>Scientists have found that the gelada, a species that is closely related to the baboon, makes …

Can we grow a stronger-than-steel 'wonder material' to save the world?

Nanocellulose produced from humble algae holds promise for manufacturing, medicine, and the environment<p>It’s stiffer than Kevlar, thinner than paper, and in a few years, it may be mass-produced using only sunlight and water.<p>Scientists in the US this week announced a new, and potentially …