Katherine Cheso

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Will US shale gas bring global energy prices tumbling down?

<b>The second US shale gas revolution is about to begin.</b><p>Vast quantities of fracked gas have already seen domestic energy prices tumble, providing not only US manufacturers but the wider economy with a hefty shot in the arm.<p>Now the country is looking beyond its own borders to become a major player in …

Urban Planning Ideas for 2030, When Billions Will Live in Megacities

The statistics are staggering: Researchers predict that by 2025, the world will have 37 megacities, defined as urban areas with more than 10 million …

Scientists discover 'blonde gene'

All it takes to make a true Nordic blonde is a single little change in the genetic code, researchers reported on Sunday.<p>The tiny, one-letter mutation isn’t even in the gene controlling hair growth. It’s miles away — in genetic terms — in what scientists used to think was “junk” DNA. It’s a genetic …

Genetics

Marine Reptile’s Weird Body Armor a Sign of Life’s Great Recovery

Nothing opens up the possibility for evolutionary oddballs to emerge quite like a mass extinction. The worst such catastrophe – the Permian-Triassic mass extinction, about 252 million years ago – so dramatically cut back the world’s biodiversity that the relatively few survivors stepped into an …

Desert Blocked Spread of Early Dinosaurs

Global warming created a broad desert that for millions of years barred dinosaurs from spreading into what is now North America.<p>A huge desert created by global warming likely prevented early dinosaurs from migrating out of South America for millions of years, suggests an analysis of ancient rocks. …

Scientists unearth unique long-necked dinosaur in Argentina | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It’s not exactly small at 30 feet long (9 meters), but you might want to call this newly identified dinosaur the littlest giant.<p>Argentine paleontologist Pablo Gallina casts a shadow on a projector screen showing the found bones of a newly identified South American dinosaur …

DNA from skull links Ice Age girl to Native Americans alive today

The divers called her Naia, for "water nymph," because they discovered her teenage remains in a dark, underwater cave in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.<p>She had been hidden there for more than 12,000 years — along with the bones of dozens of extinct Ice Age beasts — and divers quickly spotted her skull …

Sugar is the real enemy, not fat itself, says film targeting obesity

First came <i>An Inconvenient Truth</i>. Then <i>Fast Food Nation</i>. Then <i>Blackfish</i>. Each showed the power of critically acclaimed, successful documentaries to alter perceptions about controversial issues ranging from global warming to mistreatment of animals in captivity and the behaviour of food industry giants.<p>…

Scientists create 'alien' life form with artificial genetic code

Scientists made a substantial breakthrough in understanding how to alter the fundamental nature of life, and they did so by creating for the first time a partially artificial life form that passes along lab-engineered DNA.<p>The work, published online in the journal Nature on Wednesday, came from the …

Road Trip: Route 66

Get your kicks on Route 66 and experience the ultimate all-American road trip from Illinois to California.<p>They say driving Route 66, the iconic 2,400-mile road connecting Chicago with Santa Monica, sneaks us into a bygone America, an era of neon signs and mom-and-pop diners. This waits for us, just …

New adhesive system makes a circuit board that is 90% recyclable

Three British companies have developed a 90% recyclable and reusable circuit board, whose components can be easily separated by soaking in hot water. Funded by the UK government's Technology Strategy Board with a view to help industry conform to European electronic waste regulation, the National …

Sustainability

Parasite Cuisine: Eating the Eaters

This week I took a trip to the University of Maryland to give a talk about parasites. I waxed poetic about how sophisticated parasites are in their manipulations of their hosts, and how we might do well to learn from their wisdom about how the brain works. At dinner, I sat next to David Inouye, the …

Word of Mouth: Downtown Asheville

You know you've reached the South when there is a Chick-fil-A or Cook Out off nearly every highway exit. You won't find any fast-food chains in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, though (save for a Jimmy John's). During our recent trip to Moogfest, we had the chance to visit the heart of the city, …