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Bill Nye the Science Guy has finally changed his mind about GMOs

Nye has never been aggressively anti-GMO, and when asked about their safety, his arguments carry more of a cautionary note than outright condemnation, but they aren't as pro-GMO as many would expect. While most scientists think that approved GMO foods are safe, Nye is definitely the outlier.<p>In his …

Agriculture

Peter Diamandis: The first trillionaire is going to be made in space

Peter Diamandis is a space-obsessed entrepreneur who has founded companies, like Space Adventures and Planetary Resources, that are in the process of opening the space frontier. Diamandis, who just authored a new book called "Bold," explains how outer space will create the first trillionaire and …

Peter Diamandis

Man-made DNA can now store data for millions of years

Swiss scientists have discovered encasing DNA in glass and chilling it down can preserve data encoded in it for millions of years, moving them closer …

Genetics

Don’t let science fall victim to ignorance on DNA transfer IVF

The 'three-parent child’ label is being used to inflame controversy ahead of a crucial vote, but the technique is little different from red blood cell transfusion<p>I despair at the notion of a “three-parent child”. The idea is nonsense. But it is being used to cause such controversy that a promising …

Six science stories we can't wait to follow in 2015

Some serious groundwork has been laid. Some amazing instruments are turning on. Some incredible destinations are in sight. If you ask us, 2015 is going to be an awesome year in science.<p>From solar system exploration to new adventures in particle physics to the possible defeat of a microscopic foe, …

This Step-By-Step Guide Lets You Turn Your Phone Into A Cosmic Ray Detector

You don't need a degree in astrophysics and lots of fancy equipment to detect cosmic rays, those invisible subatomic particles that zoom through space and crash into Earth.<p>All you need is some duct tape and a couple of free apps, and you can turn your smart phone into a pocket cosmic ray …

How Australia Perfected Solar Power and Then Went Back to Coal

In the 1980s Australia led the world in solar technology. Fast-forward to 2014, and one of the country's largest solar farms has been canned. So what happened?<p><i>All images courtesy of the Clean Energy Council</i><p>There was a time in the 1980s when Australia led the world in solar technology. To begin …

This app wants to invest your "spare change" so maybe, someday, you'll actually be able to retire

A virtual piggybank that puts your nickels and dimes to work<p>I hate getting change. Quarters I can stomach, but pennies, nickels, and dimes I find infuriating. I know damn well that they are worth something, and that if I just collected them all and deposited them over time, they would add up to a …

Startups Pitch Cricket Flour As The Best Protein You Could Eat

If you heard crickets chirping in your backyard, would it occur to you to grind them into a powder to mix into a protein shake?<p>That could become the next foraging trend if several edible insect companies can convince consumers that pulverized crickets are the next "it" protein.<p>"Insects are probably …

Sense is a glowing sphere that watches over you while you sleep

This sleek sleep tracker analyzes your bedroom, and your sleep patterns<p>At age 19, Londoner James Proud decided to skip out on college and move to the States.<p>As one of several "Thiel Fellows," Proud received a $100,000 grant from esteemed venture capitalist Peter Thiel to skip college, move to San …

These Rooftop Solar Panels Double As Extra Housing For Crowded Cities

For cities like San Francisco that are struggling with rising rents, the design has the potential to quickly provide some new homes–all without …

Solar Panels

Bitcoin Foundation throws up everything you need to know about Bitcoin on GitHub

Bitcoin is all about decentralization — and now even its foundation is taking this route.<p>The Bitcoin Foundation has announced a set of community resources on GitHub to educate people about Bitcoin and its potential, its website announced today.<p>Today’s announcement details how the Bitcoin …

Not all fitness bands are equally accurate

Fitness bands make it easy for people with weight loss or other health goals to track their physical activity and calories burned.<p>A new study finds …

How It Works: Putting Humans In Suspended Animation

A new human trial will chill gunshot victims to keep them alive<p>"Suspended animation" -- literally putting life on hold -- has long been a medical dream. (The preferred scientific term for the procedure is emergency preservation and resuscitation [ EPR ].) Dr. Sam Tisherman and a team of surgeons at …

Medicine

'Godzilla of Earths' identified

<b>There is a new class of planet out there that astronomers are calling the "mega-Earth".</b><p>It is an object with a hard surface like our own world but much, much bigger.<p>The necessity for the new designation follows the discovery of a planet which has a mass some 17 times that of Earth.<p>Known as …

American Astronomical Society

New 'Mega-Earth' Means Habitable Worlds Could Be Even Closer

New data on a planet discovered by the Kepler space telescope back in 2011 has helped scientists to determine that Kepler-10c is actually a new type of planet — a huge, rocky “mega-Earth” that shouldn’t be able to exist according to most planet formation theories.<p>“This is the Godzilla of Earths!” …

Demand For Privacy Will Kill The Free Internet. Thank Goodness.

Paying for privacy in today's digital age<p>In February, Facebook purchased the WhatsApp messaging service for the mind-boggling sum of $19 billion. It was the largest acquisition of a venture-backed company ever, but it also proved a clear, albeit subtle, point: Our relationship to personal data is …

What Are The $10+ Billion Big Industries Of The Future?

<i>Answer by Balaji Viswanathan, Founder of Belimitless.co, on Quora,</i><p><b>Sharing Economy</b>: There are 100s of things that we have, but don’t use it all the time (home, car, office, bike). Sharing economy refers to someone else using it while you are not using. This is already a billion dollar industry (led …

Are We Totally Screwed? What Antarctica's 'Collapsing' Ice Sheet Means for Us

The past two weeks have brought one disturbing story after another about the future of the largest ice sheet on the planet — the vast frozen expanse …

John Steinbeck's 1966 Plea To Create A NASA For The Oceans

In the September 1966 issue of Popular Science, author John Steinbeck made the case for giving deep-sea exploration the same attention as the space race.<p><i>Three years before the first humans landed on the moon, Nobel-prize winning author John Steinbeck published a passionate plea in</i> Popular Science</i> …

Literature

How Daniel Boulud Makes a Midnight Snack

Daniel Boulud's midnight snack is something we'd happily eat any hour of the day.<p><b>What does one of the world's greatest French chefs</b> eat when he gets home from a long night of work? When recently asked that very question while in Las Vegas, <b>Daniel Boulud</b> pulled out his phone, brandishing a recent …

Eggs

Why MIT Thinks You (Yes, You!) Can Solve Climate Change

Climate change: We all know it's a huge problem, and most of us want something done about it. Unfortunately, nation-state level approaches haven't made any significant headway.<p>According to Thomas W. Malone, Robert Laubacher, and Laur Fisher of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, "top-down …

Tech and Science

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Science

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Sunday Supper: Soy-Glazed Roast Chicken

<b>Editor's note:</b> Each Saturday afternoon we bring you a Sunday Supper recipe. Why on Saturday? So you have time to shop and prepare for tomorrow.<p>Recently, Chicago's Stephanie Izard (Girl & the Goat, Little Goat and Little Goat Bread) came out with a line of sauces and rubs. Let me tell you, they're …

The Best Tips for Grilling Skirt Steak

There are times when you splurge for big-ticket steak, like porterhouse or filet mignon. And there are also times when you crave the sanguine satisfaction of beef—without straining your credit card. You've got a craving; I have your fix; and it comes from the steer's underbelly. I speak, of course, …

BBQ

Scientists move closer to stem cell cure for type 1 diabetes

Scientists believe they may have moved a step closer to a cure for the type of diabetes that develops in childhood and usually leads to a lifetime of insulin injections.<p>Researchers in California report that they have reversed the equivalent of type 1 diabetes in mice through transplants of stem …

Bobby Flay's Tips for Building the Perfect Burger

From patty size and fat content to "crunchification," Bobby Flay's advice on cooking the perfect hamburger<p><i>For a guy so obsessed with flavor, Bobby Flay is remarkably restrained when it comes to burgers: He likes ’em beefy, juicy, and crunchy. Here’s what he tells his line cooks at his 18 Bobby’s</i> …