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The Amphiphilic Liquid Coating That Keeps Your Avocados Fresh

Consider the rotten strawberry. Sitting there in your fridge, it suffers a cascading trifecta of maladies: For one, it dehydrates. Two, oxygen seeps …

Immune System

Why Would You Want a Prosthetic Hand That Feels Pain?

“After many years I felt my hand, as if a hollow shell, got filled with life again.”<p>At a lab at Johns Hopkins University, researchers are building a prosthetic hand unlike any other: It can sense pain.<p>It’s easy to understand why you might want a prosthesis that can feel the squishiness of a grape …

Cleveland Clinic

Scientists Investigate Bacteria That Could Make Oxygen for Future Martians

Between the dust storms, thin atmosphere, and frigid temperatures, future Mars colonists are going to have it rough. But they won’t even get a chance …

Hot Springs

The Weird, Ever-Evolving Story of DNA

Carl Zimmer’s sprawling new book, She Has Her Mother’s Laugh, forces readers to reconsider what they think they know about genetics and heredity.<p>In 1555, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V announced his plans to abdicate, and his 28-year-old son, Philip II, became the king of Spain the following year. …

Genetics

We are one step closer to harvesting water out of thin air

Right now, there are roughly 16 sextillion liters of water suspended in the atmosphere. The air around you is a river, you just can’t see it.<p>Harvesting water from air would be a game-changing solution to tackling freshwater scarcity, which is increasing as the world warms. It would be especially …

UC Berkeley

We're Not Prepared for the Coming Genetic Revolution

When humans’ genetic information (known as the genome) was mapped 15 years ago, it promised to change the world. Optimists anticipated an era in …

Genetics

The Thing Inside Your Cells That Might Determine How Long You Live

Once there was a mutant worm in an experiment. It lived for 46 days. This was much longer than the oldest normal worm, which lived just 22.<p>Researchers identified the mutated gene that had lengthened the worm’s life, which led to a breakthrough in the study of aging — it seemed to be controlled by …

Biology

The Cast of HBO's Watchmen Has Been Revealed and the Fantastic Regina King Will Lead Them

While we don’t know for sure which characters any of them are playing, the first cast members of HBO’s upcoming <i>Watchmen</i> pilot have been revealed. And …

TV

Every Cell in Your Body Has the Same DNA. Except It Doesn’t.

James Priest couldn’t make sense of it. He was examining the DNA of a desperately ill baby, searching for a genetic mutation that threatened to stop her heart. But the results looked as if they had come from two different infants.<p>“I was just flabbergasted,” said Dr. Priest, a pediatric cardiologist …

Genetics

Largest ever microbiome study offers novel insights into gut bacteria and human health

The American Gut Project – a global, crowdsourced citizen science effort – has published the first results from one of the biggest gut microbiome …

Microbiology

Laurie Anderson on the lost poetry of Lou Reed

On the night of March 10, 1971, Laurie Anderson’s future husband Lou Reed was giving his first poetry reading at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, a renowned venue for experimental poetry where the audience included Beat poet Allen Ginsberg and <i>Basketball Diaries</i> author Jim Carroll. The previous …

Researchers discover how corn breaks genetics laws

Modern genetics is based on the idea that genes are passed on to progeny in a predictable fashion, as first described by 19th-century Austrian …

The Burnout Crisis in American Medicine

Are electronic medical records and demanding regulations contributing to a historic doctor shortage?<p>During a recent evening on call in the hospital, I was asked to see an elderly woman with a failing kidney. She’d come in feeling weak and short of breath and had been admitted to the cardiology …

Health Care

Can A Cocktail Of Vitamins And Steroids Cure A Major Killer In Hospitals?

Scientists have launched two large studies to test a medical treatment that, if proven effective, could have an enormous impact on the leading cause of death in American hospitals.<p>The treatment is aimed at sepsis, a condition in which the body's inflammatory response rages out of control in …

Medicine

Plant-Based ‘Meat’ and ‘Fish’ May Be the Future. But How Do They Taste?

Starting today, White Castle will serve the vegan Impossible Burger in 140 locations. Cookbook author Alison Roman tried it out, along with ‘shrimp’ made from fungi, ‘salmon’ made from algae and more<p>When I was in high school, I made the bold and noble choice to become a vegetarian for the rest of …

Food

The Last Days of the Blue-Blood Harvest

Every year, more than 400,000 crabs are bled for the miraculous medical substance that flows through their bodies—now pharmaceutical companies are finally committing to an alternative that doesn't harm animals.<p>Horseshoe crabs are sometimes called “living fossils” because they have been around in …

Biology

Scientists Genetically Engineered Flies to Ejaculate Under Red Light

Their experiments confirm that sex is pleasurable, even for animals we think of as simple.<p>Humans have spent a lot of time figuring out ways to get animals to ejaculate. They have fashioned artificial vaginas, inserted electric probes, and donned helmets that encourage birds to hump their heads. …

Biology

A new Monsanto-backed company is on the verge of producing the first fruit made with a blockbuster gene-editing tool that could revolutionize agriculture

In a move aimed at securing a place in the rapidly evolving food technology scene, the agricultural giant Monsanto has invested $125 million in a gene-editing startup called Pairwise.<p>The alliance could tee up Monsanto, long known for its controversial dealings with farmers and its role in …

The Hairdos Of An Ivory Coast Artist Send A #MeToo Message

Laetitia Ky, an artist from Abidjan, Ivory Coast, has been braiding her hair since she was a little girl. Lately, she's branched out into new styling territory — hair as political art.<p>She was inspired by an Instagram account featuring historical hairstyles from African tribes. "I told myself, …

Ivory Coast

Almost 'fully-formed' human brain grown in lab

A nearly fully-formed human brain has been grown in a lab for the first time ever, according to scientists from Ohio State University -- though …

Neurophilosophy

Can We Gene-Edit Herpes Away?

To become a contestant on the reality show "The Bachelor," you must first pass a stringent list of requirements. These include numerous psychological …

Cancer: How a novel gel could halt its return

Groundbreaking research has revealed a promising strategy to stop the recurrence of cancer, and it comes in the form of a biodegradable gel.<p>Created …

Immunotherapy

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2018 - MIT Technology Review

Every year since 2001 we’ve picked what we call the 10 Breakthrough Technologies. People often ask, what exactly do you mean by “breakthrough”? It’s …

Chinese researchers discovered an agricultural miracle that could feed the planet without destroying it

The study was mammoth. It cost $54 million, and involved some 1,000 researchers and 65,000 local bureaucrats. But academics around the globe are calling the results an agricultural miracle.<p>The project already saved Chinese farmers more than $12.2 billion over 10 years, and in the process may have …

You can now access 400,000 free high-res images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

A year ago, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art embarked on an ambitious project to give everyone free access to images in its collection. Using the Creative Commons zero license (CC0), the third most visited museum in the world has essentially turned over a trove of high resolution images to any …

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Can Machine Learning Find Medical Meaning in a Mess of Genes?

“We don’t have much ground truth in biology.” According to Barbara Engelhardt, a computer scientist at Princeton University, that’s just one of the …

Machine Learning

‘A Quiet Place’ Review Roundup: John Krasinski’s SXSW Thriller Is Leaving Critics Speechless

Except for the screams, that is.<p>“A Quiet Place” made its world premiere at SXSW last night, and critics are — wait for it — speechless. John …

Emily Blunt

The Hidden Truth About Glyphosate Exposed, According to Undeniable Scientific Evidence | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i>According to research scientist Stephanie Seneff, PhD, autism – which she calls “the most pressing disease in the world today” – could affect 50</i> …

Doctors find virus in a pond, use it to destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria in man's heart

After Yale doctors replaced a major blood vessel in a 76-year-old man's heart, his chest became infected with bacteria.<p>The usual solution would be to …

Medicine