Lívia Scheunemann

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Science on a shoestring: getting results despite budget cuts

The UK government is considering cutting the research and development funding by 25-40%, leaving scientists on an even tighter budget. So here are some cost-saving suggestions you might have to try …<p>From new drugs to advanced technology, from genetic manipulation to improved agriculture, scientific …

Science

New CRISPR Protein Slices through Genomes, Patent Problems - MIT Technology Review

Scientists in Boston have come up with a twist on an important method for “editing” genomes that could give researchers added control over the DNA of …

Genetics

Hybrid rooftop wind and solar generator now available in U.S. for early adopters

<b>The SolarMill, a 1.2 kW combination wind and solar energy system, will be sold in the U.S. for about $3000.</b><p>WindStream Technologies' hybrid rooftop …

Why deep learning is at least inspired by biology, if not the brain

Image copyright Shutterstock / Max Krasnov.As deep learning continues gathering steam among researchers, entrepreneurs and the press, there’s a …

Artificial Intelligence

The 50 Most Brilliant Atheists of All Time

Atheism is generating quite a lot of attention these days. Prominent atheists are getting the word out about their views in increasing numbers and …

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 says IPCC

<b>The unrestricted use of fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, a UN-backed expert panel says.</b><p>The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says in a stark report that most of the world's electricity can - and must - be produced from low-carbon …

Climate

Scientists Finally Crack The Code Of The Ancient 'Phaistos Disk'

Scientists have been trying to decipher the mysterious "Phaistos Disk" ever since the 4,000-year-old clay disk was discovered in 1908 on the Greek island of Crete.<p>But no one seems to have been able to translate the mysterious language inscribed on the disk, which dates back to 1700 B.C. and the …

Want Your Crops To Survive Extreme Heat and Drought? Add Fungus

The future of agriculture may be plant-fungus symbiosis, writes Issie Lapowsky for WIRED<p>The global population continues to grow, and climate change is already tangibly reducing food harvests. Can agriculture adapt to be both more productive and more resilient?<p>One answer to that question may be "add …

How Agriculture’s Growth Promoters Might Work: A Mouse Study Sheds Some Light | Science Blogs

The farm practice that underlies most agricultural use of antibiotics is known as "growth promotion": It calls for giving very small doses of …

Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

Exercise 1 Basic Workout: Plank<p>Starting at the top of a pushup position, bend your elbows and lower yourself down until you can shift your weight from your hands to your forearms. Your body should form a straight line. Brace your abs (imagine someone is about to punch you in the gut) and hold for …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

The Week In Numbers: A Bionic Pancreas, A Universal Water Purifier, And More

<b>250,000 liters:</b> the volume of water a single, mini-fridge-size Slingshot machine purifies in one year. That's enough for about <b>300 people</b>. Slingshots are able to purify even seawater and sewage.<p><b>288:</b> the number of times a day this experimental bionic pancreas checks the blood-sugar level of its …

10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Incredibly Happy | Inc.com

It's easy to think of happiness as a <i>result</i>, but happiness is also a <i>driver</i>.<p>One example: While I'm definitely into finding ways to improve personal productivity (whether a one-day burst, or a lifetime, or things you should <i>not</i> do every day), probably the best way to be more productive is to just be …

Happiness

11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …

Investing

Why Synthetic Biology Is the Field of the Future — NOVA Next

Most Americans may not be familiar with synthetic biology, but they may come to appreciate its advances someday soon. Synthetic biology focuses on …

An 'unstoppable,' cataclysmic glacier meltdown is already underway

Two separate studies released this week are announcing a bleak future for the West Antarctic Ice Sheet — and an accompanying sea-level rise across the globe. Both groups of researchers conclude that global warming is accelerating the disintegration of large parts of the ice sheets, and that the …