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Better Beer from Genetically Engineered Yeast

PopMech talks to Kevin Verstrepen, a leading yeast geneticist at the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology and the University of Leuven, Belgium, and Troels Prahl, the head of research and development at the Southern California yeast repository White Labs, to find out why.<p><b>The future of beer is</b> …

Could Extraterrestrial Pollution Be a Sign of Life in Space?

A novel approach to the search for intelligent (or not so intelligent) beings.<p>We like to think of Earth as a pretty special place in this universe. We’ve got water, we’ve got life, we’ve got human industry. Plus, we've got boatloads of industrial pollutants now contributing to our …

'Fluffy and feathery' dinosaurs were widespread

<b>All dinosaurs were covered with feathers or had the potential to grow feathers, a study suggests.</b><p>The discovery of 150-million-year-old fossils in Siberia indicates that feathers were much more widespread among dinosaurs than previously thought.<p>The find "has completely changed our vision of …

Dinosaurs

Leishmania Parasite: Deadly For Humans, But Good For Flies?

Whatever you do, do NOT do an image search for "cutaneous Leishmania".<p>No human would be inclined to think favorably of leishmaniasis, caused by a parasite spread by sand flies, which infects about 12 million people worldwide and kills 20,000 to 30,000 per year.<p>Leishmaniasis comes in two basic …

Biology

Unique Mineral Discovered In Australia

The new substance is called putnisite.<p>A previously unknown mineral has been discovered in a remote location in Western Australia. The mineral, named putnisite, appears purple and translucent, and contains strontium, calcium, chromium, sulphur, carbon, oxygen and hydrogen, a very unusual combination.<p>…

Chemistry

Pictures of the Week 7.24.14

Malaysia Airlines

Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali

OUAGADOUGO, Burkina Faso (AP) — An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, the third major …

Investigators Examine Shrapnel-Like Holes in MH17 Debris

Vadim Ghirda—AP<p>Mauricio Lima—The New York Times/Redux<p>Brendan Hoffman—Getty Images<p>Brendan Hoffman—Getty Images<p>Brendan Hoffman—Getty Images<p>Bulent …

Palestinians killed in West Bank Gaza solidarity march

<b>At least two Palestinians have been killed and 200 wounded in the West Bank during protests against Israel's campaign in Gaza, officials say.</b><p>About 10,000 protesters marched from Ramallah towards East Jerusalem, where they were met by Israeli forces.<p>At least 15 people died and scores were injured …

Israel