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What Are Genetically Recoded Organisms?

Researchers have developed a new kind of genetic engineering that may be safer, with the power to make never-before-seen types of protein.<p>On a genetic level, all of life on Earth speaks the same language. We've all got DNA and/or its close cousin, RNA. All of our genetic material is composed of the …

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Is this the stomach-turning truth about what the Neanderthals ate?

It was the tell-tale tartar on the teeth that told the truth. Or at least, that is what it appeared to do. Researchers – after studying calcified plaque on Neanderthal fossil teeth found in El Sidrón cave in Spain – last year concluded that members of this extinct human species cooked vegetables …

Americans Fall Behind In The 'Getting Older' Race

As we all know, Americans are living longer. Women especially.<p>But here's what you may not know: French, German, Swedish, Italian, Japanese, British, Dutch and Canadian women are living longer too, but their lives are getting longer faster than ours. Take a look at this from the National Academy of …

Doomsday in 2032 from asteroid 2013 TV135? Not likely

Asteroid 2013 TV135 is big. But it’s not likely to hit us.<p>There’s a new scary asteroid on the scene, but it’s not likely to strike us in 2032, …

Tunable antenna could end annoying dropped calls

A new “killer material” can help put an end to dropped calls by making cell phones that tune to different frequencies without wasting battery …

World's First Solar Sidewalk Installed At George Washington University

Walking on sunshine<p>Just in case those little solar-powered garden lights are not cool enough for you: The George Washington University has installed a 100-square-foot stretch of walkway that's covered entirely in solar panels. In a year, the solar sidewalk should make about 470 kilowatt-hours of …

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Google Has Added Quantum Physics To 'Minecraft' [Video]

It's as trippy as you suspect.<p>"Minecraft," the Lego-style, build-your-own-game game, has been the canvas for some awesome projects. (For just one example: this gigantic scientific graphing calculator.) Now Google's Quantum A.I. Lab is taking it in an even weirder direction: quantum physics.<p>The team …

Glow-In-The-Dark Paths Could Be The Future Of Street Lighting

Particles absorb light during the day, then emit a blue glow at night.<p>Evening visitors to Christ's Pieces park in Cambridge, England are basking in the glow of a whole new type of street light. Starpath, a new type of resurfacing material being tested within the park, absorbs ultraviolet light …

How 3-D Printers Make Movie Monsters Scarier

Not so scary: The giant spider in the last Harry Potter movie spent some time as a 3-D printed figurine.<p>This time of year always makes me crave a good horror movie. If you're a fan, too, you might enjoy this story in Livescience, in which reporter Stephanie Pappas talks with Southern …

Antibiotics Can't Keep Up With 'Nightmare' Superbugs

We're used to relying on antibiotics to cure bacterial infections. But there are now strains of bacteria that are resistant to even the strongest antibiotics, and are causing deadly infections. According to the CDC, "more than 2 million people in the United States every year get infected with a …

The moral life of babies

If you have any experience of babies you’d be forgiven for thinking of them as entirely selfish, self-oriented little beasts with scant regard for others. It has long been thought that children are born amoral and that it is the job of their culture to teach them the difference between good and …

Why humans and animals rely on social touch

From monkeys to humans, grooming is an important way to win favours and earn social standing. For babies, it can also be the difference between life and death.<p>When you run your hands through your lover’s hair, you’re probably not thinking about your place in the social hierarchy. Give your …

How Quantum Computers and Machine Learning Will Revolutionize Big Data

When subatomic particles smash together at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, they create showers of new particles whose signatures are …

Trapped In A Fossil: Remnants Of A 46-Million-Year-Old Meal

Scientists who study why species vanish are increasingly looking for ancient DNA. They find it easily enough in the movies; remember the mosquito blood in Jurassic Park that contained dinosaur DNA from the bug's last bite? But in real life, scientists haven't turned up multi-million-year-old DNA in …

Scientists Recreate The Sense Of Touch With Direct-To-Brain Electrical Signals

These findings could help researchers make prosthetic arms that have a lifelike sense of touch.<p>We've seen some very cool prosthetic arms recently, including ones people are able to control—just as they control biological arms—with their thoughts. So what's one of the next great frontiers for …

10 grammar rules you can forget: how to stop worrying and write proper

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What doctors definitely won't tell you

Some months ago, we saw the launch of a print version of the alternative medicine magazine What Doctors Don't Tell You. This immediately inspired some other publications with a similar format. As with any publication that spreads information about human health and medicine that generally …

Quantum Computer Passes Math Test, But Doesn't Answer the Big Question

Is the world’s first commercial quantum computer the real deal or not? No one is quite sure.<p>The most recent experiment adding fodder to this debate …

Eye Contact: Not As Persuasive As We Thought

A new study finds more eye contact makes people less likely to agree with a persuasive argument, especially if they're already skeptical.<p>Here's a lesson straight out of my high school speech class: When making an argument, make eye contact with your audience. Connect with people. Stare deeply into …

What Our Science-Minded Readers Are Doing During The Shutdown

Out of the lab, onto Facebook<p>So, the U.S. government shut down yesterday, which has been very bad news for science. On Facebook, we asked asked readers: "Are you a scientist furloughed by the government shutdown? What are you doing today?" Obviously, we can't verify that all the people who …

The Government Shutdown Has Halted Obama's $100M BRAIN Initiative

"If this stoppage is protracted, the start of the BRAIN project in 2014 will definitely be at risk."<p>Since April, the neuroscience community has been gearing up for the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies initiative (BRAIN), the Obama administration's ambitious plan to map …

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Mad Scientist 101: A New MIT Class Aims To Turn Science Fiction Tech Into The Real Thing

Scientists and engineers, as a whole, love science fiction. At a recent technology conference I went to, a sedate collection of engineers suddenly jumped into animated discussion when one said <i>Star Trek</i>‘s teleporter would be impossible. Now a new college class is devoted to turning science fiction …

Cyberdyne Creates Mind-Controlled Robot Exoskeleton to Protect Fukushima Workers from Nuclear Radiation

This week Cyberdyne unveiled a robotic exoskeleton called HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) that allows its wearer to carry superhuman loads while …

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Researchers Build A Particle Accelerator On A Chip

Researchers at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have developed a cool innovation that could make particle accelerators much smaller than they are today. Using a laser, they successfully accelerated electrons in a chip about 3 mm long. These findings have been published in <i>Nature.</i><p>Particle …

Living Gears Help This Bug Jump

Courtesy of Greg Sutton, University of Bristol<p>Greg Sutton was closely inspecting the back legs of a planthopper nymph — a small green, flightless insect — when he noticed something odd.<p>There was a tiny row of bumps on the inside of each leg where it met the insect's body. The bumps looked just like …

Why music is good for the heart

Doctors have discovered what music-lovers always guessed – music touches places nothing else can reach, says Ivan Hewett<p>In its onward march, science is always trampling over folk-wisdom. But sometimes a piece of research comes along which shows folk-wisdom might have a point after all. There’s been …

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Voyager 1 leaves solar system

Carrying the images, sounds and technology of the 1970s, the space probe Voyager 1 has left our solar system and begun a journey that will take it to interstellar space and possibly other life forms.<p>Equipped with an eight-track tape recorder, computers with 240,000 times less memory than an iPhone …

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