Meg Soria

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Can we figure out what things smell like just by looking at them?

Tongues and eyes don’t give scientists much of a problem. Noses, though, are another story altogether.<p>It’s hard to organize different types of scents. Tastes are categorized into five well-known groups, colors can be labeled and assigned by their component wavelengths, but odors have been much more …

Don’t Be Afraid Of Your DNA

Privacy is a pipe dream. Let’s start saving lives.<p>In January, scientists scared the world by using public information to find the names behind five people's anonymous, public DNA samples collected for research. The scientists then determined the identity of some 45 family members who had also …

Are you an engineer? Then don't be shy about it

"I've got an automotive engineering background. I'd like to work in Formula One. But when I tell people that, they immediately say, 'So, you're a car mechanic?'"<p>He's a friendly chap, but Bradley Cox is clearly irritated. The trouble, says the student of computational mechanics, is that people these …

FYI: Can Humans Survive In A Completely Self-Sufficient Closed Environment?

Not yet, though we've been trying to do so since at least the 1970s. Fabricating an environment that needs no power other than the sun and is a closed system (where waste gets broken down and reused) is extremely difficult.<p>One of the first attempts at a CELSS—Controlled Ecological Life Support …

Stephen Hawking's big ideas ... made simple - video animation

At premiere of film about his life, physicist says it's theoretically possible to copy brain on to computer to provide life after death<p>Published: 21 Sep 2013<p>World-famous cosmologist admits to losing bet as a result of particle's discovery<p>Published: 12 Nov 2013<p>Nasa video footage shows what the moon …

Nadine Gordimer helped me see how fiction writing can illuminate reality

In 2000 I published The Devil That Danced on the Water, a memoir of my father and my country, Sierra Leone. The country was emerging from civil war, still reeling from the violence, which most people simply didn't see coming. Yet my father, who had been a political prisoner in the 1970s, had …

How To Train Your Brain To See What Others Don't

Charles Darwin had one of the greatest "aha!" moments in all of history when writing his magnum opus <i>On The Origin of Species</i>. After reading a book written 40 years earlier on population growth and resource competition, Darwin immediately saw the connection to the variation among species that he had …

Facebook apologises for dating advertisement

Facebook has apologised for featuring a dating advertisement using the photo of a teenager who committed suicide after falling victim to cyber-bullying.<p>The social media company said on Wednesday that it has banned the advertiser that used photographs of 17-year-old Rehtaeh Parsons, from Halifax, …

Police 'lied about Marikana mining massacre'

The judge leading a public inquiry into the shooting dead of 34 striking mine workers by police in South Africa last year has sensationally halted the hearing and accused the police of lying about what happened.<p>Judge Ian Farlam said that the version of events the South African Police Service (SAPS) …

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3D Printing Is a Matter of Life and Death

<b>When Kaiba Gionfriddo was born</b> prematurely on Oct. 28, 2011, everything seemed relatively normal. At 35 weeks, his doctors' main concern was lung …

NASA is farming lettuce in space

Starting in December, NASA will begin producing its own food in orbit for the first time ever, according to a new report in <i>Modern Farmer</i>. Called the Vegetable Production System (or VEGGIE for short), the minimal rig will accommodate six romaine lettuce plants grown under pink LED lamps, ready for …