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Drug-Resistant Germs Bred In Humans Show Up In Wild Animals

A new study finds a hospital superbug in crows.<p>Crows don't often hang out in hospitals, where the overuse of antibiotics has created drug-resistant germs. Yet crows in some areas of the U.S. carry drug-resistant bacteria in their bodies, according to a new study. Poop from about 2.5 percent of the …

Device Could Harvest Wasted Energy From Wi-Fi, Satellite Signals

It converts stray microwaves into electricity.<p>A wireless device developed by researchers at Duke University that converts microwaves into electricity could eventually harvest Wi-Fi or satellite signals for power, according to its creators. It could also one day be built into cell phones to let them …

Turning to Germs in a Post-Antibiotic Era

Back in 1928, Alexander Fleming, a researcher at St. Mary’s Medical School in London discovered what would become a believed savior against the wrath of infectious diseases: antibiotics. Over the coming decades, the discovery turned into a medical marvel and eventually into an industry. …

Without Amazon forests, weather could mimic El Niño

Total deforestation of the Amazon could mean 20 percent less rain for the coastal Northwest and a 50 percent reduction in the Sierra Nevada …

Climate Change

Newton's Universal Law of Gravitation

How Isaac Newton's encounter with that apple ended up helping send rockets into space<p>Newton's equation first appeared in the <i>Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica</i>, July 1687. It describes why that apple fell from that tree in that orchard in Lincolnshire. Whether or not that apple actually …

A Rare New Bacterium Thrives In Spacecraft Cleanrooms

A recently discovered bacterium thrives in the cleanest places on Earth—where spacecraft are assembled.<p><i>Tersicoccus phoenicis</i> is no ordinary microbe. This rare bacterium can withstand chemical cleaning, ultraviolet rays, and a dearth of nutrients to live in some of the most sterile places around: …

Gut Bacteria May Be Implicated in Rheumatoid Arthritis

The bacteria that live in your intestines are a mixed blessing. Scientists have known for decades that this so-called microbiota helps us digest our …

Kids who grow up with less may catch more colds as adults

Children and teens from families with lower socioeconomic status may grow up to be more susceptible to the common cold.<p>Researchers say there’s an …

Telomere

Hopes of hepatitis C cure raised after antiviral drug treatment success

Scientists have reported the successful eradication of hepatitis C in patients using two new antiviral drugs, raising hopes of a possible cure.<p>In the trial, the virus was eliminated from almost all the patients involved, including those who had not previously responded to existing drugs.<p>Hepatitis C …

Thanks To Parasites, Moose Are Looking More Like Ghosts

The news for moose is not good across the country's northern tier and in some parts of Canada. A recent and rapid decline of moose populations in many states may be linked to climate change, and to the parasites that benefit from it.<p>In Minnesota, moose populations have dropped from a high of more …

Americans Would Pay $4 Billion To Save Monarch Butterflies

It's an unusually loveable bug, according to a new survey<p>They're certainly the kings of our hearts. Kids learn about them in school. They're the official insect or butterfly of seven U.S. states. I saw a scantily-clad version of one this Halloween, complete with fairly accurate wing patterns. (But …

Higher temps push turtles away from home turf

Turtles struggling to keep up with rising temperatures are being forced to widen their geographic range—but new real estate may be running out.<p>The …

Turtles

How Mya Breitbart Is Mapping The Genomes Of Entire Ecosystems

The microbial ecologist has figured out a way to study the enormous diversity of viruses on the planet.<p><i>Each year,</i> Popular Science_ seeks out the brightest young scientists and engineers and names them the Brilliant Ten. Like the 110 honorees before them, the members of this year's class are …

New, Incurable Botulinum Strain Has Top Secret DNA

This is the first time scientists have kept a DNA sequence secret because of terrorism concerns.<p>It's one of the most toxic substances known to science. You would die from inhaling 13/1,000,000,000 of a gram of it. And some folks inject small amounts of it in their faces to get rid of their …

Heavily logged forests still valuable for tropical wildlife

New findings challenge a long-held belief that there is limited, if any, value of heavily logged forests for conservation.<p>New research has found …

Tiger Genome Sequenced, Shows Big Cats Evolved to Kill

Gene map of endangered Amur tiger seen as aid to preserving big cats in the wild.<p><b>The first sequenced tiger genome shows that big cats evolved to kill.</b><p><b>Genes for strong muscle fibers and for meat-eating appear narrowly shared, researchers reported, among species as distinct as the African lion and</b> …

In every whale's earwax is a record of its lifetime exposure to pollutants

Scientists have developed a new method for learning all sorts of interesting things about whales by studying their earwax<p>In addition to the amazing revelation that whales have earwax, we learn that a team of researchers in the US has published a paper detailing a new method that they developed for …

Healthful Living May Lengthen Telomeres And Lifespans

As Heard On Morning Edition<p><b>Listen</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b><p>Scientists claim they have evidence that explains why lifestyle changes known to be good for you — low-fat diets, exercise, reducing stress — can lengthen your life.<p>Based on a small, exploratory study, researchers say these good habits …

Auto-Brewery Syndrome: Apparently, You Can Make Beer In Your Gut

This medical case may give a whole new meaning to the phrase "beer gut."<p>A 61-year-old man — with a history of home-brewing — stumbled into a Texas emergency room complaining of dizziness. Nurses ran a Breathalyzer test. And sure enough, the man's blood alcohol concentration was a whopping 0.37 …

Irradiated Seeds Combat World's Most Serious Wheat Disease

In Kenya, two new varieties of wheat are resistant to a fungus that defeated even Norman Borlaug's resistant plants.<p>Kenyan farmers last week got a first look at two new varieties of wheat that are resistant to the number-one threat to worldwide wheat production. They got to see resistant and …

Answering The Cranes' Call: 40 Years Of Preserving Grace

Of all the world's birds, perhaps none are more mystical than cranes.<p>From Asia to North America, these tall birds with haunting cries have been woven into paintings, literature and folk tales. But today, 10 of the world's 15 crane species are threatened, and some are on the brink of …

A nacreous cloud glistens over Antarctica

Look at the glowing, pearlescent skies over NASA's Radome at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Shot a few days ago by photographer Deven Stross, this …

This Weird Tiny Frog Hears With Its Mouth

"Talk directly into my mouth, please."<p>The Gardiner's Seychelles frog is one of the smallest amphibians in the world, measuring less than half an inch long. But their extreme tininess isn't the only curious thing about them. As a new study shows, this species of frog has no eardrum and no middle …

A Tiny Lens That Turns Your Smartphone Camera Into a Microscope

Are ordinary macro lens attachments for your smartphone not enough for you? Want to zoom in closer? 22-year-old mechanical engineer Thomas Larson has …

Photographing a Speeding Bullet Using a Sugar Cube as Your Only Light Source

Here’s a cool project for those of you who enjoy shooting with both cameras and guns. Did you know that you can photograph a speeding bullet using …

New Species of Hammerhead Shark Discovered Off South Carolina Coast

The <i>Charlotte Observer</i> reports that a new species of shark has been discovered off the Carolina coast. The new shark has been named the Carolina …

The Algae Is Coming, But Its Impact Is Felt Far From Water

Algae blooms are green or red or brown, slimy, smelly and you don't want it coming soon to a waterfront near you.<p>Most of us don't give a lot of thought to algae until the furry-like monstrosity is spreading over beaches, rivers, lakes and bays, but gigantic algae blooms have become an increasing …

NASA examines escalating wildfires, projects worse conditions by century's end

In June, the Black Forest wildfire in Colorado wiped out 500 homes in 48 hours and ultimately took two lives. Yet the catastrophe actually ranked as one of the smaller fires authorities have had to contend with this year. 100,000-acre wildfires have become a yearly occurrence — a worrying …

Brisbane fossil find may provide missing link in animal evolution

Fossils discovered in Brisbane and thought to be 50m years old could shed light on a missing link in the evolution of animals since the death of the …