Michel Cheong

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Gorgeous glass sculptures let you see into the world's most deadly viruses

Viruses are usually depicted as ugly, scary, almost weapon-like blobs just waiting to meddle inside of your body, but Luke Jerram sees them as something different. There isn't really a color to viruses after all — they're smaller than the wavelength of visible light — and as mere smears when viewed …

100-Year-Old Box of Negatives Discovered by Conservators in Antarctica

Almost one hundred years after a group of explorers set out across the frozen landscape of Antarctica to set up supply depots for famed explorer Sir …

The World's Newest Island, Niijima

Chinese sewage is feeding superbugs that no antibiotic can kill

Antibiotics have saved hundreds of millions of lives and extended billions of others. But paradoxically, the more they are used the more the bacteria they fight get stronger, with potentially lethal consequences.<p>While some “superbugs,” as antibiotic-resistant bacteria are known, can be killed with …

Microbiology

Swiss to vote on incomes for all - working or not

<b>Switzerland, one of the world's wealthiest countries, is engaged in an intense process of soul searching - about money.</b><p>This year alone there have been two nationwide referendums on executive pay, one of which approved strict limits on bonuses and banned golden handshakes.<p>Now two more votes are on …

Income Inequality

Man's severed hand attached to his ankle

Doctors have kept a Chinese man's severed hand alive by stitching it to his ankle after a work accident severed it. Xiao Wei's right hand was reportedly temporarily attached to his left ankle for a month before surgeons reattached it, largely because injuries to his arm required immediate attention …

Cassini Spots Mosaic Of Extraterrestrial Seas

The Cassini space probe, exploring Saturn and her moons, has revealed extraordinary lakes and seas of liquid methane around the north pole of Titan.<p>The joint NASA-ESA Cassini space probe, exploring Saturn and her moons, has revealed extraordinary lakes and seas of liquid methane around the north …

Astronomy

Kidney grown from stem cells by Australian scientists

Australian scientists grow world's first kidney from stem cells in a breakthrough that could alleviate the demand for organ transplants<p>Scientists in <b>Australia</b> have grown the world's first kidney from stem cells – a tiny organ which could eventually help to reduce the wait for transplants.<p>The …

Robotic mission to Mars announced to pave way for first human space colony

A Dutch company that plans to send a crew of amateur astronauts on a one-way mission to Mars has lined up two major companies to work on a robotic mission to the planet.<p>Slated for launch in 2018, the Mars One mission aims to pave the way for the volunteer crew by testing technology they will need …

Giant leap for China as moon probe lands safely in Bay of Rainbows

The unmanned Chang'e lander, with its six-wheeled rover Jade Rabbit, is the first to make a soft landing on the moon since 1976<p>China successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, the country's state media announced on Saturday. The …

The Lunar X Prize Heats Up

A few teams have dropped out of the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize, but many more are preparing for 2015 launch dates to send their landers to the moon.<p><b>Two years remain. The Google Lunar X Prize</b>, inaugurated in 2007, challenges private companies to put a lander on the moon, maneuver on the lunar …

Hubble Spots Water Plumes on Europa

The geysers could make it easier to search for life under the ice.<p><b>Geysers spew water from the tiger-striped south pole of Jupiter's ice-covered moon Europa, suggest observations from NASA's Hubble space telescope.</b><p><b>If the existence of the plumes can be confirmed, they will perhaps allow future space</b> …