Miguel Cifuentes

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Rent-a-Paramilitaries Freak Out Wisconsin

Here’s a fascinating little story. There’s been a battle royale up in Wisconsin over an effort to establish a big iron mining operation near Lake …

Let's be clear about science education and engagement

In last week's blog piece "The public don't want to be involved in science policy" Hannah Baker used the recent Wellcome Trust Monitor Survey to …

Military rations: How to cook up better battle food

One US centre creates recipes for meals that can withstand the rigours of war. But a simple lunchtime favourite is still the ultimate challenge.<p>It’s a popular urban myth that Twinkies, the famous American cream-filled sponge cake, have a shelf-life of decades and can even survive a nuclear war. In …

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Why the precautionary principle matters

Precaution is arguably one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented issues in the global politics of science and technology. Misunderstood, …

Is Alternative Medicine Really 'Medicine'?

With Rising Temperatures, Infrastructure Falters

In tragic turn, youngest person to receive a bioengineered organ dies

Only three months after she became the youngest person to receive a bioengineered organ, two-year-old Hannah Warren has died.<p>In an announcement posted online Monday, the Children's Hospital of Illinois — where Hannah underwent a groundbreaking windpipe implant — confirmed the sad turn of events. …

The TSA's 6 Best Instagrams Of Confiscated Weapons

The TSA is instagramming dangerous items confiscated in airports. Adorable!<p><i>Click here to enter the gallery</i><p>Carry-on luggage is no place for a loaded gun, but that doesn't stop people from trying. When that happens, the Transportation Security Administration confiscates the weapon. And, sometimes, …

A Visualization Of What Went Wrong On Asiana Flight 214

In short: a steep approach, short of the runway.<p>After the crash of Asiana Flight 214 over the weekend at San Francisco International Airport killed two and injured 168, the independent Aviation Safety Network culled flight data to create this map, comparing the crash to other recent descents into …

Advertisers can learn your health conditions from your web activity, study claims

Of all the things the internet is good for, it's clear that looking up medical information is among the most popular activities. But while WebMD and other health-focused sites may seem like a godsend to those of us frantically trying to figure out if our nausea is just due to the bad takeout we had …

The Future Of Flight: 3-D Printed Planes

NASA, Boeing, and others are using 3-D printed parts in their aircraft. Next up? A printable private jet.<p>Last fall, GE Aviation quietly purchased two small 3-D–printing companies, Morris Technology and Rapid Quality Manufacturing, and in doing so made a loud statement: 3-D printing will shape the …