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Weavers Turn Silk Into Diabetes Test Strips

It's a new way to do silk screening, that's for sure.<p>Bangalore-based Achira Labs has figured out a way to hand weave diabetes test strips from silk. That sounds pretty luxurious compared to the standard materials of plastic or paper. But silk turns out to have several advantages in a country like …

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Best Space Pictures of 2014: A Year's Delights Courtesy of Starry Nights

Of the 350 breathtaking space photos we published in 2014, here are our picks for the 12 best of the year.

Mystery Solved? How Butterflies Came to Look Like Dead Leaves

Kallima butterflies gradually evolved the distinctive look of dead, veiny leaves, study claims.<p>The secret of how butterflies came to look like leaves may have been revealed—fittingly, by an insect that gave wings to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.<p>The question of how the closed wings of dead …

Combining The DNA Of 3 People Raises Ethical Questions

In a darkened lab in the north of England, a research associate is intensely focused on the microscope in front of her. She carefully maneuvers a long glass tube that she uses to manipulate early human embryos.<p>"It's like microsurgery," says Laura Irving of Newcastle University.<p>Irving is part of a …

Rosetta Spacecraft Suggests Asteroids, Not Comets, Birthed Earth's Oceans

Ice on comet 67P displays chemistry unlike seawater, the spacecraft circling overhead reveals.<p>Asteroids, not comets, likely delivered Earth's ancient oceans from space, concludes a Wednesday study from the Rosetta spacecraft, now in orbit around a comet that is a frozen relic from the dawn of the …