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Authenticating the world’s most expensive coffee

Coffee cherries eaten by palm civets create the world’s most expensive coffee. But blatant forgeries use beans that have never seen a civet’s insides.<p>…

The public don't want to be involved in science policy

Recently, environment minister Owen Paterson told Britain to stop worrying and learn to love GM. "The use of GM could be as transformative as the original agricultural revolution was. The UK should be at the forefront of that now, as it was then," he said.<p>But winning hearts and minds on this issue …

Scientists create human liver from stem cells

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have for the first time created a functional human liver from stem cells derived from skin and blood and say their success points to a future where much-needed livers and other transplant organs could be made in a laboratory.<p>While it may take another 10 years before …

We need a new dialogue between physics and philosophy

In his article (Philosophy isn't dead yet, 27 May) Raymond Tallis raises some important and difficult issues about the extent to which contemporary physics has largely parted company with philosophy, briefly dismissing the alternative view – espoused by Hawking etc – that it is philosophy that has …

Climate change’s biggest loser: Tiny ocean bacteria

<b>USC (US) —</b> Climate change may be weeding out the bacteria that form the base of the ocean’s food chain, selecting only certain strains for survival, …

Climate Change

The world is getting warmer, but are natural disasters getting worse?

Evidence of climate change has been coming at a steady pace for years. NASA has said that the 10 hottest years on record all occurred since 1998, and carbon dioxide levels — cited the force behind global warming — hit a record high in May. Now, a UN report has compiled data for the past 10 years, …

£50bn question: do we want faster trains or limitless clean energy?

In among a raft of new infrastructure spending announced by the UK government in the wake of last week's spending review, it was revealed that the cost estimates for the HS2 high-speed train line had been revised significantly upward. According to the new projections, HS2 will be completed in 2033 …

Would A Human Head Transplant Be Ethical?

A couple professors sound off about the ethics of transplanting one human's head onto another human's body.<p>Two days ago, we reported on a controversial paper by Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canaveri about human head transplants. The paper, entitled "HEAVEN: The head anastomosis venture Project …

Evolution can’t keep up with climate change

<b>U. ARIZONA / YALE (US) —</b> To adapt to the rapid climate change expected in the next 100 years, many vertebrate species would have to evolve about …

Climate Change

What Land Did Europeans Actually Discover? [Infographic]

Uh, some islands 'n' stuff?<p>In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. And promptly "discovered" a new world...one where plenty of people had already lived for thousands of years. What other "new worlds" did European explorers stumble upon during the Age of Discovery, like a college freshman …

12 Insanely Ambitious Ideas For Improving Space Exploration

NASA has awarded $100,000 to each of these sci-fi projects, which cover everything from suspended animation to Mars kites to 3-D printed food.<p>NASA has announced the award-winners of its Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program, in which the agency gives funding to projects that are a little …

What Manhattan Would Look Like In A Nuclear Blast [Infographic]

The latest nuclear-explosion modeling program includes eye-level views from hypothetical ground zeros.<p>The Cold War might be over, but that hasn't made the threat of a nuclear blast any less upsetting. Especially when you visualize it in 3-D, as Alex Wellerstein has done here.<p>Wellerstein is a …

Nevada Wildfire Could Snuff Out A Rare Butterfly

A big wildfire in a mountain range just west of Las Vegas has put at risk the Mount Charleston blue butterfly, a rare species found in the U.S.<p>The fire is dying down, but it may be weeks before experts can get to the remarkable area where this butterfly lives to see if it made it through.<p>You have a …

Can I Safely Eat Cat Food?

You know, just in case<p>Let's take a look at the ingredients in a typical can of cat food: meat by-products, chicken by-product meal, turkey by-product meal, ash, taurine. Nothing too horrible, but in general, these things don't constitute a healthy human diet, says Dawn Jackson Blatner, a registered …

Science Reveals Wolverine's True Weaknesses

In the new film The Wolverine, everyone's favorite genetic anomaly loses his ability to self-regenerate. Here are some of the things he should fear the most.<p>In a new summer film, everyone's favorite genetic anomaly will lose the reason he has been able to <i>snikt!</i> though skirmishes, scuffs, and …

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Human evolution: the next stages

There have been a number of speculations lately concerning the eventual form humankind will take, particularly with regards to the role technology …

6 Cars For People Who Hate Cars

These futuristic cars could make you rethink your haterade.<p>Do Americans just not want to drive cars any more? Recent studies suggest that the United States has passed its driving zenith, with the number of miles driven per person peaking in 2005. As of April 2013 the number of miles driven per …

Five thousand metres under the sea: my journey to another world

Five kilometres, or 3.1 miles, is not a great distance on land – the length of a pleasant stroll. But five kilometres vertically in the ocean …

Radar finds ‘swamp’ under Antarctic glacier

<b>U. TEXAS-AUSTIN (US) —</b> Scientists have detected a swamp-like canal system under the ice of West Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier that’s several times as …

Global Warming

This Trike Motorcycle Concept Is Like A Big Wheel For Adults

<i>Click here to enter the gallery</i><p>There's something about being perched above three massive plastic wheels that imbues ordinary crybaby toddlers with a terrifyingly kick-ass, gelled-hair attitude. Unfortunately, there's something about adult trikes that is really, really uncool. Now designer Charles …

Forensic Fly Moves North

Insects can aid death investigations, but non-native species complicate matters.<p><b>Who, aside from global warming activists, cares about a tiny blowfly making its way north with the changing climate? Forensic scientists do. Such insects, when discovered on corpses, can offer vital clues about when a</b> …

Worms regrow their decapitated heads, along with the memories inside

Some memories just won't die — and some can even be transferred to a whole new brain. Researchers at Tufts University have determined that a small, yellow worm known as a planarian, which has long been studied for its regenerative properties, is able to grow back a lot more than just its body …

Do Diet Drinks Mess Up Metabolisms?

It may seem counterintuitive, but there's a body of evidence to suggest that the millions of Americans with a diet soda habit may not be doing their waistlines — or their blood sugar — any favors.<p>As the consumption of diet drinks made with artificial sweeteners continues to rise, researchers are …

Nintendo's Power Glove Is Getting A Documentary

The vintage gaming accessory is finding life after death.<p>Released back in 1989, the Power Glove was a motion-control accessory for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The concept: wave your hand, and stuff on-screen would move. Fun!<p>Except it wasn't fun. The Power Glove was critically despised for …

The Moon's Mystery: Scientists Debate How it Formed

How was our planet's satellite formed? Scientists are still searching for the answer.<p><b>It has taken centuries for scientists to settle on a creation story for our moon, the most popular of which is depicted on the July cover of National Geographic magazine. But as I learned at a recent lunch with</b> …

The Horrible Psychology of Solitary Confinement

Author: Brandon Keim. Brandon Keim Science<p>Date of Publication: 07.10.13.<p>Time of Publication: 4:10 pm. 4:10 pm<p>In the largest prison protest in …

The Science Of Twinkies: How Do They Last So Darned Long?

We have to confess: When we heard that Twinkies will have nearly double the shelf life, 45 days, when they return to stores next week, our first reaction was — days? Not years?<p>Urban legend has long deemed Twinkies the cockroaches of the snack food world, a treat that can survive for decades, what …

True Color Of An Exoplanet Discovered For The First Time

Looks a bit like home!<p>Looks a bit like Earth, doesn't it? You wouldn't find this planet very comfortable, however. Called HD 189773b, it's 1,000 degrees Celsius on its surface and it rains glass. Sideways.<p>HD 189773b looks like Earth because it's blue. Astronomers have determined its true color, a …

Thresher sharks use their tails like bullwhips to kill or stun prey

A diver has captured rare footage of the unique hunting style of thresher sharks in tropical waters off the Philippines.<p>The film was shot near coral …