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Strange Biology Inspires the Best New Materials | WIRED

From the shiny, strong nacre that gives abalone shells an unbreakable, opaline sheen, to the goopy mix of proteins fired by a velvet worm that …

How the Science of Swarms Can Help Us Fight Cancer and Predict the Future

Author: Ed Yong. Ed Yong Science<p>Date of Publication: 03.19.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>The first thing to hit Iain Couzin when he walked …

Genetic 'roulette' gives tiny cells their sex - Futurity

UC SANTA BARBARA (US) — A single-celled organism ends up with one of seven possible …

Neonicotinoid pesticides 'damage brains of bees'

<b>Commonly used pesticides are damaging honey bee brains, studies suggest.</b><p>Scientists have found that two types of chemicals called neonicotinoids and coumaphos are interfering with the insect's ability to learn and remember.<p>Experiments revealed that exposure was also lowering brain activity, …

Computer Tracks Spider Species By Analyzing Webs

An artificial intelligence scans spiders' webs to determine which species are in the area.<p>Spiders' webs are unique from species to species, so something like this giant cave spider and this decoy-building spider can be told apart by their webs, despite being equally terrifying. But why rely on the …

Scientists Engineer Extreme Microorganisms To Make Fuel From Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

A University of Georgia team tinkered with the genes of Pyrococcus furiosus, and the new breed is hungry for the smoggy stuff.<p>To find a way of fending off global warming, scientists sometimes look to nature. Plants, after all, use photosynthesis to snap up carbon dioxide, the biggest source of our …

'Sponge' Drug Shows Promise For Treating Hepatitis C

With an estimated 2 million baby boomers infected with hepatitis C, the disease has reached epidemic levels among Americans age 48 to 68.<p>Doctors can now cure about 70 percent of hepatitis C cases, but the drugs' side effects can be severe. And many Americans are still left with a disease that can …

We've put together a gallery of the world's deadliest killers, up close. Here's our entry for cancer. http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-03/these-are-worlds-deadliest-killers?src=SOC&dom=fb

Cancer scientists hope genetic markers will reveal how disease develops

The discovery of new genetic markers for common cancers will pave the way for tests that predict an individual's risk of disease and guide how they …

Scientists Genetically Engineer E. Coli Bacteria to Live on Caffeine

Scientists have genetically engineered <i>E. coli</i> bacteria to live only on caffeine. The research was conducted by scientists from the University of …

UK scientists develop safer foot-and-mouth vaccine | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - British scientists have developed a new vaccine against foot-and-mouth disease that is safer and easier to manufacture, an advance they believe should greatly increase production capacity and reduce costs.<p>A cell infected with foot-and-mouth disease virus in an undated image …

Scientists unravel genetic causes of prostate, breast and ovarian cancer

A national screening programme for prostate cancer could be introduced by the NHS following an international effort by more than 1,000 scientists to …

50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know

I'm delighted to announce that my first book, <i>50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know</i>, has been given a publication date and is now available for …