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When Disaster Strikes, This Bike Generator Will Give Me Power [Video]

Pedaling consistently churned out about 150 watts.<p>Copper wire ties modern civilization together, but it is fragile thread. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy bathed miles of the electrical conductor in saltwater, severing my Brooklyn neighborhood from the grid. Lower Manhattan—a dense concentration of …

Elephants Know How Dangerous We Are From How We Speak

Elephants pay attention when we speak, a new study in Kenya shows.<p>When an elephant killed a Maasai woman collecting firewood near Kenya's Amboseli National Park in 2007, a group of young Maasai men retaliated by spearing one of the animals.<p>"It wasn't the one that had killed the woman, says Graeme …

Edward Snowden On How To End Mass Surveillance

Here's what you need to know about Snowden's SXSW interview.<p>"Encryption is defense against the Dark Arts," National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden said via Google Hangout to an audience at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, on Monday. Snowden and the second panelist, Chris Soghoian, as …

Turning Food Waste Into Fuel Takes Gumption And Trillions Of Bacteria

Every year, Americans send millions of tons of food to the landfill. What if you could use all of those pizza crusts and rotten vegetables to heat your home? That's already happening in one unlikely laboratory: the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Brooklyn.<p>The plant's longtime …

Analyzing Baby Cries For Signs Of Serious Disease

The earliest signs of certain ailments or development problems can be heard in the exact tone and cadence of newborn’s wail. Soon there could be an app for new parents and hospitals to get a hint of what’s the trouble.<p>When babies have certain health or development problems, they cry differently …

Vertical farming explained: how cities could be food producers of the future

Populations are growing and cities are booming – but could we soon see skyscrapers turned into centres for crop production? From Chicago warehouses to the south pole growth chamber in Antarctica, the concept of growing food indoors is catching on. Plant scientist Dr Erik Murchie, from the …

Water Found in Atmosphere of Nearby Alien Planet

Water vapor has been detected in the atmosphere of one of the first alien planets ever identified by astronomers.<p>Advances in the technique used to …

Universe

This zircon crystal is oldest known piece of Earth’s crust

A tiny zircon crystal found on a sheep station – or ranch – in western Australia is now the oldest known piece of our planet, dating to 4.4 billion …

Kepler confirms a whopping 715 new planets

Some of the new worlds are similar in size to Earth and orbit in the habitable zone of their parent stars.<p>Years ago, before the launch of NASA’s …

The Car That Runs On Air

Bringing new meaning to running on fumes<p>For more than a century, air cars have remained a quixotic quest of engineers—an idealistic exercise with little long-term likelihood of entering mass production. As fuels go, air has obvious upsides: It’s ubiquitous, clean, and, best of all, free. But air …

The Strange Beauty Of Bioluminescent Fish

The new book Fire in the Sea brings one eccentric marine biologist's paintings out of obscurity.<p>David McKee, a retired biology professor from Texas A&M University, never got the chance to talk to Henry Compton about his art. Compton, an eccentric marine biologist and local fishing pier manager, …

Golden Meaning: graphic artists depict the golden ratio – in pictures

A selection of images from Golden Meaning, a book project in which 55 of the world’s top graphic designers illustrate the maths of the golden ratio<p>Read my blogpost about the book here

Golden Meaning: 55 graphic artists reveal the maths of the golden ratio

Pictured above are two self-portraits of the British designer Oli Kellett.<p>Which one is most attractive?<p>The left one is untouched. The right one is retouched so that the features of his face conform to the golden ratio.<p>The golden ratio – or golden mean - is a number that is said to provide the …

Bright meteor, aka a fireball, over U.S. East on February 24

These bright meteors are natural and frequent, given Earth as a whole. They are space debris that enter Earth’s atmosphere and burn up due to …

Alarming Video Shows Arctic Ice Disappearing

Old ice in the Arctic is vanishing. That's a problem, since it's more resistant to melting than young ice.<p>You've probably heard that ice in the Arctic is melting. But you may have never seen it shown this clearly. A video from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration shows 27 years of ice …

How I Transformed Sewage Into Fresh Water [Video]

A little DIY distilling<p>Say the apocalypse happens tomorrow. The good news: You survive! No more credit card debt or miserable commutes. The bad news? Infrastructure has collapsed and there’s no clean drinking water. Most people can’t last a few days without it, so what we need is a reliable way to …

Stop female scientists being written out of Wikipedia history

Professor Dame Julia Slingo is not a shadowy figure. As chief scientist at the Met Office, she is an expert on a national obsession and has barely been out of the spotlight since Britain was taken by storm. But hunt for her on Wikipedia and just five short paragraphs pop up.<p>"Many female scientists …

A New Website That Lets Tipsters Report Wildlife Crimes

Illegal wildlife poachers will put themselves out of business if current trends continue. When that day comes, it means the last wild rhino horn and …

Your Next Cooking Oil Could Come From Hemp

A new strain of hemp produces oil with all the qualities needed for fine frying.<p>Agricultural hemp produces strong and decay-resistant fibers, a versatile oil, and requires little in the way of herbicides, since it outcompetes weeds. Hemp oil isn't widely used for cooking, though, partially because …

Quantum Microscope May Be Able to See Inside Living Cells

By combining quantum mechanical quirks of light with a technique called photonic force microscopy, scientists can now probe detailed structures …

Stem cells programmed to grow cartilage inside body

Scientists have used gene therapy to direct stem cells to grow new cartilage inside a living body.<p>Performing tissue repair with stem cells typically …

Pesticides are everywhere, and more dangerous than you realize

They're sprayed in abundance, but research on these chemicals remains surprisingly scarce<p>Most of us think we're protecting ourselves from noxious chemicals with half-superstitious gestures: filtering the water we drink a pitcher at a time, or confining ourselves to the organic aisles of …

Bee colony collapse viruses spreading to bumblebees

Infectious diseases linked to the colony collapse of honeybees appear to be spreading among wild bumblebees that pollinate crops worldwide, dealing a potential double blow to agriculture, according to a new study.<p>Studies at 26 sites in England found that 1 in 5 bees suffered from deformed wing …

Honey Bees

WIRED Space Photo of the Day for February 2014

Author: Wired Science Staff<p>06:30 am<p>Follow Space Photo of the Day on TwitterThe 2013 WIRED Space Photo of the Day GalleryThe 2012 WIRED Space Photo of …

The Hostage Horror of Herpesvirus

It’s a staple in many a heist movie. A person or group of people are going about their business when all of a sudden, they are attacked by force or by gunpoint. The situation turns dire as the enemy is not interested in an immediate fate but rather an extended one; it’s a hostage-taking. The target …

Nazis Studied Using Mosquitoes As Biological Weapons

The study confirms "the existence of an offensive biological warfare research programme in Nazi Germany."<p>In January of 1942, Heinrich Himmler ordered the opening of an entomological laboratory in the Dachau concentration camp in southeastern Germany. But why? The stated purpose of the institute was …

Simple New Way Of Creating Stem Cells Undergoes Investigation

Independent scientists are having trouble reproducing the exciting new results. The "easy" stem-cell-making method may not be so easy after all.<p>A recent, major milestone in stem cell research is undergoing some double checks.<p>As we reported, just a few weeks ago, a team of Japanese and U.S. …

Rare ferrets need more land to survive the plague

The black-footed ferret is one of the most endangered mammals in North America, but new research suggests that these charismatic critters can persist …

Bacteriography: how to create a photo of Stephen Fry from bacteria

As an undergraduate pursuing a degree in biology, I found myself mesmerised. Each day's lecture brought to my attention new insights into the complex systems at work in the living world around me. Science grew into a way for me to revel in the beauty of the universe, and I began to better …

Two New Butterfly Species Identified in Eastern United States

Two new butterfly species have been discovered in the eastern United States. The Texas researchers used DNA analysis to uncover the new species.<p>Dr. …