Paul Walrus Gottsch

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Living cells ‘hacked’ and hijacked by MIT

Scientists at MIT have proven they can ‘hack’ living cells and programme them to carry out new tasks.<p>In the same way that computer language tells a machine how to operate, researchers have shown it is possible to write DNA ‘code’ and insert it into bacteria to alter how they function.<p>They hope that …

Tumors

Sorry, but you can’t blame your children’s genes

From intelligence to mental health, nurture is the crucial influence on human development<p>Are poor people poor because of inferior genes? This notion is especially popular with members of the ruling elite, who like to think their position is the result of genetic superiority rather than the fact …

Mental Health

Why are energy firms U-turning on green agenda now?

The decision by Britain’s most powerful energy lobby group to take a positive stance on building a low-carbon economy is a significant moment.<p>It gives major impetus to the green agenda just as it is being undermined by influential sceptics inside the Conservative party, Treasury and Department of …

Conservative Party

Would It Be A Bad Thing to Wipe Out A Species ... If It's A Mosquito?

Mosquitoes have a nasty reputation.<p>The species <i>Aedes aegypti</i>, for example, is currently responsible for spreading the Zika virus through the Americas and also infects humans with dengue fever, chikungunya and yellow fever.<p>This raises the question: Should there be an effort to get rid of <i>Aedes aegypti</i> …

Public Health

Making it up as you go along: how your brain improvises

When your brain becomes ‘quieter’, remarkable things can happen. It’s time to go with the flow<p>Have you ever been at a concert and seen a musician or rapper start to improvise? It can often seem effortless or even magical. Few people can freestyle like Kendrick Lamar and Notorious BIG, or improvise …

Flute

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge shown off in leaked photos

Samsung's next major smartphone, the Galaxy S7, is mere weeks from being unveiled at Mobile World Congress. And as is usually the case, we're getting an early look through various leaks of press renders and now, some actual photos of the S7 and S7 Edge. They <i>look</i> convincing enough, anyway. From the …

Was Einstein right? Ripples in space-time may have been found

Are the rumors true? Whispers about a possible detection of actual ripples in space-time have been swirling for weeks, and on Thursday, the world may …

LIGO

Data scientists keep forgetting the one rule every researcher should know by heart

The results are in: Skipping breakfast is associated with heart disease. But that doesn’t necessarily mean breakfast deserves its reputation as the most important meal of the day.<p>Harvard University medical researchers have concluded that American men between the ages of 45 to 82 who skip breakfast …

San Francisco

Florida's Pristine Parks: Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge

Make Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge your launching pad for expanded explorations into Florida’s wild spaces.<p>Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge protects a 35,000-acre labyrinth of mangrove islands, freshwater and saltwater marshes, brackish ponds, winding channels, sandy …

Travel Photography

Shakerato Recipe

Learn how to make this frothy, iced espresso drink<p>Meet your new favorite chilled coffee drink: the Shakerato, our twist on the Italian …

Coffee

Google Releases Amazing New 'Meter' Live Wallpaper For Android Devices [Download]

Sometimes Google reminds us of why we are so fond of it, even if it has become almost cool to be wary, or almost scared of it. The reason we like …

2 climbers crawled through a suffocatingly tiny cave and discovered a new human ancestor that could be 'one of the greatest fossil discoveries of the past half century'

A couple of cavers stumbled across the remains of at least 15 individuals in South Africa's Cave of Stars. The species, which is named Homo naledi ("naledi" means "star" in the South African language Sotho)<i>,</i> had a small brain, yet remarkably humanlike features. And the bones appear to have been …

HP is now trying to rescue some employees involved in its unusual layoff

Specifically, HP is renegotiating the contracts so that employees who take the new job will make the same salaries as they did with HP and won't have to take a pay cut, a source close to the situation told us.<p>The ultimatum<p>It all started last month, when HP gave a group of several hundred employees …

Revealed: the first hydrogen-powered battery that will charge your Apple iPhone for a week

British firm Intelligent Energy has claimed a breakthrough in building smartphones that run for a week on a single cartridge<p>A British technology company has claimed a major smartphone breakthrough by developing an iPhone that can go a week without recharging, running instead off a built-in hydrogen …

Alternative Fuel

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his choices One in five doesn’t represent over 300 years of women in literature: a response What is missing: …

Literature

Exhaled Pounds: How Fat Leaves the Body

When you lose weight, where does it go? Turns out, most of it is exhaled.<p>In a new study, scientists explain the fate of fat in a human body, and …

Pablo Escobar’s Favorite Hitman Is on Facebook and Spilling Dirt

Popeye Vásquez admitted to killing about 300 people as a righthand man to Pablo Escobar. Now he’s out of prison, on Facebook and Univisión, and …

Solar Panel Windows : solar cell technology

Windows don’t typically do a whole lot more than let natural light in and a person’s gaze out, but what if solar cell technology had the potential to …

Marijuana News and Information

NCIA Lobby Days Coincide with More Support for Marijuana Justice Act<p>Senator Jeff Merkley announced his co-sponsorship of the Marijuana Justice Act …

Cannabis

Genetic testing is taking medicine to an all new extreme

Preventing disease is a standard goal of medicine.<p>But a new technology takes it farther than we normally do by preventing a potential person with a genetic disease from being born at all, George Annas, a bioethicist and health lawyer at Boston University and author of "Genomic Messages," tells …

The Truth About Synthetic Marijuana Known as Spice

The media frenzy over flakka – a drug so mind-bending it led a Florida man to impale himself climbing a fence at the Fort Lauderdale Police Station – …

Cannabis

The researchers behind 'the biggest biotech discovery of the century' found it by accident

Doudna tells Business Insider that they were studying the system that bacteria use to defend themselves against viruses, something that might be considered basic research, science pursued just for the sake of greater understanding.<p>Their project was a curiosity-driven initiative to understand a …

Boeing just patented a jet engine powered by lasers and nuclear explosions

With airplane makers constantly on the lookout for new and more efficient ways to power their products, this laser engine is the latest idea cooked up by the engineers at Boeing.<p>Modern airliners such as the Boeing Dreamliner are powered by multiple turbofan engines. These engines deploy a series of …

The Senate's experiment with cannabis

Hardliners on Judiciary open up to research on medical pot<p>Obamacare. Gay weddings. Now pot?<p>As progressives celebrate a couple of big wins in Washington – the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act and legalizing same-sex marriage – another issue has remained firmly stuck at the national …

Cannabis

This $200 DIY WiFi router will make it far easier for whistleblowers (and criminals) to hide online

Devices connecting to the internet have a unique IP address. It's what identifies them to others — but can also be used to track down the device. It's in part why elaborate obfuscation tools like proxies, the Tor network, and VPNs exist, to obscure the user's true IP and location. But down to both …

After Cuba: The Only 3 Countries That Have No Relations With the U.S.

Why is one of them Bhutan?<p>On Wednesday, the United States and Cuba announced that they would reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, thus restoring diplomatic relations for the first time since 1961. The agreement doesn’t mean that Washington-Havana ties will go back to where they were before …

Researchers Use Femtosecond Lasers To Display Touchable Images In The Air

A Japanese company called Aerial Burton has been using lasers to ionize air molecules in midair for a few years now, thereby creating bright pixels that float in space. Using the original system, however, you were essentially creating floating plasma which could burn you if you touched it. Now, …

A battle of the sexes is waged in the genes

Sequencing data point to longstanding conflict between the chromosomes that determine sex.<p>New DNA sequencing data reinforce the notion that the X and …

NASA will soon figure out what these weird, white spots are on dwarf planet Ceres

The new image resolves Ceres' strange spots, which are found inside a crater about 55 miles (90 kilometers) wide, into a cluster comprised of several patches, some of which were not visible in previous photos. But it doesn't solve the mystery of the spots' origin and composition.<p>"At least eight …