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CRISPR causes significantly greater DNA damage than previously thought, study finds

From the earliest days of the CRISPR-Cas9 era, scientists have known that the first step in how it edits genomes — snipping DNA — creates an unholy …

Scientists are dusting off a long-forgotten weapon to cope with modern bacteria

By Marlene Cimons<p>In 1915, British scientist Frederick Twort saw something weird happening to the bacteria that had invaded his viral cultures: They were disappearing, a sign they had been destroyed. Two years later, French-Canadian microbiologist Félix d’ Hérelle observed the same phenomenon in his …

Biology

Scientists Modify Viruses with CRISPR to Kill Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

by Karla Lant June 24, 2017 Hard Science 25156<p>CRISPR-Powered Viruses<p>Earlier this month, the annual CRISPR 2017 conference was held at Montana State …

CRISPR

Top 10 cool campsites in England and the Isle of Wight

Looking for somewhere different to camp in the UK this summer? Here are ten of our favourite pitches in England and the Isle of Wight, taken from the …

Researchers Have Traced The Genes For Antibiotic Resistance Back to Their Source

"We find the smoking gun."<p>In what could be compared to finding patient zero in an outbreak, researchers have traced genes for antibiotic resistance …

Scientists Watch DNA Copy And Paste Itself For The First Time

Scientists have watched DNA being copied up-close for the first time, and they say their new window into the replication of genetic material shows it …

Universal Wins Bidding War for Heartbreaking NYT Column 'You May Want to Marry My Husband'

Paramount, Sony, Studio8 lost out on rights to late Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s essay helping husband find love again<p>Universal Pictures has won a …

Jordan Peele

Neuroscience shows that our gut instincts about only children are right

Conventional wisdom has it that only children are smarter and less sociable. Parents, freed from the shackles of constantly settling sibling disputes, devote more time and money to the singleton, exposing them to a greater variety of higher-level activities (there’s a term for what happens when you …

10 of the best wild camping sites in Scotland

Scotland offers idyllic wild camping, with spaces beside some of the UK’s loveliest beaches, lochs and mountains. We pick 10 of the best from Wild Guide Scotland<p>Scotland is famous for its scenic wild places and uplifting sense of remoteness. With the exception of the recent bylaws banning wild …

Scotland

Why Is Diet Soda So Bad For Your Brain?

You may have heard about results from a pair of studies that hit earlier this month about the effects of sugary and diet drinks on the brain. Part of the results aren’t surprising—the effects of sugary drinks are well studied and the findings are fairly consistent: drinking too much of anything …

Diet Soda

Wax Worms Chew Right Through Plastic Bags

They're little larva with a secret superpower.<p>Science is riddled with lucky accidents and accidental discoveries. The most recent: A scientist and an …

Hello Tatooine! An unpowered device can harvest water vapor in a desert

Take an unusual material, add sunshine, collect water.<p>Luke Skywalker may have been unimpressed with the life of a Tatooine moisture farmer, but a …

Spotted hyenas rarely die from disease—scientists set out to discover why

Most immunology research is done using inbred mice that spend their entire life in a relatively clean and stable environment. Studying immunology …

Why Biomedical Companies Are Bleeding Horseshoe Crabs to the Brink of Extinction

Can this creature that's been around since the dinosaurs be saved?<p>Meghan Owings plucks a horseshoe crab out of a tank and bends its helmet-shaped shell in half to reveal a soft white membrane. Owings inserts a needle and draws a bit of blood. "See how blue it is," she says, holding the syringe up …

A real-life company is implanting microchips in employees

After a semi-painless injection between the thumb and index finger, a microchip is implanted in another employee. A cyborg is now created, and this human/machine mashup runs off to buy a smoothie using his or her new sub-dermal implant.<p>If that sounds futuristic, it’s because we’re conditioned to …

Singularity

BPA may nudge breast cancer cells to grow

The chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, appears to aid the survival of inflammatory breast cancer cells, according to research that reveals a potential …

Gallery: The most beautiful bacteria you’ll ever see

Synthetic biologist Tal Danino manipulates microorganisms in his lab to create eye-catching, colorful patterns. Here’s a look at the process he uses …

Unlocking the healing secrets of Komodo dragon blood

Downing a vial of Komodo dragon blood to fight a bacterial infection might sound like something prescribed by a meister on <i>Game of Thrones</i>, but new …

New method helps researchers piece together the puzzle of antibiotic resistance

Researchers from The University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) have developed a faster and more accurate method for …

Keyboard Shortcuts Resource List for Your Online Tools

In addition, there are a few regular shortcuts that can make browsing Facebook even faster.<p>j/k = scroll up/down between News Feed stories<p>l = like or unlike a story<p>c = comment on a story<p>s = share a story<p>p = post a new status update<p>/ = search<p>Typing a question mark will open the full list of Facebook …

10 Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches

10 abs exercises for women that are so much better than crunches.<p>If you still think that doing crunches will score you amazing abs, you're in for a rude awakening. Flattening your belly requires multi-muscle exercises that target all the regions of your core—upper and lower abs, obliques, …

Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

Get a tight stomach in just six weeks without doing a single crunch. This may be the easiest workout we've ever printed<p>Get ready to whip off your cover-up: This workout, created exclusively for <i>Women's Health</i> by Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., owner of Results Fitness in Newhall, California, combines …

Pasta Bake Sausage & Chorizo How to Make recipe

5 Ways to Use a Stability Ball

Get ready to have a ball.<p>This morning, host Natalie Morales and a few hundred of her closest friends set the world record for the largest fitness ball class. With instruction from trainer Michelle Bridges—she's the Jillian Michaels of Australia's <i>The Biggest Loser</i> and author of the book <i>Total Body</i> …

5 Creative Ways to Cook With Eggs

There are things you can do with eggs other than fill a breakfast sandwich or whisk 'em into an omelet. Like these 5 dishes.<p><b>The humble egg isn't just a foodstuff—it's an icon in a shell.</b> A golden yolk, poached and broken over a plate of greens or just-made toast, is an instant comfort. And it's …

The Best Workout for a Toned, Tight Butt

Trust us on this: This is a workout you should seriously get behind<p>Blast unwanted fat and create a knockout butt with this two-phase program from Perkins. First, the "Wake 'Em Up" body-weight exercises are designed to light up your central nervous system and get your glutes primed and ready. …

Get Fit and Sexy—Fast!

You're going to love trainer Anna Kaiser's high-intensity body-sculpting moves.<p>This fast-paced circuit blends heart-pumping cardio with total-body strength and dynamic flexibility for a killer head-to-toe workout. "They're not only fun moves," says Kaiser, who appeared as a backup dancer in …

Lemon-Vanilla Pound Cake

For a tantalizing tea-time treat, try this heavenly lemon pound cake.<p><b>Ingredients:</b><p>1/4 cup(s) unsalted butter, melted1 cup(s) milk1/2 cup(s) unsalted butter, cut up2 cup(s) all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon(s) salt4 large eggs, at room temperature2 1/4 cup(s) sugar1 tablespoon(s) vanilla extract1/2 …

The Total-Body Workout You HAVE To Try

Meet the cure-all for that annoying gym plateau<p>The secret to busting out of a fitness rut is doing something totally out of your comfort zone. You need a workout that’ll surprise your muscles and keep you engaged the <i>whole</i> time. The fix: an intense series of supersets and fat-burning cardio …