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Confession of liberal, organic food consumer-scientist: ‘I support GMOs’

Brain Organoids

As Madeline Lancaster lifts a clear plastic dish into the light, roughly a dozen clumps of tissue the size of small baroque pearls bob in a …

Single view | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Official Documents<p>37 C/4 Medium-Term Strategy 2014-2021<br>• 37 C/5 Approved programme and budget 2014-2017<p>Resources<p>UNESCO Science for Peace and …

Gibbon genome sequence deepens understanding of primates rapid chromosomal rearrangements

With the completion of the sequencing and analysis of the gibbon genome, scientists now know more about why this small ape has a rapid rate of …

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Environment

Male and female brains: the REAL differences

Unless you’ve been trapped in a lead-lined sensory-deprivation chamber this week, you’ve probably heard about the recent study that “confirms” the differences between the brains of men and women. Confirmed is in inverted commas because it’s very easy to “confirm” even the most surreal of notions …

RNA's Secret Life Outside the Cell

For decades, researchers have been finding DNA and its sister, RNA, circulating in the body, outside the safe interior of cells where these molecules …

Frederick Sanger, father of DNA sequencing, dead at 95

Frederick Sanger, who won two Nobel Prizes for his work on DNA and protein sequencing, died yesterday, according to a spokesperson at the Laboratory …

How the Brain Creates Personality: A New Theory

Are you a mover, a perceiver, a stimulator, or an adapter? Modes of thinking can be understood in terms of how the top and bottom—rather than right and left—parts of the brain interact.<p>It is possible to examine any object—including a brain—at different levels. Take the example of a building. If we …

Our Big Beautiful Planet: Breathtaking Views of ‘Earth From Space’ (Photos)

A new book collects satellite images of places around the earth, giving a breathtaking look at the extraordinary planet on which we live our ordinary …

Red Sky at Night: The Science of Sunsets

A meteorologist explains why the sky is sometimes so colorful.<p><b>On a recent autumn night here in Washington, D.C., the sun seemed to personify a Dylan Thomas poem: Do not go gentle into that good night ... Rage, rage against the dying of the light. The scarlet skies inspired many viewers to grab</b> …

Heavy atoms help give black hole jets their power

Jets of a black hole known as 4U1630-47 contains heavy particles, such as iron and nickel. It helps explain why black hole jets pack such a …

Blue aurora, star trails, in Unity, Maine

Awesome auroral display back in July, when the familiar green, magenta and purple colors changed to blue as they spiked.<p>Mike Taylor in Unity, Maine …

Astronomy

Can Organisms Evolve The Ability To Evolve?

A new study finds that natural selection selected for flexibility in one bacteria species.<p>Can things evolve to evolve? Okay, so that sounds like a cheesy line from a self-help book, but what I'm talking about here is actual biological evolution. Depending on the situation, evolution is obviously …

Biology

Stonehenge: Origin of Stones Discovered

Geologists in Wales have identified the source of stones used to build Stonehenge, they told local publication the Western Mail on Tuesday, Nov. 19. …

NASA launches probe to find out what happened to Martian oceans

The US space agency’s latest mission to Mars has blasted off, day one of a 10-month flight. f<p>The unmanned Atlas 5 rocket carries a probe which will study how the planet most like the Earth lost its water.<p>Scientists hope MAVEN or the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission will provide them …

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