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Scientists Stored These Images in DNA—Then Flawlessly Retrieved Them

Who needs memory cards when you have DNA? A team of scientists has been able to store images within the life-defining molecules then retrieve them …

10 best Android learning apps

Using your smartphone or tablet to learn from just makes sense. It’s a device that is almost always with you which means you can take your learning everywhere and there are a metric ton of resources to teach you what you need to know. Some learning apps are better than others but they all achieve …

Apps

Can virtual reality make you a better person?

Can virtual reality make us more empathetic? Tiffanie Wen visited a special lab in California to find out for herself, and was surprised at what happened.<p>"This is already so real, I don’t know if I even want to do this anymore," I say out loud.<p>I’m standing in the middle of a carpeted, multi-sensory …

Now We Know How This Giant, Earth-Bound Asteroid Is Held Together, We Can Learn How to Destroy It

An asteroid pointed toward Earth set to arrive in the year 2880 AD may not destroy all life as we know it after all, now that scientists know what’s …

One of science's most baffling questions? Why we yawn

Yawning has puzzled scientists for more than two millennia. But could a new theory settle the question once and for all? David Robson investigates.<p>Mid-conversation with Robert Provine, I have a compelling urge, rising from deep inside my body. The more I try to quash it, the more it seems to …

Your fear of crime might keep you safe

A new study challenges the idea that it’s unhealthy to be afraid of crime. Researchers say a little fear may help keep you safe.<p>Young people who are …

Rosetta spacecraft makes historic rendezvous with rubber-duck comet 67P/CG

A European spacecraft has become the first in history to rendezvous with a comet after a seven-minute burn of the probe’s thrusters brought it within 100km (62 miles) of the hurtling lump of dust and ice.<p>The European Space Agency’s billion-euro Rosetta spacecraft caught up with comet …

With Men's Y Chromosome, Size Really May Not Matter

Basic biology has it that girls are girls because they have two X chromosomes — the things inside cells that carry our genes. Boys are boys because they have one X and one Y. Recently, though, there's been a lot of debate in scientific circles about the fate of that Y chromosome — the genetic basis …

Could We Ever Build an Artificial World?

In our cosmic megastructures series, PM explores some of the key engineering and design challenges in constructing gigantic structures for use by humankind in space. Today: the Death Star and replica planets.<p><b>Name:</b> Artificial world<p><b>Selected Science Fiction Portrayals:</b> The two Death Stars from the <i>Star</i> …

In Largest-Ever Outbreak, Ebola Spreads To Nigeria

The deadly disease has spread to at least three major West African urban centers. The World Health Organization reports at least 660 have died from the disease since February.<p>Nigeria's national health minister confirmed that a Liberian man who died in a Nigerian megacity on Friday tested positive …

The future of warfare: Why we should all be very afraid

Imagine an army of robots with the power to decide whom and when to kill. Brace yourself, because it’s happening<p>Rory Tolan<p>July 20, 2014 2:00pm (UTC)<p>It is said that in 16th-century Prague, a giant made of clay stalked the slums from moonrise till sunbreak. He kept a vigil, this earthen colossus, and …

Could Giant Viruses Be the Origin of Life on Earth?

The ancestors of modern viruses may have laid the groundwork for cellular life as we know it.<p>Chantal Abergel and Jean-Michel Claverie were used to finding strange viruses.<p>The married virologists at Aix-Marseille University had made a career of it. But pithovirus, which they discovered in 2013 in a …

Climate change: Could we engineer greener humans?

In the far future, might we consider changing human biology to avoid the worst effects of climate change? Frank Swain explores an intriguing thought experiment.<p>Climate change is one of the biggest threats facing humankind, and as the stakes are raised, many are proposing ambitious solutions – from …

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How To Engineer Humans To Save The Planet

How about giving people patches that would make them allergic to meat?<p>Just in case you were looking for some ideas for your next dystopian novel… in a new feature, the BBC reports on ideas for combating anthropogenic climate change by engineering humans to use less resources.<p>How about giving people …

NASA's new telescopes could spot alien life within 20 years

Convinced that there's got to be life on other planets? You're not alone in the universe -- in fact, many NASA scientists agree with you. And a panel convened recently by the space agency (see the video below) believes that finding it could happen soon, too -- perhaps "in twenty years" -- thanks to …

U.S. Cargo Ship Arrives And Grapples With The International Space Station

What is NOT Random?

Why do we have blood types?

More than a century after their discovery, we still don’t know what blood groups like O, A and B are for. Do they really matter? Carl Zimmer investigates.<p>When my parents informed me that my blood type was A+, I felt a strange sense of pride. If A+ was the top grade in school, then surely A+ was …

Medical Research

Are we about to see the rise of robot bosses?

Imagine your boss was a machine. For some people it’s almost a reality, says Jane Palmer, so will we all end up working for robots and algorithms?<p>In 1910, a strike broke out at the Watertown Arsenal near Boston, when a manager with a stopwatch stood behind a worker, timing the craftsman’s …

The Workplace

Dead parrot: Spix’s macaw, the world’s rarest bird

Name: Spix’s macaw<br>Species: <i>Cyanopsitta spixii</i><br>Dates: ?-1819<br>Claim to fame: The first ever Spix’s macaw, the world’s rarest bird<br>Where now: Bavarian State Collection of Zoology<b>, Munich, Germany</b><p>Last week, I started a petition to FIFA to save the three-banded armadillo, a threatened Brazilian endemic that …

Lie Like A Lady: The Profoundly Weird, Gender-Specific Roots Of The Turing Test

By now, you may have heard that the Turing Test, that hallowed old test of machine intelligence proposed by pioneering mathematician Alan Turing in 1950, has been passed. In a contest held this past weekend, a chatbot posing as a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy fooled a third of its human judges into …