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Russian Photographer Takes Stunning Portraits With REAL Animals

What you’re about to see is not Photoshop – Moscow-based Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova created these stunning images with the help of real …

DNA storage: The code that could save civilisation

Two scientists think we can safeguard the world's knowledge against an apocalypse if we store it in DNA. How far-fetched is the idea? Ed Yong meets them to find out.<p>Neither Ewan Birney nor Nick Goldman can remember exactly how they came up with the idea of storing all the world’s knowledge in DNA. …

Power plants to boost our crops

To feed our growing population, we must produce more food in the next 40 years than we’ve done since the dawn of agriculture. Hack into plants to make photosynthesis more efficient.<p>If you have missed my previous two columns, I’m currently looking at the radical technologies or events that have the …

The internet's new secret social codes

A form of covert messaging is rapidly gaining influence online – hiding meanings in plain sight using references only sender and recipient can understand.<p>According to Herodotus, the Ancient Greek tyrant Histiaeus once used an innovative method to send a secret message: he shaved the head of his …