Ruth Ann Agir

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Why Would A Fish Make Its Own Sunscreen?

Creatures that venture out into the daylight can be damaged by the sun's ultraviolet rays. Humans produce melanin, a dark pigment, to help protect our skin. And now many of us slather on sunscreen, too.<p>Bacteria, algae and fungi make their own chemicals that sop up UV rays. And there's one called …

Biology

My dad asked me to eat McDonald's for 10 days. This is what happened

Genetics student Tom Spector explains why his father asked him to eat junk food for every meal - and what the effects were on his body<p>The idea was hatched on a family holiday in Brazil, two Christmases ago. My father was researching microbes in the gut, which make up as much as three pounds of our …

McDonald's

Cholera Bacteria Kill Each Other With Spears To Steal DNA

The Highlander film series is about a race of immortal warriors who try to behead each other with swords, so they can steal the powers of their fallen rivals.<p>This is basically the same story but instead of badly accented Scotsmen with katanas, we have diarrhoea-causing bacteria with syringes. And …

Biology

Nine people choke to death eating mochi rice cakes in Japan

Japan’s habitual New Year killer has struck again, after nine people were reported to have died in recent days from choking on rice cakes.<p>Mochi – glutinous cakes of pounded rice – are traditionally eaten in vast quantities over the holidays, usually in soup, or toasted and served with sweet soy …

Japan

Scientists discover one of the most Earth-like planets yet

Can Gliese 832c support life, or is it just a super-Venus?<p><i>Sci News</i> is reporting that astronomers at the University of New South Wales have discovered an Earthlike planet just 16 light-years away. The planet, dubbed Gliese 832c, is orbiting a red dwarf star half the mass and radius of our own sun. …

Sonar sticks use ultrasound to guide blind people

<b>STORY HIGHLIGHTS</b><p>New low-cost smart technology to provide independent mobility for the blind<br>• The SmartCane uses ultrasound to detect obstacles in the path of users<br>• It can detect obstacles above knee height, which are hard to detect with standard canes<p><i>Vital Signs is a monthly program bringing viewers</i> …

Food presented artistically really does taste better

Salad that looks like a Kandinsky tastes better than the same salad arranged geometrically – and diners will stump up more<p>The old adage that we eat with our eyes appears to be correct, according to research that suggests diners rate an artistically arranged meal as more tasty – and are prepared to …

'Vampire' burial in Poland keeps alive the myth that will not die - CNN.com

No top teeth and with a stake through the leg, the skeleton exhumed in Kamien Pomorski<p><i>25 years since Poland's first partly free elections, CNN's On the Road series visits the country looking at how it has been transformed since the fall of communism while taking a deeper look at its customs and</i> …

The Blind Woman Who Sees Rain, But Not Her Daughter's Smile

Imagine a world that is completely black. You can't see a thing — unless something happens to move. You can see the rain falling from the sky, the steam coming from your coffee cup, a car passing by on the street.<p>This was the world that Milena Channing claimed to see, back in 2000, shortly after …

A Simple, Elegant Invention That Draws Water From Air

When Italian designer Arturo Vittori and Swiss architect Andreas Vogler first visited Ethiopia in 2012, they were shocked to see women and children forced to walk miles for water.<p>Only 34 percent of Ethiopians have access to a reliable water supply. Some travel up to six hours a day to fetch some …

World Science Festival 2014

While the younger generation may have had entertaining outlets like "The Magic School Bus" book series or "Bill Nye the Science Guy" to make science relevant and accessible, lucky New Yorkers of all ages—especially adults—have the World Science Festival. We wrote about the festival when it first …

Paul Rudd

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 makes the case for a bigger iPad

Microsoft has unveiled its latest tablet computer, the Surface Pro 3. The quick sell: It’s designed to replace both a tablet and laptop with one device—a relatively large tablet with a built-in stand, snap-on keyboard cover, and a fine-tipped stylus for drawing and writing.<p>In a brief test, the …

Surface Pro

Clever Stay-at-Home Dad Creates Playful Pancakes

This stay-at-home dad has figured out a way to make breakfast really fun, and sometimes educational at the same time. Illustrator and math teacher Nathan Shields works together with his two kids to create all kinds of fun designs with just some pancake batter and a hot pan. He has made everything …

Pancakes

Rare Mushroom Photos Reveal the Visual Diversity of Fungi

Who knew there are so many different kinds of mushrooms? Retiree Steve Axford, who lives and works in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales in Australia, uses his camera to capture the startling visual diversity of fungi and other living things. As his photographs reveal, there are far more …

Photography

The Mini Book of Major Events by Evan Lorenzen | Colossal

<p>Trying to compress the history of Earth into a single book is an especially daunting task, the difficulty is compounded when the book you’re writing …

Incredible Moleskine Art Tells Magnificent Stories

Not since Philippines-based illustrator Kerby Rosanes have I seen such amazing art created on a Moleskine. Using just pencil and pen, 20-year-old artist Gabriel Picolo creates magnificent drawings that tell intriguing stories. His works pull you in, making you not only pay attention to the level of …

Drawing

The Far Sight House in Singapore by Wallflower Architecture + Design

The architecture of an unusual house in Singapore.<p>The team of Wallflower Architecture + Design was responsible for this unusual and remarkable house …

Has The End Of The Banana Arrived?

Researchers fear that a relentless and virulent fungus could cripple the world's banana monoculture<p>Two weeks ago, at a conference in South Africa, scientists met to discuss how to contain a deadly banana disease outbreak in nearby Mozambique, Africa. At fault was a fungus that continues its march …

Forestry

Russia Makes Plans to Kill Space Station in 2020 Due to Sanctions

MOSCOW — Russia cast doubt on the long-term future of the International Space Station, a showcase of post-Cold War cooperation, as it retaliated on Tuesday against U.S. sanctions over Ukraine.<p>Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Moscow would reject a U.S. request to prolong the orbiting …

Russia

This Microchip Heart Has A Rare Genetic Disease

The heart was created, in part, using skin cells from people with Barth syndrome.<p>It doesn't look much like a heart, but it works—a little bit—like one. Researchers have created a microchip heart that has a rare genetic disease. Using the chip, the researchers were able to learn some basics about …

Medical Research

Chemists Expand Nature's Genetic Alphabet

For the first time, scientists have expanded life's genetic alphabet, by inserting two unnatural, man-made "letters" into a bacterium's DNA, and by showing that the cell's machinery can copy them.<p>The advance means that scientists have a new tool for exploring how life encodes information, which …

5.5-inch Quad HD display gets certified, possible LG G3 panel?

LG has just announced that their newest 5.5-inch Quad HD (QHD) AH-IPS LCD panel for smartphones has received certification from NEMKO. As a verified QHD display, running at 2560 x 1440 pixels, LG is now ready to mass produce the panel, which will be included in an upcoming flagship smartphone.<p>At …

Mobile Technology

Stunning Entryway of the Nishi Building Includes a Suspended Ceiling of 2,150 Reclaimed Boards from Old Homes and a Basketball Court | Colossal

<p>The team at Australian firm March Studio are currently finishing work on this amazing interior staircase for the Japanese-inspired Nishi building in …

Edible Crayon and Paint-Splattered Chocolate Bars by Unelefante | Colossal

<p>Chocolate maker Unelefante makes some pretty beautiful chocolate bars including one that looks like melted crayons and another inspired by the …

How to Make Anything Less Intimidating (Including Surveillance Cameras): Put a Cute Animal on It

There's nothing inviting about a surveillance camera. Closed-circuit cameras invariably raise the question of security at what cost, and while the …