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Researchers say it may be the shape of our brains, not the size, that makes us who we are

We all learned in science class that human’s have big ol’ brains, and that the size of our brains is responsible for all of the fancy things humans …

Evolution

New York City just declared war on the oil industry

The home of Wall Street announced on Wednesday that it will be divesting its massive pension fund from fossil fuels. That hits fossil fuel giants where it hurts<p>Over the years the capitol of the fight against climate change has been Kyoto, or Paris – that’s where the symbolic political agreements to …

HPC’s Ultra-Powerful Typhoon Pro Electric Mountain Bike Makes Landfall

The new bicycle is built to handle rugged trails and equipped with some serious hardware.<p>Back in July, we brought you news of the launch of the …

These Amazing Plants You Must Have In Your Home: They Protect Against Chemicals,Harmful Cigarette Smoke…

Air is one of the five elements that we cannot live without. This statement is most of the time taken for granted because people are part of the mass …

Key CRISPR gene editing methods might not work for most humans

At first glance, CRISPR gene editing looks like the solution to all the world's ills: it could treat or even cure diseases, improve birth rates and otherwise fix genetic conditions that previously seemed permanent. You might want to keep your expectations low, though. Scientists have published …

Scientists warn of 'mini ice age' that could hit Earth and freeze major rivers by 2030

The Earth is approaching a "mini ice age" as the planet's temperature is likely to start dropping in 2021, scientists claim.<p>Amid rising concerns over …

Alarming link between fungicides and bee declines revealed

Fungicides are found to be the strongest factor linked to steep bumblebee declines, surprising scientists and adding to the threats to vital pollinators<p>Common fungicides are the strongest factor linked to steep declines in bumblebees across the US, according to the first landscape-scale …

Chocolate is on track to go extinct in 40 years

Beyond the glittery glass-and-sandstone walls of the University of California's new biosciences building, rows of tiny green cacao seedlings in refrigerated greenhouses await judgment day.<p>Under the watchful eye of Myeong-Je Cho, the director of plant genomics at an institute that's working with …

UC Berkeley

12 Knots Everyone Should Master

<i>Last Updated December, 2017: We’ve updated the formatting on this post for clarity. Links have also been updated.</i><p>Our Go-To: Water Knot<p><b>Climbing</b> …

Fishing

The first dark sky reserve in the U.S. is a stargazer's paradise

Described as a "watershed moment in the history of American conservation," a 1,400-square-mile stretch of rugged and unspoiled wilderness in central …

DNA vaccine promises permanent, universal protection against the flu

A universal, one-dose flu vaccine has long been a holy grail for medical researchers. With the World Health Organization estimating over half a …

Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov on what happens when machines 'reach the level that is impossible for humans to compete'

LISBON, Portugal — Garry Kasparov knew as early as 1997 — 20 years ago — that humans were doomed, he says. It was in May of that year, in New York, that he lost a six-game chess match to IBM's Deep Blue, the most powerful chess computer of its day.<p>Today, it seems obvious Kasparov should have lost. …

Artificial Intelligence

Why You Can Be Dead Wrong but Still Believe You're Right, According to Science

Depressing research demonstrates just how irrational human beings are.<p>Have you ever had an argument with a friend, relative, or co-worker who remains certain of their position, even after you provide irrefutable proof that you're right and they're wrong? It's frustrating, but common. It turns out …

Plastic found in mussels from Arctic to China - enters human food

OSLO (Reuters) - Tiny bits of plastic are contaminating mussels from the European Arctic to China in a sign of the global spread of ocean pollution that can end up on people's dinner plates.<p>Mussels in apparently pristine Arctic waters had most plastic of any tested along the Norwegian coast, …

Losing the wilderness: a tenth has gone since 1992 – and gone for good

A new study warns if the degradation rate continues, all wilderness areas will be at risk over the next 50 years<p>The world’s last great wildernesses are shrinking at an alarming rate. In the past two decades,10% of the earth’s wilderness has been lost due to human pressure, a mapping study by the …

Everything You Need to Know About Crispr Gene Editing

In the last five years, biology has undergone a seismic shift as researchers around the globe have embraced a revolutionary technology called gene …

Genetics

Unconscious Patient With 'Do Not Resuscitate' Tattoo Causes Ethical Conundrum at Hospital

When an unresponsive patient arrived at a Florida hospital ER, the medical staff was taken aback upon discovering the words “DO NOT RESUSCITATE” …

What Pot Really Does to the Teen Brain

American parents have been warning teenagers about the dangers of marijuana for about 100 years. Teenagers have been ignoring them for just as long. …

Dementia: Unprecedented detail of brain damage revealed

Using extremely powerful cutting-edge technology, a new study shows in great detail how dementia with Lewy bodies affects synapses, the important …

What You Need to Know About Biomes

Everything you need to know about the world's biomes<p>If you want to learn about Ecology, the first thing you need to understand is how all of living …

Review: Leatt DBX 3.0 Enduro Helmet

This convertible helmet doesn't feel like one. That's a good thing.<p>There are no rules in removable chin bar helmet design. It's the wild west out …

The Endocannabinoid System: A Beginner’s Guide – Leaf Science

Learn more about the endocannabinoid system and how it affects your health.<p>The endocannabinoid system is a biological system which plays many …

Cannabis

Scientists unveil structure of protein critical for gene expression

The technique of cryo-electron microscopy - for which MRC scientist Dr Richard Henderson won a Nobel Prize earlier this month - has now been used to …

Gene Expression

Gene editing about to get a lot more powerful

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are altering a powerful gene-editing technology in hopes of one day fighting diseases without making permanent changes to people's DNA.<p>The trick: Edit RNA instead, the messenger that carries a gene's instructions.<p>"If you edit RNA, you can have a reversible therapy," …

Genetics

The Largest Ever Tropical Reforestation Is Planting 73 Million Trees

The project in the Brazilian Amazon is using a new technique for planting trees that results in more, stronger plants–and hopes to cover 70,000 acres in new forests.<p>There are more habitable planets in our galaxy than humans living on planet Earth. But the nearest one is about 70 trillion miles …

Evolution experiment has now followed 68,000 generations of bacteria | Ars Technica

It’s basically a time machine. For bacteria.<p>On February 24, 1988, Richard Lenski seeded 12 flasks with <i>E. coli</i> and set them up to shake overnight at …

Biology

10 Steps of Glycolysis

Glycolysis literally means "splitting sugars" and is the process of releasing energy within sugars. In glycolysis, glucose (a six carbon sugar) is …

Link between Adolescent Pot Smoking and Psychosis Strengthens

Society’s embrace of cannabis to treat nausea, pain and other conditions proceeds apace with the drive to legalize the plant for recreational use. …

Cannabis

The race to save coffee

Centroamericano, a new variety of coffee plant, hasn’t sparked the buzz of, say, Starbucks’s latest novelty latte. But it may be the coolest thing in …

Coffee