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How GMOs can save civilization (and probably already have)

<i>A Guest Post</i> By Dr. Michael Eisen, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley<p><b>A Long History of Genetic Modification</b><p>Humans first …

Genetics

Melioidosis is a deadly infection, but you’ve probably never heard of it

Every morning, Prasart Songsorn used to wake before dawn to head out to the fields before the tropical sun and oppressive humidity made it impossible to work. Prasart, who spent all his 56 years on his family’s small rice farm in north-eastern Thailand, worked barefoot in the warm mud. Boots …

Public Health

A Biohacker Regrets Publicly Injecting Himself With CRISPR

“There’s no doubt in my mind that somebody is going to end up hurt eventually.”<p>When Josiah Zayner watched a biotech CEO drop his pants at a biohacking conference and inject himself with an untested herpes treatment, he realized things had gone off the rails.<p>Zayner is no stranger to stunts in …

Genetic Engineering

New CRISPR tools can detect infections like HPV, dengue, and Zika

Meet SHERLOCK and DETECTR<p>Scientists are harnessing the same technology behind the powerful gene-editing tool CRISPR to develop cheap devices that can quickly diagnose infections. These systems, described in new research, have the potential to revolutionize how we detect and respond to viruses like …

He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He's Worried About An Information Apocalypse.

“What happens when anyone can make it appear as if anything has happened, regardless of whether or not it did?" technologist Aviv Ovadya warns.

The human brain sees the world as an 11-dimensional multiverse

New research suggests that the human brain is almost beyond comprehension because it doesn’t process the world in two dimensions or even three. No, …

What Things Should Every Physics Major Know?

Over the weekend, cosmologist and author Sean Carroll tweeted about what physics majors should know, namely that “the Standard Model is an SU(3)xSU(2)xU(1) gauge theory, and know informally what that means.” My immediate reaction to this was pretty much in line with Brian Skinner’s, namely that …

Physics

Juggling roots

<b>Juggling roots</b><p>As you change the coefficients of a polynomial, its roots move around. This is a surprisingly good source of fun for mathematicians of all ages.<p>This animation by <b>twocubes</b> shows the five roots of<p>x⁵ + tx³ + 1<p>moving around as the number t travels around a circle of radius 2 centered at the origin in the complex plane. See more here:<p>I think the contours lines are curves where the absolute value of this function is constant, with darker shades where it's smaller, and black where it's …

Hell—Nothing Less—And Without End: Six Days in Warsaw

<i>Miron Białoszewski |</i> A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising | <i>New York Review Books</i> <i>| translated from the Polish by Madeline G. Levine | October 2015 | 37</i> …

Five big mysteries about CRISPR’s origins

Francisco Mojica was not the first to see CRISPR, but he was probably the first to be smitten by it. He remembers the day in 1992 when he got his …

Genetics

Chef Special: Healthy Quinoa Pulao Recipe with a Delicious Twist

Celebrity Chef Harpal Singh who hosts one of India’s most popular TV shows <i>Turban Tadka –</i> the jolly chef loves dishing up a range of recipes using …

A Pasta So Rich and Creamy You'll Never Believe It's Vegan

This is one of my favorite pastas in the world—creamy farfalle pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and mushrooms. I’ve hosted millions (well, maybe not …

A radical revision of human genetics

Lurking in the genes of the average person are about 54 mutations that look as if they should sicken or even kill their bearer. But they don't. Sonia …

Genetics

CRISPR deployed to combat sickle-cell anaemia

A mutation in a single DNA letter causes a painful and debilitating disease known as sickle-cell anaemia. Researchers have wrestled with this illness …

Genetics

Discover the most veggie-friendly countries in Europe

What is the most vegetarian-friendly country in Europe? If this new map is to be believed, it’s Iceland.<p>Jakub Marian, a Czech mathematician and artist, originally set out to discover what percentage of the population are vegetarians, but faced with a lack of reliable data, he instead decided to …

Plant-Based Diet

Scientists hope to attract millions to 'DNA.LAND'

Geneticists have launched a project to test whether they can study millions of genomes — without collecting a drop of blood or tube of spit …

Macchiarini investigations outcome: the Karolinska Institutet

The second main investigation into lethal patient abuse by the thorax surgeon and regenerative medicine “pioneer” <b>Paolo Macchiarini</b> is now concluded …

Medicine

A Call From Outer Space, or a Cosmic Wrong Number?

It’s probably just a piece of cosmic spam, the astrophysical equivalent of butt dialing. But nobody really knows for sure.<p>The attention of the world’s astronomers has been riveted these last few days on a star in the constellation Hercules, wondering if the end of humanity’s cosmic loneliness was …

A Special Issue

by Elio <br>I have long enjoyed the journal <i>Nature Microbiology</i>, but the August 2016 issue surpasses what I have read before. Practically every entry is …

Biology

In Albania — NATO member and U.S. ally — worries about the emergence of ISIS

By Joby Warrick<p>, Reporter<p>TIRANA, Albania — Ask Bujar Hysa about the charges that landed him in Tirana’s cramped No. 302 Prison, and he spits furious denials. “I never encouraged terrorism!” declared the Muslim cleric, convicted last month of recruiting young Albanians for the Islamic State.<p>But …

World-first approach to help design more accurate quantum computing architecture

07 JUN 2016<p>Australian quantum researchers have been able to identify the exact location of a single atom in a silicon crystal – an important …

Quantum Computing

Building a Soviet City: the Transformation of Königsberg

<i>In continuation of our alumni interview series, we talked with Title VIII-supported Research Scholar Nicole Eaton to hear her reflections on her</i> …

Cider-Glazed Carrot and Quinoa Salad

4 Servings<p>This dish is a perfect side for roast chicken; or crumble feta on top for a vegetarian lunch. Quinoa freezes well, so cook a big batch, let cool, and freeze in resealable plastic bags until ready to use.<p>March 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 cup quinoa, rinsed well in a fine-mesh sieve<p>Kosher salt<p>1/2 …

Food

Controversial dark-matter claim faces ultimate test

It is the elephant in the room for dark-matter research: a claimed detection that is hard to believe, impossible to confirm and surprisingly …

The nanolight revolution is coming

At Biopolis, a sprawling research complex in Singapore, Chi Ching Goh leans over an anaesthetized mouse lying on the table in front of her, and …

How did E. coli get named K-12?

<i>Juliet: "What's in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet."</i><br>– Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1 − 2)<br>by …

Evidence grows for giant planet on fringes of Solar System

A century after observatory founder Percival Lowell speculated that a ‘Planet X’ lurks at the fringes of the Solar System, astronomers say that they …

Feuding physicists turn to philosophy for help

Is string theory science? Physicists and cosmologists have been debating the question for the past decade. Now the community is looking to philosophy …

Physics

When Science Reporting Goes Wrong –It’s not always the journalist’s or the scientist’s fault.

It would appear that my brain these days only let’s me focus on small tasks such as writing blog posts, commenting on facebook and getting irritated. …

Back from the ISS – A Snippet

<i>Strange is this little animal, because of its exceptional and strange morphology and because it closely resembles a bear en miniature. That is the</i> …

Biology