What if we could get our gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel from yeast instead of from oil wells? That's not as crazy as it sounds. In fact, it's already happening on a small scale. And there's a vigorous
Babies "babble" grammatically, according to new research. It just shows that young children can be excellent grammarians, says Sara Wernham. For the uninitiated, the word ‘grammarian’ conjures up a picture
At night, in the ocean, they look like little Broadway billboards with dazzling trills of rainbow colored light. They have eight little runways on their bodies for light display. What are they? They're
In this case, you get a newly observed kind of pulsating star. It sure would be interesting to watch two stars run into each other — from a safe distance, of course. One can imagine there would be quite
It's an experimental "x-ray vision" device that's designed with everyday users in mind. Ever wished for X-ray vision? In the future, you could get something like it from a handheld device. Engineers at
The Fermi space telescope has updated its catalogue of the Universe's most violent neighbourhoods. Fermi catches gamma rays, the most energetic light, spewing from nature's most extreme physical processes.
Should companies be able to patent the genes that cause breast cancer? Anjana Ahuja looks at the issues First, the shares shot up to $36. Then they dropped to $32. The fluctuating stock price of Myriad
Jony Ive explained in the video that introduced iOS 7 at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference that the new design was both familiar to existing users and yet a totally new experience of the iPhone.
To anyone that's ever broken a bone, the negatives of traditional plaster casts are familiar: they're cumbersome, heavy, and can get rather smelly. Victoria University of Wellington graduate Jake Evill
Astronomers from the European Space Observatory have confirmed that there are three potentially habitable worlds around the red dwarf Gliese 667C. Scientists at the European Southern Observatory announced
India doesn’t seem to worry that the surveillance scandal recently rocking the US might perturb its own citizens. The country is going ahead with an ambitious program that will let it monitor any one its
233 degrees Fahrenheit: the temperature at which NASA sterilized the Viking landers before they went to Mars (turns out that was probably unnecessary—if Earth microorganisms could survive on Mars, they're
Lawmakers continue to wrangle over a bill that would overhaul the nation's immigration system. One provision in this bill would allow companies to import a lot more skilled workers. The tech industry lobbied