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Put Down Oil Drill, Pick Up The Test Tube: Making Fuel From Yeast

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 research effort to ramp this up on a massive scale.<p>One of the more innovative approaches uses …

Why grammar really is child’s play

Babies "babble" grammatically, according to new research. It just shows that young children can be excellent grammarians, says Sara Wernham.<p>For the uninitiated, the word ‘grammarian’ conjures up a picture of an elitist scholar or geeky pedant who is overly involved with the minutiae of language. …

Three-person IVF: UK government backs mitochondrial transfer

The government is to push ahead with plans that would allow doctors to prevent major childhood diseases by creating IVF babies that have genetic …

‘Twisted’ light could give bandwidth an upgrade - Futurity

BOSTON U. (US) — A new fiber optic technology has the potential to dramatically boost …

Bandwidth

Zebrafish muscles expose key issue of CMT disease - Futurity

U. SHEFFIELD (UK) — Zebrafish—an animal capable of mending its own heart—could hold the key …

Disease

Zapping salt out of seawater

Chemists are hopeful their new energy-efficient method to desalinate water can be scaled up for personal or even municipal uses<p>The method, which …

Desalination

Two-Headed Turtle Born at San Antonio Zoo

A two-headed turtle recently hatched at the San Antonio Zoo. The zoo says bicephaly occurs most commonly with snakes and turtles. The bicephalic …

Stroke, Stroke, Stroke — The Atlantic Ocean's Dazzling Oarsmen

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?<p>They're called comb jellies. They're not jellyfish. They don't pulse like jellies. They seem to hang. You …

The Latest Research On Alzheimer's

The largest gains in treatment of the disease have been made in the psycho-social realm — preparing the patient and the caregiver for what to expect. Dr. Jason Karlawish of the University of Pennsylvania tells guest host Lynn Neary what else researchers are learning.<p>Transcript<p>LYNN NEARY, HOST:<p>Dr. …

Dementia

What Happens When Stars Collide?

In this case, you get a newly observed kind of pulsating star.<p>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 the titanic battle going on between their competing gravitational forces, throwing off gas and …

Human behaviour: is it all in the brain – or the mind?

You've seen the headlines: This is your brain on love. Or God. Or envy. Or happiness. And they're reliably accompanied by pictures of colour-drenched …

Cheap Handheld Device Lets You See Through Walls

It's an experimental "x-ray vision" device that's designed with everyday users in mind.<p>Ever wished for X-ray vision? In the future, you could get something like it from a handheld device.<p>Engineers at MIT have made a prototype of a portable device that users can point at walls to get data on …

Northern lights over Montana

Northern Lights from top of Beartooth Pass, Montana, by EarthSky Facebook friend Kevin Harrell<p>Eleanor Imster has helped write and edit EarthSky since …

Astronomy

Fermi telescope: 'Violent cosmos' map gets more extreme

<b>The Fermi space telescope has updated its catalogue of the Universe's most violent neighbourhoods.</b><p>Fermi catches gamma rays, the most energetic light, spewing from nature's most extreme physical processes.<p>The new catalogue, posted on the Arxiv server, lists the sources of the highest-energy gamma …

Astrophysics

Genome of 700,000-year-old horse sequenced - Futurity

U. SOUTHAMPTON (UK) — Scientists have set a new world record, sequencing the oldest genome …

Genetics

Most sustainable office building in the world

In Munich, a newly erected office building – called the NuOffice – has been awarded an internationally recognized green design certification in …

Green Living

Protein helps colon cancer move and invade - Futurity

PENN STATE (US) — Understanding how a specific protein encourages colon cancer to spread may …

Cancer

The firms putting a copyright on cancer

Should companies be able to patent the genes that cause breast cancer? Anjana Ahuja looks at the issues<p>First, the shares shot up to $36. Then they dropped to $32. The fluctuating stock price of Myriad Genetics, the American company whose monopoly on genetic testing for breast cancer was partly …

Angelina Jolie

Watch the Season Premiere of ‘Dexter’ Online for Free

Watch the Season Premiere of 'Dexter' Online for Free<p>Tonight marks the beginning of the end for “Dexter,” Showtime’s still popular serial killer …

TV

What’s in a ‘G’? Why terms like 5G and LTE-Advanced are important

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / dslaven<p>I’ve used a lot of digital column inches railing against the mobile industry and tech media’s …

iOS 7 Is Designed To Be Easy To Understand But Hard To Copy

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. There has been criticism of both the familiarity (nothing really new here) and the ad hoc nature …

NSA Spied on European Union Offices

America's NSA intelligence service allegedly targeted the European Union with its spying activities. According to SPIEGEL information, the US placed …

3D-printed 'Cortex' cast concept puts a modern spin on bone fracture treatment

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 is looking to change all that with his Cortex cast. A mere concept for now, Evill says the cast — …

Scientists Confirm Three Potentially Habitable Planets Around A Nearby Star

<i>Astronomers from the European Space Observatory have confirmed that there are three potentially habitable worlds around the red dwarf Gliese 667C.</i><p>Scientists at the European Southern Observatory announced today that they’ve confirmed the existence of three planets existing in the habitable zone of …

India’s new surveillance network will make the NSA green with envy

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 of its 900 million telecom subscribers and 120 million internet users.<p>The Centralised Monitoring …

Surveillance

The Week In Numbers: The Most Expensive Experiment Ever, 700,000-Year-Old DNA, And More

<b>233 degrees Fahrenheit</b>: 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 probably already living there…)<p><b>€13 billion to €16 billion</b>: the cost of the International …

Some Tech Companies Find Ways Not To Hire Americans

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 has lobbied hard for this, despite fears among some American workers about the extra …

A Huge Cross to Bear – Man Spends 26 Years Traveling the World with a Giant Crucifix on His Shoulder

I think it’s amazing how dedicated some people can be towards a cause they believe in. Like 60-year-old Lindsay Hamon, who has spent the past 26 …

Sri Lanka

Stanford Student Solves Three Rubik’s Cubes while Juggling Them

Ravi Fernando, a student at Stanford University and a member of the World Cube Association has mad Rubik’s cube solving skills. In a recent video, he …

Mathematics

Would You Pay $91,500 for a Crocodile Skin T-Shirt?

French luxury goods manufacturer Hermes has recently made headlines after it’s been discovered that its flagship store on Madison Avenue is selling a …

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