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US grants patent for disgraced scientist's fraudulent cloning research

Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk is, to say the least, a controversial figure in the world of cloning research. He's produced hundreds of animals, including the first cloned puppy in 2005; more recently, he's worked on attempts to clone a preserved woolly mammoth. But one of his greatest achievements …

Launch a Balloon for Science

Have you got anything going on for April 18 - 21, 2014? If not, you might want to set aside that weekend for some quality balloon time.<p>The Global Space Balloon Challenge (GSBC) wants people from around the world to build and launch their own high altitude balloons. The goal is to launch balloons to …

Pilot a space rover on a mysterious planet with 'Extrasolar'

The search for alien life is a game<p>On August 6th, 2012, the world watched as NASA's Curiosity rover landed on the dusty red surface of Mars. Since then, we've followed the rover's movements closely as it investigates the Martian surface and regularly beams back photos for inspection by scientists …

How I Transformed Sewage Into Fresh Water [Video]

A little DIY distilling<p>Say the apocalypse happens tomorrow. The good news: You survive! No more credit card debt or miserable commutes. The bad news? Infrastructure has collapsed and there’s no clean drinking water. Most people can’t last a few days without it, so what we need is a reliable way to …

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Black holes should be redefined, says Stephen Hawking in new paper

Black holes don't actually exist in the way we traditionally think of them, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has proposed in a short but potentially revolutionary paper.<p>Classical theory holds that no energy or information can ever escape a black hole, but the principles of quantum physics suggest …

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Surprise! 20 Percent of Neanderthal Genome Lives On in Modern Humans, Scientists Find

Two new studies suggest that the contribution from Neanderthal DNA was vital.<p>When modern humans migrated out of Africa some 60,000 years ago, they found the Eurasian continent already inhabited by brawny, big-browed Neanderthals. We know that at least some encounters between the two kinds of human …

Simple way to make stem cells in half an hour hailed as major discovery

A radical and remarkably easy way to make cells that can grow into any tissue in the body has been developed by scientists in Japan.<p>The feat has been hailed as a major discovery by researchers familiar with the work, and if it can be repeated in human tissue, could lead to cheap and simple …

How A Simple New Invention Seals A Gunshot Wound In 15 Seconds

An Oregon startup has developed a pocket-size device that uses tiny sponges to stop bleeding fast.<p>When a soldier is shot on the battlefield, the emergency treatment can seem as brutal as the injury itself. A medic must pack gauze directly into the wound cavity, sometimes as deep as 5 inches into …

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Is your morning coffee too bitter? This might help

A series of simple tricks that exploit the power of chemistry including how to make your morning coffee taste better<p>Many of us have at some point been given a cup of coffee that is so bitter, it is almost undrinkable. Most reach for the sugar in an attempt to make the beverage a little more …

7 Totally Awesome (and Terrifying) Objects Under a Microscope

Source: The Atlantic<p>Whether in black and white or saturated with color and light, even the most commonplace of objects assume new, ornate features …

FDA approves swallowable 'PillCam' after almost a decade (video)

It's been about <i>nine years</i> since we last heard from from Given Imaging, but the FDA has finally granted a version of the firm's minuscule snapshooter its blessing. Not everyone has an easy time undergoing traditional colonoscopy procedures (due to drug allergies, for example), which is where the …

Top Discoveries Awaiting NASA's Next Big Telescope

Astronomers eagerly await the launch of the $8 billion James Webb Space Telescope.<p>It will see back in time farther than any space telescope ever has before—back to the first light following the big bang.<p><b>It will watch the first stars and galaxies form.</b><p><b>And it will hunt for distant habitable planets</b> …

Microsoft Adds Momentum to "Open Science"

"Open access" policies put research in the public domain.<p>Momentum continues to build behind the “open science movement,” propelling the debate over publication of scholarly works and the scientific process itself.<p>Last week, Microsoft Research announced it was adopting a policy that allows it to …

23andMe and Me: Why Policymakers Should Set the Genetic Testing Company Free

The FDA has banned 23andMe from selling its personal genetic testing kits. But consumers should know the truth about themselves—and so policymakers …

How a human lung is kept alive and breathing for a transplant

Lung in a box. Very cool.<p>To extend the time an organ can last before it’s transplanted into a recipient, engineers have developed the Organ Care System — which is essentially a box pumping blood and oxygen to the lung.<p>What’s especially neat about the OCS is that they can actually be used to improve imperfect donor lungs by flushing it with antibiotics and nutrients. Like refurbishing a lung, sort of. Putting donor lungs through the OCS helps increase and improve the number of potential donor …

The Art of Science: the stunning interiors of fish - in pictures

Prof Adam Summers uses marine specimens as the medium in a project which not only captures the beauty of the sea creatures but also reveals the anatomical structure for research and learning

Bill Nye, the Essential Guy

As a primetime TV host? Maybe. As a Congressman? Potentially. But do we need him around, in some way, to advance the human cause? Desperately.<p><b>Bill Nye debated creationist Ken Ham</b>at the Creation Museum about the viability of evolution last night. It was a nice, singular moment for pop culture for a …

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20 Practical Uses for Coca-Cola. Proof That It Should Not Be In The Human Body

Coke is the most valuable brand in history, and “Coca-Cola” is the world's second-most recognized word after “hello.” However, the beverage itself is …

What Americans Don't Know About Science

On a recent survey, just 74 percent of Americans said that the Earth revolves around the sun.<p>Every two years, the National Science Foundation releases a report on the state of science in the U.S. and around the world. It includes survey data for how Americans answer basic scientific questions such …

Strawberry & Lime Moscato Punch

<i>This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy.</i><p>Strawberry & Lime Moscato Punch has the sweet flavor of your favorite wine with a …

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Don't Just Shiver, Here Are 3 Cold-Weather Experiments To Try

In case you haven't heard, it's (really, <i>really</i>) cold outside for most of us living in the lower 48.<p>Chicago, which is already known for its biting cold, hit 16 below zero this morning, setting a new record low for a Jan. 6. (The coldest day in recorded history for the city is 27 below zero set on …

The 50 Most Dazzling Pictures From Space

Taking pictures in space ain’t just point and shoot. When a spacecraft is billions of miles from home, it takes an awful lot of data processing and …

Mysteries of the Unseen World

The current René Magritte exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC (which concludes on 12 January), titled "The Mystery of the Ordinary," showcased surrealist paintings by the Belgian artist that challenged the way the viewer would perceive the "ordinary." In a similar—and more …

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Gorgeous glass sculptures let you see into the world's most deadly viruses

Viruses are usually depicted as ugly, scary, almost weapon-like blobs just waiting to meddle inside of your body, but Luke Jerram sees them as something different. There isn't really a color to viruses after all — they're smaller than the wavelength of visible light — and as mere smears when viewed …