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DNA smeared on a rocket survives re-entry and tells of life's origins

Well, would you look at that: scientists have discovered that DNA can make it through the hellish ordeal of atmospheric re-entry after all. German and Swiss researchers dotted a rocket's grooves and screw heads with fragments of genetic blueprints to see how they'd fare in situations that could've …

The First Man-Made Biological Leaf Turns Light and Water Into Oxygen

If humanity hopes to realize its dreams of exploring the stars, we're going to need to find ways to recreate life on Earth aboard a spaceship. Simply …

One Injection Reverses Diabetes Symptoms Without Side Effects

There’s no cure for type 2 diabetes right now, and even with the best practices and therapies, healthy glucose levels are hard to achieve. Now …

Scientists achieve reliable quantum teleportation for first time

Albert Einstein once told a friend that quantum mechanics doesn't hold water in his scientific world view because "physics should represent a reality in time and space, free from spooky actions at a distance." That spooky action at a distance is entanglement, a quantum phenomenon in which two …

Germs in the Gut May Affect Autism, Study Finds

Bacteria living in the intestines and colon may affect symptoms of autism by breaking down important message-carrying chemicals, researchers reported Monday.<p>They found that children with autism have a very different make-up when it comes to gut germs, compared to children without autism. More …

Scientists Move Closer to Inventing Artificial Life

Synthetic biology advances with a man-made chromosome inserted into live brewer's yeast.<p>In a biological first, an international team has inserted a man-made chromosome into brewer's yeast, producing a life form that thrives and successfully passes the designer genes on to its offspring.<p>The …

India plans mission to the Sun

India's Mangalyaan spacecraft is on its way to Mars, but the county is already planning its next major space exploration mission.<p>The country visited …

Author Of Milestone Stem Cell Research Says His Papers Should Be Withdrawn

Outside researchers haven't been able to reproduce the papers' results.<p>One of the scientists involved in two milestone stem cell papers now wants to withdraw the papers.<p>Late in January, a team of American and Japanese scientists announced they'd discovered a new, easy way to transform adult skin …

First Study Of LSD's Psychotherapeutic Benefits In Four Decades Breaks Research Taboo

Today <i>The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease</i> published results from the first study of LSD’s therapeutic potential in humans to appear in more than four decades. The controlled, double-blind study, which was conducted in Switzerland under the direction of Swiss psychiatrist Peter Gasser, measured …

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This Apple iWatch Concept Design Is Simply Incredible

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Everyone's hearts go aflutter at iWatch rumors, the supposed wearable wrist computer that Apple could launch as early as this year.<p>A designer named Todd Hamilton took a stab not only at what the still-speculative watch might look like, but how it …

Astronomers Get First Glimpse of Cosmic Web

Changing Planet<p>Computer simulations suggest that matter in the universe is distributed in a “cosmic web” of filaments, as seen in the image above from a large-scale dark-matter simulation. The inset is a zoomed-in, high-resolution image of a smaller part of the cosmic web, 10 million light-years …

Architects unveil plan for $360 million bike path in the sky

<b>Proposed SkyCycle tracks would float above London's railways (Foster and Partners)</b><p>SkyCycle would allow commuters to bike high above London’s traffic<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>January 2, 2014 8:04pm (UTC)<p>More and more cities are investing in ways to get bikers on the road, but London has been particularly …

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The Boy Whose Brain Could Unlock Autism

Autism changed Henry Markram’s family. Now his Intense World theory could transform our understanding of the condition.<p>free download<br>ePub • Kindle • …

Pandoravirus: missing link discovered between viruses and cells

<b>Pandoravirus: missing link discovered between viruses and cells</b><p>Researchers have just discovered two giant viruses which, in terms of number of genes, are comparable to certain eukaryotes, microorganisms with nucleated cells. The two viruses – called “Pandoravirus” to reflect their amphora shape and mysterious genetic content – are unlike any virus discovered before.<p>With the discovery of Mimivirus ten years ago and, more recently, Megavirus chilensis, researchers thought they had reached the …

A 3-D Printer That Uses the Sun to Create Glass Objects Out of Sand

Marcus Kayser's Solar Sinter project turns the desert's resources into bowls<p>When design student Markus Kayser wanted to test his sun-powered, sand-fed 3-D printer, he knew the gray skies outside his London apartment wouldn't do. So he shipped the 200-plus-pound contraption to Cairo, Egypt, flew …

How DNA Sequencing Is Changing Medicine

In April 2013, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project. Led by the National Institutes of Health, the Human Genome Project (HGP) was completed 2.5 years ahead of schedule and well under budget. “For the first time, anyone could freely read the fundamental …

Team grows kidney from stem cells

(Medical Xpress)—University of Queensland researchers have made a major leap forward in treating renal disease, today announcing they have grown a …

India's mission to Mars gets under way

India's orbiter spacecraft breaks out of the Earth's orbit and begins 300 day journey towards the red planet<p>India's Mars orbiter mission ventured out of Earth's sphere of influence early Sunday in an attempt to reach the red planet's orbit after a critical manoeuvre.<p>The Bangalore-based Indian Space …

How Tesla batteries are powering an energy revolution

Those Tesla Motors lithium-ion battery packs aren’t just powering electric luxury sports sedans for the 1% any more.<p>They’ve started appearing in a small number of California homes to store electricity generated by rooftop solar panels, and beginning today SolarCity, the Silicon Valley solar …

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Scientists Turn To The Crowd In Quest For New Antibiotics

Could you dig up the next antibiotic in your backyard? Two scientists would like you and, if they're lucky, millions of other people to give it a try.<p>The researchers hope that lots of do-it-yourself scientists around the world can come up with the next big idea for much-needed drugs.<p>There are …

Humans Make Up Less Than 40 Percent of the Internet’s Traffic

The human race is a minority on the Internet. And no, it's not because your pets have all of a sudden gotten computer-savvy.<p>A recent report published …

Serotonin deficiency may not cause depression after all

<b>(hikrcn/Shutterstock)</b><p>New research may lead to a more direct and effective treatment than common SSRIs<p>Jeanene Swanson<p>December 13, 2013 1:30pm (UTC)<p>Depression strikes some 35 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, contributing to lowered quality of life as well as an …