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Biotech's Brave New World: Push One To Create Life; Push Two To Create Alien Life

It’s been a good month for miracles. And by miracles I mean our oldest miracle, that first miracle, the creation of life itself.<p>During these first weeks in May, two separate teams working at two separate institutions announced that when it comes to creating life from scratch, well, there are a …

Scientists Discovered the Egyptian Secret to Moving Huge Pyramid Stones

The question of just how an ancient civilization—without the help of modern technology—moved the 2.5 ton stones that made up their famed pyramids has …

Can a Battery Change the World? This One Might

Storage is the last big barrier preventing mass adoption of solar and wind energy. If Ambri is successful, though, it won't be a problem for long.<p>When MIT chemistry professor Don Sadoway received an email from Bill Gates's personal assistant in 2009, asking if he would meet with Gates, Sadoway …

Clean Energy

Lab mice fear men but not women, and that's a big problem for science

A new study casts doubt on decades of research<p>The history of science is one chock-full of mice and men. Historically, biological and medical research has largely depended on rodents, which provide scientists with everything from cells and organs to behavioral data. That's why a new study in which …

Revolutionary computers are on the way. Now we just need to know how to program them

A team of Stanford scientists has created a circuit board, dubbed “NeuroGrid,” consisting of 16 computing cores that simulate more than 1 million …

Google Patents Tiny Cameras Embedded In Contact Lenses

Google has a new patent application with the USPTO (via 9to5Google), which takes one of the basic concepts of Glass and extends it even further, embedding tiny cameras that could be embedded in contact lenses for various uses, including photographing what a wearer sees, or providing the basic input …

Ancient Virus DNA Gives Stem Cells the Power to Transform

Embryonic stem cells can become any type of cell, thanks to an ancient virus, scientists say.<p>A virus that invaded the genomes of humanity's ancestors millions of years ago now plays a critical role in the embryonic stem cells from which all cells in the human body derive, new research shows.<p>The …

A Bright Year for Solar in the U.S.—But There Are Clouds on the Horizon

You don’t get any brighter than the reflecting mirrors at the just-opened Ivanpah Solar Power Facility, in California‘s Mojave desert. When I visited …

Solar Power

For his next act, genome wiz Craig Venter takes on aging | Reuters

LA JOLLA, California (Reuters) - Craig Venter, the U.S. scientist who raced the U.S. government to map the human genome over a decade ago and created synthetic life in 2010, is now on a quest to treat age-related disease.<p>Dr. Craig Venter of the J. Craig Venter Institute delivers testimony during a …

Q&A: Genome Pioneer Craig Venter Plans Largest Human Genome Project to Aid Longevity

New institute would collect 40,000 genomes to try to crack the secrets of healthy aging.<p>Human genome pioneer J. Craig Venter announced plans Tuesday to sequence the gene maps of 40,000 volunteers in a bid to crack the secrets of healthy human aging.<p>During the 1990s, Venter, 68, gained fame (and …

The Car That Runs On Air

Bringing new meaning to running on fumes<p>For more than a century, air cars have remained a quixotic quest of engineers—an idealistic exercise with little long-term likelihood of entering mass production. As fuels go, air has obvious upsides: It’s ubiquitous, clean, and, best of all, free. But air …

Is Planet Earth Under New Management?

A hundred million years from now, when we're all dead and gone, a team of geologists will be digging in a field somewhere ...<p>... and they will discover, buried in the rocks below, a thin layer of sediment — very thin, about the width of a cigarette paper, says British stratigrapher Jan Zalasiewicz. …

Forecasting The 'Future' By Tapping Into Human Consciousness

Now more than ever before, we have the tools to study the mysteries of consciousness. Memory, dreams, the self are now being examined using high-tech brain scans developed by physicists on the cutting edge of their field.<p>Dr. Michio Kaku, professor at the City College of New York, is among them. In</i> …

Kerry announces 'unique co-operative effort' with China on climate change

Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday announced a “unique co-operative effort” with China on the issue of combating climate change.<p>In a press conference at a Beijing car-making factory, the Cummins-Foton Joint-Venture Plant, which he visited as part of an Asia tour, Kerry said he and local …

Reddit and Tumblr among websites protesting NSA surveillance

Thousands of websites including Reddit and Tumblr are today staging an online protest called The Day We Fight Back against mass surveillance by the US government<p>More than 6,000 websites are today staging a protest against mass surveillance and calling on the public to sign a petition demanding that …

Surveillance

Kansas Mayor Says Sustainability Is About Community, Not Politics

In Washington, the debate over what to do about climate change is split largely down party lines. But it hasn't always been that way.<p>Republican Sen. John McCain campaigned on the issue in his presidential runs. "Climate change is real," he said in 2007. "The Earth is warming, and it is the result …

Oil, Gas Drilling Seems To Make The Earth Slip And Go Boom

There's been a surge in earthquakes in the U.S. over the last few years. In Texas, there are 10 times the number of earthquakes now than just a few years ago.<p>Scientists say it's likely linked to the boom in oil and gas activity, meaning that people who never felt the ground shake are starting …

Why Do We Blame The Obese For Their Obesity?

Last month I attended a talk given by biologist Dr. Jeffrey Friedman at the much beloved NYC-based lecture series, Secret Science Club. Friedman, a 2010 Lasker Award recipient, was there to discuss the research that culminated in that prestigious award—his discovery of the hormone leptin and its …

Dr. Wikipedia: The 'Double-Edged Sword' Of Crowdsourced Medicine

Wikipedia has become a go-to source for definitions, celebrity facts, and now, medical information. A study by the IMS Health Institute published in January names Wikipedia as the "single leading source" of health care information for both patients and health care professionals.<p>Unfortunately, some …

A string of thefts hit Bitcoin's most reputable wallet service

In a few hours on December 15th, Jeff lost nearly $10,000.<p>It was 10.6 bitcoins held in the wallet service Coinbase, the most well-funded and widely implemented service on the market. Jeff, who asked that we not use his last name, got the news of the transaction as soon as it happened, and after …

After Genetic Tweaks, Fruit Flies Glow When They Sense Cancer

The genetically engineered _Drosophila melanogaster _can even signal for different types of breast cancer cells.<p>Fruit flies are able to distinguish breast cancer cells from healthy mammary tissue, according to a new study. The humble fly joins dogs and honeybees as members of the animal kingdom …

3 Reasons Why Football Is Evil [Vintage PopSci]

A mathematics professor issued an urgent warning about football in 1894. America ignored him.<p>The National Football League recently put up $30 million to study the long-term effects of repeated brain injuries, after thousands of former players sued the organization for allegedly concealing the links …

How-To: Picking a Great Lens for Milky Way Photography

The lens is the most important factor in the image quality of a landscape astrophoto.<p>There are a number of lens traits that will determine the …

Things Get Real Tense After GOP Rep. Tells Rachel Maddow She’s Just a ‘Cheerleader’ for Obama Admin.

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) clearly got under MSNBC host Rachel Maddow’s skin on Tuesday night when he accused her of being a “cheerleader” for the Obama administration instead of a journalist.<p>(MSNBC)<p>While discussing the security failures leading up to the deadly attack on the U.S. compound in …