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Genetic study of soil organisms reveals new family of antibiotics

A team of researchers at Rockefeller University has discovered a new family of antibiotics by conducting a genetic study of a wide range of soil …

The man who 'discovered' 780 Indian languages

Soutik Biswas<p><b>When Ganesh Devy, a former professor of English, embarked on a search for India's languages, he expected to walk into a graveyard, littered with dead and dying mother tongues.</b><p>Instead, he says, he walked into a "dense forest of voices", a noisy Tower of Babel in one of the world's most …

Antarctica’s Hidden Caves Could Be Home to 'New World' of Plants and Animals

The cave systems underneath the Antarctic ice could be home to an “exciting new world” of plants and animals. After analyzing DNA retrieved from a …

The zoo beneath our feet: We’re only beginning to understand soil’s hidden world

The gardener has a long, touchy-feely relationship with the soil. As every good cultivator knows, you assess the earth by holding it. Is it dark and crumbly, is there an earthworm or beetle in there, is it moist, and when you smell it, are you getting that pleasant earthy aroma?<p>All these signs are …

Taste Beyond The Tongue

What the world would look like if all the ice melted

If the world keeps burning fossil fuels and releasing carbon emissions indefinitely, climate change will eventually melt all the ice at the poles and …

Climate Change

DNA discovery reveals genetic history of ancient Egyptians

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ancient Egyptians and their modern counterparts share less in common than you might think. That is, at least genetically, a team of scientists have found.<p>Researchers from the University of Tuebingen and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, both in Germany, have …

Researchers Invent Stem Cell Capable of Becoming an Entire Embryo

A New Type of Stem Cell<p>While much has been gleaned about the power of stem cells over the last few decades, researchers from the Salk Institute and …

Experts say findings are ‘astounding’ and could help understand the purpose of dreams and predict whether people are dreaming<p>Scientists have unpicked the regions of the brain involved in dreaming, in a study with significant implications for our understanding of the purpose of dreams and of …

Consciousness

Scientists turn spinach leaf into working heart tissue

Researchers have managed to turn a spinach leaf into working heart tissue and are on the way to solving the problem of recreating the tiny, branching networks of blood vessels in human tissue.<p>Until now, scientists have unsuccessfully tried to use 3D printing to recreate these intricate …

CRISPR Is Rapidly Ushering in a New Era in Science

A Battle Is Waged<p>A battle over CRISPR is raging through the halls of justice. Almost literally. Two of the key players in the development of the …

An Artificial Magnetic Shield Could Make Mars Habitable (Again)

The Martian atmosphere is a decimated shred of what it once was, thanks to the fact that a disappearing magnetic field allowed solar winds to pummel …

Solar Wind

It's Not Delivery, It's 24 Homemade Pizza Recipes

I miss a lot of things about living in New York: bustling streets, reliable public transportation, and, of course, pizza. Since moving to California my pizza consumption has dropped precipitously. That's probably good for my cholesterol, but I miss never being more than a few blocks from a slice. …

Cooking

Get ready for robots made with human flesh

Humanoid robots would "wear" tissue grafts before transplantation.<p>Two University of Oxford biomedical researchers are calling for robots to be built …

Bioprinter makes fully functional human skin

Scientists from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), CIEMAT (Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research), Hospital General …

Thrice-Cooked Fries

<b>The Breslin • Manhattan</b> These fries have a cult following at The Breslin. Boiling makes the potatoes tender; double-frying makes them insanely …

Neanderthal DNA Determines Our Health And Appearance Today Way More Than We Thought

Ancient genes affect your height and schizophrenia risk.<p>The last Neanderthals died out tens of thousands of years ago, but the effects of …

Watson helps treat heart disease by looking at medical images

IBM's Watson technology has helped doctors before, but usually by poring through databases before offering its advice. Now, it's ready to look at the patients themselves -- or rather, their body scans. It's following up on past promises by launching Watson Clinical Imaging Review, its first …

Cognitive Computing

Star's seven Earth-sized worlds set record

<b>Astronomers have detected a record seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a single star.</b><p>The researchers say that all seven could potentially support liquid water on the surface, depending on the other properties of those planets.<p>But only three are within the conventional "habitable" zone where life is …

DNA Offers Clues to Mysterious Crypt in Ancient Pueblo

It's a question that eluded answers for more than a century: Who were the 14 people buried in the tiny tomb known as Room 33?<p>Using DNA from skeletons excavated in New Mexico more than a century ago, researchers have shown that more than a dozen people buried in a small, hidden chamber were likely …

Anthropology

Life's Building Blocks Found on Dwarf Planet Ceres

The dwarf planet Ceres keeps looking better and better as a possible home for alien life.<p>NASA's Dawn spacecraft has spotted organic molecules — the …

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?

Predicting earthquakes is the holy grail of seismology. After all, quakes are deadly precisely because they’re erratic—striking without warning, …

Taste Beyond The Tongue

10 Cakes to Serve at Your Grandmother's Next Birthday Party

When it comes to baking, Grandma takes the cake. Follow in her footsteps with a homemade cake recipe that’s sure to be a birthday treat.<p>Nothing says …

Discovery of time crystals could radically change our understanding of the space-time continuum

Consider a structure that moves not in space but time, crystals that change shape and move perpetually without energy, and always return to their …

Quantum Physics

Black Bottom Cupcakes

The base of these cupcakes is a springy chocolate cake called "wacky cake." Made with no butter, eggs or milk and stirred together in one bowl, it …

The Frightening Lessons of Philip Roth’s “The Plot Against America”

Philip Roth’s novel “The Plot Against America” is a masterwork of counterfactual history, a what-if story in which Charles Lindbergh, the aviation hero and Nazi sympathizer, is elected President in 1940, leading to the widespread persecution of Jews in the United States. The novel is also a …

Theory claims to offer the first 'evidence' our Universe is a hologram

Despite how extreme the idea sounds, theories about the Universe being an illusion or a hologram aren't new. Now, researchers claim to have found …

Physicists Have Found a Metal That Conducts Electricity But Not Heat

Defying one of the most fundamental laws of conductors.<p>Researchers have identified a metal that conducts electricity without conducting heat - an …

Tesla Unveils its New Line of Camouflaged Solar Panels

Ever the showman, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to the stage at Universal Studios in LA this evening promising to make solar sexy. To that end, he …

Solar Panels