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Searching for the holographic universe

The beauty of the small operation—the mom-and-pop restaurant or the do-it-yourself home repair—is that pragmatism begets creativity. The industrious …

Physics

'Gospel of Jesus's Wife' likely isn't a modern forgery, scientists claim

Analysis suggests that the controversial fragment is indeed ancient, but not everyone is convinced<p>A controversial document that suggests that Jesus of Nazareth had a wife is most likely ancient and not a modern forgery, according to a paper published today in the <i>Harvard Theological Review</i>. The …

Why Do Animals Sometimes Kill Their Babies?

Is it natural—or pathological—when a mother kills and eats her own offspring? Or when a brother kills his sister's child?<p>When Khali, a sloth bear at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., went into labor in late December last year, her keepers were thrilled. But soon after Khali …

Disorder of neuronal circuits in autism is reversible, new study suggests

People with autism suffer from a pervasive developmental disorder of the brain that becomes evident in early childhood. Medical researchers have …

In Most Ambitious DNA Building Project Ever, Scientists Make An Artificial Yeast Chromosome

We're constructing ever-more-complicated creatures in labs.<p>Humans have been engineering yeast "for thousands of years," says Jef Boeke, a researcher with New York University's medical center who is one of the world's top yeast biology experts. At first, I thought he was exaggerating. Yeast has been …

Genetics

Philips' new LED bulbs are powered over Ethernet, provide occupancy and climate info to office managers

Get ready for a whole new generation of connected lightbulbs. Philips latest concept replaces an office's traditional electrical wiring with Ethernet, used to power LED bulbs and pass info to and <i>from</i> each lamp. Each fixture outputs light, but also collects information from a variety of sensors. A …

Video: Predictions from TED Talks, 1984-2014

Predictions are a mug’s game. If they come true, you likely didn’t push your thinking hard enough. If they don’t come true, you risk looking like an …