Genetically modified yeast mops up heavy metal pollution

Genetically modified yeast mops up heavy metal pollution Environmental scientists dream of eliminating pollution with natural resources, but that's tricky when it comes to heavy metals. Plants won't work for cleaning polluted water, and only some of them grow large enough to absorb those toxic materials…. Source: Engadget Link: Genetically modified yeast mops up heavy […]

Researchers find coral reefs in a place they shouldn’t exist

Researchers find coral reefs in a place they shouldn’t exist While the waters of the North Atlantic and South Pacific tend to have what hard corals need to survive, the North Pacific doesn't, and it has been thought that deep-sea coral reefs were a near impossibility in that part of the ocean. But researchers… Source: […]

Saturn's largest moon has enough energy to run a colony

Saturn's largest moon has enough energy to run a colony Saturn's biggest moon, Titan, is one of the few viable places humans can explore first-hand beyond Mars. It's relatively safe from radiation, it's covered in liquid (though not water) and otherwise relatively safe. But could more than a handful of pe… Source: Engadget Link: Saturn's […]

Ever-changing memory could lead to faster processors

Ever-changing memory could lead to faster processors Virtually every central processor in your devices uses a tiered set of memory caches to speed things up by fetching commonly used data. But it's not very efficient — in trying to accommodate everything, it's rarely the fastest at anything. MIT's CSA… Source: Engadget Link: Ever-changing memory could […]

Scientists now know how your brain differentiates faces

Scientists now know how your brain differentiates faces Researchers at Caltech have taken a huge step in figuring out how the brain processes faces. In a study published this week in Cell, the team found that the brain only needs around 200 neurons to differentiate faces from each other. Source: Engadget Link: Scientists now know […]

Silicon-laced diamonds could lead to practical quantum computers

Silicon-laced diamonds could lead to practical quantum computers Scientists already believe that diamonds could be a solid foundation for practical quantum computers. You can use atom-scale defects in diamond to store quantum bits that hold contradictory data (say, both on and off) in a way that lets you read the… Source: Engadget Link: Silicon-laced diamonds […]

You Will Feel Unclean Watching This Video of Bee Sex

You Will Feel Unclean Watching This Video of Bee Sex For those who came here expecting the uncut version of Bee Movie, you’re in the wrong place. This is a blog about some very unnerving bee-on-bee action—not some culmination of sexual tension between Renee Zellweger and Jerry Seinfeld’s characters in the 2007 cult movie. Apparently, […]

Fly on a Treadmill Uncovers Potential Hearing Aid Problem

Fly on a Treadmill Uncovers Potential Hearing Aid Problem You’re a tiny parasitic fly, minding your business stuck with wax to a tether, standing on a spherical treadmill. Why? You don’t quite remember, but it’s fine. This is what you do now. Read more… Source: Gizmodo Link: Fly on a Treadmill Uncovers Potential Hearing Aid […]

Adorable Tadpoles Become Hungry Murder Machines When Dad Goes Away

Adorable Tadpoles Become Hungry Murder Machines When Dad Goes Away Splash-back poison frogs (Ranitomeya variabilis) are generally devoted parents, with the amphibian dads taking on the bulk of the childcare responsibilities. But when the frog fathers skip out on their young, it’s every tadpole for themselves, and that means a horrifying cannibalistic melee from which […]

Plants Can Tell Time Way Better Than You Can

Plants Can Tell Time Way Better Than You Can Telling time seems easy enough—just look at a clock, dummy! Not so easy if you’re a plant without any eyes or ears, though. Read more… Source: Gizmodo Link: Plants Can Tell Time Way Better Than You Can

We're Ignoring Women Astronauts' Health At Our Peril

We're Ignoring Women Astronauts' Health At Our Peril WASHINGTON, D.C.—It’s 7pm, and the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University, which was packed with investors, aerospace tycoons, and scientists just hours ago, has dwindled to a dedicated few. It’s a very different crowd than the folks who came earlier in the day to watch Buzz Aldrin […]

Disruptive Undersea Air Gun Blasts Okayed By Trump

Disruptive Undersea Air Gun Blasts Okayed By Trump Extremely loud air gun blasts have not been used to hunt for oil deposits in the mid and south Atlantic ocean for the last 30 years, but since the industrial practices of the ‘80s are apparently in vogue again, on Wednesday the Trump administration restarted the application […]

Something Wonderful Happens When You Mix Microwaves, Soda, and Wood

Something Wonderful Happens When You Mix Microwaves, Soda, and Wood The next time you accidentally spill soda, or water, plus a little baking soda on one of your cutting boards, don’t complain about having to clean it up. Instead, tear the safety cover off your microwave and use it as a high-voltage power source to […]

These Rare Color Photos From the Second World War Are Incredible

These Rare Color Photos From the Second World War Are Incredible A new book published by the Imperial War Museum features a rare collection of color photos from World War II, some of which havent been seen in over 70 years. From P-51D Mustangs and Flying Fortresses through to anti-aircraft spotters and flame hurling tanks, […]

A 'Lost' Neptune-Like Planet Has Finally Been Found

A 'Lost' Neptune-Like Planet Has Finally Been Found Its gotta be hard to be an exoplanet these days, living in the shadow of the everyones new favorite system, TRAPPIST-1. But the reality is, there are tons of exoplanets that deserve our loveaccording to NASA, as of last month, 3,472 exoplanets have been confirmed. Many more […]

These Ancient Texts Might Help Us Predict the Next Massive Solar Storm

These Ancient Texts Might Help Us Predict the Next Massive Solar Storm Spotting the Northern Lights anywhere in the United States (except for Alaska and the Upper Midwest) would probably be one of most notable experiences in an American space fans life. Now imagine if it was China or Japan a thousand years ago and […]

The Morning After: Wednesday, March 8th 2017

The Morning After: Wednesday, March 8th 2017 Good morning! Wikileaks is at it again, this time going after the CIA. Flickr has learned a new trick, offering a Google Photos-like "similarity search" and we know the name of Star Trek's next captain. But first things first — make sure you've ent… Source: Engadget Link: The […]

Scientists Have Created the First Artificial Embryo Without Using an Egg or Sperm

Scientists Have Created the First Artificial Embryo Without Using an Egg or Sperm Using stem cells in grown-on 3D scaffolding in a laboratory petri dish, scientists have for the first time created an embryo made entirely from stem cells. Read more… Source: Gizmodo Link: Scientists Have Created the First Artificial Embryo Without Using an Egg […]

It's Not Just You, Americans Seem to Be Having Less Sex

It's Not Just You, Americans Seem to Be Having Less Sex Sex is great, so great that recently some researchers concluded it makes life at work better. Information on the greatness of sex is useless if we arent actually doing it, though. Read more… Source: Gizmodo Link: It's Not Just You, Americans Seem to Be […]