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We have learned how to manipulate the code of life. Why this hasn’t received more attention is beyond me. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfYu-FVgSYE?feature=oembed] Synthetic Biology is a multidisciplinary field that often defies definition. Yet despite its complexity, it is a remarkably easy field to apply once you’ve learned the science behind it. From...
Although we spend a lot of our time online nowadays—streaming music and video, checking email and social media, or obsessively reading the news—few of us know about the mathematical algorithms that manage how our content is delivered. But deciding how to route information fairly and efficiently through a distributed...
Scientists have discovered that a certain type of mineral has the right properties to extract energy from multiple sources at the same time - turning solar, heat, and kinetic energy into electricity. The mineral is a type of perovskite - a family of minerals with a specific crystal structure -...
Special bacteria-killing surfaces constitute a highly active area of research and development. Strategies to construct them vary widely. One group of researchers has infused a slippery surface with molecules that disrupt bacterial communication. Others have shown that silver nanoparticle coatings can destroy bacteria. Yet another group used black silicon to create a surface that resembled a tiny 'bed...
Trillions of neutrinos, or ghost particles, are passing through us every second. While scientists know this fact, they don't know what role neutrinos play in the universe because they are devilishly hard to measure. New measurements of neutrino oscillations, observed at the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole, have...
More than 450 huge earthworks have been discovered in western Brazil, revealing the last vestiges of land use by ancient societies, before the dense foliage of the Amazon rainforest concealed them centuries ago. While nobody knows exactly what these mysterious sites were used for, the landmarks are evidence that indigenous...
A new method for printing on paper using light promises to be much cheaper, and easier on the environment than the traditional ink-based printing we're used to. Scientists have developed a special nanoparticle coating that's easy to apply to normal paper and changes colour when ultraviolet (UV) light shines on...
The theory that our universe is contained inside a bubble, and that multiple alternative universes exist inside their own bubbles -- making up the 'multiverse' -- is, for the first time, being tested by physicists. Two research papers published in Physical Review Letters and Physical Review D are the first...
In the summer of 2012, a group of archaeologists turned over a broken block of limestone on the floor of a rock shelter in southwestern France and discovered what could be one of the oldest examples of art in Europe. Scrawled with the image of an aurochs (an extinct species...
Nuclear fusion is premised on building technology that would replicate the reaction that naturally powers our Sun - two light atoms, in this case, hydrogen, are fused together under extreme temperatures to produce another element, helium. The process would release vast amounts of clean energy drawn from an almost limitless fuel source,...

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