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Wastewater and Beer Make a Fine Pairing

In the water cycle, what comes out of us eventually goes back in. Along the way, we can make it something better.

Convincing Cells to Die Could Make Us Stronger

The majority of our cells die noble deaths; they cease to be once they're damaged beyond repair. However, some ragged cells refuse to turn out the lights, and that's where the trouble begins.

Dubai Officials Enlist RoboCops for Street Patrols

Some of the world’s first robotic police officers will reportedly hit the streets of Dubai in May. Brigadier Abdullah Bin Sultan, director of the Future Shaping Centre of Dubai Police, made the announcement Monday during a police forum held in the city.

You Can Become a Memory Champion, Too

Need to memorize a series of numbers? Try this: Imagine yourself walking through a house while locking visualizations of a “12” or “78” into different rooms and cabinets located throughout the house.

Weapons Physicist Posts Declassified Nuclear Test Videos to YouTube

A trove of footage from early U.S. nuclear weapons tests has just been declassified and uploaded to YouTube.

We Deserve Half the Blame for Declining Arctic Sea Ice

Natural variability in atmospheric conditions could account for as much as half of the recent decline in Arctic sea ice, according to a new study.

A Glimpse of a Microchip's Delicate Architecture

Computer chips continue to shrink ever smaller, but we still wring more processing power out of them.

This Is Where Stardust Comes From

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in the Chilean Andes has made several groundbreaking discoveries since it was brought online in 2011.

This Drone Dive-bombs Plants to Pollinate Them

The hum of insects pollinating plants could one day be joined by a decidedly different buzz. Researchers from the Nanomaterials Research Institute in Japan have developed a system for transferring pollen between plants using a tiny commercial drone armed with an adhesive gel. They say that their sticky drone solution could one day help ailing pollinator populations ensure crops keep having sex.

An Entirely Synthetic Yeast Genome Is Nearly Complete

Scientists are five steps closer to synthesizing the entire genome of baker’s yeast, a feat that, once accomplished, will push the field of synthetic biology into a new frontier.

Good News! It Looks Like We Can Grow Potatoes on Mars

A project attempting to grow potatoes in Mars-like conditions has reported positive preliminary results.

Ailing Neanderthals Used Penicillin and 'Aspirin'

The stuff that clings to teeth can tell an interesting story. On Wednesday, scientists revealed new insights gleaned from dental plaque stuck on the teeth of five Neanderthals from Europe.

Blue Origin Wants to Land Rockets on a Floating Platform, Too

Blue Origin today unveiled a video demonstrating takeoff and landing procedures for its New Glenn rocket.

Elusive Beaked Whales Filmed Swimming Underwater for the First Time

True's beaked whale sightings are so rare, that scientists who devote careers to studying these animals may never actually witness one swimming in the wild.

New 'Sponge' Material Is Like a ShamWow for Oil Spills

When an oil tanker runs aground or a deep-sea well suffers a leak, millions of gallons of oil can flood into the ocean.

Human-Caused Minerals: Another Sure Sign of the Anthropocene?

To the ever-growing list of uniquely human tweaks to the planet, we can add the creation of 208 minerals.

Building a Better Polar Ice Forecast

Watching Arctic sea ice shrink to record lows has become a summer tradition for climatologists. And while few would expect that long-term trend to reverse, it's still a struggle to predict the annual highs and lows of polar sea ice.

Pushing the Theoretical Limits of DNA Data Storage

By 2020, the volumes of data that humanity generates may reach 44 trillion gigabytes, according to information technology analyst firm International Data Corporation in Framingham, Massachusetts.

With Iron Nanoparticles, Cryopreserved Tissue Springs Back to Life

Every year, thousands of donated organs go to waste because they cannot be matched with recipients in the brief window of time in which they are still viable.

Oldest Fossils Ever Found Give New Clues to Life’s Origins

Four billion years ago, as a faint young sun beat down on the newly-formed Earth, a cluster of creatures—each less than half the width of a human hair—were already thriving around volcanic vents.


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