Science

  • Tape: Scientist offers to build nuke bomb targeting New York

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A disgruntled, former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist promised to build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City in exchange for "money and power," according to secret FBI recordings released Wednesday.

    Associated Press
  • African Golden Cat Attacks Monkeys in Rare Camera Trap Footage

    African golden cats are hardly ever photographed in the wild. But recently, scientists captured a much more dynamic scene: a golden cat crashing a party of red colobus monkeys in Uganda. The video, released yesterday (Jan. 27), may be the first footage of a golden cat hunting in the daylight,…

    LiveScience.com
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  • Spire wants to improve weather forecasting with tiny satellites

    Will you need a raincoat or shorts tomorrow? Chances are the weather data you use to determine the answer comes from the roughly 20 satellites orbiting Earth that monitor weather systems. And as we all ...

    Gigaom
  • Better Cognition Seen with Klotho Gene Variant Carried by 1 in 5

    A scientific team led by the Gladstone Institutes and UC San Francisco (UCSF) has discovered that a common form of a gene already associated with long life also improves learning and memory, a finding that could have implications for treating age-related diseases like Alzheimer's. The…

    Yahoo Parenting
  • A New Global Swarm of Weather-Sensing Satellites

    Every bird, every bug, every human being on Earth is enveloped at all times by the signals of the Global Positioning System (GPS). Its 32 satellites, operated by the U.S. government, do far more than just tell you where you are. On Thursday, a San Francisco-based company called Spire announced its…

    The Atlantic
  • Stoppard's new play lifts the lid on brain science

    By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Tom Stoppard, the grand old man of British theatre, is back with his first new stage play in nine years, tackling typically big ideas: consciousness, science and God. "The Hard Problem" is a 100-minute gallop, with no interval, through neurobiology, religion and…

    Reuters
  • Pharma News: Synthetic Biology Finds Path to Clinic Through Novartis

    Hey Obama, how's this for precision medicine? Novartis will combine CAR-T and CRISPR/Cas9 technologies. Stem cells could get a boost, too.

    Motley Fool
  • How Sequencing Foods' DNA Could Help Us Prevent Diseases

    Scientists from the IBM Research and Mars Incorporated today announced the Sequencing the Food Supply Chain Consortium, a collaborative food safety platform aiming to leverage advances in genomics and ...

    Wired
  • Millions of poor farmers to benefit from new type of insurance - study: TRFN

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Governments from Mongolia to Nigeria are creating new forms of insurance to protect the developing world's small farmers, who are suffering especially badly from extreme weather events made worse by global warming, a new study said. Obstacles…

    Reuters
  • Facebook: 5 Tips to Stay Safe on the Social Network

    It's "Data Privacy Day" and Facebook is celebrating by reminding its 1.35 billion monthly active users how to take control of their presence on the social network.

    ABC News
  • Nobel-Winning Laser Inventor Dies

    Dr. Charles Townes, who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for the invention of the laser, died in Berkeley, Calif., on Tuesday. He was 99.Townes' death was announced by the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a professor emeritus of physics.“Charlie Townes had an enormous impact…

    Huffington Post
  • For green, comfortable homes, Mali turns to mud - TRFN

    By Soumaila T. Diarra MASSAKO, Mali (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Building a house in the poorest villages of southern Mali has for years involved cutting trees for timber frames and struggling to save cash for a corrugated iron roof. Earthen homes with vaulted brick roofs – a style adopted from…

    Reuters
  • Exclusive: Google won Moffett Field, but a Bay Area real estate firm was in the running

    In the hunt to lease Moffett Federal Airfield, Google Inc. faced competition from one other entity hoping to land the deal: An East Bay developer that was targeting the iconic base's enormous hangars as a unique commercial real estate play for science and technology tenants. Orton Development Inc.,…

    American City Business Journals
  • The new space race

    NASA greenlit SpaceX and Boeing to fly U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017.

    TouchVision
  • Stem cell-grown hair could help those with hair loss

    For the first time, researchers have been able to use pluripotent stem cells to generate cells that can grow new hair.>

    CNET
  • Exclusive: CDC installing cameras in labs in agency-wide safety push

    By Julie Steenhuysen ATLANTA (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has introduced camera monitoring of workers in its highest-level biosafety laboratories as it seeks to restore public faith in its procedures after a series of mishaps, agency officials tell Reuters.…

    Reuters
  • Watch Berkeley's free lecture series on fixing the world's broken food systems

    Some of the world's preeminent food policy thinkers and researchers are taking part in a new Edible Education lecture series at UC Berkeley this spring semester, and their lectures are being made available to stream online. Starting this Monday with an introductory note from Michael Pollan (video…

    The Verge
  • Scientists 3D print cartilage to repair damaged windpipes

    Believe it or not, scientists aren't yet finished discovering new ways to 3D print body parts. A team at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has developed a 3D printing technique that lets them ...

    Engadget
  • The Devil Wears Pulsars

    The night sky is a perfect canvas for the stars—and for fashion designers seeking inspiration. "We want to believe in a fantastic future," Grazia Chiuri told Style.com.

    The Atlantic