Search


Found 9402 Result(s)

Scientists Created Bacteria With a Synthetic Genome. Is This Artificial Life?
May 22, 2019

,

By Carl Zimmer Scientists have created a living organism whose DNA is entirely human-made — perhaps a new form of life, experts said, and a milestone in the field of synthetic biology. Researchers at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Britain reported on Wednesday that they had rewritten the DNA of the bacteria …


Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment
May 22, 2019

, ,

By Damian Carrington The Guardian has updated its style guide to introduce terms that more accurately describe the environmental crises facing the world. Instead of “climate change” the preferred terms are “climate emergency, crisis or breakdown” and “global heating” is favoured over “global warming”, although the original terms are not banned. “We want to ensure that we …


This may be the worst thing to come from Trump’s presidency
May 22, 2019

, ,

By David Gergen and James Piltch In the midst of World War II, Franklin Roosevelt had the foresight to see that advancements in American science were critical to Allied victories in World War II. Searching for day-to-day guidance, he named Vannevar Bush, an engineer with a joint Ph.D from MIT and Harvard, as the director …


Exclusive: Watchdog group sues Walmart for selling “nonsense” homeopathic remedies
May 22, 2019

, ,

By Rina Raphael Walmart is being sued for selling questionable alternative remedies. The Center for Inquiry (CFI), a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that “pseudoscience is prevented from harming society,” filed a complaint Monday on behalf of residents in Washington, D.C., against the giant retailer. The organization claims the superstore deliberately “creates a false and misleading …


Why So Many Sharks Have Bird Feathers in Their Bellies
May 21, 2019

,

By Ed Young Marcus Drymon wasn’t expecting a baby shark to barf up a ball of feathers onto his boat. The shark’s presence wasn’t the weird bit: Drymon and his team of fisheries ecologists regularly assess fish populations along the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama, and every year, they’ll catch, weigh, tag, and release thousands of …


Scientists Think They Know How Pluto’s Hidden Ocean Stays Liquid
May 21, 2019

,

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum Recent results suggest that Pluto has a liquid water ocean buried beneath its icy shell. But how could such a thing be possible at the frigid outer edges of the solar system? Scientists from Japan and the United States might have an answer. In a paper published Monday in Nature Geoscience, these researchers …


Study: It’s easier to be a ‘none’ in Canada than in the US
May 21, 2019

,

By John Longhurst Nearly a quarter of Canadians today say they have no religious affiliation — about the same as in the U.S. But a forthcoming book by two Canadian researchers says that it is easier to be a “none” in Canada. “It’s more normal in Canada to say you have no religion,” said Sarah …


IL Megachurch Founder Accused of Wanting to Hire Hitman to Murder Son-in-Law
May 21, 2019

,

By Hemant Mehta A megachurch pastor allegedly asked his personal bodyguard to murder his former son-in-law during a motorcycle trip to the Creation Museum. That’s both a winning Fundamentalist Christian Bingo card and the allegation made by the bodyguard, Emmanuel “Manny” Bucur, against the founder of Illinois’ Harvest Bible Chapel church, James MacDonald. MacDonald was a prominent preacher, …


‘Earthworm Dilemma’ Has Climate Scientists Racing to Keep Up
May 20, 2019

,

By Alanna Mitchell Cindy Shaw, a carbon-research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service, studies the boreal forest — the world’s most northerly forest, which circles the top of the globe like a ring of hair around a balding head. A few years ago, while conducting a study in northern Alberta to see how the forest floor was …


China set to introduce gene-editing regulation following CRISPR-baby furore
May 20, 2019

,

By Nature.com China is poised to introduce a new regulation on gene editing in humans. A draft of the country’s new civil code lists human genes and embryos in a section on personality rights to be protected. Experiments on genes in adults or embryos that endanger human health or violate ethical norms can accordingly be …