All posts on February, 2016


Unprecedented: Expedition recovers mantle rocks with signs of life

An international team of scientists — recently returned from a 47-day research expedition to the mid-Atlantic — have collected an unprecedented sequence of rock samples from the shallow mantle of the ocean crust that bear signs of life, unique carbon cycling, and ocean crust movement. Led by Co-Chief Scientists Drs. Gretchen Früh-Green (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) and Beth Orcutt (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, USA), these unique samples were collected using unique seabed rock drills.

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No, GM Mosquitoes Didn’t Start The Zika Outbreak.

A new ridiculous rumor is spreading around the internets. According to conspiracy theorists, the recent outbreak of Zika can be blamed on the British biotech company Oxitec, which some are saying even intentionally caused the disease as a form of ethnic cleansing or population control. The articles all cite a lone Redditor who proposed the connection on January 25th to the Conspiracy subreddit. “There are no biological free lunches,” says one commenter on the idea. “Releasing genetically alt

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Microsoft Patent Targets Virtual Nutrition Labels

A Microsoft patent idea sees the future of eating for smart glasses wearers going something like this. You’re about to chow down on a juicy hamburger when a virtual nutrition label pops up that says: “Typically a hamburger of this size may have 800 – 1200 calories.” Ignoring the information, you pick up the greasy burger and take a large bite. As you chew, another floating warning pops up in your vision: “This is your second big meal today — are you sure you want to do that?”

Having your

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The Elephants in the Outbreak

They are considered the most noble creature to grace Earth. They have massive brains, complex forms of communication, the ingenuity for tool use, and the capacity to express emotions, including grief and empathy. Yet, as impressive as they are in size and majesty, elephants can still be felled by the most human of ailments: tuberculosis.

Tuberculosis is an infection that has been infecting humans for millennia, but it is also a promiscuous organism that can infect the lungs of many other

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Can Robot Racing Win Human Hearts?

Not much on live TV compares with the tension of watching human race car drivers risk possible injury or death at speeds of hundreds of miles per hour. A split second of bad timing can quickly transform a tight, controlled race into chaos as machines spin out of control, careen off walls or smash directly into one another. By comparison, the rise of robot racing with flying drones or self-driving cars aims to attract both old and new racing fans without putting human lives at risk. The big q

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