U.S. flower sellers rush to destroy illegal GE petunias

The award-winning African Sunset petunia turns out to be the product of genetic engineering, and doesn’t have a permit to be sold in the United States. F.D. Richards/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0) U.S. flower sellers rush to destroy illegal GE petunias The U.S. Department of...

If grad students ran the world

Nik MacMillan If grad students ran the world Sometimes I’m asked to blurb a book. This is fun, because I get to read a book—and also because I get to say that I’m “blurbing,” which makes me feel like some kind of squid. The last two books I’ve blurbed have both aimed...

Video: Why a hammer won’t break this unusual piece of glass

Video: Why a hammer won’t break this unusual piece of glass The tough-yet-fragile physical properties of the tadpole-shaped pieces of glass known as Prince Rupert’s drops have puzzled physicists for as long as, well, there have been physicists. Bash the head with a hammer, and ...

3D-printed ovaries restore fertility in mice

An immature mouse egg within layers of a gelatin scaffold. Northwestern University 3D-printed ovaries restore fertility in mice Fans of 3D printing say it has the potential to revolutionize medicine—think 3D-printed skin, ears, bone scaffolds, and heart valves....

Surviving genocide: Storytelling and ritual help communities heal

Surviving genocide: Storytelling and ritual help communities heal IOANNINA, GREECE—Hazim Shingali and his family had no time to gather their belongings on 3 August 2014, when they heard that hundreds of armed Islamic State (IS) group fighters were storming toward their town of Sinjar...

China’s belt and road infrastructure plan also includes science

China’s plans for stronger land (black) and sea (blue) trade routes also include funding for scientific cooperation. Lommes/Wikimedia Commons China’s belt and road infrastructure plan also includes science China’s plan to make massive investments in land and sea li...

Mars might have formed in the asteroid belt, study finds

While they are relatively close to each other, astronomically speaking, Earth and Mars are quite different in terms of chemical composition – a fact which a new study claims could be explained if the Red Planet had originally formed in a completely different part of the solar system. Th...

Minnesota measles outbreak blamed on anti-vaxxers

A recent measles outbreak that has caused dozens of Somali-Americans living in Minnesota to contract the highly contagious virus has been traced to an anti-vaccination campaign linking the potentially life-saving immunizations to autism, state health officials said on Monday. According ...

(Video) Scientists crack mystery of how Narwhals use their tusks

Narwhals are superb creatures – they have a great name and a striking appearance, largely due to the long and imposing tusks protruding from their heads. But as remarkable as these whales’ tusks look, it has until recently been unknown exactly how they are used. Drone foota...

New fossil sheds light on origin of filter-feeding in whales

A newly-discovered fossil is helping close a significant gap in the evolutionary history of the baleen whales by revealing how the ancestors of modern-day filter feeders with the humpback and blue whale began to diverge from toothed creatures like the sperm whale. According to and , th...
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