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A Synthetic Biology Conference Lures an Intriguing Audience

A Synthetic Biology Conference Lures an Intriguing Audience

Neil Gershenfeld of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says that synthetic biology, which involves the creation of biological systems intended for specific purposes, can generate scientific advances as well as ethical questions.

Why Scientists Are Battling Over Pleasure

Why Scientists Are Battling Over Pleasure

Is the pleasure of enjoying a Leonardo da Vinci painting really any different than the pleasure we get from eating chocolate?

Sea Turtles Use Magnetic Fields to Find Their Birthplace Beach

Sea Turtles Use Magnetic Fields to Find Their Birthplace Beach

Loggerhead turtles are known to use the earth’s magnetic fields to nest on Florida’s Gulf beaches within about 40 to 50 miles of where they were born decades earlier.

Women Making Science Videos on YouTube Face Hostile Comments

Women Making Science Videos on YouTube Face Hostile Comments

A screen grab of Emily Graslie's channel, The Brain Scoop, from a recent episode about skunk dissection.

The Known: Cancer Is Really, Really Old. The Unknown: How Common It Was.

The Known: Cancer Is Really, Really Old. The Unknown: How Common It Was.

Evidence of a cancerous tumor was found on a bone fossil dating back 1.7 million years.

Designing the Next Wave of Computer Chips

Designing the Next Wave of Computer Chips

Nanomaterials arranged on a chip before being cut into their final forms at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, Calif.

Two Urchins, Similar but Not

Two Urchins, Similar but Not

Many different species do similar things. The pencil sea urchin and green sea urchin, for example, are both grazers in the coastal waters of the Galapagos Islands.

New Wearable Sensor Can Collect Data From Sweat

New Wearable Sensor Can Collect Data From Sweat

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France wiped sweat from his face during the Australian Open. Researchers say their new wearable sensor can measure perspiration for conditions like dehydration and fatigue.

NASA’s New Horizons Takes Photos of Ultima Thule, 4 Billion Miles Away

NASA’s New Horizons Takes Photos of Ultima Thule, 4 Billion Miles Away

S. Alan Stern, center, New Horizons’ principal investigator, surrounded by children at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., on Tuesday.

Rhino Embryos Made in Lab to Save Nearly Extinct Subspecies

Rhino Embryos Made in Lab to Save Nearly Extinct Subspecies

Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, who died in March.

Technique Used to Find Golden State Killer Leads to a Suspect in 1987 Murders

Technique Used to Find Golden State Killer Leads to a Suspect in 1987 Murders

The DNA of second cousins helped lead detectives to William Earl Talbott II, who was arrested Thursday in in Washington State in connection with the 1987 murders of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg. Their pictures were displayed at a news conference in April.

In Footprints on Scotland’s Isle of Skye, Signs of a Dinosaur Playground

In Footprints on Scotland’s Isle of Skye, Signs of a Dinosaur Playground

A sauropod footprint found in Scotland was among several that included tracks left by smaller, two-legged meat-eaters. Their presence together upends a theory that the larger plant-eaters waded into shallow, muddy waters to evade predators.

To See the Best Christmas Trees, You’ll Need Scuba Gear

To See the Best Christmas Trees, You’ll Need Scuba Gear

A Spirobranchus worm, commonly called the Christmas tree worm, on a coral reef near Eilat, Israel.

‘Global Greening’ Sounds Good. In the Long Run, It’s Terrible.

‘Global Greening’ Sounds Good. In the Long Run, It’s Terrible.

Plant growth is increasing because of rising carbon dioxide. But plants return carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at night, in a process called respiration.


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