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  • Chinese scientists create 4 synthetic yeast chromosomes

    Chinese scientists create 4 synthetic yeast chromosomes

    Via XinHuaNet : BEIJING, March 10 (Xinhua) — Chinese scientists have assembled four synthetic yeast chromosomes, making China the second country capable of designing and building eukaryotic genomes following the United States. The findings were published in Friday’s edition of journal Science, marking a step closer to building synthetic life. In […]

  • Does Science Know Right From Wrong?

    Does Science Know Right From Wrong?

    Via NPR : The alliance between science and state is ancient. Archimedes, the great Greek mathematician and inventor, designed weapons to protect the city of Syracuse from attacking Roman fleets. For thousands of years, blacksmiths developed new, more powerful alloys to make arrows and swords for their king’s army. Scientific knowledge, […]

  • Can Superman’s Flying Powers be Explained With Real-World Physics?

    Can Superman’s Flying Powers be Explained With Real-World Physics?

    Via Gizmodo : Superman! He is a super man, man. Well, not really, he’s actually an alien called Kal-El. Though his name may sounds like an unknown keyboard shortcut his powers are near infamous, ranging from the awesome (flight, X-ray vision) to the absurd (turning back time ). It’s pretty much […]

  • Australia’s top honours for science, the Eureka Prizes, have been awarded to people who created salt batteries for renewable energy and vaccines for oysters.

    Australia’s top science prizes for 2015

    Via Business Insider Australia : Australia’s top honours for science, the Eureka Prizes, have been awarded to people who created salt batteries for renewable energy and vaccines for oysters. All the prizes presented by the Australian Museum last night at Sydney’s Town Hall: Endangered species. For development of the red list […]

  • Why Does Rain Smell Good?

    Why Does Rain Smell Good?

    Via Live Science : Do you love the good smell of rain? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, some scientists believe that people inherited their affection for the scent of rain from ancestors who relied on rainy weather for their survival. But what makes rain smell so nice? There are […]

  • How Physics Will Change—and Change the World—in 100 Years

    How Physics Will Change—and Change the World—in 100 Years

    Via PBS : One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein had only just published his revolutionary new theory of gravity, atomic nuclei were entirely mysterious, and quantum “theory” was a tissue of guesswork. Superconductivity, the nature of the chemical bond, and the energy source of stars were riddles that baffled physics. And then […]