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Rewrite the textbooks: A new type of cell membrane

Rewrite the textbooks: A new type of cell membrane

Any biology textbook will tell you that all cells—human, bacteria, plant, what have you—build their membranes using phospholipids, fatty molecules that contain phosphorus.

February 9, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne
Marijuana might lead to increased risk of testicular cancer

Marijuana might lead to increased risk of testicular cancer

Fellas, you might want to think, well, twice about following Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps' lead. A study published today in the journal Cancer linked frequent marijuana use to the possibility of a slim increased risk of testicular cancer.

February 9, 2009 — Katherine Harmon
The future of fossil fuels: Microbe power, aka black biotech?

The future of fossil fuels: Microbe power, aka black biotech?

If you follow biotechnology at all, you probably know that there is red biotech for medical applications (example: using bacteria to produce drugs); white biotech for industrial applications (example: using microbes instead of chemicals); and green biotech for agriculture (example: using genetically modified crops.)

So it was only a matter of time before someone came up with a term for using biotechnology to come up with new fuel sources.

February 9, 2009 — David Biello
Death toll climbs in Aussie wildfires

Death toll climbs in Aussie wildfires

At least 135 people have died and authorities say that more than 200 may have perished in wildfires that have been raging in southern Australia since Saturday.

February 9, 2009 — Jordan Lite
Throw another 'roo steak on the barbie...

Throw another 'roo steak on the barbie...

There's a new kind of meat that's getting a lot buzz Down Under these days. Word is it's better for the planet. Or at least that's what scientists argue in a paper published in the journal Conservation Letters .

February 6, 2009 — David Biello
Color scheme: Red focuses attention, blue sets your mind free

Color scheme: Red focuses attention, blue sets your mind free

Do you always use your lucky blue pen on an exam? Maybe you should switch to red.

University of British Columbia (UBC) researchers tested 600 people on detail-oriented tasks (such as proofreading) and creative tasks (such as brainstorming).

February 6, 2009 — Jordan Lite
LHC now targeted for "late 2009" start-up

LHC now targeted for "late 2009" start-up

Here we go again. Giving doomsayers yet more time to predict the end of the Earth, the perpetually delayed restart of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has once again been pushed back.

February 6, 2009 — John Matson

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