Sorry vaping aficionados, study finds e-cigs may damage heart and lungs

Years ago, the tobacco industry was revolutionized with the launch of the lowly electronic cigarette. Though it took time to catch on, e-cigs have seen explosive growth in popularity, many heralding them as the solution to many of combustion cigarettes’ biggest problems. What was once championed as “basically harmless” has since been the subject of many studies, though, and yet … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Berserk leprosy bacteria are wildly mutating to become extremely drug resistant

Enlarge / "Brah, sloweth thy roll!" From a manuscript by early medical writer Roger of Salerno (c.1200). (credit: Getty | Hulton Archive) An ancient bacterium known for devastating and disfiguring its victims has turned to frantically ravaging its own genome to maintain its killer status, according to a new study. Arran Reeve, suffering from leprosy, circa 1886. (credit: Pierre Arents) Strains of Mycobacterium leprae—the main bacterium behind leprosy*—are hypermutating and becoming [Read Entire Story]

Saharan school-bus-sized sauropod patches up fossil record

The fossil record is patchy at best, but there's a particularly large hole in time and space over Africa towards the end of the dinosaurs' reign. Now, paleontologists have discovered a new species in the Sahara Desert that fits right in that gap. Meet Mansourasaurus shahinae, a school-bus-sized sauropod that plodded around Africa about 80 million years ago, which is helping scientists piece together the geology and evolutionary situation of the Late Cretaceous... Continue Reading Saharan [Read Entire Story]

Two CubeSats will explore moon’s dark side for ESA missions

A pair of CubeSats have been selected to explore the dark side of the moon, helping scientists understand what resides on that portion of the lunar surface. The selections were recently announced by the European Space Agency (ESA), which put a call out to European teams in 2017. The two chosen CubeSats are named the Lunar Meteoroid Impact Orbiter (Lumio) … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Elon Musk sells 10,000 flamethrowers in 48 hours [Updated]

Enlarge (credit: Boring Company) Over the last 15 years, Elon Musk's companies have had a big impact on the rocket, electric car, and battery markets. This weekend, Musk entered yet another new market: flamethrowers. Musk's Boring Company began selling branded novelty flamethrowers for $500 apiece. "Obviously, a flamethrower is a super terrible idea," Musk tweeted on Saturday evening. "Definitely don't buy one." By Monday afternoon, customers had reserved 10,000 of the 20,000 units the company [Read Entire Story]

SpaceX gets good news from the Air Force on the Zuma mission

Enlarge / The launch of Zuma was pretty, but the aftermath has been anything but. (credit: SpaceX) A little more than two weeks have passed since the apparent loss of the highly classified Zuma mission. Since then, SpaceX has publicly and privately stated that its Falcon 9 rocket performed nominally throughout the flight—with both its first and second stages firing as anticipated. Now, the US Air Force seems to be backing the rocket company up. "Based on the data available, our team did not [Read Entire Story]

Glasses could prevent motion sickness in self-driving cars

Never mind festooning a self-driving car in lights and other devices to fend off motion sickness -- you might just have to slip on some eyewear. University of Michigan researchers have patented a system that could use glasses or a headset to prevent... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

A randomly generated, totally novel enzyme rescues mutant bacteria

Enlarge / Colorized scanning electron micrograph of Escherichia coli (E. coli), grown in culture and adhered to a cover slip. (credit: NIAID / Flickr) Proteins are chains of amino acids, and each link in the chain can hold any one of the 20 amino acids that life relies on. If you were to pick each link at random, the number of possible proteins ends up reaching astronomical levels pretty fast. So how does life ever end up evolving entirely new genes? One lab has been answering that question by [Read Entire Story]

This new species of brittle star lived 435 million years ago

Scientists say the fossilized remains of a brittle star that lived 435 million years ago belong to a new species. ; The fossil was named Crepidosoma doyleii, after the paleontologist who discovered it. Eamon Doyle was a Ph.D. student when he discovered the remains of the thumbnail-sized creature in the late 1980s, embedded in a layer of fossils on a hillside in the Maam Valley in Ireland. ; Though this species of brittle star (which are closely related to starfish) first developed nearly half a [Read Entire Story]

Peeved by price gouging and shortages, hospitals will now make their own drugs

Enlarge / Former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli. Jail for him, competition for his kind. (credit: Getty | Drew Angerer ) For four of the country’s largest hospital systems, enough is enough. Sick of drug companies’ eye-popping price hikes and ridiculous shortages, the feisty hospital systems announced Wednesday that they’ve banded together and formed an unnamed non-profit to make their own steady supply of affordable generic medicines. The leading hospital system, Intermountain [Read Entire Story]

NASA has pulled Jeanette Epps just months before her first flight

Enlarge / Jeanette Epps, left, served as a back-up crew member to Expedition 54 to the space station. (credit: NASA) NASA issued a short news release on Thursday evening stating that Jeanette Epps will not be a part of the International Space Station crew set to launch in June. (That flight would launch from Kazakhstan aboard a Soyuz rocket.) The release gave no reason why Epps was pulled from the flight. In a response to a request for more information, Johnson Space Center spokeswoman Brandi [Read Entire Story]

Brotherly mummies had different daddies

New technologies like advanced DNA analysis and x-ray techniques are continuing to unravel the mysteries of the mummies, recently revealing the other-worldly origins of King Tut's dagger and ancient prosthetic toes. Now, next-generation DNA sequencing has helped solve a mystery that has perplexed scientists for decades – whether a pair of mummies known as the "Two Brothers" were in fact full brothers at all... Continue Reading Brotherly mummies had different daddies Category: [Read Entire Story]

Newly found candy-striped crab could be a cleaner by night

An underwater expedition to study flaming reef lobsters in the Caribbean has led to a chance encounter with another kind of colorful crustacean. The newly discovered candy striped hermit crab is named so for its candy cane-colored legs, and its features have researchers suspecting that it could even be the first hermit crab to engage in "cleaning" of other fish. .. Continue Reading Newly found candy-striped crab could be a cleaner by night Category: Science Tags: [Read Entire Story]

Researchers figure out trick to a fruit fly’s acrobatic flight

If you've ever tried to swat a fruit fly out of the air, you know how crafty the little buggers can be at avoiding your swings. Turns out that not only are they incredibly agile, they're super efficient as well, using only 12 muscles (each controlled... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Al Gore Will Host Previously-Canceled Climate Change Summit, Saying, “Climate Shouldn’t Be a Political Issue”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had planned to host a three-day conference tackling the topic of climate change, as well as the resultant health effects of climate change, but then unceremoniously canceled the event shortly after President Trump’s inauguration. No official reason was given for the initial cancellation, but the event’s co-organizer Georges Benjamin called it a “strategic retreat,” suggesting that the organization didn’t wish to make [Read Entire Story]

Did Harvard really create the "holy grail" of solid metallic hydrogen?

Researchers at Harvard University say they've managed to create a potentially revolutionary material that has only been imagined in theory for the past several decades: metallic hydrogen... Continue Reading Did Harvard really create the "holy grail" of solid metallic hydrogen? Category: Science Tags: Harvard Physics Diamonds superconductor Chemistry Related Articles: [Read Entire Story]

Tiny Einstein Robot Takes On Alexa With Science

Imagine if Amazon’s Echo was shaped like a tiny theoretical physicist and could chit chat with you at length about science. Say hello to Professor Einstein: Your Personal Genius. Yes, tiny Einstein will still tell you the weather and manage your calendar, but he does everything with an educational twist. A companion app called Stein-O-Matic adds to the fun with interactive content: The Stein-O-Matic app is the user’s guidebook and control system for directly engaging content. Using the [Read Entire Story]

Rogue National Park Service Twitter account says it’s no longer run by government employees…but maybe it never was

The rogue government Twitter account, AltUSNatParkService, which claimed it was being run by current park rangers, says it has now handed off control of its Twitter account to “several activists and journalists who believe they can continue in the same spirit.” The move has led some to question if the account was, in fact, ever operated by disgruntled government employees in the… Read More SOURCE: TechCrunch - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

NASA Just Launched a Stunning Tribute to the Apollo 1 Disaster

On January 27th, 1967, three NASA astronauts—Roger Chaffee, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, and Ed White—perished in a fire that erupted in the Apollo 1 command module during a preflight test. Though it was set to be the first crewed Apollo mission, the craft never made it off the launchpad. The tragedy, which took place 50…Read more... SOURCE: io9 - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

First hydrogen metal created on Earth draws critical doubt

Scientists from Harvard University say they've ended an 80-year quest by compressing hydrogen into a potentially superconducting metal. Using a diamond-tipped anvil, the team squeezed a hydrogen gas sample to 71 million PSI, more than the pressure at... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

A Groundbreaking Gene-Editing Therapy Eliminated Cancer in Two Infants

Two infants diagnosed with an aggressive and previously incurable form of leukemia are now in remission, after British doctors say they cured the babies using so-called “designer cells.” Read more... SOURCE: Gizmodo - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

America’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Just Got Approved

It’s been a rough week for environmentalists in America, but buried amidst a torrent of reports detailing the Trump administration’s war on climate science, one uplifting energy story has garnered comparably little attention: the United States may be getting a second offshore wind farm.Read more... SOURCE: Gizmodo - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

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