Scientists are working to create yeast that operates with custom-made DNA. They have long been able to make specific changes in an organism's DNA. Now, they're pushing into the more radical step of starting over, and building redesigned versions from scratch. Their work is part of a bold and controversial pursuit aimed at creating custom-made DNA codes to be inserted into living cells to change how they function, or even provide treatments for diseases. It could also someday help give scientists the profound and unsettling ability to create entirely new organisms. The genetic code is like a book written with an alphabet of only four letters: A, C, G, and T. Chemical building blocks that correspond
Bormes-les-Mimosas (France) (AFP) - Local residents joined firefighters in southern France Wednesday to battle blazes that have forced over 10,000 people to flee and left chunks of coastal forest a blackened mess. In some places, locals used spades, rakes and even tree branches in a desperate bid to beat back the flames until the firefighters arrived. Forest fires were also raging in parts of central Portugal, where several villages were evacuated and roads closed down.
President Donald Trump said today (July 26) that transgender individuals could not serve in the military. "After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow … transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military," Trump tweeted. "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming … victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail," he continued in another tweet.
A man accused of accidentally sparking a massive Utah wildfire that forced some 1,500 people from their homes last month and cost about $34 million to fight was charged Tuesday. Iron County prosecutor Scott Garrett told The Associated Press that his office charged Robert Ray Lyman, 60, with two misdemeanors. Garrett declined further comment, but authorities have said the fire started when a man set a pile of weeds on fire and it raged out of control near a cabin in the ski town of Brian Head on June 17.
Girl Scouts from Daisies to teen Ambassadors may earn 23 new badges focused on science, technology, engineering and math. It’s the largest addition of new badges in a decade for Girl Scouts of the USA. The effort takes a progressive approach to STEM and also nudges girls to become citizen scientists using the great outdoors as their laboratory. Among the new badges are those that introduce kindergarten and first-graders to the world of robots and engineering. Scouts can learn basic programming and build prototypes to solve everyday problems. Older Scouts will have the chance to enhance those skills, learning more about artificial intelligence, algorithms and how to formally present their work.
This might be the closest thing we have to a tech beef. Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has been vocal about his concerns over the rise in artificial intelligence. Musk worries AI could be used in a way that threatens humanity. Recently, he implored governments to start enacting laws to regulate how AI is built and used. On Saturday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hosted a live chat from his backyard (while grilling, of course). A viewer asked him about Musk's concerns and how he felt about AI. Zuckerberg said he's "really optimistic" for AI, and questions those naysayers "who drum up doomsday scenarios" about the technology. "It’s really negative," said Zuckerberg. "And in some ways, I think it’s
The total solar eclipse of August 21 will track eastward across the US starting around 9 a.m. PDT. NASA will fly "eclipse jets" to make totality — when the moon blocks out the sun — last nearly three times as long. The jets will use telescopes to study the sun's corona, or outer atmosphere. The total solar eclipse of August 21 will be the first in nearly 100 years to cut across the entire continental United States. For most Americans in the path of the eclipse's umbra — where the moon blocks out the sun and casts its darkest shadow — the strange phenomenon of totality will last about 2 minutes 30 seconds as the eclipse tracks from west to east. In the US, the eclipse is projected to begin near
(CNN)Cut off from the mainland, Ngamba Island is a world away from the rest of Uganda. Perched in the waters of Lake Victoria, this lush outcrop, a short boat journey from Entebbe, is an idyl and a haven for mankind's closest relation. Chimpanzees face exploitation by humans, whether through deforestation or traffickers, but Ngamba's semi-tropical rainforest has become a happy stomping ground for the primate. Overseen by the Chimpanzee Trust, the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary's approach helps the apes stay fed and watered, but in the daytime they're free to roam and claim the island as their own. Ngamba's chimp population has endured difficult previous lives: orphaned, kept as pets, some
According to NASA, the main iceberg, known as A-68A, continues to move northward, away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf. #A68 update: New #Sentinel1 time series 6-24 July: the #iceberg continuing to break up and drift further from #LarcenC ice shelf.
Humanity will have used up its allowance of planetary resources such as water, soil, and clean air for all of 2017 by next week, said a report Tuesday. Earth Overshoot Day will arrive on August 2 this year, according to environmental groups WWF and Global Footprint Network.
A morning visual check by museum staff revealed that Snooty was missing, and he was later discovered caught in a duct behind the tank he shared with three young manatees, Jeff Rodgers, the museum's provost and chief operating officer, said at a news briefing in Bradenton yesterday (July 23).
NEW YORK (AP) — "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli has kept up his trademark trolling on social media during his securities fraud trial — calling the case "bogus" — but the jury won't hear him defend himself in court. Closing arguments are set for Thursday, with deliberations expected to begin as early as Friday. Although not part of the case, the price-gouging scandal has hung over the trial and burdened Shkreli with a likability deficit that made it even more of a longshot that he would testify.
Girl Scouts from tiny Daisies to teen Ambassadors may earn 23 new badges focused on science, technology, engineering and math. The effort takes a progressive approach to STEM and also nudges girls to become citizen scientists using the great outdoors as their laboratory. Among the new badges are those that introduce kindergarten and first graders to the world of robots and engineering.
Ever since Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt and other Trump administration officials raised the idea of putting climate science up for debate, it's been an open question as to where the participants who doubt mainstream
Elon Musk – of SpaceX and Tesla Motors fame – recently proposed the “Hyperloop,” a high-speed floating train that’s accelerated by magnets and coasts between destinations. Described by Musk himself as “the fifth mode of transport,” it’s intended to provide fast and safe transit, largely self-powered with electricity generated by its own solar panels. Musk recently announced his company would build a test track in California.
Google has taken its cameras where few cameras have gone before, capturing images aboard the International Space Station.It's a first for Street View Imagery. With the help of French astronaut and aerospace engineer Thomas Pesquet, who returned to earth
On Monday August 21, a solar eclipse will cut across the entire United States. And wherever you are, you will be able to see it. Even though the “totality” — the area where the sun is completely blocked out by the moon — is only 70 miles wide, the whole country (even Alaska and Hawaii) will experience a partial eclipse. This is what you’ll see, and the time you’ll see it, in your zip code. We recommend punching in a few different ones to see how the eclipse experience will vary across the country. Salem, Oregon (97301), is going to see a total eclipse. Downtown Los Angeles (90012) will see 62 percent of the sun blocked at the peak. In Lake Charles, Louisiana (70601), it’ll be 71 percent. The
Not since Concorde was removed from service in October 2003 has a commercial airliner flown at beyond the speed of sound. Famously, a plane breaking the sound barrier provokes a "sonic boom" - a cacophonous whip-crack which, if it erupts close enough to the ground, can cause windows to break and complaints to be issued. Contrary to perception - and in spite of the popular consensus that the plane was generally a success in its 27 years of active service - supersonic flight over the US is banned, and has been since 1973.
The one thing these two disciplines have in common is the night sky. Since then, advances in astronomy have helped the stars shed some of their mystery, leaving us with pretty little things that light up the night sky.
Lemons were the acai bowls of the ancient Romans — prized by the privileged because they were rare, and treasured for their healing powers. In fact, this coveted fruit, as well as the citron, were the only citrus fruits known in the ancient Mediterranean — it took centuries for other fruits, such as oranges, limes and pomelos to spread westward from their native Southeast Asia, a new study finds. However, the citrus fruits that followed in later years weren't as exclusive as lemons and citrons, said the study's lead researcher, Dafna Langgut, an archaeobotanist at Tel Aviv University in Israel.
It was once nothing more than a Kickstarter dream, but earlier this year, Anova cemented its success after being acquired for an impressive $250 million. On Tuesday, the appliance maker announced a partnership with Field Company, yet another Kickstarter success story, whose cast-iron skillet raised over $1.6 million last year. Thanks to this new collaboration, Anova will be offering an exclusive limited batch of the Field Skillet before it’s made available to the general public.
Japan's capital says it will start collecting suggestions this week for the name of a recently born giant panda cub. Tokyo's Ueno Zoo, Japan's oldest, has not shown the cub directly to the public. ShinShin's last cub was born in 2012 and survived only six days.
Gov. Jerry Brown and his predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, stood side by side Tuesday to cheer the extension of one of the most ambitious programs in the U.S. to reduce fossil fuel pollution, while condemning President Donald Trump's failure to see climate change as a deadly threat. Schwarzenegger, a Republican, joined Brown, a Democrat, for a sunny outdoor ceremony overlooking San Francisco where the governor signed legislation to extend a program limiting emissions of climate-changing carbons that both have urged the world to emulate. Within view of the city's skyscrapers on Treasure Island, a man-made low-lying island threatened by rising seas from climate change, the signing was full of open rebukes for President Donald Trump, who withdrew the United States from the global Paris accord to cut carbon emissions.
Since you were a child you've probably been led to believe that rainbows are half-circles, right? It was shot by a crane operator working on the 1,500 ft tall Lakhta Centre skyscraper in St Petersburg, Russia. In theory, every rainbow is a circle, but thanks to the Earth's curvature, only the upper half can be seen.