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Brian is an international consultant and writer who has worked on a variety of innovation and economic development projects. He loves getting involved in "hard science" projects and sorting through all the messy details.

3-D imaging improves understanding of supercoiled DNA

We often think of DNA as that simple, beautiful twisting double helix so popularized by modern culture. While this view isn't exactly incorrect, it's...
zombie fly bees

As ‘ZomBee’ horde moves eastward, will threat to colonies increase?

The so-called zombie fly, also known as apocephalus borealis has been enslaving worker bees in a literal zom-bee apocalypse. While the flies have largely been...
Dell EMC

Dell looks to become cloud giant with EMC acquisition

Dell Computers is looking to ramp up its efforts in the burgeoning cloud computing and data storage industry. Already the world's third largest computer...
milk

Whole milk and fats to be considered by USDA for new guidelines

Turns out that fat might not be as bad for you as previously thought. The USDA is now grappling with whether or not to...

Apple has allegedly blocked Apple News in China

If you happen to live or are currently in China, and you're trying to access the increasingly popular Apple News app, you're going to...

Scientists discover more evidence of streams and lakes on Mars

PASADENA, California - Not long ago, at least on a geographical timeline, Mars had lakes and rivers. This discovery was made by scientists at...
California looking to normalize marijuana industry with new regulations

California looking to normalize marijuana industry with new regulations

Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law three bills that will create a new state agency for regulating and monitoring the burgeoning medical marijuana...
blue cheese

Total Recall: Deadly listeria forces Whole Foods to recall blue cheese

While listeria may not be as well known as salmonella and other foodborne illnesses, it's every bit as deadly. So make sure you pay...
neurons

Roche’s new multiple sclerosis drug could revolutionize treatment

Multiple sclerosis affects 400,000 Americans, and millions more around the globe. Despite the gravity of the infliction however, until now treatments have been limited due...

Ancient human DNA taken from African mountain cave reveals migration patterns

Researchers have announced that they have successfully sequenced the entire genome of a man who lived 4,500 years ago, making it the oldest human...

(+Video) Newly discovered ripples in star dust cloud mystify scientists

The universe is full of wonders, and even after decades of study scientists are still discovering new phenomena. Researchers were recently examining a massive...
surgeons

Study: Gastric bypass surgery can lead to increased self-harm attempts

A Canadian study has found a startling link between weight-loss surgery and an increased risk of attempted suicides and self-inflicted harm among those who have...
HIV virus

(+video) WHO recommends all HIV positive people start ART treatment

The World Health Organization has announced that all limitations for the eligibility of the tested and proven antiretroviral therapy (ART) will be lifted. According...
sun

Research on neutrinos results in third Nobel Prize

The 2015 winners for the Nobel Prize in Physics have been announced. Early Tuesday morning Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald learned that they...
Chernobyl abandoned shack

Chernobyl: Why a radioactive wasteland is a haven for wildlife

Sometimes, something that seems terrible can actually turn out to be good, or at the very least have a silver lining. Take the Chernobyl...
beaver

Leave it to beaver: “Rodent” survives dinosaur doomsday

Researchers have revealed a little, mammal that resembles a rodent. They believe that these mammals lived during the dinosaurs era and were a part...
whitetail deer

(+video) Bluetongue ravaging white-tailed deer in Pacific NW

Deer in the Pacific-Northwest, specifically Idaho and Washington, are being wiped out by the hundreds by a viral disease, bluetongue. The disease is being...
John oliver Last Week Tonight

(+video) John Oliver, organizations highlighting mental health challenges

John Oliver has helped pushed mental health issues into the spotlight on his "Last Week Tonight" show. While Oliver didn't deny the importance of...

Following discovery of water, scientists hope for life on Mars

Is man alone in the universe? Mathematically speaking, it's highly unlikely, given the vastness of the known universe. Still, no conclusive evidence has been...
woolly mammoth

Michigan farmers find mammoth fossils while digging ditch

A pair of Michigan farmers made a 'mammoth' discovery, quite literally. Trent Satterthwaite and James Bristle were working on a drainage ditch at Bristle’s farm in...

Tall people suffer from cancer, short people at risk of strokes

Shorter people often get the short end of the stick in life, often being the butt of jokes, and may even earn less money....

asteroid-volcano combo took out dinosaurs

Ever since humanity discovered fossilized dinosaur bones, we've wondered what happened to the giant beasts. Over the years tons of theories have been proposed,...

Low nicotine cigarettes lead to reduction in smoking

Want to quit smoking? Low nicotine cigarettes might be the answer. Researchers have found that when cigarettes with substantially lower nicotine levels can be...

China outmatched when it comes to taking on carbon pollution?

China is getting serious about global warming, having recently announced plans to start up a national carbon emissions trading program by 2017. China's plan...
Yersinia pestis plague

Deadly plague bacteria millions of years older than first thought

Do you remember that scene in Jurassic Park where the park staff reveal that the dinosaurs were made from DNA stored in mosquitos frozen in...
ebola

ViroCap virus test could save countless lives

It can happen to anyone. Suddenly, you fall seriously ill and are rushed to the hospital. The doctors are perplexed, multiple blood analyzes, PCR...
fish reef

New Zealand creates massive, pristine marine sanctuary

New Zealand is looking to create a marine sanctuary the size of France with the aim of protecting one of the world's most vital...
fish market

Fish not so healthy? Popular seafood riddled with plastic

A lot of people love fish and seafood, but a recent study found that fish sampled in both California and Indonesia contained pieces of...