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Scientists Find Underground Ocean of Water on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

Scientists Find Underground Ocean of Water on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

On a small moon of Saturn, hidden beneath nearly 25 miles of ice, researchers say they have identified an underground ocean of water that's at least as large as Lake Superior, the largest of North America's Great Lakes. The ocean was found at the south pole of Enceladus, a tiny moon about as wide as Arizona, putting the ...

Google Ventures Backs Cool Planet to Create Environmentally Friendly Gasoline

Google Ventures Backs Cool Planet to Create Environmentally Friendly Gasoline

Cool Planet, a startup headquartered in Colorado, announced a major $100 million round of financing on Monday. Investors include a roster of big names including Google Ventures, BP, General Electric, and ConocoPhillips. Last month the company broke ground on its first commercial plant, located in Louisiana, and this new ...

Scientists Have Created a Yeast Chromosome From Scratch

Scientists Have Created a Yeast Chromosome From Scratch

Synthetic biology has come a long way in recent years. In the last two decades alone, scientists have been able to go from synthesizing the genome of a relatively small virus, Hepatitis C, to creating what researchers refer to as the "first synthetic cell" from a unicellular organism. Yet until recently, researchers had ...

IBM’s Watson to Sift Through Genomes to Try to Cure Cancer

IBM’s Watson to Sift Through Genomes to Try to Cure Cancer

IBM and the New York Genome Center announced a partnership to test whether Watson, the computer that won on Jeopardy, can sift through the genomes of cancer patients and help doctors pick drugs. This effort could hold the key to making DNA sequencing for cancer affordable, but there is a vast amount of work to do that will ...

The Five-Second Rule is a Valid Thing, Says Science

The Five-Second Rule is a Valid Thing, Says Science

A piece of food falls on the floor. Do you toss it out - or immediately pick it up and eat it, claiming the "five-second rule"? The idea that food is still relatively germ-free if it's been on the floor for less than five seconds has been more of a pop-culture theory than something science would support. But new research ...

NASA is Planning a Robotic Trip to Jupiter’s Moon Europa

NASA is Planning a Robotic Trip to Jupiter’s Moon Europa

NASA is plotting a daring robotic mission to Jupiter's watery moon Europa, a place where astronomers speculate there might be some form of life. The space agency set aside $15 million in its 2015 budget proposal to start planning some kind of mission to Europa. No details have been decided yet, but NASA chief financial ...

Study: Our Brains Now Process Emoticons as Faces

Study: Our Brains Now Process Emoticons as Faces

When we first broached the Great Smiley Debate a few weeks ago, the question was whether or not a dash-as-nose was appropriate, necessary, or a bastardization of the simple purity of two dots paired with a gentle curve. But a new, equally contentious controversy emerged in the Kinja discussion: Should the parenthesis open ...

The FDA Has Approved a Swallowable ‘Pill Camera’

The FDA Has Approved a Swallowable ‘Pill Camera’

Given Imaging Ltd. has won US approval for an ingestible pill camera that can help doctors screen the large intestine for early signs of colon cancer. The Israeli company’s technology uses a battery-powered camera to take high-speed photos of the intestinal tract over eight hours. The images are transmitted to a recording ...

Scientists Have Created a Peanut Butter and Jellyfish

Scientists Have Created a Peanut Butter and Jellyfish

Jellyfish are popular attractions at aquariums, with their see-through bodies and floating lifestyle. Keeping hungry jellyfish fed, however, can be a challenge. Fish and shrimp-based protein sources can be expensive, inconvenient, and may ultimately be unsustainable. That's why P. Zelda Montoya and Barrett L. Christie, two ...

Rosetta, the First Spacecraft to Land on a Comet, Wakes Up

Rosetta, the First Spacecraft to Land on a Comet, Wakes Up

Rosetta, the first spacecraft built to orbit a comet and land a probe on these icy nomads, is now waking up after more than two years of slumber, and videos filmed as part of an international competition will help greet the spacecraft after it awakens. Comets are some of the most primitive building blocks of the solar ...