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Bacteria 'Fight Club' Could Help Find New Cures For Diseases

A sample dish, otherwise known as a bacterial cage match Anne Rayner / Vanderbilt Humans could never have figured out how to get rid of potentially harmful bacteria without harnessing the bacteria themselves; when bacteria are under fire, they can create a special biological agent designed to eliminate their attackers.

'Solar Impulse 2' Lands In Hawaii After Record-Breaking Solo Flight

Solar Impulse 2 coming in for landing in Hawaii Solar Impulse There's light at the end of the tunnel.

After SpaceX Explosion, Supplies Are Finally On Their Way To The ISS

Progress 60 Lift Off NASA In the wee hours of the morning, a Russian rocket packed with 6,000 pounds of food, fuel, and supplies successfully launched toward the International Space Station.

Student Invents Shapeshifting Pinecone-Inspired Building Material

Shapeshifting Material Chao Chen A new material changes shape when wet, a property that has numerous uses in design and around the house.

Drones Save Children From Flooding

Youths stuck on a rock Screenshot by author, from Facebook This week, a 12-year-old and an 18-year-old were stranded on a rock surrounded by rapids after a tubing accident.

BP Will Pay $18.7 Billion To Settle Deepwater Horizon Case

Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010 US Coast Guard/Wikimedia Commons The Department of Justice and oil company BP announced today that they had reached an $18.7 billion settlement over issues related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Yup, The Army Is Working On A Hoverbike

Tactical Reconnaissance Vehicle Photo by Malloy Aeronautics, via U.S. Army The U.S. Army definitely wants hoverbikes.

Underwater Greenhouses Offer Creative Solution To Food Crisis

Underwater Garden OceanReefGroup/YouTube An underwater greenhouse in the Nemo's Garden project. There actually is an octopus in this garden.

Toyota Mirai Has Longest Range of Any Zero-Emissions Vehicle

Toyota Mirai Toyota The Toyota Mirai takes a big, 312-mile step toward easing consumers’ range anxiety when it comes to electric vehicles.

Now You Can Turn Your Photos Into Computerized Nightmares With 'Deep Dream'

Michelangelo's 'Creation of Adam' as seen through Google's Deep Dream Kyle McDonald, Flickr CC-By-2.0 Created by digital artist Kyle McDonald using Google's Deep Dream program.

With Tiny Smartphone Spectrometers, Everybody Can Be A Chemist

Smartphone camera spectrometer Jie Bao This is about the size of a quarter. Spectrometers are one of the most important tools in science.

The Trouble With Nobel Prizes

When Nobel Laureate Tim Hunt made his infamous "trouble with girls" remark, we learned two things: The Nobel Prizes are really super important, guys.

Brains Fold Just Like Paper

Turinboy/ Flickr CC By 2.0 Crumpled paper balls don’t just look like brains—they act like them too. Larger brains tend to be more wrinkly than smaller brains, and because of this scientists have long thought that the degree of folding must have something to do with the number of neurons.

Why Are There More Blue-Eyed Alcoholics?

Blue eyes, smilin' at me Tobias D via Pixabay, CC0 public domain This week, researchers from the University of Vermont published a study in which they identify eye colors as an indicator for alcoholism—people with light-colored eyes, especially those with blue eyes, had higher incidences of alcohol dependency than their dark-eyed peers.

Why Do Seahorses Have Square Tails?

Seahorse shellac/FlickrCC by 2.0 We’ve got a lot to learn from a seahorse’s tail. Unlike other animals, these fishes' tails are square, not round--a fundamental difference in shape that scientists believe could lead to new developments in medicine, robotics, and even defense.

You Shouldn’t Be Afraid Of That Killer Volkswagen Robot

Volkswagen Assembly Line Screenshot by author, from YouTube Headlines rang out across the internet yesterday that a robot killed someone in Germany.

Roses Have Hidden Genes That Could Make Them Smell Even Sweeter

A researcher extracting oils from rose petals A. Cheziere/Universite Jean Monnet Roses are an ornamental plant, bred over hundreds of generations to have their distinctive shape and color.

NASA Is Helping Clean Up The California Oil Spill From May

Dirty waters NASA/JPL-Caltech A view of an oil polluted beach from the AVIRIS-NG instrument Santa Barbara is still cleaning up the oil spilled onto its beaches in May, and it’s getting help from a surprising source.

Microbes In The Weight Room

A Standard Weight Room Source: Wikipedia In addition to water bottles, disinfectant spray bottles have become commonplace in many athletic facilities.