How to transform seaweed into biofuel

Scientists at the University of Illinois have developed a variety of yeast that significantly accelerates the transformation of seaweed into biofuel. It’s a welcome development in an industry that wasn’t seeing much progress.

Modded mosquitoes could help fight tropical disease

Scientists are currently attempting to control dengue fever, a tropical disease spread by mosquito bites, in many parts of the world.

Ecstasy could help treat cancer

Scientists at the University of Birmingham have discovered a potent form of MDMA (Ecstasy) that could be used to help treat cancer.

Report: moderate drinking can help prevent dementia

A new analysis conducted by the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine claims that moderate social drinking can help reduce the risk of dementia and cognitive impairment.

Caffeine could help fight skin cancer

A recent Rutgers University study supports the theory that caffeine can help protect against certain types of skin cancer on a molecular level.

Puffins search for optimal migration route

Puffins are funny looking, but appearances aren’t everything. It turns out that the funny little birds are smart enough to “scout out” their own migration routes.

Toyota safety technology controls steering

Toyota is working on safety technology that assumes control of the steering so that the vehicle can turn away when it isn’t able stop before a collision.

The $8000 Elliptical Machine Office Desk set

Sometimes there are developments in technology that give you hope for the future. This is one of those developments.

New gene curation software created for genetic biologists

University of Illinois researchers have created a curation software tool for genetic biologists and it has led to a new approach in searching for information. They call it the BeeSpace Navigator.

Japanese gadget charges cellphone via campfire

A Japanese company has come up with an interesting new way to charge a mobile phone. It involves heating a pot of water over a fire.

Scientists think ‘Super’ wheat will boost food security

Scientists claim that they’re almost ready to produce “super varieties” of wheat. They say the strains will resist fungus, yield more wheat, and neutralize deadly threats to the food supply.

Scientists develop open-source genome analyzer

Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have developed a desktop genome analyzer.

Spies get new exercise regimen … for their brains

The intelligence community has a new workout regimen from an unlikely source: social science. Yes, intelligence analysts will now have to engage in mental gymnastics.

Blocking microRNAs may prevent degenerative eye disorders

Medical researchers have discovered that laying the smackdown on DNA’s cousin - RNA - might help put a stop to the development of degenerative eye disorders.

Neuroscientists find a new way to wipe pain away

Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine have discovered a new way to deal with chronic pain. And it’s not medical marijuana.

Using super microscope scientists find body’s immunity “switch”

Thanks to a super advanced microscope, medical scientists can finally see what goes on inside of T-cells. What they've seen so far could lead to a new era of medical treatments.

Study: Tinted glasses give migraine relief

People who are hung over or suffer from migraines know that wearing tinted lenses not only makes you look cool, it helps ease the pain.

Using red wine to treat concussions in pro boxers

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers are asking for the help of professional boxers to study a component in red wine.

Heredity linked to subjective effects of alcohol

Scientists have known for a long time that people who have a close relative who is an alcoholic have a much better chance of abusing the sauce.

New device could reduce surgical scarring

Scientists at Stanford University have developed an extraordinary wound dressing capable of greatly reducing scar tissue from incisions.