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Space elevator could take astronauts into the stratosphere
Canadian firm granted patents for elevator designed to reach 20km above Earth
Their space elevator idea has some promise, but I expect it is still $100’s of millions, if not billions, …
Study: Can Spicy Food Actually Increase Life Span?
Would you eat chili peppers 2-4 times a week to live 10-14% longer?
I love the taste going in, but can’t stand the burn going out. Even with bidets, all I …
Ancient Viruses as Gene Therapy Vectors
Researchers deploy ancestors of today’s adeno-associated viruses to deliver gene therapies without immune system interference.
The interesting thing to me is that the _exact same_ techniques can be used to produce a variant …
The Sum of Our Parts
Putting the microbiome front and center in health care, in preventive strategies, and in health-risk assessments could stem the epidemic of noncommunicable diseases.
This is a really interesting article that sums up the evolving …
With Sonar-Reflecting Leaves, Plant Lures Bats to Poo in it
This is a cool case of evolution. The plants have evolved to basically be flashing lights to bats and their echolocation which lead to selection for larger, dryer traps, …
Adapting to Arsenic
Andean communities may have evolved the ability to metabolize arsenic, a trait that could be the first documented example of a toxic substance acting as an agent of natural selection in humans.
Really interesting article showing …
Mysterious Lunar Swirls on the Moon May be Caused by Crashing Comets
This is the first I have heard of this, but it seems it is an old ‘problem’. I guess the idea is since the comet has a …
Mystery Behind the ‘Sailing’ Stones of Death Valley Unveiled
I mention sailing stones before and my theory at the time was water, pushed by winds, would move the stones. It seems the new research supports that idea but also …
The naked chef? Chimpanzees can ‘cook’ and prefer cooked food – study
Findings suggest chimpanzees have the intellectual abilities required for cooking, which could have an impact on our view of human evolution
Really interesting as cooking food (on …