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Engineered Bacterium Turns Carbon Dioxide into Methane Fuel
28th August 2016 | scientificamerican.com | Tech

Scientists have engineered a bacterium that can take carbon dioxide from the air and turn it into fuel in a single enzymatic step.

The process draws on sunlight to produce methane and hydrogen inside the bacterium Rhodopseudomonas palustris, in essence reversing combustion. These engineered bacteria could guide scientists toward better carbon-neutral biofuels.

Can Hungry Fungi Recycle Lithium Batteries?
28th August 2016 | scientificamerican.com | Tech

Growing demand for rechargeable lithium batteries used in consumer electronics and electric vehicles is driving efforts to expand battery recycling, primarily to recover lithium, cobalt, and other valuable metals.

Orangutans face complete extinction within 10 years, animal rescue charity warns
28th August 2016 | independent.co.uk | Animal Life, Earth

Burning forests to make way for plantations to support the world’s insatiable demand for palm oil is one of the main causes of the astonishing decline in numbers of this species


Related: Logging roads can rob forest soil of water
Related: Stopping deforestation will not end tropical species losses

Lions Sync When They Ovulate—But People Don’t
28th August 2016 news.nationalgeographic.com | Animal Life

While researching lions in Zambia, biologist Thandiwe Mweetwa noticed that lionesses within a pride will all have cubs around the same time.

When she looked into it further, Mweetwa learned lionesses sync their fertility cycles so that they can all raise their young together.

Carp demonstrate rapid de-evolution to get their scales back
28th August 2016 phys.org | Animal Life

A team of researchers with members from France, Hungary and Madagascar has found that a type of carp bred to have fewer scales and subsequently released into the wild in Madagascar a century ago has devolved to get its scales back. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the team describes how they collected large numbers of specimens to study their scales and to look at their DNA and what they found.

A Stinky Artificial Bait Could Protect Millions of Tiny Fish
28th August 2016 | scientificamerican.com | Animal Life

When commercial fishers set off to trap blue crabs, they bring along buckets of small, frozen baitfish such as menhaden. They stuff the fish into the traps and lower them into the sea. The stinky, slowly rotting fish carcasses decay underwater, temping the prized crabs to crawl inside the traps.

Secrets of how primates can live at extreme altitude revealed
28th August 2016 | newscientist.com | Animal Life

It can be lonely at the top. Snub-nosed monkeys live at a higher altitude than any other non-human primate – but they are also among the rarest of all primates.


Related: Extreme bees live on edge of active volcano

Ultrasound brain zap wakes man from minimally conscious state
28th August 2016 | newscientist.com | Tech

What an awakening. A man has been roused from a minimally conscious state by stimulating his brain with ultrasound.

The 25-year-old man, who had suffered a severe brain injury after a road traffic accident, progressed from having only a fleeting awareness of the outside world to being able to answer questions and attempt to walk.

Magnetic bacteria target hard-to-treat tumours
28th August 2016 physicsworld.com | Tech

Bacteria that respond to magnetic fields and low oxygen levels may soon join the fight against cancer. Researchers in Canada have done experiments that show how magneto-aerotactic bacteria can be used to deliver drugs to hard-to-reach parts of tumours.

Mind-controlled nanobots could release drugs inside your brain
28th August 2016 | newscientist.com | Tech

A man has used thought alone to control nanorobots inside a living creature for the first time. The technology released a drug inside cockroaches in response to the man’s brain activity – a technique that may be useful for treating brain disorders such as schizophrenia and ADHD.

Soft, Rubbery ‘Octobot’ Can Move Without Batteries
28th August 2016 | livescience.com | Tech

A rubbery little “octobot” is the first robot made completely from soft parts, according to a new study. The tiny, squishy guy also doesn’t need batteries or wires of any kind, and runs on a liquid fuel.


Related: Natural scale caterpillar soft robot is powered and controlled with light

Your future robot tattooist has steady hands, but isn’t great at conversation
28th August 2016 | theverge.com | Tech

A robot tattooist might have steadier “hands” than its human counterpart, but how do you know it’s not going to accidentally tattoo you all the way down to the bone? That’s all I could think of watching this video of what’s been billed as the “world’s first tattoo by an industrial robot.”

Leather Made from Mushrooms
28th August 2016 mysteriousuniverse.org | Tech

Mushrooms can be magical and functional. Now, the fungus is being grown and modified as a leather substitute. Instead of cowhide, lambskin or snakeskin, the latest addition to your wardrobe may be made of mushroom leather.

A mammoth undertaking: Can de-extinction be ecologically responsible?
28th August 2016 | sciencedaily.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Tech

Can the woolly mammoth be brought back from the dead? Scientists say it’s only a matter of time. A conservation ecologist and colleagues have examined ecologically responsible de-extinction, and what it means for science.

Cheating, bribery and scandal: how the ancient Greeks did the Olympic Games
28th August 2016 | heritagedaily.com | Ancient

Is cheating at the Olympic Games a symptom of modernity? Do recent scandals involving athletes signal the decline of the Olympic idea?


Related: Ancient Greece’s restored tower of winds keeps its secrets

Did ancient hunters throw these stone balls?
28th August 2016 | futurity.org | Ancient

Scientists once thought spherical stones found in South Africa were used as tools, but now there’s evidence they were actually weapons for defense and hunting.


Related: Is It Neander-TAL or Neander-THAL?

World’s oldest needle found in Siberian cave that stitches together human history
27th August 2016 siberiantimes.com | Ancient

Sensational’ discovery in Denisova Cave is at least 50,000 years old BUT it wasn’t made by Homo sapiens.

The 7 centimetre (2 3/4 inch) needle was made and used by our long extinct Denisovan ancestors, a recently-discovered hominin species or subspecies.


Alt: 50,000-Year-Old Needle Found in Siberian Cave AND It Was Not Made by Homo Sapiens

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