Category: Science


E-Cigarettes May Be Contaminated With Microbial Toxins, Study Finds


E-cigarette fans at this point might be getting used to bad news about the chemicals found in their products. A new study out Wednesday adds another potential, if still very unclear, risk to the list. It suggests that many e-cigarette cartridges and refilling e-liquids are contaminated with toxins spewed out by bacteria and fungi. Smoke from traditional...


A Modified 747 Helped Spot Evidence of the Universe’s First Atomic Bond


Scientists have spotted evidence of the earliest chemistry in the Universe, thanks to measurements taken from a telescope aboard a modified Boeing 747. After the Big Bang, the Universe began cooling, and atoms like hydrogen, helium, and lithium began forming out of the free particles. When the whole Universe reached a temperature of a few...


Scientists Create E. Coli With Entirely Synthetic Genome


Scientists created a variant of the E. coli bacteria with an entirely synthetic genome, according to a new paper. Building and replacing the large entire genome set was just one goal of the team from the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK. They hoped that the resulting bacteria would use a reduced number...


Postmates has launched in 1,000 new cities since December


Postmates  is expanding like crazy ahead of an initial public offering expected later this year. The food delivery business has launched in 1,000 new cities since December, the company announced today. San Francisco-based Postmates now operates its on-demand delivery platform, powered by a network of local gig economy workers, in 3,500 cities across all 50 states. Postmates does...


Sorry, It Looks Like a Researcher Didn’t Crack the Voynich Manuscript After All


Bristol University is backpedalling after publishing an article claiming that one of their scientists helped crack the famously-undecipherable Voynich manuscript, according to a statement. The manuscript dates back to the 15th century, and Polish book dealer Wilfrid Voynich purchased the book in 1912. Since then, cryptographers have worked to decode the book’s mysterious language. No attempt has...


These Scientists Want to Redefine Alzheimer’s as a ‘Double-Prion’ Disease


Researchers are saying their work should upturn the conventional narrative of how Alzheimer’s disease happens. In a study published last week, they argue the progression of Alzheimer’s is driven by a very specific form of two proteins that play a crucial role in the disease, and these forms should be considered prions—potentially infectious proteins that self-replicate...