Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- "South Park" misses deadline for the first time in its history.
- Bad Lip Reading kills it with "Game of Thrones" mashup.
- There's no way that Oreos are as addictive as cocaine.
- 23andme: Testing your genetics at home.
Thanks to recent advances in genome sequencing that allow scientists to analyze DNA faster and more affordably than ever before, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis say they have found that many types of cancer are driven by the same genetic mutations.
Chemical reaction networks make up an old language of equations that detail how chemicals behave together. Now engineers at the University of Washington are taking this language into the 21st century with a computer program for chemistry that can help direct the movement of synthetic molecules.
This standardized set of instructions on how to "program" how DNA molecules interact in a test tube or cell could pave the way for smart drug delivery systems and disease detectors at the cellular level, the researchers report this week in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.… Read more
I've always wanted to have my very own theme song, like a hero in a movie. Now, I do. I just used IDNAtity, an iOS app that mixes a little science with art. It takes information about your genetic makeup, assigns you a genetic code, and then translates that code into musical notes to form a song.
You start by uploading a photo of yourself into the app. Then, you answer a few questions about your hair color, eye color, and whether you have dimples (I don't) and can roll your tongue (I can't). The app does the rest, creating a song you can listen to and share.… Read more
I'm going to give you a free hand. And a free set of teeth.
Whom would you like to bring back to life? Einstein? Beethoven? Genghis Khan?
For Canadian dentist Michael Zuk, there will be an answer: John Lennon.
Zuk, you see, has already bought one of the Beatle's teeth for $31,000. Now, his intention is to take that DNA and re-create the whole Lennon.
Imagine.… Read more
A dog might be a man's best friend.
A cat, not so much.
It's not merely that cats can be mercilessly self-centered beings. It's that their hair might help convict you, should you be accused of a heinous crime.
In what's said to be the first ever case of cat hair helping to catch a U.K. killer, scientists in Britain worked using a cat DNA database to identify cat hair found on a corpse.
Sometimes I can't believe that it's 2013 and we still don't have tiny, disease-fighting robots swimming around in our bodies.
Well, researchers at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and Columbia University haven't created exactly that, but they have produced little critters that can latch onto targeted cells and "label" them.
The so-called molecular robots (aka molecular automata) are made up of antibodies and short snippets of DNA. … Read more
If it walks like a flagship, and quacks like a flagship...that doesn't make it so. At least that's the case at HTC, where the upcoming HTC Butterfly S (and expected successor to the Droid DNA in the U.S.A.) holds all the raw numbers over the HTC One but will not be stealing its place as HTC's premier handset.
The Butterfly S features a faster 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor than the HTC One, a 5-inch 1080p screen (with newer Super LCD 3 and Gorilla Glass 3), a microSD expansion slot, a huge 3,200mAh … Read more
Photos and videos of child pornography on the Web have multiplied at an alarming rate over the past few years. In 2011, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said it received 17.3 million images and videos of suspected child abuse, which is four times more than 2007.
Google has announced that it wants to help curb this proliferation of child pornography. In fact, the Web giant plans to take it even a step further -- it wants to completely eradicate child porn from the Internet.
"Behind these images are real, vulnerable kids who are sexually victimized … Read more