Over 45 million turkeys are eaten by Americans each Thanksgiving. Hunters provide some. Vegetarians might serve up Tofurky. However, most holiday tables feature a Broad-Breasted White, the breed that makes up over 99 percent of grocery-store turkeys. But, with the trend in locally raised food, another option is experiencing a surge in popularity: heritage turkey.
Inspired by the High Line's success, planners— including a NASA engineer— are now looking deep under Manhattan at a proposal to create the Lowline, billed as the world's first underground park. Street-level solar collectors would be used to filter the sun about 20 feet down to bedrock, turning the dank, subterranean space into a luminous, plant-filled oasis.
A stricter smog standard proposed by the Obama administration joins a string of historic— and controversial— moves by the administration to improve air quality. The Environmental Protection Agency is announcing a preferred range of 65 to 70 parts per billion to reduce the amount of smog-forming pollution allowed in the air.
Online volunteers are being asked to spot tiny explosions that could be evidence of particles that will require new models of physics. Higgs Hunters, a project launched today by UK and U.S. scientists working on the ATLAS experiment, enables members of the public to view 25,000 images recorded at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.
Warfare not only hastened human technological progress and vast social and political changes, but may have greatly contributed to the evolutionary emergence of humans' high intelligence and ability to work together toward common goals.
Traveling by plane, train or automobile can be a headache. Mixing in Thanksgiving can make it a throbbing migraine. Technology provides some pain relief in the form of apps to let you know which roads are clogged, what gate your flight leaves from and whether trains are running on time.
The first 3-D printer in space has popped out a creation. The 3-D printer delivered to the International Space Station two months ago made a sample replacement part for itself this week— it churned out a new faceplate for the print head casing.
While the turkey you eat on Thursday will bring your stomach happiness and could probably kick-start an afternoon nap, it may also save your life one day. That’s because the biological machinery needed to produce a potentially life-saving antibiotic can be found in turkeys.
A new hybrid vehicle is under development. Its performance isn’t measured by the distance it travels, but rather the delivery of its cargo: vaccines that contain genetically engineered DNA to fight HIV, cancer, influenza and other maladies.
Researchers have successfully converted sawdust into building blocks for gasoline. Using a new chemical process, they were able to convert the cellulose in sawdust into hydrocarbon chains. These hydrocarbons can be used as an additive in gasoline, or as a component in plastics.
The bacterium Helicobacter pylori is strongly associated with gastric ulcers and cancer. To combat the infection, researchers developed LipoLLA, a therapeutic nanoparticle that contains linolenic acid, a component in vegetable oils. In mice, LipoLLA was safe and more effective against H. pylori infection than standard antibiotic treatments.
Centipedes, those many-legged creatures that startle us in our homes and gardens, have been genetically sequenced for the first time. In a new study, an international team of over 100 scientists has revealed how this humble arthropod’s DNA gave them new insight into how life developed on our planet.
Physicists have fabricated an innovative substance from two different atomic sheets that interlock much like LEGO toy bricks. The researchers said the new material— made of a layer of graphene and a layer of tungsten disulfide— could be used in solar cells and flexible electronics.
It'll never rank up there with turkey and pumpkin pie, but, for millions of Americans, the Thanksgiving experience just wouldn't be the same without helium. It's the stuff that makes Snoopy, Spider-Man, Papa Smurf and other huge balloons sail high above the crowd at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.
‘Tis the season for airplane travel. We may be looking forward to getting where we’re going, but most aspects of the travel itself are merely endured. There’s stressful security, the madding crowd and the scrum at boarding. But take heart: there are scientifically proven ways to improve the boarding process or at least speed it up so it can be over and done with more quickly.
Researchers have found a network of brain regions that appears to be more vulnerable to unhealthy aging– such as Alzheimer's disease– and also seems susceptible to disorders that emerge in young people, such as schizophrenia.