Russia scales back staff on the ISS until a long-delayed space lab is sent to the outpost in 2018.… Read the rest
The latest update came quietly on Tuesday night. “We’re sorry to say that we have reached a significant transition point,” wrote the Glowing Plant project’s creator, Antony Evans. This “transition point” was more of an endpoint: The project had run out of money. The quest to genetically engineer a glow-in-the-dark plant was no more.
Four years ago, the Glowing Plant project raised nearly half a million dollars on Kickstarter, easily blowing past its initial ask of $65,000. Of course it did. The vision it presented was such potent fantasy. “What if,” Evans asked over swelling music in the pitch video, “we use trees to light our streets instead of street lamps?” What if you could get lighting without electricity? What if the natural world glowed like … Read the rest
After two decades of discoveries, Cassini is out of fuel and ready to retire. The post Cassini Is Ready to Sacrifice Itself for the Good of the Solar System appeared first on WIRED.… Read the rest
A little self-plumbing on the southern continent.… Read the rest
Yo-yos, glass orbs, and underwater robots on a physicist’s budget. The post At the Bottom of the Sea, Glass Spheres Prepare to Hunt for Mysterious Neutrinos appeared first on WIRED.… Read the rest
An update to Illumina’s gene sequencing technology could have contaminated the results of recent high-sensitivity data produced on the machines. The post The Go-To Gene Sequencing Machine With Very Strange Results appeared first on WIRED.… Read the rest
The renowned birder recommends Ecuador and Uganda, as well as Cape May in New Jersey. His favorite place is the Malheur refuge in Oregon.… Read the rest
From the slimy backs of a South Indian frog comes a new way to blast influenza viruses.
A compound in the frog’s mucus—long known to have germ-killing properties—can latch onto flu virus particles and cause them to burst apart, researchers report in Immunity. The peptide is a potent and precise killer, able to demolish a whole class of flu viruses while leaving other viruses and cells unharmed. But scientists don’t know exactly how it pulls off the viral eviscerations. No other antiviral peptide of its ilk seems to work the same way.
The study authors, led by researchers at Emory University, note that the peptide appears uniquely nontoxic—something that can’t be said of many other frog-based compounds. Thus, the peptide… Read the rest
Raised coastline could end the threat of sea erosion for the time being.… Read the rest
Climate change is altering the environment in ways that increase the potential for viruses like Zika.… Read the rest
Boris Behncke lives near Mount Etna and monitors the volcano.… Read the rest