Giant ‘Fatberg’ of Grease and Baby Wipes Jams British Sewer

By Rafi Letzter A 210-foot-long (64 meters) monster made from grease and used baby-wipes has clogged up a sewer in Sidmouth in southwestern England. British officials said in a statement they expect that removing the gooey blob, which will happen in “exceptionally challenging work conditions,” could take up to eight weeks. “Fatbergs” like this oneContinue reading “Giant ‘Fatberg’ of Grease and Baby Wipes Jams British Sewer”

A French Teenager Turned the Bible and Quran into DNA and Injected Them into His Body

By Rafi Letzter A kid in France transcribed parts of the Hebrew book of Genesis and the Arabic-language Quran, into DNA and injected them into his body — one text into each thigh. Adrien Locatelli, a 16-year-old high school student, posted a paper Dec. 3 on the preprint server OS, in which he claimed, “ItContinue reading “A French Teenager Turned the Bible and Quran into DNA and Injected Them into His Body”

13 percent of us have traces of cocaine or heroin on our fingers

By Rafi Letzter There’s a lot of cocaine and heroin in the world, and there’s a pretty good chance you’ve got a tiny bit of it on your body right now — even if you’ve never knowingly touched the stuff. That’s the conclusion of a new paper published in the journal Clinical Chemistry today (MarchContinue reading “13 percent of us have traces of cocaine or heroin on our fingers”

Russian Scientists Tested Their Asteroid-Nuking Plan with Powerful Lasers

By Rafi Letzter Russian scientists have a plan to deal with a hypothetical asteroid threat that’s straight out of the movie “Armageddon.” A team of government scientists has proposed that nuclear weapons well within the power of those already developed could be used to break up incoming asteroids, protecting the planet from a major asteroidContinue reading “Russian Scientists Tested Their Asteroid-Nuking Plan with Powerful Lasers”

Possible reason why ‘magic’ mushrooms evolved

By Rafi Letzter “Magic” mushrooms seem to have passed their genes for mind-altering substances around among distant species as a survival mechanism: By making fungus-eating insects “trip,” the bugs become less hungry — and less likely to feast on mushrooms. That’s the upshot of a paper published Feb. 27 in the journal Evolution Letters byContinue reading “Possible reason why ‘magic’ mushrooms evolved”