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The Top 10 Science Stories from March, 2015 In March, scientists across the globe were hard at work making you less wasteful, your hangovers less painful and giant beetles less willful. 10 — Put Your Money Where Your (Big Dumb) Mouth Is — In one of the best examples of a working justice system in all of history, a German vaccination/measles skeptic has been ordered to pay $100,000 Euros for being an outspoken ignoramus. Embarrassing the guys in our lab by professional association, the German biologist who has to pony up the cash believes that measles is a psychosomatic illness...

Scientists employ laser-beams to get water bouncing Taking inspiration from good ol’ biological structures like the hydrophobic (water-resistant) leaves of lotus plants, scientists at the University of Rochester have developed a method to make metal so hydrophobic, water actually bounces off of it. To achieve these rather epic results, the team changed the surface structure of the metal by etching nano-scale patterns using femtosecond-long laser pulses. How long is a femtosecond, you ask? Exactly one-quadrillionth of a second, or the length of time it takes light to travel the approximate diameter of a virus (.3 micrometers).After undergoing the etching process,...

Did you think that tree in your front yard was the only thing scrubbing the filthy, carbon-dioxide-choked air to provide you with oxygen? Well then, let BioPop and EarthSky.org learn you a little something. As much as 85% of the world’s oxygen is produced by phytoplankton like the dinoflagellates in the Dino Pet! This not only puts glory-hogging trees to shame, but also reinforces the importance of keeping the world’s oceans healthy. When environments become polluted, vulnerable little organisms like phytoplankton are among the first to suffer. via EarthSky.org: "Scientists agree that there’s oxygen from ocean plants in every breath...

This just in! A band of scientists have officially produced renewable propane by engineering human-gut bacteria to be even more gassy! Cue the comedy rimshot… Basically, they did a bunch of extremely brilliant science stuff to engineer E. coli to produce three enzymes that, with their powers combined, produce relatively clean-burning propane. Sustainably. As in forever, without running out. All our energy woes will be gone! Though, this won’t solve other *cough* climate *cough* problems we’re experiencing right now. While propane isn’t as bad as coal or say… gasoline, it kind of is. According to the US Energy Information Administration,...

Happy Dino Pet Eve, everybody! In just 8 short hours the Dino Pet Early Access Sale will commence, allowing you a chance to get a Dino Pet before they officially go on sale. In honor of this historic occasion, I thought I'd take a moment to answer 2014's most pressing question: What is this Dino Pet thing everybody's going on about?   Simply put, the Dino Pet is a living art piece, children's toy, introductory pet, biological magic trick, conversation starter, science lesson and much, much more all packed into one stylishly simple little shell. You give it a minimal...

Before I make the momentous announcement I’m about to make, I want to take a moment to #humblebrag about all of the incredible accomplishments the team at BioPop has made over the last year while turning an ambitious concept into reality. Mastered manufacturing — mastering may be an overstatement, but BioPops founders worked to refine and execute a very unique design with a manufacturing facility on the other side of the world, on an accelerated time schedule. Kudos, gents! Developed proprietary bioproduction methods that have resulted in the largest dinoflagellate culture to ever be successfully grown in a lab. No...

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