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Genetically Modified Sparkling Apple Fizzes With Each Bite (Video)

A new genetically modified variety of apple fizzes in your mouth with each bite thanks to the presence of effervescent juices. (AOL Screenshot)
A new genetically modified variety of apple fizzes in your mouth with each bite thanks to the presence of effervescent juices. (AOL Screenshot)

Not satisfied with the current Apple varieties? A new genetically modified variety of apple fizzes in your mouth with each bite, thanks to the presence...

  • How and why a study about when the giant prehistoric shark Megalodon went extinct got picked up as "proof" that it is. (AOL Screenshot)

    Study Doesn’t Prove Megalodons Are Extinct, Never Needed to (Video)

    There’s a new study out trying to pinpoint exactly when the world’s biggest shark, Megalodon, went extinct, and some outlets are kind of missing the... Read more

  • The dream of the researchers is to one day apply the technology to shed light on the spatial structure of biomolecules, such as proteins. (ETH Zurich)

    Super High-Resolution Magnetic Resonance Imaging Detects Single Atom

    For the first time, researchers have detected a single hydrogen atom using high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Conventional MRI technology, widely used in hospitals, can... Read more

  • "Normally, loss is considered bad, but we actually take advantage of this and reverse the bad effect. We used the laser to show it," says Lan Yang. (Shutterstock*)

    How Energy Loss Can Make Lasers More Intense

    Energy loss in optical systems, such as lasers, is a chief hindrance to their performance and efficiency and it occurs on an ongoing, frustrating basis... Read more

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    ‘Starfish’ Crystals Could Lead to 3-D-Printed Pills

    Engineers have figured out how to make rounded crystals with no facets, a design that mimics the hard-to-duplicate texture of starfish shells. The discovery could... Read more

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    Inside the Blood Factory: What Happens to Your Donated Blood?

    The ‘grey area’ looks more blue, thanks to the rows of blue lab coats standing guard. Its name refers to its function as a purgatory... Read more

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    Can Subliminal Messages Improve Old Age?

    Subliminal messages containing positive stereotypes about aging can improve older adults’ physical functioning for several weeks, according to a new study. Researchers used a new... Read more

  • "This is important because we think melanopsin could be involved in clinical conditions," says Geoffrey K. Aguirre. "For example, it seems that too much stimulation of melanopsin produces the feeling of pain from light that is too bright, and not having enough melanopsin stimulation may be part of seasonal affective disorder, in which people become depressed when they don't have enough light exposure." (Credit: Andy Rennie/Flickr)

    Bluelight Sets Off ‘Battle’ in Your Eyeball

    Researchers have teased apart the separate biological responses of the human eye to blue light, revealing an unexpected contest for control. Their work addresses the... Read more

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    The Perfect Gap Turns Nanoparticles Into Sensors

    Scientists have figured out the optimal gap needed between two gold nanoparticles to turn them into optical antennae. When the gap is optimal, the particles... Read more

  • (Yuong-Nam Lee)

    Dinosaur Puzzle Solved, Revealing the Weirdest-Looking Creature to Walk the Planet

      Everywhere scientists look it seems like they are finding dinosaurs. A new species is emerging at the astounding pace of one per week. And... Read more

  • Naxi script. (Mulligan Stu/Flickr)

    The Last Hieroglyphic Language on Earth and an Ancient Culture Fighting to Survive

    The Dongba symbols are an ancient system of pictographic glyphs created by the founder of the Bön religious tradition of Tibet and used by the... Read more

  • (Remko van Dokkum, CC BY 2.0)

    Web App Is Like ‘Google Maps’ for the Brain

    A new online tool for scientists and doctors called Golgi makes it easy to explore the brain of a rat. The web app, unveiled today,... Read more

  • The Lycurgus Cup, at the British Museum. (Wikimedia Commons) Background: A concept image of nanotechnology (Kentoh/iStock/Thinkstock)

    Ancient Roman Nanotechnology Inspires Next-Generation Holograms for Information Storage

    The Lycurgus Cup, as it is known due to its depiction of a scene involving King Lycurgus of Thrace, is a 1,600-year-old jade green Roman... Read more

  • A sample of the atomically thin material molybdenum disulfide. (Rob Felt)

    Atomically Thin Material Generates Electricity

    Engineers have demonstrated that a single atomic layer of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) can generate an electrical voltage when it’s stretched or compressed. The effect is... Read more

  • The current prototype is the size of the head of a ballpoint pen. Researchers hope to design a next-generation implant one-tenth that size. The goal is to produce smaller devices that could be used to create a network of electrodes to study the brains of experimental animals in ways not currently possible. (Arbabian Lab/Stanford School of Engineering)

    Ultrasound Powers Devices Deep Inside the Body

    Researchers would like to place very small implants deep inside our bodies to monitor health or treat pain. But providing electric power to implants without... Read more

  • An illustration of the ebola virus. (Bumbasor/iStock/Thinkstock)

    Are Some People Immune to Ebola?

    Experts say Ebola might be quietly inoculating a significant portion of the population—people who are exposed to the virus but never succumb to it or... Read more

  • "We're not surprised delay discounting appears in the realm of parental decision-making," says Nathan Call. "Clinicians know this is a problem. But I think if we can measure it, we can possibly predict it or change it." (Jonny Hughes/Flickr)

    Why Parents Give Up on Changing Kids’ Behavior

    People tend to focus on the short term, and care more about potential benefits that are available immediately. Psychologists and economists call this tendency for... Read more