Video: GM from Scratch

Stop-motion genetic modification! Credit to Pen Hill, Lucy van Dorp, Sam Cavenagh, Vanna Barber and Luis Mulet Planelles. More > Got a taste for stop-motion science? Check out Edible CERN!

Science Behind the Photo #31

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) This flower is native to Europe and North America. The origin of the word dandelion is a corruption of the French dent de Lion meaning lion’s tooth, though it also goes by the more poetic name of Florin d’Or – the golden florian. Its ethereal seeding stage; a corona of misty-star like […]

Put this in your pipe and smoke it: Cannabis genome sequenced

When midnight struck on the 17th August, most stoners were probabily blissfully unaware of the significance, as they rummaged through cupboards for food and listened to Pink Floyd at ear-bleeding levels. Science has always been pretty good mates with cannabis. At least unofficially, from the rambling philosophical chats about space and time, to just general ‘insight’ into the world […]

Goldie lookin food chain

Spinning gold from straw is the stuff of fairytales, but Rumpelstiltskin might actually have been onto something.  It seems plants have the ability to suck up gold nanoparticles and incorporate the precious metal into their leaves.  This might sound like the next must-have bling homeware, but when the leaves get eaten, the gold gets transferred […]