A Scientific Guide To Surviving Summer

The first day of summer is fast approaching – will you be prepared for suntanning, swimming, and swarms of bugs? Here's our handy guide to surviving the sultriest of seasons, with SCIENCE. » 6/15/14 2:55pm 6/15/14 2:55pm

The future of sunblock is genetically-engineered bacterial colonies…

Amino acids that can block ultraviolet light are commonly harvested from algae, and used in cosmetics like Helioguard 365. Now researchers at Harvard have discovered the genes responsible for producing these materials and, with a little gene tweaking, managed get E. coli bacteria to produce them too. Now that bacteria… » 9/02/10 4:16pm 9/02/10 4:16pm