Octavia Butler would have been 71 years old today. Today’s Google Doodle honors legendary science fiction writer Octavia Butler. At a time when the overwhelming majority of science fiction writers were white men, Butler wrote women and people of color as protagonists in stories of time travel, postapocalyptic survival, alien civilizations, and vampires. Her work
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Shutterstock A Massachusetts startup called Aclarity has what it calls a transformational method for clean H2O: Using electricity to zap away pathogens, metals and other impurities from water. Co-founder Barrett Mully says the technology could solve crises like one that occurred in Flint, Michigan, where lead leached from aging pipes after the city switched its source from one river
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Scripps Research Professor Ben Shen of The Scripps Research Department of Chemistry studies microbial cultures to identify clues as to why cancer cells can become resistant to chemotherapy agents. Penicillin and morphine are two ‘naturally derived’ drugs that everyone is likely to recognize. Penicillin originally came from mold, whereas morphine comes from a plant and
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