Jason Dorrier
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Jason received degrees in Economics and International Affairs and an Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences minor from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He moved to San Francisco and took a job with Fisher Investments doing research and writing. While at Fisher, he helped write a line of investment books and edited and wrote for MarketMinder.com. After six years in finance, he took a break to travel—surfing in Brazil, fleeing volcanic eruptions in Argentina, and riding trains across central and eastern Europe. He is fascinated by all things science and tech.

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Strange Bacteria Dine on Electricity and Link Up to Form Biowires

All living organisms need energy. Most animals get their energy by eating other organisms. Plants manufacture energy from sunlight. Now, scientists are finding a strange... more

Written By: | Posted: 07/28/14

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Just Reread a Sentence Ten Times? Gaze Tracking Software Tells You, Highlights What You Missed

How much does your mind wander when it’s supposed to be focused on an important task? You probably don’t need a scientific study to tell you the answer. But just in... more

Written By: | Posted: 07/25/14

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How the Crowd Taught a Robot to Build a LEGO Turtle

Humans learn by imitation. There’s no predicting what your kid will bring home from school or the park. What if machines could learn like kids? In fact, they can and... more

Written By: | Posted: 07/23/14

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Tiny 3D-Printed Bio-Bots Are Propelled by Muscle Cells

Robots come in all shapes and sizes—some are mechanical, and some aren’t. Last year, a team of scientists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign made a... more

Written By: | Posted: 07/22/14

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Lab-Grown Cheese Made by ‘Milking’ Genetically Modified Yeast Cells

If you’re against killing animals for food and clothing or believe industrial farming is too resource intense, you may have given up some of life’s greatest... more

Written By: | Posted: 07/21/14

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Humans Aren’t the Pinnacle of Evolution and Consciousness—We’re Only a Rung on the Ladder

In his latest video, host of National Geographic’s Brain Games and techno-poet, Jason Silva, explores the universe’s tendency to self-organize. Biology, he says,... more

Written By: | Posted: 07/20/14

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Solar PowerCube Provides Electricity, Clean Water, and WiFi in Disaster Zones

Following a major disaster, water, energy, and communications can be in short supply—challenging for residents and relief workers alike. But what if you could provide... more

Written By: | Posted: 07/18/14

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Robots Able to Pick Peppers, Test Soil, and Prune Plants Aim To Replace Farm Workers

At the turn of the last century, nearly half of the American workforce was dedicated to agriculture. Industrial inventions like the steel plow had made farming easier,... more

Written By: | Posted: 07/14/14

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“The World in 2025″ Predicts Abundant Solar Power and Food, Tailored Drugs, Gene Therapies

In a recently released vision of the future, Thomson Reuters analysts predict solar power will be the dominant form of energy by 2025. Further, the report states genomic... more

Written By: | Posted: 07/13/14

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Big Declines in Pollutants Over US Cities, According to NASA Satellite Imagery

Pollution in US cities has been declining for decades now. But sometimes it takes a visual aid to drive the point home. NASA recently released a time lapse of nitrogen... more

Written By: | Posted: 07/12/14

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What’s Missing from Virtual Reality? Immersive 3D Soundscapes

When you imagine virtual reality, chances are you’ve got visuals in mind. Or maybe you fantasize about a virtual sense of touch. Another key component? Immersive... more

Written By: | Posted: 07/6/14

Arizona's mile-wide meteor crater was formed by a 45 meter impactor--the blast could have taken out an urban area the size of Kansas city.

We Don’t Have to Play Cosmic Russian Roulette With Asteroids Anymore

Forget Armageddon, says Ed Lu. Forget sci-fi space shuttles. Forget burying nuclear bombs in comets. Forget all that. Asteroids are a real and potentially existential... more

Written By: | Posted: 07/2/14

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