Can Synthetic Palm Oil Help Save the World’s Tropical Forests?

Can Synthetic Palm Oil Help Save the World’s Tropical Forests?

Demand is expected to more than double by 2050.But with advances in bioengineering and increasing concerns about sustainability, a number of companies like Xylome have developed microbial oils they say could offer an alternative to palm oil while avoiding its most destructive impacts.

This $40 Cast-Iron Pot Is the Secret to Baking a Perfect Loaf

This $40 Cast-Iron Pot Is the Secret to Baking a Perfect Loaf

Modernist's head chef, Francisco Migoya, opened its door and pointed at a cast-iron pot in the middle of it that was so dark, it seemed not to reflect any light.Thanks to that pot and a near-perfect recipe, I now make loaves of fantastic bread a couple times a week.

Everything You Need To Make Beer, Wine, Cider, and Mead

Everything You Need To Make Beer, Wine, Cider, and Mead

Your beverage might not taste very good, though, which is why it's important to pay attention to a few key things.Making good booze can take time, and it’s important to not rush things.

The Desperate Race to Neutralize a Lethal Superbug Yeast

The Desperate Race to Neutralize a Lethal Superbug Yeast

C. auris has been diagnosed in patients in more than 30 countries on six continents, and when investigators talk about it, they use ominous phrases such as “pandemic potential.” (At an international conference last year, the head of fungal studies at the CDC described the super-yeast as “more infectious than Ebola.”).

Scientists Can Finally Build Feedback Circuits in Cells

Scientists Can Finally Build Feedback Circuits in Cells

The circuits El-Samad is designing will put the genes that produce those molecules under the control of LOCKR, to bring them into balance.

Forget Growing Weed—Make Yeast Spit Out CBD and THC Instead

Forget Growing Weed—Make Yeast Spit Out CBD and THC Instead

Now researchers have turned to yeast to do something more improbable: manufacturing the cannabis compounds CBD and THC. The reason researchers and cannabis companies are interested in alternative ways of producing cannabinoids is that working with the original plant is messy and complicated.