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Swirling Starlings Generate 'Birdnado' in Apocalyptic Reddit Photo

This isn't your average tornado.<p>In the school scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s terrifying 1963 classic, <i>The Birds</i>, a flock of black birds rapidly …

Birds

Mycetoma: The PLOS NTDs Collection

Peter Hotez and Serap Aksoy, co-editors-in-chief of PLOS NTDs, announce a new collection of research on Mycetoma, an “honorary” NTD. Mycetoma is a …

Venus flytraps use maths to trap and eat their prey

The carniverous plants use trigger hairs to count the number of times they are touched by a prospective meal to conserve energy<p>Venus flytraps may not cry "feed me" like the man-eating plant they inspired in the movie Little Shop Of Horrors - but they can count, scientists have discovered.<p>The …

The Brazilian Birth-Defect Rate Is Soaring Dramatically, Possibly Due to the Zika Virus

Brazilian authorities have reported a huge increase in the number of babies born in the country with uncommonly small heads, and suspect that the …

'Miraculous' results from new MS treatment

A pioneering new stem cell treatment is reversing and then halting the potentially crippling effects of multiple sclerosis.<p>Patients embarking on a ground-breaking trial of the new treatment have found they can walk again and that the disease even appears to be stopped in its tracks.<p>“I started …

Medicine