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What Happens to a Pill After You Pop It?

Patients prefer to swallow drugs in little balls, but their ability to actually deliver drugs has a spotty history.<p>In early October, MIT announced that its researchers, along with those at Massachusetts General Hospital, had created a new type of drug delivery system. This "novel drug capsule" does …

Bill Nye Fights Back

How a mild-mannered children’s celebrity plans to save science in America—or go down swinging.<p><i>Photographs by F. Scott Schafer</i><p>Let’s say that I am, through my actions, doomed, and that I will go to hell,” Bill Nye said. He was prepping for a Super Bowl party and making pizza dough from a recipe given …

Science

We Don't Need To Be Created To Be Relevant

The origin of life remains one of the most challenging open questions in science.<p>We don't know (yet) how lifeless molecules self-organized to become a living entity. We do know it happened at least here on Earth some 3.5 billion years ago, possibly earlier. Perhaps "self-organized" is the wrong …

Close encounter with Comet 67P may reveal origins of life on Earth

Several hundred million miles from home, one of the most ambitious space missions ever attempted is closing in on its target: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a massive ball of ice, dust and organic materials that orbits the Sun every six-and-a-half years.<p>The probe Rosetta – built for €1bn by the …

Black Holes May Explode Into 'White Holes' And Pour All Their Matter Into Space, Physicists Say

Black holes might end their lives by transforming into their exact opposite — 'white holes' that explosively pour all the material they ever swallowed into space, say two physicists. The suggestion, based on a speculative quantum theory of gravity, could solve a long-standing conundrum about …

Forgetting Is An Actively Controlled Process In The Brain

A study of genetically-modified roundworms has turned up a protein that is involved in eroding memory.<p>When it comes to maintaining sanity, forgetting is at least as important as remembering. Without it, the constant stream of stimuli--faces on the street, words read, items glanced at--would quickly …

The Brain

Vaccine deniers: inside the dumb, dangerous new fad

In San Francisco’s upscale Pacific Heights neighborhood, some 200 students from kindergarten to the eighth grade attend classes at the private San Francisco Waldorf School. On any given afternoon outside of the cheerful, modern white building, parents congregate to wait for their kids. Chit-chat …

How the Brain Creates Personality: A New Theory

Are you a mover, a perceiver, a stimulator, or an adapter? Modes of thinking can be understood in terms of how the top and bottom—rather than right and left—parts of the brain interact.<p>It is possible to examine any object—including a brain—at different levels. Take the example of a building. If we …

RNA's Secret Life Outside the Cell

For decades, researchers have been finding DNA and its sister, RNA, circulating in the body, outside the safe interior of cells where these molecules …

Fast scans catch brain snoozing and wide awake - Futurity

WASHINGTON U.-ST. LOUIS (US) — Scientists have used a speedier imaging technology to track brain …

Imaging

Y chromosome traced back to ‘Adam’ - Futurity

U. MICHIGAN / STANFORD (US) — Y chromosomes from men all over the world reveal …

Chromosomes

The Dark Side Of The Love Hormone Oxytocin

New research shows oxytocin isn't the anti-anxiety drug we thought it was.<p>Oxytocin, the feel-good bonding hormone released by physical contact with another person, orgasm and childbirth (potentially encouraging monogamy), might have a darker side. The love drug also plays an important role in …

Researchers Successfully Implant Mice With False Memories

So it is possible.<p>Call it cool or just plain creepy: Memory researchers from U.S. and Japan have, for the first time, implanted false memories into a lab animal.<p>The researchers made mice believe that they had once received electrical shocks in their feet while sitting in a certain little chamber, …

Waking up to the link between a faulty body clock and mental illness

Our lives are ruled by time and we use time to tell us what to do. But the digital alarm clock that wakes us in the morning and the wrist-watch that …

Scientists peek at memories being made - Futurity

USC (US) — Using microscopic probes, researchers can see the physical changes that occur when …

Reality: A Mere Illusion (Part 1)

Every action and all matter that has developed in the universe conforms to what we know as reality. The idea that our universe passes like a giant’s …

Why your brain loves music

New neuroscience study sets out to explain why in some respects music offers the same sort of pleasure as a really good thriller.<p>The love affair between <b>music</b> and neuroscience just keeps going and going. And this isn’t surprising because music’s power over us is so huge, and so odd. It’s not like …

Flute

Popular Science Takes Drugs

From our archive: a reporter's LSD trip, a guide to getting high during Prohibition, and more<p>Updated:<p><i>This article originally appeared on PopSci.com on January 7, 2011.</i><br>Working and writing for <i>Popular Science</i> means being able to do fun things, like playing with the latest consumer electronics in Las …

Who Stands Where In A Crowded Elevator And Why?

She's in Finland now, getting her Ph.D. at the University of Jyvaskyla, but before that, when she was in Adelaide, Australia, she studied elevator behavior. Rebekah Rousi hung around two tall office towers in town, riding elevators up and down day after day, looking for patterns. When a bunch of …

Don't blame your brain for that bad decision - Futurity

PRINCETON (US) — Researchers find that bad decisions are usually made because of errors or …

Education

Monkey ‘wobble’ works like small talk - Futurity

U. MICHIGAN (US) — The rhythmic vocal sounds wild gelada monkeys make by smacking their …

Monkeys

Kids 'get' grammar as young as age 2 - Futurity

U. PENNSYLVANIA (US) — When they first learn to speak, children as young as 2 …

Grammar

Opting Out of Reality for Jesus

The simple act of questioning whether organized religion makes people stupid is bound to provoke a heated response. On one hand, there are people who claim to live in faith-based communities who attribute every event in their lives to the will of God. On the other hand, there are those (like my …