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Diamonds Are a Sperm's Best Friend, Say Scientists

Babies get made when sperm shoots through the vagina, cervix, and uterus like a guided missile, penetrating the cell membrane of an egg. If a couple …

Biology

Bill Nye's Change of Heart on GMOs Is in the Best Scientific Tradition

<i>"The first principle [of science] is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool."</i> - Richard Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize for physics, 1965.<p>When Bill Nye ("The Science Guy") publicly changed his mind recently about genetically modified organisms − he now says they …

Physics

Why people fall for pseudoscience (and how academics can fight back)

Ingrained cognitive biases play a role, as does inverted snobbery about educational privilege. But we must battle on, says this scientist<p>Pseudoscience is everywhere – on the back of your shampoo bottle, on the ads that pop up in your Facebook feed, and most of all in the Daily Mail. Bold statements …

Critical Thinking

Chikungunya is on the move

A crippling virus has slipped its bonds in Africa and Asia and is invading whole new continents faster than people can learn to pronounce its name. …

Public Health

Ignoranta despre antibiotice si riscurile acesteia

Mai mult de jumatate din populatia globului nu stie cum functioneaza antibioticele, conform <b>Organizatia Mondiala a Sanatatii</b> (WHO/OMS).<p>Problema …

De ce avem halucinatii?

<i>Halucinatiile</i> pot fi cauzate de o multitudine de factori. Care sunt factorii care duc la declansarea acestora?<p>Halucinatiile sunt asociate de obicei …

Dislexia - Ce este si cum apare?

Dislexia afecteaza milioane de oameni anual, dar cum influenteaza dislexia capacitatea de a invata?<p>Dislexia este o tulburare inteleasa de multe ori …

De ce esueaza transplanturile de organe

Transplanturile de organe salveaza mii de vieti, insa uneori corpul respinge noul organ.<p>Primul transplant de succes a fost cel de ficat in 1954. De …

Are apa termen de expirare?

De ce are apa imbuteliata data de expirare – chiar se poate strica?<p>Ati lasa vreodata un pahar cu apa peste noapte, iar in dimineata urmatoare avea un …

25 de lucruri pe care nu le stii despre somn

Azi va vom spune cateva lucruri pe care probabil nu le stiati despre somn. Lectura placuta.<p>1. Jocurile video te pot ajuta sa ai vise lucide<p>Potrivit …

The 25 Best Inventions of 2015

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Inventions

Ingestible Sensor Can Measure Your Vitals

Like a FitBit that listens to your body from the inside<p>Doctors can learn a surprising amount about your health by simply listening to your body. The pulse and breathing rate in particular can indicate if a patient is stressed, or exercises often, or if he has a heart condition doctors should be …

People With Schizophrenia Have Different Throat Bacteria

This could be helpful for new treatments, faster diagnoses, and figuring out what causes the disease in the first place<p>The colonies of bacteria living in our throats could indicate whether or not a person has schizophrenia, according to a study published yesterday in the journal <i>Peer J</i>.<p>No one is …

Medicine from chestnut leaves stops staph infection - Futurity

Inspired by traditional folk remedies, scientists have discovered that chestnut leaves can disarm deadly staph bacteria without boosting drug …

Medicine

Is Alzheimer's Disease Transmissible?

In rare circumstances, Alzheimer's disease might be transmissible, a study suggested.<p>"In addition to sporadic Alzheimer's disease and inherited or …

Infants Risk Pertussis Infection from Siblings, Mothers

Action Points<p>Note that a study of pertussis infection in infants finds that siblings and mothers are often the vector for the disease.<br>• In a separate …

High Blood Pressure Tied to Greater Risk for T2D

Lowering blood pressure may also lower incidence of type 2 diabetes

Tall vs short: Which is it better to be?

Is bigger better, or do the best things really come in small packages?<p>Your height is a simple biological fact that you can do little to change, yet it may be influencing your destiny in ways you didn’t realise. BBC Future combed through the evidence to size up its impact on everything from your …

Winston Churchill

Why do women live longer than men?

All across the world, women enjoy longer lifespans. David Robson investigates the reasons why, and whether men can do anything about it.<p>As soon as I was born, I was already destined to die earlier than half the babies in my maternity ward – a curse that I can do little to avoid. The reason? My sex. …

Newcastle University

Is crossing your legs bad for you?

Should you avoid sitting on a chair with your legs crossed?<p>How do you like to sit on a chair? Many people prefer to cross one leg over the other. In the 1980s, British comedian Kenny Everett even made it his trademark – extravagantly crossing, uncrossing, then recrossing his legs while dressed in a …

High Blood Pressure

The real reason germs spread in the winter

Flu season is a fact of life – but until recently, no one knew why. The answer hinges on the disgusting ways that germs pass between people.<p>It begins as surely as the leaves dropping off the trees. As the mercury drops and the sunlight fades, the sniffles set in. At best, it’s just a cold that …

Microbiology

Is beer better (or worse) for you than wine?

From health benefits to hangovers, there are some important differences between hop and grape that only science can explain.<p>Few drinks (save tea or coffee) divide the world so spectacularly as beer or wine. There’s no accounting for taste, of course – but there are subtle differences in the way …

Alcohol
Sustainability

Real-Life Tricorder Could Find Land Mines, Tumors

Star Trek IRL<p>In the <i>Star Trek</i> universe, tricorders are used for applications ranging from disease diagnosis to analyzing the atmosphere on an alien planet. Now a team of scientists might have created a tricorder for our own universe. The device would use electromagnetic waves to detect explosives in …

High-power sound waves used to blast cancer cells

British doctors develop revolutionary new therapy that can precisely target tumours without surgery<p>British doctors are developing a revolutionary new therapy for cancer and associated conditions based on the use of high-powered beams of ultrasound.<p>The researchers – working at the Institute of …

Cancer

INFOGRAPHIC: 15 surprising and bizarre sources of alternative energy

When it comes to alternative energy, wind and solar get all the attention. But there are plenty of other energy sources out there just waiting to be …

Alternative Energy

How to Sideload Apps Onto Your iPhone Using Xcode

These are instructions on how to sideload apps onto your iPhone using Xcode. This will let you run apps that Apple has not approved for sale in its …

Apps

Brush your teeth in the dark to help sleep, says Oxford University neuroscientist

Bright bathroom lights can stimulate the body and prevent sleep, claims Russell Foster, professor of circadian neuroscience at Oxford University<p>The secret of a good night’s sleep could be as simple as brushing your teeth in the dark, an Oxford Neuroscientist has claimed.<p>Russell Foster, professor of …

Oxford University

Heat-seeking cancer drugs could target tumours and spare healthy tissue

Bubbles containing cancer drugs which burst on contact with tumours are being developed by scientists<p>Miniature heat seeking ‘grenades’ full of cancer drugs which target tumours without damaging healthy tissue, have been created by scientists.<p>Researchers at Manchester University have repurposed …

Cancer