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Study: Frozen poop pills may make fecal transplants simpler and safer

Would you swallow frozen poop in a pill? What if you were infected by a stubborn strain of <i>Clostridium difficile</i> and suffering from diarrhea bad enough to send you to a hospital?<p>It may – OK, probably does – sound gross. But researchers are embracing the concept of treating repeat <i>C. difficile</i> …

Medicine

Is The Human Species Still Evolving?

Bill Nye The Science Guy speculates on the future of mankind<p>Is there a <i>Homo superius</i> just around the next corner, waiting to take our place? Let’s think about what it would take: If we were to give rise to a new species, something would have to happen to us to create a bottleneck or isolated place …

Correction: Iraq-Bombing Baghdad story

BAGHDAD (AP) — In a story Nov. 25 about security in Baghdad, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of Iraq's Interior Ministry …

NASA announces instruments for 2020 Mars rover

The rover that NASA is sending to Mars in 2020 will carry seven instruments geared to choosing just the right rocks to collect and store for future …

Q&A: Can Airlifting Rhinos Out of South Africa Save the Species?

In 2015 an organization called Rhinos Without Borders will move a hundred rhinos from South Africa to Botswana.<p>Over the past three decades National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert, who are based in Botswana's Okavango Delta, have focused their movie and still cameras on …

A Common Virus Is Eating Your Gut Bacteria

The only time you’re completely human is before you’re born. For the rest of your life, microbes from the environment colonize ecosystems around your body, outnumbering your 37 trillion human cells by about 10 to one.<p>Over the past decade, scientists have been exploring how the microbes living on …

10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Incredibly Happy

Try one. Try them all. They work. Science says so.<p>It's easy to think of happiness as a <i>result</i>, but happiness is also a <i>driver</i>.<p>One example: While I'm definitely into finding ways to improve personal productivity (whether a one-day burst, or a lifetime, or things you should <i>not</i> do every day), probably …

Happiness

Cornfields Could Yield Less by Midcentury

Rising corn yields are threatened by an increasing sensitivity to drought, new study says.<p>Corn yields in the U.S. have become more sensitive to drought, not less, over the past 18 years, according to a study published today in <i>Science</i>. The report warns that if the trend persists, yields could fall …

The deep, beautiful, tragic shared history of whales and humans

Whales’ natural habitats are increasingly threatened. A look at our past reveals what we’re in danger of losing<p>Out of the silence and darkness of the night, I’m plunged into a hubbub of people and cars and cargo, all jostling to join the ferry that rises from the quayside. An hour later, and the …

Fatal Superbugs: Antibiotics Losing Effectiveness, WHO Says

"Genetics is working against us, almost like a science-fiction story."<p>The spread of superbugs—bacteria that have changed in ways that render antibiotics ineffective against them—is a serious and growing threat around the world, according to the World Health Organization's first global report on …

Bacteria hitchhike on proteins to make us sick

A bacterium that can cause lethal infections in people appears to attach itself to two proteins in blood that play roles in forming clots and helping …

Protein

‘Baby Bonus’ may help captive elephants in Laos

The captive elephant population in Laos will be extinct in little more than a century if current breeding practices do not change, a new study …

Endangered Species

Ecstatic states

In the Vietnam War, Bob Walker had been a helicopter mechanic, and he’d watched as his best friend was decapitated by an incoming helicopter’s propeller blade. Ever since then the 69-year-old Paradise, CA vet has struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder — a psychological condition that …