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7 Ridiculously Over-the-Top Mug Cakes

Thanks to F&W's mad genius tipster Justin Chapple and Top Chef winner Kristen Kish, a super-delicious mug cake can easily be whipped up in no time …

11 Reasons Chocolate Lovers Are Winning At Life

Chocolate lovers know that each piece they eat -- of the dark stuff -- might be making them smarter.<p>There are two kinds of people in life, those who love chocolate and those who don't really care for the rich, deep flavors of this sultry dessert. (We don't really trust the latter, BTW.) Anything in …

The Curious Incident of Censorship

A Florida school has removed <i>The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time</i> from its reading list, reports the <i>Guardian</i>. It’s not the first time the …

Books

Fighting Age and Gender Bias in Screenwriting

Meryl Streep announced that she is funding The Writer’s Lab, a new program dedicated to supporting and mentoring female screenwriters over …

Meryl Streep

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Animated human flesh is starting to look real

Animating dynamic changes in soft tissue and skin isn't easy, but we're getting closer with every passing year<p>SIGGRAPH 2015 is taking place in LA right now, gathering together the people pushing the boundaries of what's possible to achieve with computer graphics. We've already seen it produce a …

Computer programmer writes code to win Twitter contests

When it comes to winning Twitter contests, Hunter Scott proved to be a real genius.<p>Intrigued by all of the "retweet to win" posts he saw cluttering the social media site, the 25-year-old engineer decided to create a computer program to automatically enter as many contests as it could find.<p>It found …

Nasa turns to geckos for 'ultimate stickiness' climbing space robots

Nasa has revealed how it is harnessing the power of geckos in space to develop its next generation of exploratory robots. The space agency said it …

Capturing cell growth in 3-D

Replicating how cancer and other cells interact in the body is somewhat difficult in the lab. Biologists generally culture one cell type in plastic …

MIT

Genes Confirm: Octopuses Are Brainy and Weird

Octopuses are known to be brainiacs — they can mimic flounder in a flash, unscrew themselves out of a sealed jar and even use coconut shells to build …

Biology

What Are Liquid Biopsies Useful For? - MIT Technology Review

A “liquid biopsy” is a way of using high-speed sequencing machines to measure small fragments of DNA floating in a person’s bloodstream. These …

Medicine

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

Scientists Have Worked Out Why Your Eyes Move When You’re Dreaming

The brain thinks dream imagery is real.<p>Scientists have known for decades that the rapid eye movements (REMs) that occur during sleep signal that …

Differences in How Anesthesia Affects the Brains of Children and Adults

<b>Age-related EEG patterns correspond with neurophysiological changes associated with development and aging.</b><p>Recent Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) …

Mass extinction kicks off robot evolution - Futurity

Mass extinction can actually speed up evolution by unleashing new creativity in adaptations, report researchers. The findings could lead to better …

Why screams are scary

Leave it to a group of new parents to be inspired to study the effects of screaming on the human brain.<p>David Poeppel, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at New York University and director of the Max Planck Institute's Department of Neuroscience in Frankfurt, Germany, normally studies …

Why Do We Know So Little About How Sexual Orientation Develops in Women?

When I scroll through the biomedical research into how sexual orientation develops (don't judge my hobbies), I notice three things. The first one's …

Bacterial 'Hunger Games' could help in the fight against infectious diseases

Infectious bacteria have a way of outsmarting us. So maybe it's time, scientists say, that we stopped trying to kill them and instead pit them against each other in a sort of bacterial Hunger Games.<p>“Bacteria, even though they are technically unicellular organisms, congregate and live in very …

3D-printed brain tissue

Researchers in Australia have developed a new way of printing 3D structures that closely resemble layered brain tissue<p>In the latest effort to build an artificial laboratory model of the brain, Australian researchers have developed a novel method for constructing layered biological structures that …

Get Ready for the Robot Explosion

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.<p>If you believe that you may have received this message in …

This is your body -- up very, very, close and personal

The human body is shown in fascinating, microscopic detail in the book "Science is Beautiful."

CNN

Our Extinction Problem May Be Far, Far Worse Than We Think

The sharp decline of land snail species in Hawaii may have frightening implications for the extinction rates of animals worldwide.<p>A multinational team of researchers argue that because the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List -- often cited as the authority on extinct and …

Extinction

Featured Creature: Hummingbird Hawk-Moth | Blog | Nature

Animals all face the same challenges: finding enough to eat and surviving long enough to pass on their genes. While there are endless ways Nature has …

Nature

Octopus studies detail strange behavior and genetics

UC Berkeley marine biologist Roy Caldwell first saw the intriguing octopus in Panama, in 1977. It was pretty, and striped, and about the size of his little finger. He brought a few specimens back to his lab, and one of the females surprised him: Unlike most octopuses he had seen, she didn't die …

Zoology

Yeast cells genetically modified to create morphine-like painkiller

Researchers say new biological manufacturing method using modified yeast instead of opium poppies could slash both manufacturing time and cost<p>Scientists have genetically modified yeast cells to make them churn out painkillers that are normally harvested from opium poppies.<p>The procedure raises hopes …

Dining Like Darwin: When Scientists Swallow Their Subjects

Scientists are a driven bunch, dedicated and passionate about understanding the inner workings of the world. You must be focused, willing to work strange hours in every kind of weather. Willing to go beyond the known and be constantly inspired by your curiosity.<p>It takes guts to be a scientist. And …

Charles Darwin

How The Microbiome Destroyed the Ego, Vaccine Policy, and Patriarchy

This website is for information purposes only. By providing the information contained herein we are not diagnosing, treating, curing, mitigating, or …

Naturopathic Medicine

Intricate "Candle Carving" Forms Blooming Designs with Layered Wax

The time-honored tradition of candle making has an often-unheard of style known as "candle carving." Originally an old German craft, this particular approach highlights the inner beauty that lies beneath the candle's surface. It uses layers of different-colored wax and strategic slicing to create …

Decorations

How London’s New Night Tube Map Was Made

Updating the world’s most iconic transportation map … after dark.<p>The London Underground, or “the Tube” as it’s colloquially known, is the oldest metro system in the world. It began its life in January 1863 with a single underground line running between Paddington and Farringdon–about four miles–in …