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Beam Me Up? Teleporting Is Real, Even If Trekkie Transport Isn't

"I have a hard time saying this with a straight face, but I will: You can teleport a single atom from one place to another," says Chris Monroe, a biophysicist at the University of Maryland.<p>His lab's setup in a university basement looks nothing like the slick transporters that rearrange atoms and …

Quantum Mechanics

The 12 Weirdest Experiences You Can Have in Canada

When the going gets weird, the weird head north. Where else can you pay good money to freeze yourself (almost) to death, order a cocktail with a …

Death Row

Nobel discovery opens window onto Alzheimer's disease | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - The discovery of cells in the brain that act as the body’s internal global positioning system, which won three scientists the Nobel Prize for medicine on Monday, opens an intriguing new window onto dementia.<p>Professor John O'Keefe poses in his laboratory at University College …

Every Newly Emerging Disease Like Ebola Begins With a Mystery

One crucial factor in the epidemic spread of Ebola is poverty, says author of a new book about the disease.<p>Though Ebola is unlikely to gain a substantial foothold in the United States, even after the first U.S. diagnosis of an Ebola case this week, author David Quammen argues that our common …

AIDS pandemic origin was 1920s Kinshasa, says study

Between the 1920s and 1950s, a perfect storm of population growth, sex and railway links let HIV to spread from Kinshasa in Africa, across the …

Sub-Saharan Africa

The myth of the 'superfood'

We're always being told to eat more 'superfoods': broccoli, pomegranate, whatever. But there simply isn't much evidence that it does any good<p>Eat beetroot! Eat kale! Eat mackerel and pomegranate and chard! These are not just foods: they are superfoods. They are health-giving. If you eat them in …

Milky Way’s dark matter half what we thought?

Australian astronomers say our Milky Way galaxy has only half the dark matter we thought it did. If so, it explains the shortage of Milky Way …


How a deadly camel virus infects human cells - Futurity

Scientists have a clearer idea of a how a virus that likely originated with camels can cause deadly infections in people.


Topical antibiotics may raise pneumonia risk - Futurity

Using topical antibiotics to prevent pneumonia in hospital ICU patients may actually have the opposite effect.


Your vote may be safe, but is it being counted? - Futurity

Voting systems designed to be tamper-resistant may be missing lots of votes.


Largest-yet study describes near-death experiences

Tunnels ending in light, your life flashing before you, out-of-body sensations. Near-death experiences merit further study without prejudice, these …


New class of fatty molecules battles diabetes in mice

Lipids, the chemical family that includes fats and related molecules, get blamed for clogged arteries and heart attacks. But thanks to careful …

The Physics of the Death Star

How to destroy an Alderaan-sized planet.<p><i>“What’s that star?<br>It’s the Death Star.<br>What does it do?<br>It does Death. It does Death, buddy. Get out of my</i> …


Engineered Bacteria Excrete Propane Fuel

Researchers want to harness your stomach bugs in the service of your barbecue<p>Propane, the gas that fuels your barbecue (and perhaps one day your car), may soon have a new, renewable source.<p>Researchers in Finland and England developed a genetic process that puts <i>E. coli</i> bacteria to work producing the …

Russia confirms death of five geckos on space sex mission

Reptiles were part of zero-gravity research into reproduction Geckos’ ‘mummified remains’ suggest they froze to death<p>Russia’s space agency on Monday confirmed that five geckos, launched into space for an experiment on weightlessness and sexual behavior, have died.<p>The federal space agency released a …