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The Big Future: Can we conquer infectious disease?

With ambitious vaccine projects taking on the flu virus, Ebola, and other significant threats to human health, will our future be less sick? Is it possible we'll never be felled by the flu again?<p>The future of the flu<p>Scientists are working on an ambitious effort at a global flu vaccine — so seasonal …

My GMO Journey: From Skeptic To Supporter

<i>Anna Sumi, George Washington University</i><p>A few weekends ago I made the four-hour drive from my hometown of Madison, Wisconsin to Northfield, Minnesota to visit my best friend. As I drove mindlessly past the cornfields of anywhere-that’s-not-a-city, Wisconsin, across the Mississippi River, I didn’t …

Agriculture

Men really are more stupid than women, research shows

It's official! Men really are stupider than women, accounting for 90 per cent of people who have died in foolish ways, according to the Darwin Awards<p>It's enough to start a new battle of the sexes, but when it comes to needless and untimely deaths, men win hands down.<p>A <b>20 year study of the Darwin</b> …

Medical Journals

New Family Tree Illuminates 'Big Bang' in Bird Evolution After Dinosaur Extinction

Comprehensive look at bird genes shows power of DNA to answer a staggering array of scientific questions.<p>A massive genetics project has produced the most comprehensive bird family tree ever, an embarrassment of scientific riches for studying everything from how birds evolved so quickly after …

Birds

Newly discovered dinosaur had an eagle face, was the size of a crow

More than 100 million years ago, when the grasslands of Montana were dotted with redwoods and ferns, there lived a diminutive dinosaur the size of a crow with a face that resembles an eagle.<p>All that remains of the little guy today is a fossilized skull and some teeth, but that was enough for …

Paleontology

It's All Relative!

Sprouting feathers and lost teeth: scientists map the evolution of birds

Mass genome sequencing reveals avian family tree – and how imitative birdsong gives birds genetic similarities to humans<p>A remarkable international effort to map out the avian tree of life has revealed how birds evolved after the mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs into more than 10,000 …

Genes link human speech and bird song - Futurity

Birds and humans use essentially the same genes to speak, according to analysis of the genomes of 48 species from across their "family tree."

What Does It Take To Bring Transparency To Medicine?

<i>Part 4 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Courage.<p><b>About Leana Wen's TED Talk</b><p>Doctors in the U.S. don't have to tell patients about conflicts of interest. When physician Leana Wen asked her fellow doctors to open up, the reaction she got was frightening.<p><b>About Leana Wen</b><p>I'm going to fight against any forces …

Three ways cats can control our minds

Greg Foot visits Battersea Cats and Dogs Home to get up close and personal with our feline friends, and see how they have the ability to manipulate and control humans.<p>Cats… aren’t they lovely, cute and fluffy? Think again. These loveable pets are fantastic at being able to control the human mind. …

Pets

Scientists Say They've Figured Out Why Starfish Are Melting

From Mexico to Alaska, starfish have been mysteriously melting for more than a year. When a starfish first gets sick, its arms pretzel up and white lesions form on its skin. Next, the starfish, normally plush with water absorbed to keep its shape, starts to deflate. Then suddenly, its limbs begin …

Have scientists found first sign of Dark Matter?

A signal picked up by Dutch and Swiss scientists is thought to be the first phsical evidence of Dark Matter<p>It was first theorised more than 70 years ago, but after decades of searching, scientists believe they have seen the first sign of elusive Dark Matter.<p>Researchers have picked up unexpected …

Dark Matter

Obese children may be 'wired from birth' to crave sugar

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, found that children who were obese had an extreme response to sugar<p>Chilldren who are obese may over-eat because they crave more sugar than slimmer youngsters, a study suggests.<p>Brain scans showed that their reward centres are stimulated more …

Diabetes

Will Wearing Makeup During a Pregnancy Make Your Baby Dumb?

You also could be potentially screwing your kid up if you eat cheese, sleep on your back, or go in a hot tub while pregnant.<p>Pregnancy is no cakewalk, from what I hear. Sometimes you feel inexplicably weepy. Sometimes you get adult acne. Sometimes your feet swell up so much that you go up a shoe …

Pregnancy

Nasa's parody music video: All About That Space - video

After successfully testing its replacement for the space shuttle, Nasa has embarked on a new project: viral marketing. Interns from Nasa's Johnson Space Centre have released a music video that parodies Meghan Trainor's infectious pop single All About That Bass. All About That Space has received …

Clever Crows Have an Eye for Tool Use

Popular Science Blogs<p>Boxplot<p>Exploring the world of science through graphic narrative. By Maki Naro<p>Today's comic comes to you via the journal <i>Current Biology</i>, where researchers tested New Caledonian crows and their tool-using preferences. The study also suggests that the birds' extreme binocular …