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What Would Happen If You Drank Water From The Gowanus Canal?

The story of how one of the most polluted waterways in America came to be located in one of the country's most expensive neighborhoods. Also: dysentery, cancer, and arsenic poisoning.<p>"So, right off the bat, you'd have a massive problem with dysentery," Ludgen Balan, founder of the Urban Divers …

The Week In Numbers: NASA Shuts Down, The First Artificial Pancreas, And More

<b>97 percent</b>: the portion of NASA employees who were furloughed by the government shutdown this week. Happy 55th birthday, NASA.<p><b>1,800 degrees Fahrenheit</b>: the estimated temperature of Kepler-7b, the first planet outside of our solar system on which scientists have been able to map out clouds<p><b>5</b>: the …

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Researchers find gears in nature – on planthopper insects

Gears may seem like a purely human invention. And yet the basic interlocking mechanismfound inside grandfather clocks and car steering systems has now turned up in the remarkably powerful legs of young planthopper insects.<p>The discovery, published in Friday's edition of the journal Science, provides …

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The 10 best pasta sauce recipes Give your pasta a break from the bolognese and broaden your repertoire with these refreshing new recipe ideas, from purple pesto to miso and oranges http://t.gu.com/oQlnn Photography: Yuki Sugiura for the Guardian

Electronic tattoo tracks the heat running through your veins

Wearable sensors can tell more and more about what happens inside us<p>Thermometers don't seem like they need reinventing. Just stick one beneath your tongue, wait a minute, and everything you need to know is right in front of you. But there's a lot more that temperature can tell us if we're paying …

Find A Blue Chicken Egg? Congrats, Your Chicken Has A Virus

Not necessarily harmful! But just so you know.<p>Here in the U.S., our eggs mostly come in two colors: white and brown. But there are two breeds, one in Chile and one in China, that are known to lay <i>blue</i> eggs. Yeah, weird, right? And a new study has figured out why that happens.<p>The Araucana chicken …

Britain needs 'national debate' about banning Muslim girls from wearing veils in public

Britain should consider banning Muslim girls and young women from wearing veils in schools and public places, a Home Office minister has said.<p>Jeremy Browne, a Liberal Democrat, said there needs to be a national debate about whether the state should step in to protect young women from having the …

Religion

Richard Dawkins is outspoken in denouncing religion. But what really drives him, he says, is the wonder, and truth of Darwinism http://t.gu.com/oQnoW

Scientists grow tiny brain 'organoids' for study

The blobs mimic the anatomy of developing human brains, allowing researchers to study a 3-D model.<p>August 28, 2013|By Eryn Brown<p>Using stem cells, scientists have grown human "brain organoids"… (Madeline A. Lancaster )<p>Scientists have figured out how to grow human stem cells into "cerebral organoids" …

Healthy foods that are apparently bad for you

1. Apples<p>Apples contain both high levels of sugar (as do grapes), and cyanide, in their pips. Eating an apple a day can actually affect your teeth and cause erosion. Apples' pips contain Amygdalin a sugar and cyanide compound that ingested in small amounts is easy to deal with, but which can cause …

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Can drinking too much coffee kill you?

Lots of headlines last week warned young people (those under 55) that drinking more than 28 cups of coffee a week – four cups a day – may lead to an increased risk of all cause mortality. In other words, too much coffee might be a potential killer.<p>The headlines are based on a study published in the …

The tiny insect has been behind amazing discoveries in genetics – and now it's a mainstay of embryology<p>A few tiny flies have set up home in my kitchen. Some eggs must have arrived with a batch of bananas, and now it seems they've settled in and are reproducing. I'm not too worried: there's not …

The Week In Numbers: On-Demand Quantum Teleportation, A New Mammal Species, And More

<b>2 pounds</b>: the weight of the olinguito, an adorable carnivorous mammal species just discovered in South America<p><b>20 millikelvins</b>: the temperature at which scientists recently achieved reliable, on-demand quantum teleportation<p><b>700 miles per hour</b>: the speed at which Elon Musk's proposed Hyperloop railway …

Genetic map of cancer reveals trails of mutation that lead to disease

The first detailed map of genetic faults that cause cancers is published today, offering profound insights into the disease.<p>The map describes more than 20 "genetic signatures", or patterns of mutation, that alone or in combination drive 30 different types of cancer, including brain, lung, pancreas …

Staying Healthy May Mean Learning To Love Our Microbiomes

Not so long ago, most people thought that the only good microbe was a dead microbe.<p>But then scientists started to realize that even though some bugs can make us sick and even kill us, most don't.<p>In fact, in the past decade attitudes about the bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microbes living all …

Waking up to the link between a faulty body clock and mental illness

Our lives are ruled by time and we use time to tell us what to do. But the digital alarm clock that wakes us in the morning and the wrist-watch that …