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Microbes inhabit the human placenta, but it's not a bad thing | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The human placenta, the organ that nourishes a developing baby, is not the pristine place some experts had assumed.<p>Newborn babies wait for attention at Lima's Maternity hospital in this May 7, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo<p>Researchers said on Wednesday they have …

Desert Blocked Spread of Early Dinosaurs

Global warming created a broad desert that for millions of years barred dinosaurs from spreading into what is now North America.<p>A huge desert created by global warming likely prevented early dinosaurs from migrating out of South America for millions of years, suggests an analysis of ancient rocks. …

Compound discovery may calm chronic pain - Futurity

Scientists may have discovered a way to treat the type of chronic pain caused by arthritis, shingles, and nerve damage.

Chronic Pain

FDA approves a new artificial sweetener

Say hello to advantame, aspartame's intensely sweet cousin, which got the nod to enter the U.S. food market on Wednesday from the<p>Food and Drug Administration. Advantame -- which does not yet having a catchy marketing name -- is the sixth artificial sweetener on the U.S. market to receive the FDA's …

Diabetes

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Kawasaki Disease Wafts to Japan on the Wind

Air from China brings a major cause of childhood heart disease to Japan, study finds.<p>The agent of Kawasaki disease, a potentially fatal illness in children, floats into Japan on seasonal winds from northeastern China, according to a report published today in the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy</i> …

Snake Species That Went Missing For 78 Years Is Found

A species of snake that was thought to have gone missing for nearly 80 years — or never to have existed in the first place — has been found.<p>The Clarion nightsnake, named for the island it inhabits off Mexico's Pacific coast, had been identified only once, back in 1936 by naturalist William Beebe.<p>He …

How The Rising Status Of Cats And Dogs Could Doom Biomedical Research

Scientific organizations worry that a movement to grant more rights to pets could spill over to mice and lab rats.<p>In November of 2010, 26,000 scientists descended on the San Diego Convention Center to attend the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. They weren’t alone. On the first day of …

The Suspiciously Shrinking Storm

Popular Science Blogs<p>Boxplot<p>Exploring the world of science through graphic narrative. By Maki Naro<p>The planet Jupiter doesn't do anything small. The planet is the largest in our solar system. It has 67 moons, the largest of which would be considered dwarf planets if found outside of the gas giant's …

Proteins Could Form The Heart Of New Electronic Gadgets

How protein switches might work in chemical detectors and other electronics<p>Wonder if it will catch on. A new paper, posted on the database arXiv, introduces a name for a new field of research: proteotronics, or the study and development of electronic circuits with proteins as a plug-in …

Protein

Password Change Time, Ebay Has Been Hacked

This year has been a rough one for online retailers and their customers because of the Heart Bleed disaster, but now Ebay is feeling something similar and users must follow through by changing their passwords. They’ve sent out a press release detailing what happened to their networks and databases …

‘Hyrule Warriors’ Is Looking Badass and Boobtacular In New Screens

A few new details and screens for <i>Hyrule Warriors</i>, Nintendo’s somewhat odd Zelda/<i>Dynasty Warriors</i> mash-up, leaked out today and well, the title isn’t looking as family-friendly as your typical Nintendo game. Here’s a couple examples of what I’m talking about…<p>Some people think the above character may …

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Bacon Fans Saddened By Lack Of Bacon At Beer, Bacon And Music Festival

A Frederick, Maryland Beer, Bacon And Music Festival is under fire after attendees spent $125 per ticket on the two-day festival only to be met with long lines, and — the horror — NO BACON. According to promoters, the festival was supposed to be equipped with 2 tons of bacon, more than 100 …

Box of Infinity

Flickr user <b>Ron Brinkmann</b> built a cube using six square mirrors with the reflective sides facing inward. To capture the view inside the cube, he …

We Dare You To Withstand The Cuteness Of This Baby Goat Taking Its First Steps With A Wheelcart

This little teeny tiny baby goat named Frostie the Snowgoat (D’AWW) came to Edgar’s Mission, an Australian animal sanctuary, with a debilitating condition that left him unable to use his back legs — which are filled with “pockets of pus” and toxins (d’eww). In addition to pumping him full of …

Shark Week 2014 Has A Premiere Date And Will Feature Glow-In-The-Dark Sharks

Earlier today Discovery Channel released some bare bones information about Shark Week 2014. The facts are as follows:<p>It will debut August 10.<br>• There will be a <i>Shark After Dark</i> special every night at 11, which will feature “shark experts and celebrity guests” discussing the evening’s events. You may …

Avengermon! - Super Powered Pocket Monsters

Avengermon! by Punksthetic and Moysche Design<p>When Fury had caught 'em all he discovered that each one had a unique power that would help him shield …

Marvel's Agents of SHIELD: Season 1 Review

True believers.<p><i>Note (9/10/14): With Marvel's Agents of SHIELD: Season 1 on DVD and Blu-ray this week, we're re-featuring our review of the …

The CEO Of Levi Strauss Wants You To Stop Washing Your Blue Jeans

Good news for dirt creeps and lazy people everywhere, Levi Strauss CEO Chip Bergh wants you to stop washing your jeans. Not forever, but just not as much. The leader of the jean giant sat down with Fortune magazine and chiseled out his beliefs of how the jean wearing population should treat their …

Lance Armstrong Drew A Very Awkward Card While Playing Cards Against Humanity

“Cards Against Humanity” is known as a “party game for horrible people,” so it’s pretty clear from the get-go that this isn’t just another round of Scattegories for the people in your parents’ hardcore swingers parties to use as an icebreaker. For example, former Tour de France champion and world …

Honda is making a luxury jet with really weird engines

To most, Honda is a maker of the everycar — affordable, safe, practical, fuel efficient road transportation that neither excites nor offends. To some, it's also a maker of motorcycles. To a few, it's the maker of Asimo, the perennially entertaining humanoid robot that makes appearances at trade …

Wyoming considers firing squads

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Prompted by a shortage of available drugs for lethal injections, Wyoming lawmakers are considering changing state law to permit execution of condemned inmates by firing squad.<p>A Wyoming legislative committee has directed its staff to draft a firing-squad bill for consideration ahead …

Missing US woman found after 10 years

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1078000/1078778_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1526871035_0dda3a74932154617666bedc42aafaa0<p><b>A 25-year-old woman who went missing 10 years ago in California has told police she was forced to marry her captor and have his child.</b><p>The unnamed …

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Stores may have received tainted beef

Check your ground beef before you grill out this Memorial Day weekend. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says stores in nine states may have received beef contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.<p>The service announced this week that 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products were being …

U.S. Deploys Troops in Search for Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

The U.S. has deployed 80 American troops to Chad to assist in the search for more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the militant group Boko …

Prosecutors: Tsarnaevs used Christmas lights to make bomb fuses

The Boston Marathon bombing suspects used Christmas lights and model-car parts to make the explosives, prosecutors said in court documents obtained by CNN on Wednesday.<p>"The Marathon bombs were constructed using improvised fuses made from Christmas lights and improvised, remote-control detonators …

Apple too late to stop massive iCloud breach, hackers claim

An anonymous hacker who has exploited an iCloud security flaw that lets anyone unlock a lost or stolen iPhone says Apple contacted him about the matter today, but he deleted the email.<p>“They have asked me to contact [them] as quickly as possible, but why now?” the hacker, who goes by AquaXetine, …

A Light Switch for a Dog

The lady in the picture with the pink shirt is Heleen. She has limited mobility. Her service dog manages many of her daily tasks.<p>Heleen owns a lamp …