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Animal research can be justified – but 'cuteness' is irrelevant

I once lost a debate with an animal rights activist. As a medical researcher who has been actively involved in experiments on rodents, this may come as a surprise to some. I lost the debate because once debates about the use of animals in medical research pass the facts, the stringent Home Office …

Scientists discover how to date fingerprints

Dutch forensic experts say they have discovered how to accurately date fingerprints, a breakthrough that could one day let police date crime scene prints from years ago.<p>"It's not quite the Holy Grail of fingerprinting, but it's a very important discovery," Marcel de Puit, fingerprint researcher at …

'Milestone' Easy-To-Make Stem Cells Never Existed, Investigation Suggests

Maybe it’s not so easy to create stem cells after all.<p>The stem cells that scientists announced they’d created in January may never have existed, Nature News reports.<p>The stem cell discovery, at first hailed as a milestone, has come under fire over the past few months. First, independent research …

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Planet-Hunting SPHERE Detector Snaps First Images

A new instrument designed to give scientists a direct look at nearby alien worlds has seen its "first light" in Chile, astronomers announced Wednesday.<p>Called SPHERE (for Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch), the new alien planet detection tool was mounted on the European Southern …

Nanoscale research may help preserve Leonardo da Vinci’s vanishing portrait

A famous red chalk on paper drawing, widely accepted as a self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci, is rapidly deteriorating from the effects of years of …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Are 'Lucky Streaks' Real? Science Says Yes

Bettors are more likely to win once they're on a winning streak, for a precisely ironic reason.<p>Maybe you're not a gambler, but you probably have a grasp of the concept of a "hot hand" or a lucky streak. I've wondered before--is this a real phenomenon? My own experience suggests it could be, but one …

Creating Solid Nitrogen In The Kitchen [Video]

A slow motion video from a veteran of the "Modernist Cuisine" crew shows the creation of a form of matter you've probably never seen before.<p>Popular Science <i>is pleased to present videos created by ChefSteps, the free-to-learn culinary school started by alumni of the creative team behind</i> Modernist …

Ancient Bat Poo Helps Preserve The World’s Oldest Fossil Sperm

A group of tiny crustaceans known as seed shrimp have an unusual distinction: They produce some of the longest sperm cells in the animal kingdom. The sperm cells of some Cypridocopina ostracod species reach 10 millimeters in length — for comparison, a human sperm is about 55 microns long, including …

Man makes home-made X-Men Wolverine claws in garage

Plumber and garage inventor Colin Furze shows off his latest, terrifying, invention - home-made Wolverine claws<p>Colin Furze is a plumber by day and garage inventor by night.<p>And with his latest invention, you certainly wouldn't want to cross him in a dark alleyway.<p>Furze, 32, has come up with …

Virus put woman's cancer in remission - CNN Video

Skeleton of 12,000-year-old girl could show where first Americans came from

Around 12,000 years ago, a short teenage girl was wandering a system of caves, likely searching out water, when she fell into a deep pit and cracked her pelvis. She likely died almost instantly, and her body remained there untouched until researchers discovered it in 2007, submerged under water …

Out of This World! Virtual Universe Looks Like the Real Thing

A team of astronomers has created the most realistic simulation of our universe ever made — a 14-billion-year history that took months of work by supercomputers to render.<p>Observing the universe directly is great, but sometimes an object or event is too far away, or happened too long ago (which …

Rainbow rings of Saturn

Turquoise-hued rings of Saturn contain particles of nearly pure water ice, while reddish rings contain ice particles with more contaminants.<p>The …

Pinocchio rex: new dinosaur species discovered in China

Scientists have discovered a new species of dinosaur that belonged to the same family as Tyrannosaurus rex.<p>The remains of the long-snouted tyrannosaur, formally named <i>Qianzhousaurus sinensis</i> and nicknamed Pinocchio rex, were found near the city of Ganzhou in southern China. Researchers believe the …

A manifesto for bringing women in science out of the shadows

A wise poet called Rumi once spoke of a community of the spirit. “Join it,” he said, “and feel the delight/of walking in the noisy street/and being the noise.”<p>The scientific community has spirit in abundance – but still, all too often, the sound of women is missing from that joyful noise. At the …

His brain injury made him a math genius: Science explains why

<b>(Digital Storm via Shutterstock)</b><p>Scientists explain Jason Padgett’s rare syndrome, and examine the possibility that we all have dormant abilities<p>Sarah Gray<p>May 6, 2014 9:45pm (UTC)<p>In his memoir, "Struck By Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel", excerpted by Salon, Jason Padgett …

Scientists uncover a secret of aging: Young blood helps restore elderly mice

A group of studies focused on properties of blood linked to rejuvenation, and human clinical trials are coming soon<p>Sarah Gray<p>May 5, 2014 5:00pm (UTC)<p>Three studies, two from Harvard and one from Stanford, track the miraculous ability of young blood to rejuvenate both mental and physical abilities in …

Bouncing Neutrons Aid Search For Dark Matter, Dark Energy

Neutrons bouncing in Earth's gravity are helping to shed light on two of the greatest mysteries in the universe, dark matter and dark energy, researchers say.<p>Dark matter is an invisible substance thought to make up five-sixths of all matter in the universe. The strength of its gravitational pull …

Scientists confirm existence of elusive 117th element

After four years of painstaking research, the discovery of the periodic table's 117th element has been confirmed. Element 117, otherwise known as ununseptium, was originally discovered back in 2010 by a group of American and Russian physicists with the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR). …

Ganymede May Have Multi-Layered, 'Sandwich'-Like Oceans

There may be up to three layers of different kinds of ice.<p>Here's some planetary news that could make you hungry: Jupiter's moon Ganymede may have a multi-layered ocean of alternating ice and liquid water that resembles a "club sandwich," according to NASA. This is actually what Steve Vance of …

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