Gowtham Varma

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New exotic particle could help explain what holds matter together

A new exotic particle has been hiding out amidst the gobs of data collected by the world's largest atom smasher, physicists have discovered.<p>The new particle, called Ds3*, is a meson, a type of unstable particle made of one quark and one antiquark. Quarks are subatomic particles and are the most …

Those Pesky House Flies May Actually Improve Our Health

The house fly is a rarely celebrated insect, but new research published Tuesday <i>finally</i> provides the pest with some positive recognition.<p>The house fly …

Biology

New Stem Cell Treatment, Successful in Mice, May Someday Cure Type 1 Diabetes

A professor's quest to cure his children's type 1 diabetes has led to a new way to make the insulin-producing cells.<p>When his infant son Sam was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes two decades ago, Doug Melton made himself a promise: He would cure it. When his daughter Emma was diagnosed with the same …

Step toward artificial hand with a sense of touch

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are moving closer to an artificial hand that can feel: Implanted electrodes allowed some amputees to tell by touch how gently to grasp, letting them pluck fruit without crushing it.<p>The two men told researchers at Case Western Reserve University that wiring some of their …

Nerve Implants Let Patients Feel Through Artificial Fingers

It’s not exactly perfect sensation, but Igor Spetic says he can feel a tingling when he uses an experimental new prosthetic hand developed at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He’s one of two men using an artificial hand attached to long-term implants that not only give him some …

Case Western Reserve University

Researchers explain 38-year-old mystery of the heart

In a new study published in <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i>, researchers at the University of Alberta's Faculty of Medicine & …

BRCA Gene Mutations Also Linked With Salivary Gland Cancer

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer<p>Published: 09/29/2014 10:41 AM EDT on LiveScience<p>The genetic mutations that put people at high risk for breast cancer may also be linked with an increased risk of salivary gland cancer, a new study suggests.<p>Researchers analyzed information from 187 people with …

The Body Electric

Michael Utley does not remember much about his death.<p>Over the years, he has woven together a narrative of what happened using threads collected from witnesses, friends, and family. On May 8, 2000, Utley, a 48-year-old stockbroker, was golfing with his coworkers Dick Gill and Bill Todd, along with …

Weather

Strange New Type of Brain Cell Discovered

The discovery of a new shape of brain cell has neuroscientists scratching their heads over what the function of these neurons might be.<p>Though neurons …

Neuroscience

Artificial Sweeteners May Contribute to Metabolic Disorders

Evidence suggests sugar substitutes aggravate diabetes and obesity.<p>Artificial sweeteners are a roughly $1.5 billion industry worldwide, often marketed as helpful for managing obesity and diabetes.<p>But some new research suggests sugar substitutes could actually contribute to soaring rates of obesity …

Diabetes

What’s a Blood Moon?

Nowadays, 4 totally eclipsed moons in a row are called Blood Moons. Why? We don’t know for sure, but the answer may lie in a 2013 book by 2 Christian …

Antimatter Explained

You Know About A Supernova. What About An "Unnova"?

The supernova is a well-publicized and frightening phenomenon. There's also a phenomenon known as an "unnova." You don't want it in your backyard any …

Universe

The science behind the extraordinary vision of owls

Another cool thing about owl eyes is the iris color. The iris color is somewhat related to the time of day or night in which an owl hunts. PawNation …

Birds

From the speed of light to whiter shirts: your science questions answered

Why it is not possible to break the speed of light, how movement on water surface leads to shadows on a pool floor, and how shirts end up whiter than white<p><b>Q Say an aeroplane is flying at 500mph and I run forwards inside the aeroplane at 10mph. I’m travelling at 510mph. If we replicate this on a</b> …

WATCH: The Chemistry of a Smartphone

Thanks to patent laws and trade secrets, there's precious little information available about what goes into manufacturing your typical smartphone, …

The 55 Essential Movies Your Child Must See (Before Turning 13)

20th Century Fox[/caption]<p>There are people out there who have never seen <i>The Princess Bride</i>. They walk among us, holding down jobs, contributing to …

Ask Anything: Why Is Picking Up A New Language Easier As A Kid?

Short answer: You’re less distracted by your native tongue.<p>In 1967, neuroscientist Eric Lenneberg laid out his argument for a “critical period” in language acquisition: Beyond a certain age, he said, and without the normal stimulation, a person could never really develop a natural way of speaking. …

Language Learning

A Truly Global Germ: The Case of Malassezia

Whenever a pathogen is discovered, one of the most important aspects of prevention and control is identifying the source. Researchers and public health officials work tirelessly to find the reservoir in the hopes of bringing the scourge to an end. Sometimes, the hunt can take some surprising turns …

Biology

We Can Now Genetically Engineer Muscular Dystrophy Out Of Mice

Muscular dystrophy is a disease that, even when it’s not fatal, still makes life difficult at best for the thousands of sufferers. But we might just be on the verge of stopping it altogether.<p>A University of Texas research team has been working on removing the mutation using CRISPR/Cas9-mediated …

Editing HPV's genes to kill cervical cancer cells

Researchers have hijacked a defense system normally used by bacteria to fend off viral infections and redirected it against the human papillomavirus …

This Dwarf Planet Might Have More Fresh Water Than All Of Earth

And it's actually (relatively) nearby<p>This is poor, unfortunate Ceres. Discovered in 1801, it was at first called a planet, then soon classified as an asteroid, and recently as a dwarf planet, not quite qualifying for real planet status despite residing in the solar system's asteroid belt. But now …

Astronomy

Swedish eel slithers its last after 155 years

Eel thought to be the world's oldest found dead in family well<p>When Åle entered the world in 1859, Napoleon III was King of France, and work had just started on the Suez Canal.<p>But in the little Swedish fishing town of Brantevik, the eel thought to be the oldest in the world has just slithered his …

Suez Canal