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What doctors can tell about your health just by looking at your skin

If you aren't sure whether that spot on your arm is a weird freckle, mole, or something more ominous, you should get it checked out by a dermatologist. But weird moles are not the only things to look out for.<p>Your skin — which is the largest and fastest-growing organ in your body — can reveal much …

This Awesome Periodic Table Shows The Origins of Every Atom in Your Body

We are made of starstuff.<p>Here’s something to think about: the average adult human is made up of 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (7 octillion) …

Real-life Spider-Man coming soon: Artificial spider web can be grown in labs

Blame it on Spider-Man fandom if you want, but we’ve always been fascinated by the idea of someone creating synthetic spider webbing in a lab.<p>That is …

A simple guide to CRISPR, one of the biggest science stories of the decade

One of the biggest and most important science stories of the <i>last</i> few years will probably also be one of the biggest science stories of the <i>next</i> few years. So this is as good a time as any to get acquainted with the powerful new gene-editing technology known as CRISPR.<p>If you haven’t heard of CRISPR …

Researchers find protein target to knock out herpesvirus RNA transport

A new approach has been developed to combat diseases caused by herpesvirus infections, including everything from cold sores to cancer.<p>Researchers at …

Here's How Your Body Knows You Found the Perfect Sexual Partner

It's all about your immune system, apparently.<p>One of the real secrets of white-hot attraction to someone isn't terribly sexy, according to a recent study published in <i>Nature</i>: It's a part of your genetic coding.<p>All humans have their own unique human leukocyte antigen (HLA) complex, which helps the …

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A Robot Buoy That Saves Whales From Boat Strikes

A new surveillance system off the coast of New York aims to help keep the creatures out of harm’s way.<p>Twenty-two miles south of New York’s Fire Island, in an ocean region jam-packed with shipping traffic, there’s a bobbing yellow-and-blue buoy that’s actually a robot spy. It’s using advanced …

Researchers watch catalysts at work

Physicists at the University of Basel have succeeded in watching a silver catalyst at work for the first time with the aid of an atomic force …