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Ancient Egyptian Hair Extensions Are 3,300 Years Old

Hair extensions may seem like a modern fashion trend, but it turns out they've been around a whole lot longer than most people realize, as a recent discovery out of Egypt shows.<p>The skull of a woman who lived more than 3,300 years ago was uncovered with roughly 70 hair extensions still in place.<p>"The …

These Beautiful Graphics Reveal The Chemistry Of Everyday Foods

Literally everything around us is made up of chemicals. That includes all foods. And the different kinds of chemicals they contain give the stuff we eat their flavors, colors, and smells.<p>On the blog Compound Interest, a chemist and teacher in the United Kingdom has illustrated the chemistry behind …

Chemistry

Scientists discover the protein interaction that triggers conception

Scientists may have discovered the key to mammalian fertilization: the interaction between two proteins, Izumo and Juno, located on the surface of sperm and eggs, respectively. The finding, published in a mouse study today in the journal <i>Nature</i>, closes a gap in our understanding of how mammals …

Genetics

Installing the world's first electronic spine

In <i>The Washington Post</i> this week, reporter Jim Tankersley follows a team of doctors as they install one of the world's first electronic spine replacements, dubbed the Neurobridge. The patient is paralyzed from the chest down, but researchers hope the Neurobridge can restore control of his hands. A …

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). …

Chemists Expand Nature's Genetic Alphabet

For the first time, scientists have expanded life's genetic alphabet, by inserting two unnatural, man-made "letters" into a bacterium's DNA, and by showing that the cell's machinery can copy them.<p>The advance means that scientists have a new tool for exploring how life encodes information, which …

I had my DNA analyzed, and all I got was this lousy story

With too much to account for, direct-to-consumer genetics isn't ready for prime time.<p>It’s a situation many have faced before or will in the future: …

Spirit Airlines Boasts About All the Things It Doesn't Have, Like In-Flight Wi-Fi

Most airlines are scurrying to reassure customers that they are rolling out in-flight Wi-Fi fleet-wide as rapidly as possible.<p>After all, the …

A Sneak Peek At The Futuristic Cruise Ships That Will Hit The Seas This Year

English TV producer Jason Bradbury teamed up with Royal Caribbean to produce a video detailing the ships' new features. Both will offer futuristic technology aimed at making cruising even more enjoyable and entertaining.<p><b>One of the major features on the new boats will be the North Star, a glass</b> …

Royal Caribbean

The Right Way To Pack A Suitcase

Packing well is an art: Frequent travelers know how to pack as little as possible while still toting everything they'll need.<p>We recently published a post on the best hacks for packing a suitcase. Since it's easier to visualize the suitcase, we've created an infographic that shows exactly where each …

Infographics

Colorado: Hike High

<b>Hike from Crested Butte to Aspen.</b><p><b>What Is It?</b> Hike a butt-busting 11 miles from the tiny mountain hamlet of Crested Butte, over West Maroon Pass to the extravagant ski town of Aspen. From the Butte, you’ll climb 2,200 feet through patches of aspen and spruce that dapple a narrow, grassy valley. Even …

Hiking

Destroying the last samples of smallpox virus could prove short-sighted

The discovery of intact vials of smallpox in a storeroom last week demonstrates the need to maintain samples of the virus in secure facilities for future vaccine research<p>I confess that, while I'm a middle-aged mother in a fairly typical family, I am <i>not</i> the world's best housekeeper. It is not …

Beyond a joke: how to study laughter

Professor Sophie Scott has made it her mission to study laughter. But creating laughter that can be analysed in a scientific setting proves to be alarmingly challenging<p>I am interested in the science of laughter, an interest that grew from my studies of human vocal expressions.<p>It’s fair to say that …