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Google Might Change Google.com and Make Using the Internet Way Better

As a fashionable internet denizen, you do not use a homepage, probably. You open a new browser window or tab, and you're met with your Chrome apps, …

Mice Skin Cells Transformed Into Brain Cells

Two new studies take a step toward a therapy for multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and other diseases of the myelin.<p>In what one researcher called "cellular alchemy," two different teams of scientists have reported transforming mouse and rat skin cells into brain cells of the type that's destroyed …

Nanosponges could soak up deadly infections like MRSA from your bloodstream

Researchers have developed biomimetic nanosponges that could prove an effective way of dealing with antibiotic-resistant infections. Each nanosponge is a tiny polymer-based particle measuring 85nm (around one 300,000th of an inch) across that's been wrapped in a red blood cell membrane. When …

10 Life Lessons People Should Learn Before They Turn 30

There are so many lessons I wish I had learned while I was young enough to appreciate and apply them. The thing with wisdom, and often with life …

Two-year-old girl receives new trachea made from her own stem cells

Doctors announced today that two-and-a-half year old Hannah Warren just became the youngest person in history to receive a bioengineered organ transplant, a new windpipe made of a synthetic scaffold and her own stem cells. The nine-hour long procedure was performed April 9th, at Children's Hospital …

Life on Venus? Scientists rethink the idea of 'habitable' planets

For years, astronomers have been hunting for other planets capable of supporting life. Those efforts have relied on ground-based telescopes and spacecraft, in an attempt to identify clues about the conditions of worlds thousands of light years away. But the entire search depends on one fundamental, …

To treat cystic fibrosis, drug mimics HIV - Futurity

U. PITTSBURGH (US) — A potential treatment for deadly, drug-resistant bacterial infections uses the same …

Dear Schools: Stop Treating Science-Curious Kids Like Criminals

We shouldn't punish students who are trying to understand how their world works.<p>On April 22, Kiera Wilmot, a 16-year-old public school student in Bartow, Florida did what any kid with an ounce of curiosity does: She performed an experiment. Like many acts of science, however, it didn't go as …

FYI: Are Unvaccinated Kids Really Causing The Whooping Cough Resurgence?

Deadly pertussis is on the rise in the U.S., but is it really the fault of the anti-vaccine crowd?<p>There were more cases of whooping cough in the U.S. in 2012 than in any year since 1955, provisional data suggest. The disease, which still sounds a little old-fashioned to these young ears, has been …

What Would Antarctica Look Like If All The Ice Melted?

Spoiler: still not super hospitable.<p>Ever wondered what's underneath the ice--sometimes up to three kilometers thick--that covers Antarctica?<p>Until very recently, we weren't really sure; maps were based on guesses and older technology. But NASA just released a video showing the results of what's …

Six chemicals we consume in our food and drink that should be banned

Last week BuzzFeed named eight food additives that should be banned in the US. Here are six equally deadly ones they missed<p>Last week BuzzFeed published a list of eight foods that folks in the USA are eating but are banned in other parts of the world. The chemical community turned its venom on …

3D-printed 'Cortex' cast concept puts a modern spin on bone fracture treatment

To anyone that's ever broken a bone, the negatives of traditional plaster casts are familiar: they're cumbersome, heavy, and can get rather smelly. Victoria University of Wellington graduate Jake Evill is looking to change all that with his Cortex cast. A mere concept for now, Evill says the cast — …

FYI: Will People Ever Evolve Out of Craving Unhealthy Food?

Maybe, but it's going to take a long time. For the past 200,000 years or so, fatty and sugary foods were hard for humans to come by and well worth gorging on. Fats help maintain body temperature, sugars provide energy, and craving such food is hardwired: Eating fats and sugars activates reward …

Vibrating pen checks your spelling as you write

The Lernstift Linux smart pen on Kickstarter monitors your spelling as you write, vibrating when you make a mistake.<p>Spell-check can be pretty …

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Embryonic stem cells could help restore sight to blind

Photoreceptors grown from embryonic stem cells have been successfully implanted in the retinas of blind mice<p>Scientists have shown that light-sensitive retinal cells, grown in the lab from stem cells, can successfully integrate into the eye when implanted into blind mice. The technique opens up the …

Scientists discover what’s killing the bees and it’s worse than you thought

As we’ve written before, the mysterious mass die-off of honey bees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the US has so decimated America’s <i>apis mellifera</i> population that one bad winter could leave fields fallow. Now, a new study has pinpointed some of the probable causes of bee deaths and the …

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Google Will Post Detailed Nutritional Information For More Than 1,000 Foods Starting Today

Wondering how much fat is in that burrito? Google wants to make it a little easier to find out.<p>The search giant announced that beginning Thursday, …

Single Life: The Best Thing About Being Relationship-Free

If you're single, there's a good chance that at one point or another, someone you know (we're looking at you, moms) has wanted to set you up.<p>And if you're happily single, your friends and families' well-meaning wishes to see you paired up can get old pretty quickly. Why can't they see there's just …

A zero-energy micro-home for off-grid living

A non-profit green technology company in Romania has unveiled a prefabricated house that has the capacity to be powered entirely by sustainable …

Apple Health Info: Crazy Facts About The Fruit

Everyone's heard about an apple a day. As one of the most popular fruits in America, it's easy to get people eating these fiber-rich, crisp and juicy fruits. And that's a good thing for health: A diet rich in apples has been associated with a host of health benefits, including weight loss, improved …

Must-have tech for families heading back to school

When the kids head back to school this fall, you want to be ready. And I don’t just mean that they’ve got cool new backpacks and killer sneakers to …

Roasted Pistachio Ice Cream

Preheat oven to 350F.<p>Spread pistacios onto a small baking sheet and toast in oven for 10-12 minutes, until fragrant and starting to turn brown. …

Beautiful Houses: Bird House

This week we will show you the breathtaking Bird House in Mallorca, Spain, a project by Alberto Rubio. I couldn't find details about the project at …

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