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Bacterial nanowires aren't 'hair' after all - Futurity

The nanowires that shoot out from "electric bacteria" aren't the hair-like structures, called pili, that scientists thought they were.

Biology

This could explain why older adults can't stay sleep - Futurity

A loss of neurons in a part of the brain that serves as an on/off switch for sleep may explain why so many older adults suffer from insomnia.

Our life with the Neanderthals was no brief affair | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Far from wiping out Neanderthals overnight, modern humans rubbed along with their shorter and stockier cousins for thousands of years, giving plenty of time for the two groups to share ideas - and have sex.<p>An exhibit shows the life of a neanderthal family in a cave in the new …

What Happens When A Volcano Erupts Under A Glacier?

In Iceland, a question of ice and fire<p>When Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano blew up in 2010, the relatively small eruption belched out a 30,000-foot-tall plume of ash that shut down airports throughout most of Europe for six days.<p>Now Iceland is warning airlines that another volcano named …

Experimental drug shows promise against Ebola's cousin, Marburg virus

An experimental drug designed to halt replication of the deadly Marburg virus -- a relative of Ebola -- has proved effective in monkeys, even after they had been infected for three days, research shows.<p>In a paper published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine, scientists said the …

Scan baby's fingerprints to track immunizations - Futurity

A new fingerprint scanning system could save kids' lives by making sure they get their immunizations on time.

Physiology

How corpse brain scans help the living

The deceased are making a comeback by helping to improve imaging technology<p>For thousands of years, direct studies of the human brain required the dead. The main method of study was dissection, which needed, rather inconveniently for the owner, physical access to their brain. Despite occasional …

Confirmed: Microbial life found half mile below Antarctic ice sheet

In an icy lake half a mile beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, scientists have discovered a diverse ecosystem of single-celled organisms that have managed to survive without ever seeing the light of the sun.<p>The discovery, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature is not so much a surprise as a triumph …