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'Primordial Soup' Computer Model Tracks The Beginning Of Life At The Atomic Level

Scientists zero-in on how a lightning zap could give rise to living things.<p>In the early 1950s, a chemist named Stanley Miller mixed up a bunch of gases including methane, ammonia and hydrogen. That's kind of stuff that had been on Earth before life began. Miller zapped those gases with electricity, …

Chemistry

Bacteria From Bees' Bellies May Fight Persistent Pathogens

You'll catch more bugs with honey<p>Within the past decade, antibiotic resistance has become a critical issue for global health. More and more strains of bacteria have grown tolerant of the typical methods used to kill them, limiting doctors' treatment arsenal and putting the health of patients at …

Insects

How DNA barcodes can beat the wildlife traffickers

As I rattle across the Welsh countryside in an early morning train, a verdant landscape bounces into view. A blurred jumble of grass, trees, brambles and bushes flies past the window. Catching a lift from Carmarthen station through the Towy valley to the National Botanic Garden of Wales, an even …

DEA tightens controls on hydrocodone painkiller drugs

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is putting tighter controls on the nation's most widely prescribed narcotic painkiller in a move to stem an epidemic of addiction, overdose and death.<p>The agency said it would publish a rule Friday to place hydrocodone combination products, such as Vicodin …

Painkillers

James Foley's murder, and the psychology of our fascination with the gruesome

We find the horrible images and video of things like beheadings appalling – yet we are drawn to them. Dean Burnett examines why<p>After <b>Islamic State militants in Iraq murdered reporter James Foley</b>, they released a video of his beheading, the New York Post put a picture of it on its front page, and …

Can Artificial Insemination Save Endangered Species?

Wildlife<p>These Magellanic penguin chicks, hatched in May 2014, are the second group of penguins bred using artificial insemination at SeaWorld. The penguin on the right was the first penguin to be conceived using frozen-then-thawed semen. The two on the left were conceived using chilled semen. …