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Nanoparticles: The Next Big Thing in Medicine — NOVA Next | PBS

DNA. The very acronym calls to mind the molecule’s exquisite structure, a linear double helix. Our understanding of DNA and its orbiting strands has …

Medicine

5 Bar Tricks You Can Do With Science

Courtesy of Tim Shaw, whose television show launches tonight<p>As Kurt Vonnegut wrote in his classic <i>Cat's Cradle</i>, "science is magic that works." The same can be applied to these seemingly magical bar tricks, which are not really tricks but based in simple physics and science. They were shown to me by …

Microwaves

Exploiting graphene, the wonder substance, for the UK

The chancellor has stated that we are to exploit the invention of graphene in this country. In this regard it may be worth contrasting the numbers of patents held by Manchester University, where it was discovered (0), and Samsung (a lot).<p>While I agree that graphene probably is the best thing since …

Homeopathy Company Recalls Products Because They Might Contain Antibiotics

Homeopathy: The medicine that's not supposed to contain medicine.<p>A homeopathy company is recalling some products because they may contain traces of a real antibiotic in them.<p>It's a funny recall because, among other principles, homeopathy is based on the idea of diluting substances to such an extent …

Is a treatment for Crohn’s disease on the horizon?

Scientists believe gut bacteria may offer the key to diagnosing the debilitating disorder<p>The identification of specific bacteria that are present—or not—in patients with the debilitating bowel disease could yield better diagnoses and therapies.<p>The largest study of its kind has revealed for the …

The Science Of Bisexuality

It's complicated.<p>Bisexual folks have an image problem in America. Could science help?<p>A new feature, published in the <i>New York Times Magazine</i>, follows the efforts of the American Institute of Bisexuality to fund scientific studies on bisexuals. The institute works to combat damaging beliefs about …

Sexuality

What Happens To Your Body When You Get Drunk And Stoned At The Same Time?

The science of the spins<p>The intoxicating effects of alcohol and of marijuana have been widely studied, but their combined effect—getting "cross-faded"—is woefully underexplored scientific territory. Here's a look at what we know about how pot and booze together affect the brain.<p>First, the basics: …

Cannabis