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The Underrated Herb You Can Eat Every Day To Fight Inflammation

Maybe you consider yourself a foodie, passionate about everything you put on your plate. Or you're the type of person who often finds yourself …

Bright flash of light marks incredible moment life begins when sperm meets egg

Human life begins in bright flash of light as a sperm meets an egg, scientists have shown for the first time, after capturing the astonishing ‘fireworks’ on film.<p>An explosion of tiny sparks erupts from the egg at the exact moment of conception.<p>Scientists had seen the phenomenon occur in other …

Student gets top marks for 'perfect' answer to critical thinking question

You don’t always get what you want in life<p>A young student with a strong sense of realism has won plaudits online for a brilliant answer to a question on critical thinking.<p>“Suppose you want to build a house on this land and still protect its natural resources. What could you do? How would it protect …

Critical Thinking

Scientists may soon be able to 'cut and paste' DNA to cure deadly diseases and design perfect babies

On a warm September afternoon on the verdant campus of Long Island's Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, an elite cadre of scientists gathered to discuss a simple yet incredibly powerful new genetic technology.<p>Jennifer Doudna was dressed casually in a blazer and jeans, with a scarf tossed gently around …

Genetics

Scientists: Fungus causes snake ailment, but reason elusive

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A fungus has been identified as the cause of a mysterious ailment that has been infecting some snake species in the eastern United States, threatening some isolated snake populations such as the timber rattlesnakes found in western Vermont.<p>Knowing for sure the cause of what …

Zoology

Has Germany's Strongman Finally Arrived?

Germany is facing one of the worst crises in its modern history. Refugees from the Middle East are flooding into Europe by the hundreds of thousands, …

Europe

Single-celled plankton evolves tiny, human-like eye

The eye is so complex that researchers originally thought it had come from an animal that the plankton had eaten<p>A single-celled marine plankton has evolved a miniature version of an eye to help see its prey better, researchers believe.<p>The tiny creature, which can only be seen under a microscope, it …