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30 Brilliant Test Answers From Smartass Kids

When a child’s answer to a question on a quiz or test is incorrect but clever, should they get credit for it? Here are 30 clever test answers that …

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Wider understanding

A CALORIE is a calorie. Eat too many and spend too few, and you will become obese and sickly. This is the conventional wisdom. But increasingly, it …

How Personalized Will Medicine Get?

<i>Part 2 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Predicting The Future.<p><b>About Nina Tandon's TED Talk</b><p>Wouldn't you rather test to see if those cancer drugs you're going to take are going to work on your cancer?<p>Call it extremely personalized medicine. Tissue engineer Nina Tandon explains how in the future, we'll be …

Ugly animals rule, cute is creepy

Why do we find some animals cute and not others? And why do the cute ones get all the attention when it comes to conservation? Thanks to the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, that may be about to change<p>What makes an animal cute? Why would we humans decide en masse that some non-humans are more …

Insight into the hidden world of frozen oceans

Beneath the ice crust of a frozen ocean, microscopic algae and bacteria thrive. As the Arctic becomes ice-free, they will play a new role in Earth’s …

Global Warming

Find A Blue Chicken Egg? Congrats, Your Chicken Has A Virus

Not necessarily harmful! But just so you know.<p>Here in the U.S., our eggs mostly come in two colors: white and brown. But there are two breeds, one in Chile and one in China, that are known to lay <i>blue</i> eggs. Yeah, weird, right? And a new study has figured out why that happens.<p>The Araucana chicken …

Where Do Dreams Come From?

Dreamland might not require so much imagination after all.<p>When we close our eyes and drift off to sleep, something in our mind spins us fanciful tales of teeth falling out, bouncing around in giant marshmallows in the sky, failing midterms in classes we've never taken, taking a walk in the park …

How Common Are Sadists?

People who enjoy being cruel are scarily prevalent, new research says.<p>There may be more sadists lurking in our midst than we'd like to think, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia and the University of Texas at El Paso. After offering a group of college students the …

How to live longer – the experts' guide to ageing

Experts on the ageing process explain why having good friends, lifting weights and learning languages can lead to a longer life<p><b>JERRALD RECTOR, 26: Lift weights for better immunity</b><p><b>By the time we reach 80, most of us will be infected with a type of herpes virus which erodes the immune system and</b> …

'Memory Pinball' And Other Reasons You Need A Nap

We spend about one-third of our lives sleeping, but much of that function remains a mystery. <i>Weekend Edition Sunday</i> is asking some pretty fundamental, yet complicated, questions about why we do it and why we can't seem to get more of it.<p>Dr. Matthew Walker says the question of why we sleep remains …

The milk of human kindness: providing for baby pandas

Conservationists and researchers are keen on developing an artificial milk formula for abandoned or orphaned panda cubs.<p>As Edinburgh Zoo and Scotland …

Birds

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From Birth, Our Microbes Become As Personal As A Fingerprint

Look in the mirror and you won't see your microbiome. But it's there with you from the day you are born. Over time, those bacteria, viruses and fungi multiply until they outnumber your own cells 10 to 1.<p>As babies, the microbes may teach our immune systems how to fight off bad bugs that make us sick …

Human genome sequencing: the real ethical dilemmas

While many of the dystopian predictions of human genome sequencing have proved alarmist, there are some real questions to be addressed. Science alone cannot provide the answers<p>Good science fiction always tries to be thought-provoking about the present, not just the future. Rarely has this been …

Untangled DNA is how guys become guys - Futurity

An enzyme that “unravels” DNA appears to trigger male development of the embryo, a finding …

New Imaging Technique Shows Surgeons Where Tumors End And Brains Begin

A new way to look at brain tissue in real-time could help surgeons know they're removing all the tumor tissue in a patient's brain.<p>Scientists from the Harvard University and the University of Michigan have developed a way to image brain tumors to reveal exactly where the tumor cells end and the …