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Can’t get children to eat greens? Blame it on the survival instinct

Researchers note that toddlers were far more reluctant to grasp plants than artificial items such as spoons or pipe cleaners - they believe this is because evolution has biologically programmed children to be wary of flora as it may contain potentially hazardous toxins<p>It is a question that has …

Parenting

With Infrared Light, Scientists Grow a New Brain

<b>What's the Latest Development?</b><p>Using a non-invasive infrared laser, scientists at the University of Texas Arlington have found a way to control the …

Neuroscience

What Do I Stand For? The Postmodern Predicament - Part 2

Last week, I published the first in a three-part dialogue between myself and the Danish psychotherapist Ole Vadum Dahl. In the article, Ole and I are …

Country Music

Is it possible to kick start science?

<b>Kickstarter, IndieGogo and other crowd funding sites are increasingly hosting an array of technology projects, with some raising a lot of money, while others have raised debate.</b><p>3Doodler claims to be the first 3D printing pen, and raised over $2.3m (£1.5m), having required just $30,000. Currently …

Science

Scientists identify cell that could hold the secret to limb regeneration

Researchers have identified a cell that aids limb regrowth in Salamanders. Macrophages are a type of repairing cell that devour dead cells and pathogens, and trigger other immune cells to respond to pathogens. In humans, they're also important to muscle repair, which led Dr. James Godwin, of the …

This 3-D Printed Bioplastic Windpipe Saved A Baby's Life

The infant's 3-D printed trachea will fully absorb into his body in two to three years.<p>We've seen plenty of 3-D printed medical implants for patients that require replacement tissues, but this use of 3-D printed biopolymer to augment and correct an existing tissue highlights just how amazing the …

Courageous science policy thinking we might all live to regret

The latest in a long line of government spending reviews, this one covering the period 2015-16, is looming - and many in the science community are …

Can Anyone Learn To Be A Master Memorizer?

<i>Part 3 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Memory Games.<p><b>About Joshua Foer's TEDTalk</b><p>Some people can memorize thousands of numbers, the names of dozens of strangers or the precise order of cards in a shuffled deck. Science writer and U.S. Memory Champion Joshua Foer shows how anyone can become a memory …

Study Is First To Chart Amphibian Populations' Decline In U.S.

Populations of frogs, salamanders and other amphibians are declining at an average rate of 3.7 percent each year, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study released this week. Researchers say the study is the first to calculate how quickly amphibians are disappearing in the United States.<p>"If the …

Is US drone policy illegal and ill-advised? - Futurity

WASHINGTON U. – ST. LOUIS (US) — Targeted killing by unmanned planes may violate international …

Medicine

Attenborough: endless growth 'lunacy'

One of the world's leading naturalists Sir David Attenborough has cautioned Australia against pursuing further population growth, labelling an …