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5 Ways Science Could Make Us Immortal

We'll take back every bad thing we've ever said about science if it will just make us immortal. That doesn't seem like too much to ask.<p>The thing is, …

Error or terror: the risks of cutting-edge biology

For thousands of years, humans have been selectively breeding crops and animals.<p>With the discovery of DNA hybridization in the early 1970s, it became …

Genetics

200-year-plus lifespan: Scientists discover longevity genes in bowhead whale

LONDON: To learn the secret behind aging gracefully, you may want to check out the bowhead whale, the majestic denizen of the Arctic waters that …

Biology

GM Corn and Soy Cause Damage To Liver, Kidneys, DNA, Reproduction Blood According To New Study

New research published in the <i>Turkish Journal of Biology</i> completely shatters the myth that GMOs (genetically modified organisms) have been …

The DNA photofit: Amazing breakthrough means police can tell suspect's colour, height and even age – from a tiny speck of blood

• <b>Police can build physical profile of suspect, even if there are no witnesses</b>• <b><br>Until now, genetic samples could only be matched to criminals on</b> …

No excuses: Apps to get you in shape in no time

New year, new you, right? Well, at least until life gets in the way. Don't let your busy schedule stymie your goals to get moving with these apps.<p>The hot new fitness trend is getting in a workout in a short amount of time, from as little as seven minutes. These apps can help you fit in a workout …

Apps

Be My Eyes App Brings Help to the Blind and Visually Impaired

Connecting the blind to sighted volunteers<p>Checking the expiration date on a carton of milk. Reading the label on a can in the kitchen cupboard. Such mundane tasks pose challenges for the estimated 39 million people around the world who are blind — and the millions more with visual impairments.<p>A new …

App Store

Different Tastes: How Our Human Ancestors' Diets Evolved

Our human ancestors began tasting food differently sometime after the human family tree branched off from the ancestors of chimpanzees, researchers …

Evolution

Are scientists wrong to talk about ‘luck’?

The strong reaction to recent press reports about cancer risk have highlighted our deep-seated need for reason<p>How much of a role do you think chance plays in your life? If you consider this question carefully, interrogating yourself about choices you have made and the life you have carved out for …

Motorboat-Size Sea Monster Found, Sheds Insight on Evolution

The 170-million-year-old marine reptile comes from a prehistoric period little known to scientists.<p>Dinosaurs ruled the land during the Jurassic period. But at sea, it was the age of ichthyosaurs—so-called "sea monsters" that looked like a cross between a narrow-nosed crocodile and an ill-tempered …

Evolution: Why do we have lips?

Human beings are unusual in that our mouths are surrounded by hypersensitive, easily-hurt pink tissue – why? Jason G Goldman investigates.<p>They kind of flap around on the front of your face, get dried out and chapped in the winter, and occasionally get caught up between your teeth and mistaken for …

Lips

13 Weird Moments In The History Of Water Fountains

When was the last time you gave serious thought to a drinking fountain? Maybe it was in elementary school, when they were the only way to wet your whistle. Or maybe never. That would be perfectly understandable. They seem boring!<p>But they're not. Far from it.<p>About a month ago, I started looking into …

What to Eat When It's Really Cold Out (Really, Really Cold)

Yes, it's cold out. Maybe even too cold to go out for dinner. But wait till you read what the first man to cross Antarctica by dogsled had to eat before you start complaining.<p>Yes, we know you're cold. Sure, we agree that you'd "literally" be risking frostbite by going out to eat. And we totally get …