Robyn Klemptner

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Silkworms Spin Super-Silk after Eating Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene

Silk—the stuff of lustrous, glamorous clothing—is very strong. Researchers now report a clever way to make the gossamer threads even stronger and …

The Photographer Who Was Bitten by a Black Mamba… and Got the Shot

Photographer Mark Laita has a mention in Wikipedia for a wild and unusual reason: he was bitten by a black mamba (one of the world’s deadliest …

Swiss scientists have figured out what it is about pomegranates that can slow down the aging process

Pomegranates slow down the ageing process by prompting cells to recycle and rebuild themselves, Swiss researchers have shown.<p>The ruby red fruit was …

World Leaders

How Structure Arose in the Primordial Soup

Life’s first epoch saw incredible advances — cells, metabolism and DNA, to name a few. Researchers are resurrecting ancient proteins to illuminate …

Biochemistry

Apparently we have more than 5 senses — THREE more, according to science

Growing up, we all learned that our wonderfully complicated human selves are equipped with the ability to hear, smell, taste, feel and touch. …

'Star Trek' Science: How The Warp Drive Works [Infographic]

If you want to experience the thrill of travelling faster than the speed of light, all you need to do is hitch a ride on the Starship Enterprise and engage the ‘warp drive’. You’ll be able to enjoy a cup of hot Earl Grey while visiting countless worlds through interstellar travel, all thanks to the …

Science Fiction

Calculus apprehensions may steer women away from science careers

Calculus II was one of the most demoralizing experiences of my college career. I worked hard and still got the worst grades I've ever gotten. In retrospect, I wasn't "bad at math" — I just wasn't as good at remembering formulas and theorems as I was at performing plays in Mandarin or writing essays …

Mathematics

Science Explains Why Humans Love the Ocean so Much

Photo: Tyler Rooke<p><b>Standing at the shore’s edge in my hometown of Newport Beach, California, I am once again overtaken by the sensations of peace and</b> …

A Sweet Response to a Sour Situation: The Role of Soluble Pattern Recognition Receptors in the Innate Immune Response to Invasive Aspergillus fumigatus Infections

1. Schelenz S, Barnes RA, Barton RC, Cleverley JR, Lucas SB, et al. (2015) British Society for Medical Mycology best practice recommendations for the …

No One Should Edit The Genes Of Embryos To Make Babies, NIH Chief Says

This week bigwig researchers debated “gene editing” ethics — including religious considerations and the very real possibility that only the privileged will have access to the technology's benefits.<p>Gene editing must never be used to create “designer babies” with enhanced abilities, the director of …

Genetics

Why scientists are calling for experiments on the drug ecstasy

MDMA, more commonly known as ecstasy, promotes strong feelings of empathy in users and is classified as a Schedule 1 drug–a category reserved for …

Science Reveals the Secret Behind Pomegranates' Anti-Aging Power

This distinctive molecule is the probable reason for pomegranates' anti-aging effect.<p>While pomegranates have long been touted as an anti-aging …

Anti-aging

Scientists Have Found a Worrying Effect That Constant Light Might Have on Our Bodies

Uh oh.<p>These days we're pretty much constantly surrounded by light, with the artificial glow of indoor lighting, street lights, computer screens, …

What Should I Do With My Life? A Scientist's Perspective

You were born. You grew up, learned how to survive in a complicated and altogether bewildering world, learned a few things in school, maybe some more in college. And one day you face the challenge of your existence:<p>What should I do with my life?<p>First, let me assure you: you should be asking this …

Get a clue: Biochemist studies fruit fly to understand Parkinson's disease, muscle wasting - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

MANHATTAN, KANSAS — The fruit fly may help us be less clueless about human muscle development and Parkinson's disease.<p>Erika Geisbrecht, Kansas State …

Want to Finally Understand Physics? Read This Book

Physics is hard. It’s one of those subjects you studied for a bit in a required high school class, then left behind in college for something you …

How to Keep Your Brain Young and Healthy

Learn how mindfulness can protect your brain from aging, make you more productive, and improve your overall happiness.<p>The death of Muhammad Ali is a somber reminder of what can happen when we take our neurological health for granted. A magical and iconic figure, Ali, the most eloquent of pugilists, …

How Sexism Held Back Space Exploration

America’s early aerospace engineers ignored computers because they considered programming to be women's work.<p>They were considered outsiders, both skilled in performing mathematical equations quickly, yet neither of them received a warm reception when they arrived at the laboratory. One was human …

Why do Stars Twinkle and Planets Don’t?

With three bright planets visible every evening nowadays, it’s a great time to review why stars twinkle and planets generally do not.<p>You’ve heard …

Newly discovered elements named after Moscow, Japan, Tennessee, added to periodic table

NEW YORK — You’ll soon see four new names on the periodic table of the elements, including three that honour Moscow, Japan and Tennessee.<p>The names …

Chemistry

Destiny Isn’t Completely Written in Your Genes

The turn of the 21st century was an exciting time in the history of genetics. The first sequencing of the human genome was completed in 2003 and it …

Genetics

Why We Should Finish the Human Genome

The consortium of governments and institutions involved in the Human Genome Project should commit to finishing the finished genome. Our recent …

What caused Muhammad Ali’s Parkinson’s Disease? It’s nearly impossible to say.

During Muhammad Ali’s boxing career, scores of people played armchair coach. He was Great because of his footwork, or because of his hand speed, they …

Tim Peake facing months of recovery following six month space mission

Astronaut Tim Peake will come down to Earth with a bump next week when he ends his six month mission aboard the International Space Station.<p>Although floating in micro-gravity for half a year may appear harmless or even restful, in fact, the rigors of spaceflight leave a lasting mark on health.<p>To …

DNA’s Hidden Layer Is Real, and Physicists Are Finding More Proof

Maybe you’ve <b>wondered</b>, as I have, how it could possibly be that all of the <b>different types of cells</b> in our bodies are made up of the <b>same DNA chemical</b> …

Stephen Hawking Has Some Beautiful Advice For People Who Suffer From Depression

World-renowned scientist Stephen Hawking is known for providing us with complex yet invaluable insights into space, time, and the nitty-gritty of …

Black Holes

7 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Being In Love When You're Bipolar

My relationship wouldn't be the same without my bipolar – but then, neither would I.<p><i>[Editor's note: Bipolar disorder can affect different people in different ways. Although this list represents only one experience, we hope you find some solace in knowing others might be going through what you …

Mental Health

Lithium Beats Newer Meds for Bipolar Disorder

Mental Health

Off Center: Life With Bipolar Disorder

First, to introduce myself.<p>I am a 58-year-old woman who has experienced major episodes of depression since I was a young girl. My first suicide attempt came when I was 15. Because of my age, I have been in a position to witness the changes in the way mental illnesses are viewed, and how our …

Bipolar disorder really is a disability.

I just found out I have a disability. I knew that I had a mental illness, obviously, but what I didn’t know what that bipolar disorder is among the …